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Big 12 Bowl Season Predictions: Week 10

Projecting the Big 12’s bowl games after a shake up in week 9.

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Welcome back to bowl season predictions. Predictions are dynamic, and will almost certainly change week to week based on performance on the field. This is not an “if the season ended today” kind of article, so if a team is currently undefeated that I don’t think is all that good, the expectation that they will eventually lose will be reflected in the picks. Let’s get picking.

CACTUS BOWL

Date: Dec 27
Matchup: Big 12 vs Pac-12
Network: ESPN
Projection: TCU (4-4) vs Arizona State (5-4)

A bad few weeks for both teams has them stumbling to the lowly Cactus Bowl, which would surely be a disappointment for two teams that came into the year with pretty high expectations.

AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL

Date: Dec 30
Matchup: Big 12 vs SEC
Network: ESPN
Projection: Texas (4-4) vs Arkansas (5-3)

Texas jumps back into bowl predictions after a one week hiatus, as I have them lined up with middle of the pack SEC team, Arkansas, for a renewal of the Big 8 rivalry.

ADVOCARE V100 TEXAS BOWL

Date: Dec 28
Matchup: Big 12 vs SEC
Network: ESPN
Projection: Kansas State (5-3) vs Georgia (4-4)

Kansas State moves up in this week’s bowl predictions, as they go from the Liberty Bowl to the Texas Bowl. Georgia is one of the seemingly infinite average SEC teams, but I’m sure they’ll find a way into a solid bowl game like this one.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL

Date: Dec 28
Matchup: Big 12 vs ACC/Notre Dame
Network: ESPN
Projection: Baylor (6-1) vs North Carolina (6-2)

Baylor drops out of an NY6 bowl after their loss to Texas, but the opposition stays the same, as North Carolina remains the third best ACC team.

VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Date: Dec 29
Matchup: Big 12 vs Pac-12
Network: ESPN
Projection: West Virginia (6-1) vs Colorado (6-2)

West Virginia drops as well, after their loss, and Colorado jumps up to PAC 12 #3 after Utah’s loss to Washington.

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL

Date: Jan 2
Matchup: At Large/Group of Five
Network: ESPN
Projection: Oklahoma State (6-2) vs  Western Michigan (9-0)

Oklahoma State is now in line for the conference’s at large bid, and because this game likes to get a really good G5 team, Western Michigan gets the bid.

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL

Date: Jan 2
Matchup: Big 12 vs SEC
Network: ESPN
Projection: Oklahoma (6-2) vs Florida (6-1)

Two teams that just keep winning. Oklahoma is undefeated in the Big 12 right now, and Florida is in a great position to be the sacrifice made to Alabama in the conference championship game.

BONUS PLAYOFF PICKS

PEACH BOWL

Date: December 31
Matchup: 1 vs 4
Network: ESPN
Projection: Alabama (8-0) vs. Ohio State (7-1)

This one stays the same. Who can say no to a rematch of this classic?

FIESTA BOWL

Date: December 31
Matchup: 2 vs 3
Network: ESPN
Projection: Washington (8-0) vs Clemson (8-0)

This one stays the same as well, and it will until one of the teams gets beaten.

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