2012 Bowl Games: Texas headed to Alamo Bowl

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Texas will face Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, while former Big 12 foes Oklahoma and Texas A&M will square off in a very interesting Cotton Bowl.

The Texas Longhorns will play in the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 29 against the Oregon State Beavers. The Longhorns (8-4) are one of seven teams from the state of Texas that will be in action during bowl season.

The Texas A&M Aggies have perhaps the most attractive opponent of the seven. They'll take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on Jan. 4. The Aggies will feature a possible Heisman Trophy winner, with Johnny Manziel under center. On the other side, the Sooners have decorated senior Landry Jones calling the signals.

The Baylor Bears were rewarded for their strong finish to the season with a shot at the Pac-12 runner-up, the UCLA Bruins, in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 27. The Texas Tech Red Raiders and TCU Horned Frogs will represent the Big 12 during bowl season, as well. Texas Tech will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston on Dec. 28, while TCU has a date with the Michigan State Spartans in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz. a day later.

The SMU Mustangs and Rice Owls will make bowl appearances as well, with SMU drawing the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve, and Rice squaring off against the Air Force Falcons in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth on Dec. 29.

The Metroplex will host the Heart of Dallas Bowl, formerly the Ticket City Bowl, with the Purdue Boilermakers taking on the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.

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