2012 bowl projections: Texas to the Cotton Bowl?

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The Longhorns could be the beneficiaries of an extra Big 12 BCS slot.

Despite the fact that they were unable to defeat the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday, the Texas Longhorns' projected bowl position improved this weekend. The combination of victories by Kansas State and Oklahoma increased the odds that the Big 12 will receive two BCS bowl bids. SB Nation now projects that Texas will go to the Cotton Bowl to face the Georgia Bulldogs. The Cotton Bowl is played January 4 in Dallas.

Texas A&M appears set for a New Years' Day matchup of former Big 12 teams. The Aggies are projected to represent the SEC in the Capital One Bowl against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, who also recently left the Big 12, lost 70-31 in the Big Ten Championship Game Saturday night.

LSU's bowl position is based largely on where Georgia goes. With the Bulldogs now likely set for the Cotton Bowl, the Bayou Bengals appear to be destined for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, played New Years' Eve in Atlanta. SB Nation projects an all-Tigers matchup against Clemson.

Baylor is scheduled to go to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston. The Bears, who finished 7-5 overall with three straight season-ending wins, are likely to face Minnesota in the December 28 bowl game.

Texas Tech, as the Big 12's fifth representative, is projected to attend the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 29 in Phoenix. The game, formerly known as the Insight Bowl, will be against a Big Ten representative, likely Michigan State.

Despite a 6-6 record, Rice is projected to go bowling. The Owls likely could face Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth on December 29. SMU is likely headed to the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve against Fresno State.

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