WVU Sports with Tom Bragg

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With all but a few games in the books for the 2018 college football regular season, let’s turn our attention to the bowl games.

One of those games — Saturday’s Big 12 Championship game — is the first domino that needs to fall to point the league in the direction of figuring out where teams will land in the bowl games.

The Big 12 is affiliated with six bowl games, with the league champion going to the Sugar the the rest getting to pick in this order :

  • Alamo Bowl
  • Camping World Bowl
  • Texas Bowl
  • Liberty Bowl
  • Cheez-It Bowl
  • Armed Forces Bowl

The winner of the Texas-Oklahoma rematch goes to the Sugar *if* that team doesn’t land one of the four College Football Playoff spots. Oklahoma, however, is still very much in the running for one of those. The Sooners, with a win Saturday, will be in prime position to be one of the teams in the discussion for a spot. We might get a clearer picture of what the committee thinks of OU’s resume versus Ohio State’s when this week’s set of rankings comes out.

Let’s say the Sooners pound Texas on Saturday and get into the CFP. That would send Texas to the Sugar and shake things up on down the standings. After the league champion, where a team finishes does not come into play in regard to what Big 12-affiliated bowl it goes to.

In that scenario, the Alamo would have choice to make. Iowa State sits a spot ahead of WVU in the standings thanks to the Cyclones’ head-to-head win in Ames earlier this season, but that doesn’t guarantee ISU of a trip to San Antonio. The Mountaineers and the Cyclones should be pretty easy picks here assuming Oklahoma is in the CFP.

If OU doesn’t make the top four, that bumps it into the Sugar and slides everyone else down a peg or two. Texas would be the likely pick for the Alamo, with WVU and ISU likely slot in at the Camping World and Texas bowls. Texas winning on Saturday would send the Longhorns to the Sugar Bowl and Oklahoma becomes the likely pick by the Alamo Bowl.

That would leave the Liberty Bowl with its choice of the Big 12’s three 6-6 teams — TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma State. If Oklahoma is in the CFP, the Big 12 won’t have enough teams to fill out the bowls and the Armed Forces would then likely be open to an at-large qualifier.

Below are the Big 12’s bowl affiliates along with the CFP affiliated bowls with TV and other information:

Bowl Game Date / Time (CT) Site Matchup Network
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 22
2:30 p.m.
Fort Worth, Tx. Big 12 vs. AAC ESPN
Cheez-it Bowl Dec. 26
8:00 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 ESPN
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl Dec. 27
8:00 p.m.
Houston, Tx. Big 12 vs. SEC ESPN
Camping World Bowl Dec. 28
4:15 p.m.
Orlando, Fl. Big 12 vs. ACC ESPN
Valero Alamo Bowl Dec. 28
8:00 p.m.
San Antonio, Tx. Big 12 vs. Pac-12 ESPN
CFP – Capital One Orange Bowl Dec. 29
3/7:00 p.m.
Miami, Fla. Nat’l Semifinal ESPN
CFP – Goodyear Cotton Bowl Dec. 29
3/7:00 p.m.
Arlington, Tx. Nat’l Semifinal ESPN
Autozone Liberty Bowl Dec. 31
2:45 p.m.
Memphis, Tn. Big 12 vs. SEC ESPN
Playstation Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1
12:00 p.m.
Glendale, Az. CFP ESPN
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Dec. 29
11:00 a.m.
Atlanta, Ga. CFP ESPN
Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1
7:45 p.m.
New Orleans, La. CFP ESPN
CFP National Championship Jan. 7
7:00 p.m.
Santa Clara, Calif. Semifinal Winners ESPN