Let’s take a look at where the Big 12 bowl picture stands with the regular season complete.
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. BCS at-large Congratulations, Baylor. Northern Illinois lost, so now you get to play … Central Florida. Bears will still relish their first trip to the BCS and likely be a solid favorite.
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. SEC No. 1/2 No guarantees here, but the more you examine the Sugar Bowl’s decision between Oklahoma and Oregon, the more it measures out in favor of OU. The Sooners are a massive fan base within reasonable driving distance of New Orleans, and the Big 12’s new partnership with the bowl begins next year. You better believe Bob Bowlsby (ex-Stanford AD) will be campaigning for the Sooners ahead of old rival Oregon. AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. SEC No. 3/4 According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, the Cotton Bowl may look toward the SEC East for the first time since 2005.
Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Pac-12 No. 2 As if Baylor’s offense wasn’t a big enough headache Texas may find themselves going up against Oregon in the bowl game. Have fun preparing for that game. Will talk of Mack Brown’s future be hovering over the next month?
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Kansas State vs. Big Ten No. 4/5 K-State might run into old friend Nebraska out in Tempe. That’s a better matchup than what the Cats would have found in the Holiday Bowl.
Holiday Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Pac-12 No. 3 Guaranteed tough matchup for the Red Raiders, who have lost their last five games.