Updated USA TODAY Sports bowl projections after Oklahoma's win over Oklahoma State

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Eight Big 12 teams are bowl bound after Oklahoma and Texas Tech picked up their sixth wins of the season on Saturday.

Though it hasn’t been the best season for the Sooners, they’ve gone 3-2 since their 0-3 start to Big 12 play and have a chance at an eight-win season if they’re able to win in Lubbock this Saturday and in their bowl matchup.

Only Iowa State and West Virginia failed to qualify for the postseason. TCU looks bound for the College Football Playoff, and Kansas State has a New Year’s Six bowl in their sites after a strong season.

Though a lot can still happen over the final two weeks of Big 12 play, here are the latest Big 12 bowl projections from USA TODAY Sports.

Peach Bowl - College Football Playoff: Georgia vs. Clemson

While USC is beginning to receive some buzz for the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff, don’t count out perennial playoff participant Clemson. The Tigers have rebounded nicely since their loss to Notre Dame and that loss to the Fighting Irish is looking a whole lot better.

Fiesta Bowl - College Football Playoff: TCU vs. Ohio State

It feels like the winner of Michigan vs. Ohio State will secure their spot in the College Football Playoff, assuming they can close the deal in the Big Ten title game. TCU has tough contests vs. a tough Iowa State defense and either Kansas State or Texas in the Big 12 title game before they can secure their spot in the playoff.

Sugar Bowl: Kansas State vs. Alabama

The Wildcats are having their best season under Chris Kleiman and have done so with two different quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Collin Klein’s having a great year. A tough task of facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl could provide the icing on the cake of what was a fantastic season for Kansas State.

Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Washington

Spencer Sanders vs. Michael Penix would be a lot of fun in what would most likely be a high scoring affair. The two sides have played just three times in their history, each since 1980. The only loss the Pokes suffered was with Jimmy Johnson at the helm.

Cheez-It Bowl: Texas vs. Florida State

The Cheez-It Bowl projection remained the same as last week. Texas is probably locked into this one unless Kansas State loses and the Longhorns win. Then Texas will be heading to the Sugar Bowl. Regardless of the bowl they play in, it’s unlikely they’ll have Bijan Robinson on the field as he readies for the NFL draft.

Texas Bowl: Baylor vs. Missouri

Last week, it was Baylor vs. Arkansas. Instead of a Southwest Conference reunion, the Texas Bowl gets a Big 12 reunion.

Liberty Bowl: Oklahoma vs. South Carolina

Oklahoma’s bowl bound for the 23rd-straight season. Several times the Sooners have been projected to play the South Carolina Gamecocks. That means a reunion with Shane Beamer and Spencer Rattler.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Kansas vs. Maryland

The second half of the season hasn’t fared as well for the Kansas Jayhawks, but they’re bowl bound anyway. This could be a fun matchup between two prolific offenses.

First Responders Bowl: Texas Tech vs. San Jose St.

Regardless of what happens this week, the Red Raiders are bowl bound for the second-straight season. While this isn’t as intriguing of a matchup as last year’s with Mississippi State was, bowling in Joey McGuire’s first season is a strong start.

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