Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
I'd like to thank all of my readers for dropping me questions on this project. I'll be glad to try to answer anything -- within reason -- as this continues.
But Steve from Waco wanted to know about some early Big 12 predictions. I'm going to twist these around to have a little bit more interest, by linking those teams to the bowls they will be playing in.
Considering the season is still six weeks away, here's my best guess -- heavily underscoring and underlining guess, if you will.
I don't think the Big 12 will have a team playing in the BCS championship game. Just too much balance to expect one team to be able to run the table.
Fiesta Bowl -- Missouri (Big 12 champ) vs. South Florida (BCS at-large): Chase Daniel takes the Tigers to the desert after their first Big 12 championship game.
Orange Bowl -- Oklahoma (BCS at-large) vs. Clemson (ACC champ): Bob Stoops will be looking to turn around his recent BCS miseries against a more forgiving opponent.
Cotton Bowl -- Texas (Big 12 No. 2) vs. LSU (SEC): Longhorns make their second trip to Dallas this season.
Holiday Bowl -- Texas Tech (Big 12 No. 3) vs. Oregon (Pac-10 No. 2): Watch for offensive fireworks when Ducks and Red Raiders tangle.
Alamo Bowl -- Kansas (Big 12 No. 4) vs. Iowa (Big 10 No. 4): Mark Mangino will be looking to duplicate Alamo City magic that marked KU coaching counterpart Bill Self earlier this year.
Sun Bowl -- Nebraska (Big 12 No. 5) vs. California (Pac-10 No. 3): What will be spicier -- coach Bo Pelini's on-field demeanor or El Paso's Tex-Mex cuisine?
Insight Bowl -- Colorado (Big 12 No. 6) vs. Purdue (Big 10 No. 6): Buffaloes look to spoil Joe Tiller's final game.
Independence -- Oklahoma State (Big 12) vs. Mississippi State (SEC): Cowboys' defense will be tested by Mississippi State QB Wesley Carroll.
Texas -- Texas A&M (Big 12) vs. SMU (C-USA): Old Southwest Conference rivals hook up in SMU's first bowl trip since 1984.
And sorry, Steve. Your Bears won't make a bowl trip this season. And neither will Iowa State nor Kansas State.