Friday, 29 October 2010 16:58

Trick-or-Treating for a Bowl Game in the South

Written by Amanda Staver

Another week of Big 12 play is behind us and another number one in the polls went down….but onto bigger news. Usually by this time in this season, Oklahoma and Texas are already bowl eligible, with each win getting them closer to that bigger bowl bid.

It’s a different story this year in Big 12 South country. Oklahoma is bowl eligible…..so is Baylor and Oklahoma State. Whoda thunk it? Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are all in the battle for a bowl appearance at this point.

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04: Mack Brown, head coach of the Texas Longhorns yells at the officials after a delay of game was called in the third quarter during a game against the Rice Owls at Reliant Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Texas beat Rice 34-17. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

That brings us to the big matchups this weekend with the Red Raiders facing the Ags down in College Station. Also, there’s a big one brewing down in Austin for Baylor and the Longhorns. Normally, you wouldn’t even consider this to be a great matchup, but let’s face it, the Longhorns have had a long season thus far.

Normally, the home field advantage would actually be just that, an advantage for teams playing on their own field, but the Horns seemed to have issues winning at home with two of their three losses coming in Austin. Same story goes for the Aggies at Kyle Field; two out of their three losses are at home.

Now, Baylor has the momentum and the talent this season to pull off another Austin upset. They’re ranked 25th in the BCS and bowl eligible for the first time since joining the Big 12 conference. No doubt, the Bears are the turnaround program of the 2010 season. Texas and Greg Davis need to get ready.

The Red Raiders, on the other hand, have been a lack luster performer. With the new coaching staff, the returning starters, and the reality show, we were all expecting big magical things from Coach Tubs. There’s been nothing to write home about yet this season. Tech has a tough road ahead with A&M this week, Mizzou next week, then Oklahoma. Beating the Aggies is a must if they want to gain any momentum going into these next couple of weeks. They finish off the season with cupcakes in Weber State and coulda been good, but not so much anymore, Houston. I think they are going to be upset, however, after this weekend with a loss in the land of the 12th man.

There should be some fun to watching and seeing who wants to go bowling more this weekend. Also, will be fun to see what tricks these teams bring out on this Halloween weekend!

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