Final (!) Bowl Projections Roundup – Week 14

We’re less than a week away from Selection Sunday, and many signs are pointing to a potential rematch between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Minnesota Golden Gophers on December 27th after both finished out their respective regular seasons last week. Last year’s back and forth affair ended with a 34-31 Texas Tech victory on a last second knuckleball field goal and was widely considered the most exciting game in Texas Bowl history. Will the Gophers get a chance at revenge?

  • Big 12/Big Ten Bloggers: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
  • Brad Edwards – ESPN: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
  • Mark Schlabach – ESPN: Boston College* vs. Minnesota
  • Jerry Palm – Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
  • Jason Kirk – SBNation: Texas Tech  vs. Nebraska
  • Washington State* vs. Michigan
  • Texas Bowl Staff: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota

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Where we stand: Texas Tech fell to Texas on Thanksgiving, ending the Red Raiders’ season at 7-5 and securing their spot as the most popular pick to return to Houston from the Big 12 side. 

However, keep an eye out on the BCS. Should Baylor, now ranked #9 in the BCS standings, take down Texas next week and end up as a BCS at large team, the Big 12 could finish without an eligible team to fill their Texas Bowl slot, sending an at large team to fill the empty spot. At large teams are taken from a pool of teams who’s conferences have already filled all of their contractual bowl slots. Here are a few of the possible At Large teams that could be available, including two potential Heisman candidate tailbacks in Arizona’s Ka’ Deem Carey and Boston College’s Andre Williams:

  • Arizona (7-5)
  • Washington State (6-6)
  • Oregon State (6-6)
  • Boston College (7-5)
  • Syracuse (6-6)
  • Pittsburgh (6-6)

Minnesota‘s hard fought loss to 10th ranked Michigan State yesterday may have also sent them to Reliant Stadium according to most projectors, where they would be seeking out revenge against Texas Tech after last year’s last minute defeat. Meanwhile, Michigan, fresh off a heartbreaking near upset of 2nd ranked Ohio State, also dotted the projections and remains a very realistic possibility. Finally, while 8-4 Minnesota seems to be the favoriteIowa or Nebraska, who also finished 8-4, are definitely still in the running to represent the Big Ten in Houston.

Likely 2014 Matchup: Each 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): Kansas State Wildcats
  • SEC selection (pool of bowls after CFB Playoff & Capital One Bowl): Texas A&M Aggies

“The Return” gets Tecmo Bowl’ed: Here’s arguably one of the craziest finishes in college football history played out on arguably the best video game in Nintendo history:

Landry pulls off incredible catch: LSU WR Jarvis Landry pulled in this ridiculous one handed catch over an Arkansas defender on Friday:

Not football related, but that’s ok: Check out these San Diego State fans improvising a game of Whack-A-Mole behind the TV announcers:

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