Here are my humble predictions for what bowl season could bring, assuming Methzou beats an ailing OU this weekend. I really have no idea how much interest any of the bowls have in these schools, but if I were picking, this is how I would select. And other than Houston - which has already accepted - I have even less an idea about the opponents, but enough to speculate.
Methzouri (11-1, 7-1) Have a tough test this week against Oklahoma and as you may have noticed or will definitely notice tomorrow, they are standing on the train tracks of the SI cover jinx. At first I thought we Jayhawks had to root for them - now I'm not so sure. Prediction BCS Championship (v. WVA)
Oklahoma (10-2, 6-2) I wouldn't exactly say they have nothing to lose as the difference between the Fiesta and the Cotton is pretty significant, but the thought of Oklahoma playing with house money would not excite me if I supported the piss and black. Playing without Murray and English could be the difference though. Prediction: Cotton (v. Tenn.)
Kansas (11-1, 7-1) Just have to play the waiting game. Obviously everyone in blue is hoping for the Fiesta, even if it means we have to wait until January to watch Methzou's ultimate demise. But if they happen to Pinkel things this weekend and the Hawks end up in the Cotton, you won't hear me complaining. And lots of articles/opinions are surfacing that the best of both worlds could happen with Methzou losing and KU getting to a BCS game. I'm not entirely convinced though. Prediction: Fiesta (v. ASU)
Texas (9-3, 5-3) If anyone still doesn't think VY is the biggest reason Mack Brown is still coaching Texas, I would love to hear their alternative explanation. Given the ease of their conference schedule and how "bad" the Big 12 is, 3 losses is unacceptable for a team with their talent level. But Nebraska would probbaly beat the Ducks right now. Prediction: Holiday (v. Oregon)
Texas Tech (8-4, 4-4) This is an average, yet dangerous team. And Michael Crabtree is always fun to watch, so they should be a semi-attractive invite. Needless to say, this is not how they envisioned their season going though. But if they really go here, it will be hard to complain with a January bowl after a .500 conference season. Prediction: Gator (v. Virginia)
Texas A&M (7-5, 4-4) Another huge flop on the year. But hey, at least they beat Texas for the second straight year and got rid of Fran. Perhaps they will be paired against another perpetual underachiever. Prediction: Alamo (v. Michigan)
Oklahoma State (6-6, 4-4) Kind of a trend here. And we don't even get to discuss the 'Braskers. Hopefully Adarius will be able to play by the time their bowl arrives. Prediction: Insight (v. Indiana )
Colorado (6-6, 4-4) Not much was expected of this team before the season, so based on that (and their 2 wins last year), I would say it was a success. Add in the upset of OU and posting 65 on the Cornholes and it looks like Crazy Ass Hawkins could have them in the mix before too long. I'm not sure their hippie contingent will be flocking to Shreveport to support them though. Prediction: Independence (v. Kentucky)
And lastly, congrats to all the Jayhawks earning all Big 12 honors, especially Coach Mangino in the easiest Coach of the Year vote ever.