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Eight Big 12 teams to play in bowl games

Sunday, December 5, 2010 | 8:55 p.m. CST; updated 9:08 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Missouri football team will be playing Iowa in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28. The Tigers will be the first of eight Big 12 teams to play in a bowl game. Here is the schedule of Big 12 bowl games that follow Missouri's game:

 

Dec. 29

Texas Bowl — Baylor (7-5) vs. Illinois (6-6), 5 p.m. ESPN

The Baylor Bears will play their first bowl game in 16 seasons as they've accepted an invitation to play Illinois.

Baylor is 8-8 all-time in bowls. The Bears' last bowl appearance was in the 1994 Alamo Bowl, in which they lost to Washington State 10-3.

Alamo Bowl — Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5), 8:15 p.m. ESPN

This will be the first meeting between No. 16 Oklahoma State and Arizona since 1942.

It is also a preview of the home-and-home series set to begin between the schools next September in Stillwater.

Oklahoma State is making a school-record fifth straight bowl appearance and the seventh in the past eight years. Arizona was ranked as high as ninth earlier this season but has fallen out of the Top 25 after four straight losses, the last coming 30-29 against Arizona State on Thursday night in double overtime.

Dec. 30

Pinstripe Bowl — Kansas State (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5), 2:30 p.m. ESPN

Kansas State and Syracuse will be ending bowl droughts when they meet in the Pinstripe Bowl later this month. Yankee Stadium will be, too.

The opulent ballpark in the Bronx, built just across the street from the original Yankee Stadium, will be the site of the inaugural game. There hasn't been an NCAA bowl game in the Bronx since the Gotham Bowl on Dec. 15, 1962, when Nebraska edged Miami 36-34.

The Wildcats are bowl eligible for the first time since 2006. 

Holiday Bowl — Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6), 9 p.m. ESPN

This is a rematch of the Cornhuskers' 56-21 victory in Seattle in September.

The No. 17 Cornhuskers are coming off a 23-20 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Washington beat UCLA, California and Washington State in succession to become bowl eligible.

The Huskers are in the Holiday Bowl for the third time and the second straight year. They beat Arizona 33-0 last year. Washington is in a bowl for the first time since 2002.

Jan. 1

TicketCity Bowl — Texas Tech (7-5) vs. Northwestern (7-5), 11 a.m. ESPNU

This is the inaugural Ticket City Bowl. It will be played at the Cotton Bowl.

Pat Fitzgerald is in his fifth year coaching the Wildcats, while Tech's first-year coach Tommy Tuberville will lead the Red Raiders in their 11th-straight bowl game.

Fiesta Bowl — Oklahoma (11-2) vs. Connecticut (8-4), 7:30 p.m. ESPN

Big 12 champion Oklahoma will face Big East champion Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl.

The ninth-ranked Sooners wrapped up their seventh Big 12 title by rallying from a 17-point deficit to beat Nebraska 23-20 on Saturday.

The Sooners, seventh in the BCS standings, don't have many fond memories of the Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma lost to trick-playing Boise State in 2007 and was overrun by West Virginia the following year.

No. 25 UConn, 26th in the BCS standings, shared the Big East title with West Virginia and Pittsburgh, earning the automatic BCS nod through a tiebreaker. The Huskies closed out their regular rseason by beating South Florida 19-16 Saturday night.

Jan 7.

Cotton Bowl — Texas A&M (9-3) vs. LSU (10-2), 7 p.m. FOX

A crowd of more than 80,000 is expected in the 50th meeting of the two storied programs. The game will be played at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Tigers will face No. 18 Texas A&M for the first time since 1995. The rivalry dates back to 1899, and Texas A&M has won the last five. The two last met in a bowl game in the 1944 Orange Bowl, when LSU won 19-14.

LSU's last appearance in the Cotton Bowl came in 2003 following a 37-year absence. It will be LSU's fifth trip to the bowl (2-1-1) and its 42nd overall bowl appearance.

The Aggies are making their 12th trip to the bowl (4-7) and are 13-18 in overall bowl appearances.


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