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2011 Bowl Predictions: Kansas State Projected To Land At The Cotton Bowl

Kansas State is already bowl eligible and is looking at an upper tier bowl game, where as the Missouri Tigers are stil two games short of reaching a bowl game.

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

For more 2011 college football bowl projections make sure to head over to SB Nation's college football hub.