Championship weekend is over, but Sunday officially started a new season for college football, bowl season. It was announced that six Big 12 teams will be participating in bowl games and here are my quick thoughts on each game. Keep in mind, a lot will happen between now and when these games are played due to possible cancellations and players sitting out.
Cotton Bowl (December 30th): Oklahoma vs Florida
If there is one thing I know about this matchup it is that Florida has a good offense and Oklahoma has a good defense. Feels weird with the SEC team being the one with the great offense and the Big 12 team having a great defense. Luckily for Oklahoma, Florida will be without superstar tight end Kyle Pitts which will make Oklahoma’s job a little easier. Florida’s defense is average so it will be interesting to see if Oklahoma can turn this game into a shootout, if needed. This will be an exciting matchup between Kyle Trask and Spencer Rattler.
Fiesta Bowl (January 2nd): Iowa State vs Oregon
Iowa State playing in a New Year’s six bowl? Who would have thought this was possible a few years ago? This is a good matchup for Iowa State to win. Oregon is an average football team in my eyes. Yes, they beat USC for the Pac-12 title but, they should not have even been there. But that is the Pac-12 for you. I have high hopes for the Cyclones to walk out of the desert with a big win to put another stamp on the Iowa State program.
Alamo Bowl (December 29th): Texas vs Colorado
It feels like Texas has played in this bowl game four times in the last ten years. Oh wait, they have. While it is no New Year’s six bowl, the Alamo Bowl is not a bad spot to be especially since it is just a short road trip from Austin. It is tough to gauge how good Colorado is, but I would favor Texas in this game. The Buffaloes defense is suspect, and I really have liked they way the Longhorns were playing defensively in the second half of this season.
Cheez-It Bowl (December 29th): Oklahoma State vs Miami
This is the best bowl game name by a mile. I mean who doesn’t love Cheez-It’s? Also, which Miami and Oklahoma State team will show up? The Hurricanes seem to wet the bed in prime time, and will the Oklahoma State defense show up and will Spencer Sanders take care of the football? The key to this game will be the turnover battle.
Texas Bowl (December 31st): TCU vs Arkansas
If you want to watch an SEC game, this is the matchup. Neither offense is great, but the good news is that Arkansas is not particularly good at the one thing TCU does well on offense, which of course is running the football. The Piggies are giving up 192 yards per game on the ground and I expect the Frogs to take full advantage of that in Houston. Things could get hog wild on New Year’s Eve in Houston.
Liberty Bowl (December 31st): West Virginia vs Tennessee
Country Roads versus Rocky Top. The Mountaineers should be capable of shutting down a mediocre, at best, Tennessee offense here. The question is, what will the Mountaineers offense do? If they show any form of life, then I would easily roll with West Virginia here. But I really wish this game were not being played during the pandemic. I would love to have checked out the tailgate scene between these two fanbases. I probably would not even make it inside the stadium.
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