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The reason for the season is upon us as college football conferences prepare for championship Saturday.

The season, of course, is bowl projection season and the predictions are fluid and changing by the minute.

The state of Texas has eight bowl-eligible schools vying for bowls, including TCU, SMU and North Texas. TCU, with its College Football Playoff chances dim, appears poised to play in the Cotton Bowl or Alamo Bowl.

We’re fortunate to be home to four bowl games, including the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (confused yet?) and the Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium in, you guessed it, Frisco.

It’s a good bet that several of the eight Texas schools will spend their bowl week in North Texas, either playing each other or sizing up a team from out of state. The most intriguing bowl projection going at the moment comes from USA Today, which has Texas playing Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Dec. 27. The Longhorns and Aggies haven’t played since Nov. 24, 2011 when Texas escaped with a 27-25 Thanksgiving Day win in College Station. The rivalry ceased to exist when A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC. If it happens, it would be must-see TV.

Tradition runs deep as the Texas A&M football players and coaches celebrate their 50-43 OT Southwest Classic win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

A look at the current projections for Texas schools:

School

Sports Illustrated

CBS Sports

USA Today

Sporting News

TCU

Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State

Fiesta vs. USC

Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State

Alamo Bowl vs. Washington

SMU

Boca Raton Bowl vs. Florida Intl.

Hawaii Bowl vs. Colorado State

Frisco Bowl vs. UTSA

Cure Bowl vs. Central Michigan

North Texas

Heart of Dallas vs. Texas Tech

New Mexico Bowl San Diego St.

Heart of Dallas vs. Texas Tech

Heart of Dallas vs. Kansas State

Texas

Texas Bowl vs. Utah

Heart of Dallas vs. UCLA

Texas Bowl vs. Texas A&M

Liberty Bowl vs. Mississippi State

Texas A&M

Music City Bowl vs. Iowa

Belk Bowl vs. Wake Forest

Texas Bowl vs. Texas

TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Virginia Tech

Houston

Frisco Bowl vs. Marshall

Frisco Bowl vs. Northern Illinois

Boca Raton vs. Florida Atl.

Hawaii Bowl vs. Boise State

UT San Ant.

New Mexico Bowl vs. Utah St.

Armed Forces Bowl vs. Army

Frisco Bowl vs. SMU

NA

Texas Tech

Heart of Dallas vs. UNT

Cactus Bowl vs. Oregon

Heart of Dallas vs. UNT

Independence Bowl vs. Southern Miss

North Texas bowl schedule

Date

Bowl

Site

Dec. 20

DXL Frisco Bowl

Toyota Stadium, Frisco

Dec. 23

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth

Dec. 26

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Cotton Bowl, Dallas

Dec. 29

Goodyear Cotton Bowl

AT&T Stadium, Arlington

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