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Bud Light Bowl Projections Roundup: Week 3

After a relatively calm first two weeks of college football, week three was filled with upsets that shook up the rankings and the subsequent bowl projections that come from them. A quick look at where we stand now:

  • ESPN.com Big 12/Big Ten Bloggers : Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi State
  • Brett McMurphy – ESPN: Kansas State vs. Missouri
  • Mark Schlabach – ESPN: TCU vs. Mississippi State
  • Jerry Palm – CBSSports.com: Texas  vs. Louisiana Monroe (SEC replacement)
  • Jason Kirk – SBNation: TCU  vs. Missouri
  • Mike Hugeunin – NFL.com CFB: Texas vs. Mississippi State
  • AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Staff: Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss

Click HERE for a handy reminder of our new Big 12/SEC ins

Where we stand: It was a wild weekend in college football, and the Big 12 was no exception, as the conference was able to gather a couple key last second out of conference wins with Iowa State defeating in state rival Iowa and West Virginia topping Maryland. TCU also topped Minnesota in their their trip to Texas in three years while Texas and Texas Tech each fell in their respective games to UCLA and Arkansas. Oklahoma and Baylor still seem like the class of the conference, however Kansas State is lurking just behind them and has a key matchup (that we’ll get to see in person) against Auburn on Thursday night.

The SEC continued it’s streak of dominating OOC performances, as the conference went 8-1 against out of conference foes, with the lone loss coming in Tennessee’s road loss to #4 Oklahoma. The SEC West alone currently has five of the top 10 teams in the AP poll, however we’re guessing it won’t stay that way as the teams begin the main stretch of conference play. This week’s SEC projections continue to waver between Missouri and Mississippi State, while CBS Sports continues to project our bowl as the only one of the “SEC Pool” bowls in to not receive an SEC team.

Our completely uneducated guess is that Ole Miss eventually becomes the odd team out after navigating the tough SEC West and ends up heading to Houston after their bowl trip to Tennessee in 2013. Texas Tech struggled against the Arkansas run game on Saturday, but they won’t see too many more teams that run the ball like that in the Big 12 and we’re confident they’ll be able to turn it around.

Looking ahead: A big time Big 12/SEC Thursday night showdown highlights a somewhat slower week 4 as we begin to move into the meat of conference play:

  • Auburn @ Kansas State: 6:30 PM CST (Thursday), ESPN
  • Oklahoma @ West Virginia: 6:30 PM CST, Fox
  • Mississippi State @ LSU: 6:00 PM CST, ESPN

The Roundup

Catch of the Week: TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson hauls in this one handed touchdown in the Frogs’ win over Minnesota:

Simple, Yet Effective: Michigan tight end Jake Butt hauled in a touchdown on Saturday against Miami, OH. The Wolverines’ team twitter account was enthused:

Best Twitter Trash Talk: Iowa State may have started 0-2, but the their last minute win over in state rival Iowa not only gave Cyclone fans bragging rights for the year, it also gave University Police more ammo in a Twitter tussle with their counterparts in Iowa City:

Round 1:

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