Nine of Ten Big Twelve Teams in Bowls

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Oklahoma State and Purdue will finally play again -- 15 years later in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
The Cowboys, one of five Big 12 teams with a 7-5 record, and Purdue (6-6), from the Big Ten, were chosen Sunday as the participants for the New Year's Day game played at the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.
It is a rematch of the 1997 Alamo Bowl won 33-20 by the Boilermakers -- their first bowl appearance in 15 years -- at the end of then-coach Joe Tiller's first season.
Tiller's successor, Danny Hope, was fired after four seasons with a 22-27 record. That decision came a day after the Boilermakers ended the regular season with a 56-35 win over Indiana for their third consecutive win since losing five in a row.

After missing out on the BCS, Big 12 co-champion Oklahoma will instead take on Johnny Football and former conference rival Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
The 12th-ranked Sooners (10-2) had their chances of an at-large BCS bid extinguished Sunday when Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois moved up far enough to claim an automatic bid. Instead, they'll take on Heisman Trophy contender Johnny Manziel and the 10th-ranked Aggies, who had been divisional rivals and yearly opponents for the past 16 seasons before A&M left for the Southeastern Conference.
It'll be the first chance for Oklahoma's Bob Stoops to coach against Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, who was an assistant with the Sooners for five years.
The game will be played at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 4.

Texas will make a short postseason trip this year to face No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.
The Longhorns (8-4) will need only to zip down Interstate 35 to San Antonio for the Dec. 29 game. It will be Texas' first appearance in the bowl since 2006.
Oregon State coach Mike Riley says it will also be a bit of a homecoming for Beavers running back Storm Woods, who is from nearby Pflugerville.
The Beavers (9-3) will be playing in a bowl game for the first time in three years.

Minnesota will face Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 28.
It's the first bowl appearance since 2009 for the Gophers (6-6), who reached the postseason despite winning just two Big Ten games.
Texas Tech (7-5) returns to the postseason after a one-year absence. The Red Raiders dropped their final regular-season game to Baylor in overtime, 52-45, but they beat West Virginia and TCU and doubled their Big 12 win total from last season.
Minnesota and Texas Tech played each other in the 2006 Insight Bowl. The Gophers suffered an epic meltdown, blowing a 31-point lead and losing 44-41.

Oregon will meet Kansas State in another marquee matchup at the Fiesta Bowl.
Still in the BCS championship chase just two weeks ago, the fifth-ranked Ducks and seventh-ranked Wildcats will play in the Jan. 3 game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Oregon (11-1) has a Heisman Trophy contender in running back Kenjon Barner and one of the nation's most dynamic offenses.
Kansas State (11-1) has a Heisman hopeful of its own in quarterback Collin Klein and a stingy defense.
Once the top two teams in the BCS standings, the Ducks and Wildcats dropped to fourth and fifth after losing on the same day in November.
Oklahoma State beat Stanford in overtime win last year's Fiesta Bowl and this one has a chance to be even better.

Syracuse is headed back to the Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years and will face former Big East foe West Virginia on Dec. 29 in Yankee Stadium.
Syracuse (7-5) won five of its last six games to capture a share of the Big East championship with a 5-2 league mark. The Mountaineers (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) completed their regular season with a 59-10 win over Kansas.
This is the 11th straight bowl trip for West Virginia, which started the season with five straight wins and was ranked as high as fifth before five straight losses.
It will be Syracuse's 24th bowl appearance overall. The Orange is 13-9-1 all-time and 4-2 against the Big 12 in the postseason.

Other Big 12 bowls include, Iowa State who will play Tulsa in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Baylor who will play UCLA in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, and TCU who will play Michigan State in teh Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.


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