Big 12 Bowl Preview

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Attention Big XII Fans! There are a lot of bowl games to watch in the next few weeks that showcase Big XII teams. Only one team in the conference was not bowl eligible. That’s not too shabby for a power football conference.

If you keep up with my writing during the regular season, you’ll know that I typically write Big XII Weekend previews, where I give my take and predictions for each of the Big XII conference games during that week.

This will be sort of like that. I figured what better what to prepare for the bowl games then to discuss the likely outcomes of each of the bowl games with Big XII teams.

Below are all nine of the bowl games that feature a Big XII team and my prediction for each game.

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Dec. 27, 9:45 pm ET)

Baylor Bears (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) vs. No. 17 UCLA Bruins (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12)

Baylor had a pretty strong regular season highlighted with upsetting the number one team in the country and spoiling its championship season.

However, I’m not so sure it will be able to take care of a UCLA team in its bowl.

I have UCLA winning the Holiday Bowl 35-21.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Dec. 28, 9 pm ET)

Minnesota Gophers (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-5, 4-5 Big XII)

Texas Tech ended the season on a low streak, winning only one game in its last five. The one win came against the Kansas Jayhawks, who were winless in conference play.

However, the teams TTU was playing were much stronger than the Minnesota team it will see in this bowl. I think Texas Tech wins 42-24.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29, 3:15 pm ET)

West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) vs. Syracuse Orange (7-5, 5-2 Big East)

As always, I will write a more in-depth preview for this WVU game as this game draws closer, so be looking for that if you’re interested.

WVU and Syracuse look to ignite an old rivalry in New York next Saturday as the teams will play for the 60th time.

The Mountaineers ended their five game losing streak at the end of the season, winning their last two games of the season against two of the weaker conference teams.

Syracuse has beaten the Mountaineers the last two times the teams have played, and ended its season winning five of its last six, including a win against the No. 9 Louisville Cardinals.

However, I think the Mountaineers are ready to seek revenge for their last two losses against the Orange. WVU was playing in a much stronger conference than Syracuse, and I think it would have a stronger looking record if it were still in the Big East.

I think WVU gets the job done in a sloppy game that will be much closer than WVU would like it to be. WVU wins 31-28.

Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29, 6:45 pm ET)

No. 23 Texas (8-4, 5-4 Big XII) vs. No. 13 Oregon State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12)

Texas survived a number of scares this season, winning several games by only a touchdown. They ultimately were bitten in the penultimate week of the season, which caused them to lose their last two.

Oregon State hasn’t gotten a lot of attention this year but they can hold their own in a game of football.

I think Texas can get the job done and pull of the upset. Texas wins 45-42 in a shootout.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Dec. 29, 10:15 pm ET)

TCU Horned Frogs (7-5, 4-5 Big XII) vs. Michigan State Spartans (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten)

TCU has been hot and cold this season with a few upsets here and there.

Michigan State has losses to several unranked teams as well.

This one should be interesting. I think TCU will show up and win a close one 24-21.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 3:30 pm ET)

Iowa State Cyclones (6-6, 3-6 Big XII) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3, 7-1 C-USA)

In a game where both teams are happy to be there, I think this one could go either way.

Iowa State lost its leading rusher to an injury last week, so it will be without its running game.

Tulsa did not play a ranked team all season. Even with the injury I still think Iowa State wins 21-14.

Heart of Dallas Bowl (Jan. 1, 12 pm ET)

Purdue Boilermakers (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5, 5-4 Big XII)

I think Oklahoma State wins this one big. OSU jumped in and out of the top 25 this season.

Purdue played only one ranked team all season and lost.

OSU wins 45-14.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 3, 8:30 pm ET)

No. 5 Kansas State (11-1, 8-1 Big XII) vs. No. 4 Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac 12)

In what many though would be a national championship game a few weeks ago, KSU’s strong defense looks to shut down Oregon’s strong offense.

This should be an exciting game. I think Oregon’s offense will be too much for KSU. Oregon wins 42-35.

AT&T Cotton Bowl (Jan. 4, 8 pm ET)

No. 9 Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1 Big XII)

This will be another very good game. Texas A&M led by Heisman winner Johnny Manziel upset the best team in the land.

Oklahoma also has its share of big wins this season.

I think Texas A&M gets it done in a close game 28-25.

That being said, I have the Big XII as a whole finishing 6-3 in bowl season.

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