San Antonio or Orlando when it comes to bowling for Texas?

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San Antonio or Orlando when it comes to bowling for Texas?

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The most likely bowl options for the Texas Longhorns after conference championship weekend appear to be a possible trip down Interstate-35 to the Alamo Bowl and a possible matchup with Utah or a trip to Orlando and a possible matchup with Notre Dame. Texas bowl announcement should come around 2:15 pm CT Sunday.

With No. 6 Oklahoma (12-1) beating Baylor in overtime Saturday, the Sooners, who won their fifth straight Big 12 title, are likely headed for a third, straight College Football Playoff after LSU took down No. 4 Georgia in the SEC Championship game and after No. 13 Oregon took down No. 5 Utah in the Pac-12 title game. Everything will be finalized when the CFP committee rankings are released on Sunday.

An Oklahoma berth in the CFP would likely mean a New Year's Six bowl berth for 11-2 Baylor, which would give the Alamo Bowl the opportunity to select Texas (7-5) from a Big 12 pool that also includes Oklahoma State (8-4), Kansas State (8-4) and Iowa State (7-5) for its Dec. 31 game at 6:30 pm CT on ESPN. Texas beat both K-State and Oklahoma State and lost at Iowa State on a walk-off field goal.

Whether Texas ends up in the Alamo Bowl or — possibly — the Camping World Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 28 at 11 am CT — perhaps against Notre Dame (10-2) — will likely depend on where Utah ends up in the final CFP rankings on Sunday.

If the 11-2 Utes, who lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship 37-15, fall out of the top 12 in the rankings but remain substantially ahead of No. 22 USC (8-4), it's likely the Alamo Bowl would select Utah and pair the Utes against the Longhorns.

If Utah falls far enough to be within a few spots in the rankings of USC, the Alamo Bowl could select the Trojans, the only team to beat Utah in the regular season. If that happens, the Alamo Bowl might pass on Texas (and select either Kansas State or Oklahoma State), since the Trojans and Longhorns have played twice in the last three years and might not excite either team's fan base.

If the Alamo passes on Texas, the Longhorns could be grabbed up by the Camping World Bowl in a possible matchup with the Fighting Irish. Such a matchup would mean the four-year seniors for both teams would've started their careers and ended their careers against each other, considering Texas and Notre Dame faced off in the teams' 2016 season opener. Texas could also be paired up against a 6-6 North Carolina team in a reunion with former Longhorns coach Mack Brown.

If the Camping World Bowl decided to pass on Texas, the Longhorns would likely be grabbed up by the Academy Sports+Outdoors Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium against an SEC opponent on Dec. 27 at 5:45 pm CT on ESPN. The SEC league office decides which team to send to its bowl tie-ins after the SEC's first three teams are selected.

If Texas somehow slid to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis on Dec. 31 at 2:45 pm CT on ESPN against an SEC opponent or, perhaps, SMU if the SEC is out of bowl-eligible teams at that point.

Texas will have to wait until Sunday to determine exactly where the Longhorns are headed for the postseason when the final College Football Playoff rankings are released at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN.

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