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2011 Cotton Bowl Projection: Georgia, Kansas State Could Meet In Jerryworld

The Bulldogs would make a rare trip to Texas to face the upstart Wildcats, if the Big 12's projected double BCS bids hold true.

The Southeastern Conference could send its first Eastern Division team to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic for the first time since 2005 if current projections hold. The Georgia Bulldogs, set to win the East and play national title contending LSU in the SEC title, would go to the Cotton Bowl due largely in part to Arkansas's existing deal with Cowboys Stadium to play Texas A&M at the site annually. 

LSU will play heavily in the SEC's Cotton Bowl representative: if they run the table en route to a BCS title appearance, that will include beating the Hogs on November 26 and Georgia the following week in Atlanta, giving Arkansas two losses and Georgia three. Arkansas would go to the Capital One Bowl in Orlando to play a Big 10 opponent, while the Dogs would head west to Dallas. 

Kansas State is the favorite to represent the Big 12, with a chance to finish 10-2 with remaning games against Texas and Iowa State. The bid would be the Wildcats' first since the 2001 Cotton Bowl, when they defeated Tennessee 35-21. K State's bowl projections will hinge on how the two schools that trounced the Wildcats finish - if the Sooners can claim a BCS at-large bid, they'd likely go to the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford, while Oklahoma State has an inside track to the BCS Championship against LSU.

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