Big 12 bowl projections: Preseason

The College Football Playoff isn’t the only thing new for the Big 12 this year. The league will welcome new bowl tie-ins, as well as old bowl tie-ins with new names. The playoff is obviously new. The Russell Athletic Bowl and AutoZone Liberty Bowl are new to the league, as well. The Cactus Bowl is the old Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (which before that was the Insight Bowl). Next year, the Champions Bowl, which will pit top teams from the Big 12 and SEC, will jump into the rotation as well.

But, without further ado, here are our preseason bowl projections for the Big 12, which, like the bowl tie-ins themselves, are sure to change before long:

Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans (Jan. 1): Oklahoma vs. College Football Playoff semifinal

Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas (Jan. 1): Baylor vs. at-large

Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio (Jan. 2): Kansas State vs. Pac-12 No. 2

Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 29): Texas vs. ACC No. 2

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, Houston (Dec. 29): Texas Tech vs. SEC

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn. (Dec. 29): TCU vs. SEC

Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz. (Jan. 2): Oklahoma State vs. Pac-12 No. 7