The ride was fun while it lasted for the Big 12. We all thought we would be seeing the conference represented in the BCS Championship for the first time since 2010, but the Kansas State Wildcats just couldn’t get passed the test all teams in their quest to go undefeated face. As the season winds down, some fan bases are just satisfied with their team becoming bowl eligible, but others have a history that is expected to be honored by a BCS birth. The Big 12 has had some interesting turns this season that apparently are nowhere near being over, but here is where your favorite team sits this week.
Heart Of Dallas – The West Virginia Mountaineers have the lead for the 8th spot in the conference, but will have to beat the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday to secure their spot in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. If ISU beats WVU, then the Cyclones might be going bowling in New York. The Baylor Bears can still sneak into this slot, but they must beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Pinstripe Bowl – Iowa State will find their place here if they beat the Mountaineers on Saturday. It’s a battle for seventh place in the conference between the Mountaineers and Cyclones. ISU has a chance to get to 8-5 this season and can take another step in the Paul Rhoads era towards a respectable team.
Car Care Bowl of Texas – The TCU Horned Frogs aren’t used to finishing sixth in their conference, but given the circumstances of the turmoil they’ve faced this season, finishing with a .500 conference record would be an accomplishment. They have two tough games to end the season against the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners.
Holiday Bowl – Texas Tech currently holds the tie-breaker over the Horned Frogs for fifth place. The Red Raiders close out their season against Baylor this Saturday. The best case scenario for TTU would be a 9-4 finish, not a bad way to end the Seth Doege era in Lubbock.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl – Yes, they have a bowl game. The Oklahoma State Cowboys are tied with Texas for third, but the Horns hold the tie-breaker over the Cowboys. OSU has played three quarterbacks this season, but still have managed 7-3 record. Mike Gundy keeps his offense moving no matter who is in command. For now, the Cowboys will make their post-season home Tempe, Arizona.
Alamo Bowl – The Longhorns have still managed to only lose two games with a defense that is nowhere near the level many thought they would be performing at. Texas has a 10 win season in their sight, but it won’t be easy taking on TCU and K-State. They can even squeak out a BCS berth, but let’s just stick with the Alamo for now.
Cotton Bowl Classic – The Sooners saw opportunity with the K-State loss last Saturday and while they currently sit here, they just need to win and hope the Wildcats lose to the Longhorns. This will probably be the only time Sooners fans can admit they were cheering for the burnt orange, but they can find solace in it because they just want what’s best for their team.
Fiesta Bowl – Well, it’s not the BCS championship, but it should still noted that the Wildcats aren’t a historically good team without Bill Snyder. Just because K-State lost, the remarkable run under Snyder is still strong and a Fiesta Bowl victory still looks good for recruiting. The Wildcats still need to take down Texas next week. The Sooners are waiting in the water to take this spot from the Wildcats.
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