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2012 bowl projections: Texas slated to play in Cotton Bowl against LSU

Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns are projected to play in the Cotton Bowl, against Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

With college football season winding down, college football experts and analysts are busy trying to peg the latest and greatest bowl projections.

CBS Sports' Jerry Palm is one of those analysts -- and he's projected all 35 bowl games each week. This week, Palm projects the Texas Longhorns to participate in the Cotton Bowl against the LSU Tigers.

Certainly, a trip to the Cotton Bowl would be good for Texas. However, facing a team like LSU, who had legitimate national title aspirations coming into the season, could be dangerous for a Longhorns program that is increasingly fragile.

Each year, the Cotton Bowl pits the No. 2 Big 12 team (barring a pair of BCS qualifiers) against an SEC team.

Palm also projects the TCU Horned Frogs to take on the Utah Utes, in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Pinstripe Bowl is held at Yankee Stadium, and pits the No. 7 team in the Big 12 against the No. 4 team from the Big East. Currently, the Big East isn't projected to have four bowl eligible teams, so Utah could take a Big East school's place in the game.

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