It’s no longer a matter of if, but a matter of where Texas will be playing its bowl game to conclude the inaugural season of the Tom Herman era.
The ‘Horns marched into Morgantown on Saturday afternoon as underdogs against a ranked foe and boarded the plane back to Austin hours later as a bowl eligible ball club. The 28-14 win saw Texas climb to 6-5 on the season and pushed the ‘Horns into bowl eligibility since 2014; the beginning of the Charlie Strong era.
With the required six-win threshold reached, updated bowl projections now include the Longhorns, with the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio and the Texas Bowl in Houston appearing to be the two most likely destinations to date.
SB Nation’s very own projections have the ‘Horns headed to Houston to meet 8-3 Mississippi State in the Texas Bowl. Similar to the Longhorns, the Bulldogs have endured a daunting schedule and as a result, Mississippi State’s three losses have come at the hands of Alabama, Georgia and Auburn.
NBC Sports has Texas traveling south to San Antonio for a bit more prolific showdown against Washington State in the Alamo Bowl. Currently ranked No. 14, Washington State is 9-2 and began the season 6-0 with wins over USC and Oregon before faltering a bit as of late.
ESPN echoed each of the aforementioned sentiments, with Kyle Bonagura projecting Texas to the Alamo Bowl, while David Hale has the ‘Horns in the Texas Bowl. Similar to NBC Sports, Bonagura had the ‘Horns squaring off with Washington State, although Hale projected a matchup fans have clamored for since 2011 — Texas and Texas A&M.
For those hoping for such a showdown, though, the 2017 Texas Bowl may not be the time or the place.
I've been told that Texas officials will frown on playing A&M. They don't want to rekindle the rivalry that way. https://t.co/cvcD1jhifu— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) November 19, 2017
Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman also mentioned the Camping World Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Cactus Bowl as potential postseason destinations. Texas has never appeared in the Camping World Bowl — formerly known as the Russell Athletic Bowl — nor the Liberty Bowl.