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The 2011 college football season has had an interesting ten weeks so far, Texas is 6-2, while Arizona State is 6-3 and Oklahoma State is still undefeated. With all the upsets and unexpected losses comes a wide range of media projections for this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl. We’ve seen guesses vary from Baylor vs. Oregon to Texas vs. California, but the most predicted matchup for the December 29th game is between Texas A&M and Arizona State.
But who plays in the 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl isn’t decided by the media, and a team’s final record and rank isn’t a guarantee they will travel to San Antonio. Who will compete at the Alamodome in December is decided by a group of individuals on the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Team Selection Committee. Our committee members evaluate universities not just on numbers but on local and national interest, team travel and how competitive we think they will be against their bowl opponent, along with were they finished in their respective conference.
Every weekend, starting in October, bowl scouts travel to various games to build relationships with athletic department administrators and assess each school on these guidelines. This Saturday, Valero Alamo Bowl representatives will be present at each conference, including the Oregon at Stanford matchup and Texas A&M vs Kansas State.
There are still games left to be played and a lot can change in the next four weeks. Case in point, earlier this fall we presented our fans with the opportunity to “Pick the Teams”. Whoever guessed the correct schools that will be playing in this year’s Valero Alamo Bowl will win the ultimate game-day prize package. We had nearly 300 entries through September and the average picks were Stanford and Texas. With an undefeated record in November, it is unlikely Stanford will earn anything besides a BCS bid and Texas needs to stay atop the Big 12 rankings to stay in our mix.
Anything is possible and teams won’t be officially selected until December 4th. The 2011 Valero Alamo Bowl will consist of the #1 team in the Pac-12 and the #2 team in the Big 12, after BCS selections.