After the College Football Playoff Committee denied the Big 12 a spot in the College Football Playoff, it left the conference in a bit of a tailspin as far as bowl projections go. However, despite this, Texas still wound up in the bowl most prognosticators had predicted.
According to CBS Sports, the SEC, who assigns bowl games to their universities, chose Arkansas as the Longhorns’ opponent.
Arkansas's resume includes the same 6-6 record as the Longhorns, as well as impressive victories over Ole Miss and LSU.
The old rivals last faced off in 2008, with Texas coming out on top 52-10. Texas also holds the advantage in head-to-head matchups 56-21.
Elsewhere, Baylor got the nod to face Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl after the Bears jumped TCU in the final Playoff rankings, and the Horned Frogs will face Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl.
Other Big 12 destinations include Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl, West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl, Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl, and Oklahoma State in the Cactus Bowl.