Evaluating Texas' bowl game scenarios 

November, 5, 2012
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas managed to turn back the clock on a weekend when almost everybody -- c’mon, get with the times or just the right time, Arizona -- did the same.

The Longhorns made some tackles, sprinkled in some deep balls, hit the open holes, connected on a 40-plus yard field goal and were there for the crucial stops. And they won. It was like old times.

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AP Photo/Reed HoffmannIf Mack Brown and the Longhorns win out, there is a strong chance they could play in a BCS bowl.
Now because of that win, the Longhorns can start to look forward. Oh, not too much. Surely the coaching staff and the players are emboldened enough to look past Iowa State.

Although it was just last week wide receiver Mike Davis sent belly-gripping chortles through most Texas observers when he said the team could still go to a BCS bowl. Now that laughter has subsided into a mere elbow-to-side jabs and small grins.

That’s not to say a BCS bowl couldn’t happen for Texas. It could. It’s just that at this point, it doesn’t appear as if repeating Texas’s bowl pattern history -- Texas has stair-stepped from Holiday, to a BCS bowl, to the BCS national title game twice before in Mack Brown’s tenure -- is all that plausible.

Still, it is a possible and as such will enter the discussion. Here then are many of the other possibilities that face this Texas team as it moves through the final three games and into the bowl season:

BCS: The chances are skinnier than D.J. Monroe. But, again, there is a chance.

The first chance for Texas hinges on Oklahoma collapsing. Texas then has to beat Kansas State and move into the No. 2 spot in the Big 12. Given that the Sooners’ two losses are to top five BCS teams and they have beaten everyone else soundly, except UTEP, that is not likely to happen.

But Texas can still get to a BCS even if OU wins out.

Kansas State controls its won destiny. But with Collin Klein possibly injured and the upcoming schedule holding two road games on it, things could spin out of control for the Wildcats. TCU and Baylor have the potential to pull off upsets at home.

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