The Big 12’s bowl picture appears to have cleared up after the final weekend of regular-season games.
With eight bowl-eligible teams and eight bowl slots, it appears to be in perfect symmetry.
That is, unless Nebraska upsets Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday.
Oklahoma State’s BCS at-large hopes have been snuffed out after the Cowboys’ loss at Oklahoma. The Big 12 likely won’t have two teams in the BCS this season unless Nebraska beats Texas. The Cornhuskers then would qualify for the Big 12’s automatic slot in the Fiesta Bowl and the Longhorns would be directed to another BCS bowl as an at-large team. It would also mean that the Independence Bowl likely would not have a Big 12 team and would have to look elsewhere.
But if Texas wins as expected, it will make for an orderly selection process where the conference can satisfy all of its partners.
Heading into Big 12 championship week, here’s how I see the bowls shaking out.
Citi BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7, 8 p.m. ET, FOX Sports, Pasadena, Calif. -- Texas vs. BCS team
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 2, 2 p.m., FOX Sports, Arlington, Texas -- Oklahoma State vs. SEC team
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30, 8 p.m., ESPN, San Diego -- Nebraska vs. Pac-10 team
Valero Alamo Bowl, Jan. 2, 9 p.m., ESPN, San Antonio – Texas Tech vs. Big Ten team
Brut Sun Bowl, Dec. 31, 2 p.m., CBS, El Paso, Texas -- Oklahoma vs. Pac-10 team
Insight Bowl, Dec. 31, 6 p.m., NFL Network, Tempe, Ariz. – Missouri vs. Big Ten team
Independence Bowl, Dec. 28, 5 p.m., ESPN, Shreveport, La. -- Iowa State vs. SEC
Texas Bowl, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., ESPN, Houston -- Texas A&M vs. Navy
For a look at our complete bowl schedule, follow this link.
And for a look at how our bowl gurus Mark Schlabach and Bruce Feldman are projecting bowls this week, go to this link.