With both Missouri and Texas A&M heading off to the SEC, the 2011 season will be the final act of the modern of Big 12. If Scout's 2011 bowl predictions are any indication of what's in store, the conference will at least ride off into the night with a slate of exciting and intriguing match ups.
The leader of the pack will be the Big 12 champion, who Scout is predicting will be Oklahoma State. Scout has the Cowboys taking on the Stanford Cardinal in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in what would be an interesting fight between a smash mouth offense and a spread offense. Next up would be the Kansas State Wildcats, who could get the chance to cap off a surprising season with a victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. A win there by the Wildcats could give the Big 12 some bragging rights over the SEC.
From there, the next selection would be the Oklahoma Sooners, who Scout has taking on the Washington Huskies in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Next up would be the conference's fourth selection, and in what may be one of the more fascinating match ups of the entire bowl season, Scout is projecting that the Baylor Bears and Heisman candidate Robert Griffin III would go up against the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Rounding out the conferences bowl bids would be, according to Scout, the Missouri Tigers taking on the Cal Bears in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, the Texas Longhorns matching up against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, the Texas A&M Longhorns facing the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the Iowa State Cyclones taking the field vs. the Purdue Boilermakers in the TicketCity Bowl.