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2011 Bowl Projections: Kansas State, Missouri Tumble Down Big 12 Pecking Order

The Tigers and Wildcats will both have to rebound from late-season fades to secure their projected bowl slots.

With the Big 12 now six weeks into conference play, the conference's bowl picture is starting to get clearer.

Kansas State, after racing out to a 7-0 start and a top ten finish, has come back down to Earth after losing to the two Oklahoma schools in consecutive weeks. The Wildcats are currently projected to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio against the Pac-12's Arizona State.

But if they can beat a reeling Texas A&M team next weekend, it sets up a road showdown against the resurgent Texas Longhorns for third place in the Big 12 and a probable berth in the far more prestigious post New Year's Day Cotton Bowl in the Death Star in Arlington.

Missouri, meanwhile, will have to fight just to remain bowl eligible after their fourth-quarter comeback against Baylor came up short on Saturday. The Tigers are now 4-5, with a 2-4 record in Big 12 play.

They are currently projected to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City on New Year's Eve against Rutgers.

However, that assumes they can go 2-1 in their next three games to be bowl eligible at 6-6: a road date against Texas, a home game against a Texas Tech team that shocked Oklahoma in Norman and what may be the 119th and final Border War Showdown with Kansas.