Time to dish out a few predictions for the Big 12's non-BCS bowls. I notched perfection in the season's final weekend, but bowl picks are always tough. For the curious, here's how I've done predicting each team's games this year.
The Pac-10 and Big 12 nearly got married last year, but only Colorado ended up eloping with the now-Pac-12. You know: The conference that can count! But the Pac-12, which has, yes, 12 teams, and the Big 12, which has 10 teams (though it's often hard to keep up with which ones), play each other in three bowl games this holiday season.
about 985 days ago | Ted Miller and David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
At this time last year, no one saw Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as a top 2011 Heisman Trophy candidate, mostly because everyone thought he'd already be in the NFL. Instead, he opted to return for his redshirt junior year, spent much of the season as the prohibitive Heisman favorite but finished second to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III on Saturday.
Issues to consider heading into the 12th week of games. Barkley's big moment? While much was made of USC quarterback Matt Barkley saying that Oregon didn't seem to be as good this season as the previous two years, a minor tweak won't decide this game.
Went 5-1 last week -- Arizona State! -- and the season record is now 56-20. Oregon 42, USC 35: Don't be surprised if the Ducks start slowly. Last weekend was emotional. It's also possible, however, that the Ducks will assert themselves as they did last year against the Trojans and win decisively.