TXST Bowl Destiny
Okay, Texas State apparently has a shot at a few bowl games, the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Bowl, or the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Now, before we go over exactly how to secure these bowls lets go over some assumptions. 1. Texas State WILL beat Western Kentucky and Troy. 2. Texas State will finish no better than 3rd in the Sun Belt. 3. Any bowl bid awarded will be as a replacement team. Good, thats out of the way. Now lets see what it takes for the 'Cats to be accepted into the Beef O'Brady's Bowl. SB Nation has Texas State projected to play as the replacement team in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is because the match up contains AAC's 6th ranked bowl eligible team vs. the C-USA's 4th ranked bowl eligible team. Right now Marshall is the C-USA's 4th position, but there are only 4 bowl-eligible teams in the AAC with two weeks left. Rutgers is currently the only AAC team that can end the season with 6 wins. Even if they do, Rutgers will only be the 5th and final bowl-eligible team from the AAC, leaving Texas State a chance to be the next-best team to replace the spot. How about the AdvoCare V100 Bowl? The SEC's 10th bowl-eligible team will face off against the ACC's 7th place. The ACC has 8 eligible teams, so the only chance at a filler would be the SEC's 10 spot. 9 teams in the SEC are already locked in, but a 10th spot looks unlikely. Texas State will have to sneak by Utah of the PAC-12 who can possibly finish 6-6 to attain the final SEC filler spot. The game is played on December 31 in Shreveport, LA. Lastly, the Heart of Dallas Bowl played on January 1 should be the last possible bowl invite Texas State can earn. This game features the Big Ten (7) vs. Big 12 (8). There are only 6 bowl-eligible teams in the Big 12, and the conference won't see any more teams become eligible for the remainder of the season. The Big 10 is already filled up. This leaves Texas State to take the Big 12 position. However, Texas State isn't the only school in this kind of predicament. Other schools in the same situation trying to steal bowl spots are Maryland (6-4), Bowling Green (7-3), and Utah (4-6). These teams obviously need to lose-out the remainder of their seasons to strengthen Texas State's bowl chances as well.
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