So how does playing Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl (game, not stadium) on January 4th sound? Sure, I'd rather see the Frogs make a run to the National Title game or another BCS bowl. But my goodness, we are going to love the consolation prizes that the Big 12 has to offer as opposed to what non-BCS options we had in the MWC. Matching up against a former SWC rival in what used to be, still should be and hopefully some day will again be one of the top bowl games in the nation (that hasn't hosted TCU since 1959) sounds like a grand old time to me.
The projections for other Big 12 teams include Oklahoma facing Wisconsin in the Fiesta Bowl, West Virginia taking on defending national champs Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Kansas State against Utah in the Alamo Bowl, Texas against Penn State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Oklahoma State vs. Illinois in the Insight Bowl, Baylor against Stanford in the Holiday Bowl and Texas Tech against Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Armed Forces Bowl, which will return to Fort Worth this season (although the CBS article doesn't indicate that), is projected to host SMU and San Diego State.