The Kansas St. Wildcats have overachieved this year and with their record at 7-1 so far on the year, Kansas State is looking like they could be heading to the Cotton Bowl for the first time since 1996 where they lost to the BYU Cougars. The Kansas State schedule is backloaded down the stretch as they face three ranked teams in the Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma St. Cowboys before closing out the season against the Iowa St. Cyclones. With that difficult schedule Kansas State's bowl projections will be fluid down the stretch.
The Missouri Tigers pulled off the upset over the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday and the win improved their bowl chances. Missouri still needs two wins to become bowl eligible and getting those two wins are not certain as Missouri still has to play at Baylor and then host a ranked Texas team. Missouri does get three of their last four games at home which will help getting Missouri to the six wins needed for a bowl game.
Here are the bowl projections:
New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 30, 2011
Missouri Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Jan. 6, 2012
Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers