For this college football fans who may be wondering where their favorite team might end up in the 2014 postseason, college football guru Phil Steele has some thoughts on the subject, including the projection that six Big 12 teams will go bowling this season.
The so-called “talking season” in college football has pretty well run its course. For the uninitiated, those are the months leading up to the new college season when all the preseason All-America teams and the national award watch lists start appearing along with the preseason top-25 projections.
Phil Steele, who can be described as one of the lead sabermetricians of the college football world, has gone the next step in the run-up to opening weekend by offering a crystal ball look at who might be going where this holiday season.
According to Steele, six of the 10 teams out of the Big 12 will become bowl eligible in 2014, the debut season of the College Football Playoff.
Steele has Oklahoma winning the Big 12 and projects that the Sooners will land one of the four playoff spots in the national championship series. Steele forecasts that OU will face off with defending national champion Florida State in one of the national semifinal games, to be played in the Sugar Bowl on Jan, 1.
He has the Sooners as the No. 4 seed taking on No, 1 seed FSU. The other semifinal game, according to Steele’s projections, will feature Alabama against Ohio State. The winner of the two semifinal games, of course, will play for the national championship on Monday, Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium (site of the Cotton Bowl) in Dallas.
In addition to Oklahoma, Steele believes Baylor will earn a spot in one of the higher-profile postseason bowls. He projects the Bearsvwill square off with Oregon in the Cotton Bowl
One of the interesting predictions involving Big 12 bowl participation following the 2014 regular season has two former conference rivals – Kansas State and Missouri – meeting in the Liberty Bowl.
Here is where and against whom Steele has Big 12 teams penciled in for the 2014 college football postseason:
Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn), Dec. 29 – Kansas State vs. Missouri
Russell Athletic Bowl (Orlando, Fla.), Dec. 29 – Texas vs. Notre Dame
Texas Bowl (Houston, Texas), Dec. 29 – Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M
Cotton Bowl, (Arlington, Texas), Jan. 1 – Baylor vs. Oregon
Sugar Bowl (National Semifinal in New Orleans), Jan. 1 – Oklahoma vs. Florida State
Cactus Bow (Tempe, Ariz.), Jan. 2 – Oklahoma State vs. Arizona State