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November 29th, 2009
Bowl Projections

 With one weekend remaining, we are getting closer to deciding our match-up for this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl.

As it stands today, our current pool of teams from the Big Ten is most likely Michigan State and Minnesota, while the Big 12 pool is most likely Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

As usual, the results of this weekend’s games (especially the Big 12 Championship) will have an impact on the BCS and the corresponding selections.  If Texas wins, then they advance to the National Championship game and the Big 12 has one team in the BCS.  If Nebraska wins, then they are the Big 12 Champion and secure a spot in the Fiesta Bowl, with Texas then most likely gaining an at-large BCS bid and thus the Big 12 would have two in the BCS.

On the Big Ten front, it would appear they are well positioned to have two BCS teams again this year (for the 5th consecutive year) as Ohio State is already in the Rose and either Iowa or Penn State are eligible to be selected as one of the at-large teams.  In the event of a Texas loss and securing an at-large BCS berth, then it could come down to the Big Ten or Boise State for the final at-large berth in the BCS. If Boise State is picked over the Big Ten team for an at-large slot, then Wisconsin or Northwestern would be in our mix.

On the BCS front, Florida and Alabama battle it out for a slot in the National Championship game (with the loser most likely headed to Sugar), with Texas if they win the Big 12.  If Texas loses, then the door opens for TCU or Cincinnati (who plays #15 Pitt this weekend for Big East title) to be in the title game.

This year's Valero Alamo Bowl on Saturday, January 2 at 8 p.m. The game will match the #3 selection from the Big 12 Conference against the #4 selection from the Big Ten Conference after the the BCS selections.

In the Big 12, the Valero Alamo Bowl will select after the BCS, the AT&T Cotton Bowl and the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl. In the Big Ten, the Valero Alamo Bowl will select after the BCS, the Capital One Bowl, the Outback Bowl and the Champs Sports Bowl.

Based on the above listed scenarios, media outlets have predicted the following match-ups for this year's Valero Alamo Bowl:

 Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach)

Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (ESPN.com's Bruce Feldman)

http://espn.go.com/college-football/bowls/projections/_/week/13

Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (mysa.com)

http://bit.ly/5IzeKa

Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (CBS Sports):http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/bowls/predictions

Michigan State vs. Texas Tech  (College Football News):

http://cfn.scout.com/2/557866.html

Please vote below for which match-up you want to see at the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl based on the current projections the Big 12 will have one team in the BCS and the Big Ten will have two.