2010 Bowl projections are starting to come into focus as the college football season winds down. We've already seen the BCS rankings for this week and the top looks the same. The Big 12 has had an up and down year with Mizzou as a front-runner early in the season after beating then-No. 1 Oklahoma and then later Nebraska moving into the top 10 before losing.
ESPN has a few bowl projections for this season. Here they are:
ESPN's Mark Schlabach has Oklahoma playing Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl which means he thinks the Sooners will top the Nebraska Cornhuskers next week in the Big 12 Championship game. Oklahoma State is playing Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, according to Schlabach, and the Ticket City Bowl will have Northwestern and Texas Tech. Kansas State will face Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl while Nebraska will tumble and face Arizona in the Alamo Bowl. Baylor will face the Big Ten's Illinois in the Texas Bowl and Michigan will play Missouri in the Insight Bowl.
ESPN's Andrea Adelson has familiar bowl projections including Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. She sees Texas A&M playing LSU in the Cotton Bowl and, like Schlabach, Texas Tech in the Ticket City Bowl. Missouri will face Washington in the Holiday Bowl while Kansas State meets Syracuse in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Oklahoma State falls to the Alamo Bowl while Nebraska goes tumbling into the Insight Bowl.
The most interesting one of these comes between Oklahoma and Nebraska. Part of me wants to send Nebraska out on a losing note and part of me thinks Nebraska could do a hell of a job representing the conference. With the way Nebraska has played at times this year, anything less than a BCS bowl would be a disappointment, in my mind. We'll see how it shakes out.