Big 12 football: Ranking the bowl games

The Fiesta Bowl between Kansas State and Oregon looks like the Big 12's top bowl game.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 26, 2012
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1. Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, ESPN. Just the third major bowl in KSU history. Bill Snyder's 1997 and 2003 teams also reached the Fiesta.

2. Cotton Bowl: OU vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m. Jan. 4, Big Fox. Aggies have lost six straight Cotton Bowls — LSU after the 2010 season, Tennessee (2004), UCLA (1997), Notre Dame (1993 and 1992) and Florida State (1991). Last win — 35-10 over Notre Dame after the 1987 season.

3. Holiday Bowl: Baylor vs. UCLA, 8:45 p.m. Thursday, ESPN. How is it that this is the 35th Holiday Bowl, but this is the first time UCLA or Southern Cal has been involved?

4. Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Oregon State, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, ESPN. Mack Brown is a solid 9-4 in bowl games, including 3-1 in BCS games.

5. Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia vs. Syracuse, 2:15 p.m. Saturday, ESPN. Bummer. The Big 12 gets two bowl showdowns matching teams that were in a conference together 15 minutes ago. But none of the three are OU-Nebraska, Texas A&M-Texas or Kansas-Missouri.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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