ESPN has updated its Big 12 bowl game projections following Week 8 of the 2013 college football season.
Most fans and experts knew that Baylor was going to have an explosive offense, but no one could have predicted this. With their 71-7 drubbing of Iowa State, the Bears have now cracked the 70-point plateau a whopping four times this year. The Bears have solidified their status as the premiere team in the Big 12 in 2013 and are now expected to earn the Big 12’s automatic BCS Fiesta Bowl berth – but could still go to the national title game with wins and some help.
Texas Tech is the league’s second undefeated team. The Red Raiders just keep plugging away, and have now put themselves on course to earn a BCS bid themselves: An at-large invite to the Sugar Bowl.
After those two – and the Red Raiders have still not quite earned the respect of voters or the BCS computers – the Big 12 field weakens considerably. Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have bad losses, but Texas, TCU and Kansas State have been even worse. After that, there are no other programs that are even projected to be bowl eligible at the moment.
Take a peek at the full 2013 bowl game projections below.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. BCS at-large
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Texas Tech vs. BCS at-large
AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma vs. SEC No. 3/4
Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Pac-12 No. 2
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Texas vs. Big Ten No. 4/5
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: TCU vs. Pac-12 No. 3
Texas Bowl: Kansas State vs. Big Ten No. 6
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: None available vs. American No. 4
Heart of Dallas Bowl: None available vs. Big Ten No. 7