A win against TCU
on Thanksgiving would, in all probability, earmark Texas for a date in the
Cotton Bowl, according to a source with longstanding ties with the UT Men’s
Athletic Department. How likely is a
Longhorn-Aggie bowl match-up? And could the Longhorns parlay an improbable
upset at Kansas State into an at-large BCS bid?
A team must be
ranked among the BCS’ Top 14 to be eligible for an at-large bid. A 10-2 record (including an upset against the
nation’s No. 1 team) would, obviously, drop Kansas State from the BCS National
Championship Game into the Fiesta Bowl, and it would propel No. 15 Texas toward
Top 10 status in the final BCS ratings.
Would that be enough for Texas to garner an at-large BCS bid?
It all depends
upon Oklahoma, according to our source, since no conference may send more than
two teams into the BCS post-season.
“If both (Texas,
OU) go 10-2,” our source said, “the (BCS) deal-breaker (for Texas) is that
little 63-21 scoreboard.”
If Oklahoma wins
against West Virginia, Oklahoma State and TCU, the Sooners will receive an
at-large BCS bid instead, our source added, since OU’s only losses would have
come against a couple of Top Three teams (Kansas State, Notre Dame).
pundits have slotted Texas A&M for an at-large BCS bid following its upset
at Alabama, but our source is convinced the Aggies are headed to the Cotton
Bowl. And Cotton Bowl officials “would be thrilled” at the prospect of a
would “dearly love” a shot at Texas in the post-season, our source continued.
“There are plenty
of big shots at A&M – and they would never say this publicly – who would rather play Texas in the Cotton
Bowl than be in a BCS bowl. They like their chances (against Texas) this year.
You never know when these two programs are going to meet again. The Aggies
would love to erase that so-called ‘eternal scoreboard’ from last year and be
able to say they have the most recent win.”
The SEC currently
has six teams ranked among the BCS Top 10. The SEC will certainly secure
at-large BCS bid, but it’s most likely to go to a one-loss Florida team,
according to our source. Despite its scare against UL-Lafayette, the Gators sit
at No. 6 in this week’s BCS ratings.
finishes 11-1, it means they will have ended their season with a win against (No.
10) Florida State, and they will have beaten A&M,” our source noted. “If
Florida loses , then the folks in Baton Rouge have a good argument because they
also beat A&M. If either Florida or
LSU wins-out, I see one of those teams getting an at-large (BCS) bid. The biggest loser in the SEC, from what I’ve
been told, will be whoever comes out on the short end of the SEC title game
(Alabama, Georgia). One of those teams
will not be an at-large (BCS bowl team).”
There had been
some speculation about a Texas-USC rematch in the Alamo Bowl, our source
added. But the Trojans have disappointed
with three losses and still must play Notre Dame, UCLA and, possibly, a
conference title game against Oregon.
Trojan team is “out of the (Alamo Bowl) picture,” our source said, but added Texas
would not necessarily drop to the Alamo Bowl even if OU does not secure an-large
“On one hand, OU
has a more compelling resume (than Texas) if the Big 12 gets an at-large (BCS) berth,”
our source said. “On the other hand, a Texas-Texas A&M match-up would be
too hard for the Cotton Bowl to pass up.”
So, both Texas
and OU are left out of the BCS mix, the Cotton would take Texas?
“I think so. I really do. OU hasn’t traveled well to bowls
lately, but a Longhorn-Aggie Cotton Bowl would sell out in a heartbeat. The (television) ratings would be through the