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Bowl Projections: TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma

Texas A&M is the first local team to accept a bowl invitation, and the Aggies, who managed to end the season on a six-game winning streak, will be headed to Cowboys Stadium to take part in the 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic. 

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With the non-BCS bowls already locking up teams, here's a quick glance at where the other local schools are likely to be headed come bowl season.

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TCU - The Horned Frogs are almost certainly Rose Bowl-bound, barring a loss by Auburn to South Carolina or Oregon to Oregon State. It's unfortunate that TCU likely won't play in the BCS Championship game, but a trip to the Rose Bowl is absolutely nothing to sneeze at. Wisconsin will be the Big Ten's representative in the Rose Bowl thanks to a three-way tie breaker going to the highest ranked BCS team.

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Baylor - It looks very likely that the Baylor Bears will be taking part in the Texas Bowl - and their likely foe is going to be Illinois. Baylor will be rewarded with their first bowl game since 1994 and will get to have it instate as the Texas Bowl is held in Houston's Reliant Stadium. 

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Texas Tech - Texas Tech is likely ticketed for the TicketCity Bowl, held in the Cotton Bowl. The Red Raiders, much like Baylor and Texas A&M, will be playing their bowl game instate. Texas Tech will likely face off against Northwestern - something I originally predicted, then changed, but will now revert back to my original choice.

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Oklahoma - If the Sooners defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, they'll find themselves in the Fiesta Bowl - which is exactly what I think will happen. If they don't, they definitely won't be headed to a BCS bowl and would likely find themselves in the Alamo Bowl.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.