‘Rivalry Week’ Bowl Projections: Big 12

By Brandon Sudge -

The Big 12 conference has been one of the most competitive power five conferences this season. It seems like most teams are national powers, as their games are highlighted every weekend.

A lot of it is still a logjam as we aren’t sure if any of the three teams at the top, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor, will make the College Football Playoff. If one does get in, we don’t have much of an idea as to who it could be. Let’s try to iron out some confusion and look at some of the projections as rivalry week approaches.

Baylor Bears (9-1)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Sugar Bowl: Baylor vs. Florida

CBS (Jerry Palm): Sugar Bowl: Baylor vs. Florida

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Sugar Bowl: Baylor vs. Florida

Kansas State Wildcats (4-6)

*Kansas State will be playing for bowl eligibility in their final two games.

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Not projected

CBS (Jerry Palm): Liberty Bowl vs. Tennessee

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Not projected

Oklahoma Sooners (10-1)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): CFB Playoff at Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

CBS (Jerry Palm): CFB Playoff at Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): CFB Playoff at Orange Bowl vs. Clemson

Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-1)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon

CBS (Jerry Palm): Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon

TCU Horned Frogs (9-2)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Russell Athletic Bowl vs. North Carolina

CBS (Jerry Palm): Russell Athletic Bowl vs. North Carolina

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Russell Athletic Bowl vs. North Carolina

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): Liberty Bowl vs. LSU

CBS (Jerry Palm): Cactus Bowl vs. California

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl vs. Texas A&M

West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4)

ESPN (Mark Schlabach): AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl vs. Mississippi State

CBS (Jerry Palm): AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl vs. Arkansas

Fox Sports (Stewart Mandel): Cactus Bowl vs. Arizona State

The top of the pack in the Big 12 face off in rivalry games this weekend, so these projections could be subject to drastic change before the bowl games are selected. It currently seems as if Oklahoma has a solidified spot in the College Football Playoff, but that could change if Oklahoma State were to defeat them this weekend.

Luckily for the conference, I don’t think we see a repeat of a Big 12 team not making the field due to a lack of a conference championship game. We will not know ahead of time though as we are not in the committee room, so there could definitely be some intrigue after these weekends games.

Texas and Kansas State could quite possibly receive a bowl bid with seven losses. This is due to the possibility of not enough six-win bowl eligible teams to fill the needed slots. The NCAA has stated that they’re unsure as to how they’ll handle the situation with placing seven-loss teams if necessary.

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  1. Stephen hite
    November 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    The big10 and Pac 12 should even be in consideration for playoff spots they rank lower than all the conferences including those in division III

  2. Lana Schmidt
    November 28, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Can u tell me when the Iowa Hawkeyes play and what channel they will be on

  3. Colt
    November 28, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Why are CF playoff games on a work day?

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