Case Keenum and the Cougars could be on Bourbon Street for the program's first-ever BCS bowl if Houston defeats Southern Miss in the C-USA Championship.
Texas A&M finished their season with another blown lead in the second half, this time against now ex-in-state rival Texas, and will likely stay at home in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas December 31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, according to projections by Sports Illustrated and ESPN. The Aggies would face a Big 10 opponent, projected to be either Iowa or embattled Penn State, although at least one ESPN projection has the Aggies far from Texas, representing the Big 12 for the last time in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankees Stadium against Rutgers.
Houston, meanwhile, simply needs to win the C-USA Championship (a feat they failed to do at home in 2009) against East Carolina and they're almost guaranteed a spot in the BCS as an at-large team by virtue of an undefeated season and a Top 12 finish in the BCS Standings, where they're currently No. 6. The bid would be the first ever for BCS nod for the Cougar program and C-USA. Their destination is likely the Sugar Bowl, although the projected opponent varies (the most popular pick is fellow BCS at-large Michigan).
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