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2010 Bowl Projections: Predicting The Big XII

The Big XII has already filled out their eight bowl spots and could get to 10 if Colorado and Texas win out, or if there are not enough 6-6 teams then there is a chance Texas could go bowling with a paltry 5-7 record. Texas A&M made the biggest leap from last weeks projections last weeks projections after they beat Nebraska this past Saturday and this week are projected to be in the Cotton Bowl.

With Texas A&M beating Nebraska, there is a very plausible scenario with there being a three-way tie similar to what happened a few years ago that kept Texas and Texas Tech from playing in the Big XII South title game. This could happen if Texas A&M beats Texas and Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State.

The tie would be due to Texas A&M defeating Oklahoma, Oklahoma would defeating Oklahoma State and Oklahoma State would have defeated Texas A&M. The tiebreaker to decide that would be decided by the BCS standings and it looks like Texas A&M would be eliminated right away since they are at 17th in the latest BCS standings while Oklahoma is 13th and Oklahoma State is 9th. The winner of Bedlam gets to represent the Big XII South in the title game and a shot at the Fiesta Bowl if they win.

Here order is the bowl order selection.

Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Cotton Bowl

Texas A&M Aggies vs. LSU Tigers

Alamo Bowl

Oklahoma Sooners s vs. Stanford Cardinal

Insight.com Bowl

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

Holiday Bowl

Missouri Tigers vs. California Golden Bears

Texas Bowl

Baylor Bears vs. Michigan Wolverines

Pinstripe Bowl

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Syracuse Orange

Ticket City Bowl

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

Colorado and Texas could go bowling if they are to both win this Saturday. Colorado travels to take on rival no. 16 Nebraska this Friday and the Buffs are a 20.5 point underdog; while Texas hosts no. 19 Texas A&M on Thanksgiving who is a 3.5 point underdog to the Aggies.

Also, the LSU section may seem out of place because a lot people believe they will be in the Sugar Bowl since they will get to replace Auburn who will be in the BCS title game. My projections have Auburn losing to Alabama in the Iron Bowl, but then defeating South Carolina to secure the Sugar Bowl berth.