Well, we won't be getting our big Christmas present. It's really beginning to seem like we'll be playing LSU in the Texas Bowl. The SEC won't be announcing bowl pairings until 4:30, but the word around town is that LSU will accept an invitation to play us in the Texas Bowl.
Oklahoma has earned the #4 spot in the playoff rankings that were just released, putting them up against top-ranked Clemson in the College Football Playoff. Here are the rest of the projections for the Big XII.
Sugar Bowl - Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
The Cowboys will get a shot at a mercurial Ole Miss in a New Year's 6 bowl. If Mason Rudolph and JW Walsh can come to play, the Cowboys have a legit shot at winning this one.
Cactus Bowl - WVU vs. Cal
This will be one of the more underrated matchups of the bowl season. WVU's strong secondary and LB corps will attempt to slow down Jared Goff and a high-powered Cal offense.
Alamo Bowl - TCU vs. Oregon
Holy mother of offense. This one should be nothing but fireworks from beginning to end as two high octane offenses try to outscore each other. I give the edge to TCU, provided they get a little healthier on defense.
Liberty Bowl - Kansas State vs. Arkansas
RUN THE DANG BAWL BOY. In contrast to TCU-Oregon, this one should be a slugfest between defenses as Bill Snyder attempts to put up points with a patchwork offense.
Russell Athletic Bowl - UNC vs. Baylor
This should be a pretty good game. If the Bears can get an actual quarterback in the game, this should be a butchering. Baylor comes out hot and doesn't let up against a UNC team that just can't compensate for the speed difference.