Wildcat Formation: Bowl Season Edition PowercatRyan December 21, 2012 Wildcat Formation Editor’s note: PowercatRyan is taking us through all the Big XII bowls this week, except K-State’s Fiesta. We’ll see more on that next week. Holiday Bowl Baylor Bears vs. UCLA Bruins December 27 at 8:45PM1 Baylor finished their season very strong. Crushing the hopes and dreams of all Kansas State fans was a huge accomplishment, but they didn’t stop there pulling off wins against Texas Tech in overtime and Oklahoma State to finish the season. UCLA finished the season off in the opposite direction, losing to Pac-12 Champions Stanford in consecutive weeks. Baylor opened as a one-point favorite, but has since slid to a pick’em. Baylor 38, UCLA 31 of Texas Bowl Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers December 28 at 8PM With just one win in their last five games of the season, Maybe Tuberville jumped ship at the right time. Kliff Kingsbury will replace him as head coach and Texas Tech shouldn’t miss a beat on offense, but don’t look for Seth Doege to become Johnny “Heisman” overnight. The Gopher’s head coach, Jerry Kill, suffers from seizures and after his latest the AD from Minnesota has said he wants to lessen the load on Kill. Texas Tech is a 13-point favorite and should make game day a heavy load for Minnesota. Texas Tech 45, Minnesota 17 Pinstripe Bowl West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange December 29 at 2:15PM Things in West Virginia went from Big 12 front-runners and Geno Smith had won the Heisman to can they hang on for a bowl game. After five straight losses, WVU came back with wins over Iowa State and Kansas to finish 7-5. Syracuse finished on a nice win streak, beating a ranked Louisville team, at Missouri and at Temple. This has the looks of being a close game looking at the records, but the Big East is no Big 12 and WVU (-4) learned that first hand. West Virginia 49, Syracuse 31 Alamo Bowl Texas Longhorns vs. Oregon State Beavers December 29 at 5:45PM By now you are probably seeing a pattern in my predictions. The Big 12 is the best conference from top to bottom and Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl has moved the Big 12 down a peg on the bowl selection and given the conference the upper-hand in the match-ups. Texas is always an enigma to the media and gamblers. They should beat team like Kansas State, but they always seem to find a way to squander their talent. Oregon State had a very Kansas State-like season, they surprised PAC-12 media by finishing near the top of the conference. The PAC-12 is no Big 12 and for that reason, the two-point underdog Longhorns should pull out the closest game of the Big 12 bowl season. Texas 24, Oregon State 21 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Michigan State Spartans December 29 at 9:15PM This bowl is a tale of two teams that had conference championship expectations and fell to the middle of their conferences’ packs. The Spartans started the season as a top ten team and helped Notre Dame gain credibility by choking the game away late just like they did against Boise State earlier in the season. TCU lost their returning starter at QB to an addiction. The back-up Boykin gained a lot of experience and played much better as the season progressed. TCU is the 2.5-point favorite in this one, but I expect the Spartans to struggle to move the ball. TCU 17, Michigan State 10 Liberty Bowl Iowa State Cyclones vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane December 31 at 2:30PM This is part duex this season, but I expect this game to flop harder than Emilio Estevez did in Hot Shots. The first game was a 38-23 win for Iowa State. Since then their offense looks almost as efficient as the Kansas City Chiefs. The Conference USA Champions played in a bunch of close games throughout the season and I expect another. Tulsa started out as the three-point favorite, but Iowa State has since moved to the one-point favorite. I think Las Vegas was right the first time. Tulsa 9, Iowa State 6 Heart of Dallas Bowl Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Purdue Boilermakers January 1, at 11 AM Happy New Year! We start 2013 with what many are calling “The Lock of the Bowl Season” game. The most interesting question in this bowl game will be who takes the snaps for the Cowboys. All three of their QBs that played this season would start at Kansas (KU will not have a bowl preview). The Cowboys have gone from a 14.5 point favorite to a 16.5 point favorite Oklahoma State 56, Purdue 24 Cotton Bowl Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas A&M Aggies January 4 at 7PM I will be watching this game for sure! I want to see how one of the pre-season Heisman candidates, Landry Jones, performs against Johnny “Heisman”. Johnny took SEC defenses by storm with by being agile yet a very good passer. I want to see how he does without Kliff Kingsbury, former A&M Offensive Coordinator, who is now the head coach at Texas Tech. Oklahoma’s defense has faced Geno Smith, Collin Klein and Seth Doege, who runs an almost identical offense as A&M. The line sits at A&M -4.5, but the wrong team is favored here. Oklahoma 27, A&M 21 *If you have a stop in Las Vegas on your way to the Fiesta Bowl, don’t put your life savings on my picks. I am not responsible for your irresponsible actions in the sports books.Notes: All times Central [↩] K-State fans, we salute you!