Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Who's in the 2016 Liberty Bowl? Post-Week 12 Projections.


Action from 2014 Liberty Bowl. Image via High Ground News.

Time for another look at what the 2015 bowl season could look like. This time, it's the venerable Liberty Bowl that's on the clock.



Official bowl name: 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Location : Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tn.

Date: Jan 2, 2016

Conference affiliations: Big 12 and SEC

Alternate affiliation: The American

Last season: Texas A&M over West Virginia 45-37

Who the analysts' will face each other in 2016:

Brett McMurphy, ESPN
Texas Tech vs. Georgia

Mark Schlabach, ESPN
Texas Tech vs. LSU

Stewart Mandel, FOX Sports
Arkansas vs. Kansas State

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports
Kansas State vs. Tennessee

Jason Kirk, SB*Nation
Kansas St. vs. Arkansas

Bryan Fischer, Bleacher Report
Kansas St. vs. Mississippi State

Steve Lassan, Athlon Sports
West Virginia vs. Arkansas

Bill Bender, Sporting News
West Virginia vs. LSU

Brant Parsons, The Orlando Sentinel
Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M

Pete Fiutak, Campus Insiders
West Virginia vs. Tennessee

College Sports Madness
Arizona vs. Texas A&M

West Virginia, Kansas St., and Texas Tech are the popular choices for the Big 12 Liberty Bowl representative. College Sports Madness doesn't believe the Big 12 will be able to muster enough bowl eligible teams for the postseason, and chooses Arizona.

On the SEC side, the analysts are rather mixed about who that conference's representative will be. Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, and Texas A&M get two nods apiece.

Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M sounds like the most intriguing matchup, with Texas Tech head coach Kilff Kingsbury facing the Texas A&M team he served as offensive coordinator for.

Texas Tech gets paired with LSU as well. Interest in this matchup (along with West Virginia vs. LSU) gets amped up a notch as rumors continue to circulate involving LSU ready to part ways with  head coach Les Miles.

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