Thursday, December 13, 2012
Which Big 12 bowl will be best?
By David Ubben
Earlier this offseason, I ranked the Big 12 bowls from top to bottom in terms of matchup attractiveness. Let's hear from you, though. Which game are you looking forward to most?
You'll see the Fiesta Bowl and Cotton Bowl in the top five of just about any ranking like this, so we'll narrow it down to those two versus the field.
The Fiesta Bowl very well could have been the national championship game, but the night of Nov. 17 happened. Kansas State lost to Baylor and Oregon lost to Stanford, pushing Notre Dame and Alabama back into the title picture.
Still, this game should be fantastic between two top-five teams who love to run the ball and rolled over a whole lot of good teams this season while doing it. Heisman finalist Collin Klein and Lott Trophy finalist Arthur Brown will go up against freshman phenom Marcus Mariota and Doak Walker Award finalist Kenjon Barner, along with speedster De'Anthony Thomas.
Is the Cotton Bowl more your speed? Want to see a Big 12 squad offer a rough end to Texas A&M's dream first season in the SEC? Heisman winner Johnny Football will go head-to-head against the Sooners and Mike Stoops' defense in Cowboys Stadium.
Yet another year in which the Big 12-SEC matchup is head and shoulders above a BCS game or two. But will it be better than the Fiesta Bowl? That's up to you. Landry Jones' career began in Cowboys Stadium, and more than three years later, it'll end there. These tickets went fast, and should once again produce a fantastic crowd. Will you be watching?
Vote in our poll for the Big 12's best bowl game. If an offensive shootout like UCLA and Baylor in the Holiday Bowl or a ground-and-pound game like TCU and Michigan State in the inaugural Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is more your speed, cast your vote for "other."