Bowl Projections (And More!) – Week 8 Recap
Yet another wild weekend in college football left bowl projections shaken up across the country. Here’s a look at a few guesses as to who’s going to be playing in Houston on December 27th. As a reminder, we will pick 5th in both conferences after the BCS teams are chosen.
- ESPN.com Big 12/Big Ten Bloggers: Iowa vs. Kansas State
- Brad Edwards – ESPN: Northwestern vs. Kansas State
- Mark Schlabach – ESPN: Iowa vs. TCU
- Jerry Palm – CBSSports.com: Indiana vs. Kansas State
- Jason Kirk – SBNation: Minnesota vs. West Virginia
- CollegeFootballNews.com: Northwestern vs. TCU
- Texas Bowl Staff: Iowa vs. West Virginia
Where we stand: The Big 12 so far has slowly separated itself into two tiers, with Texas Tech, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State all sitting with 2 losses or less, while TCU, West Virginia, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State all at least 2 losses behind 5th place Oklahoma State.
With it looking the like the Big 12 may only get one team in the BCS, the first team out of the second group to reach six wins will emerge as a likely Texas Bowl target. But as this crazy season has taught us so far, anything can happen! We had representatives paying Oklahoma State & TCU a visit last weekend will have more at the at the Texas/TCU game this weekend.
In the Big Ten, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have already reached bowl eligibility, while Wisconsin and Minnesota sit one win away. Northwestern sprinted out to a fast start but has struggled since nearly upsetting Ohio State 2 weeks ago.
Iowa lost their first game to potential BCS crasher Northern Illinois, but then won their next four games before falling to current Big Ten leaders Michigan State & Ohio State, currently leaving them right around the range of our pick if the season ended today.
Likely 2014 matchup: Every week, we’ll take a look at what our potential matchup would be next year, as we move up two spots in the Big 12 and into a rotation of selections in the SEC. Here’s our (admittedly somewhat wild) guess as to who could be our teams if the 2014 lineup was played this year:
- Big 12 #3 (after CFB Playoff): Oklahoma
- SEC selection (pool of bowls after CFB Playoff & Capital One Bowl): Texas A&M
Game ball goes to: Josh Stewart, WR – Oklahoma State: Stewart lit up a talented TCU defense on Saturday in the Cowboys’ win on Homecoming in Stillwater. The junior hauled in 10 receptions for 141 yards and tacked on a 95 yard touchdown on a punt return in the 1st quarter. Stewart currently sits second in the country with 286 punt return yards and is tied for the lead with two punt return touchdowns.
On a lighter note:
Check out Ohio State’s great Michael Jackson tribute from Saturday, including what has to be the world’s largest simultaneous moonwalk at around the 4:00 minute mark:
Until next week!
The Texas Bowl Team