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Big 12 Bowl Predictions: Week 13

With just a few games remaining on the season, let’s look at possible bowl matchups for the Big 12.

Welcome back to bowl season predictions. As we near the end of the season, bowl projections are getting easier to make, but as always, predictions are dynamic. They 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 at the top of the conference standings 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: Baylor (6-4) vs Arizona State (5-6)

Arizona State needs to win against rival Arizona on Friday to make this happen, and Baylor needs to lose out, two things I expect to happen.

AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL

Date: Dec 30
Matchup: Big 12 vs SEC
Network: ESPN
Projection: TCU (5-5) vs. South Carolina (6-5)

Not a ton to say about this one. TCU needs 2 more wins to accomplish this, which, while possible, isn’t super likely.

ADVOCARE V100 TEXAS BOWL

Date: Dec 28
Matchup: Big 12 vs SEC
Network: ESPN
Projection: Kansas State (6-4) vs Arkansas (7-4)

Kansas State’s ceiling is the Texas Bowl, and I expect them to reach that ceiling. Arkansas would make for a quality matchup, so let’s hope this happens.

RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL

Date: Dec 28
Matchup: Big 12 vs ACC/Notre Dame
Network: ESPN
Projection: West Virginia (8-2) vs Virginia Tech (8-3)

Virginia Tech needs to win to lock up the ACC Coastal bid the ACC Championship, a game I expect them to lose, putting them here against Big 12 3rd place finisher West Virginia.

VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Date: Dec 29
Matchup: Big 12 vs Pac-12
Network: ESPN
Projection: Oklahoma State (9-2) vs. Washington State (8-3)

This one would be fun. I expect Washington to be the third team out of the Pac 12, and Oklahoma State the second out of the Big 12, putting them here.

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL

Date: Jan 2
Matchup: Big 12 vs SEC
Network: ESPN
Projection: Oklahoma (9-2) vs Florida (8-2)

This one stays the same, with both teams staying on course to fill the requirements to make this game a reality. Obviously this means that even if Oklahoma wins out, I don’t expect them to make the playoffs.

BONUS PLAYOFF PICKS

PEACH BOWL

Date: December 31
Matchup: 1 vs 4
Network: ESPN
Projection: Alabama (11-0) vs. Ohio State (10-1)

If Ohio State beats Michigan, which I expect them to, they may fall in the end rankings, but they;ll definitely be in the playoffs.

FIESTA BOWL

Date: December 31
Matchup: 2 vs 3
Network: ESPN
Projection: Clemson (10-1) vs. Washington (10-1)

Pretty self-explanatory. I have both teams winning their conference championships and ending up here.

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