Texas followed a straight path to the Cotton Bowl, while Iowa took the back door to the Rose.
Butch Hadnot scored on a 19-yard run and Michael Pollak kicked three field goals Saturday as sixth-ranked Texas rallied to beat Baylor 23-13 and clinch its first Southwest Conference title since 1983. The Longhorns will play No. 2 Miami in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day."It was a sweet win," linebacker Brian Jones said.
Not so sweet was Iowa's path to Pasadena.
Keswic Joiner caught a 28-yard touchdown pass and recovered a blocked punt for another score as Minnesota beat the 13th-ranked Hawkeyes 31-24. But 15th-ranked Michigan's 16-13 victory over No. 19 Ohio State earlier in the day guaranteed Iowa a spot in the Rose Bowl against Pac-10 champion Washington.
Tennessee gained the inside track to the Sugar Bowl with a 42-28 victory over Kentucky. The 14th-ranked Volunteers can clinch at least a tie for the Southeastern Conference championship by beating Vanderbilt next Saturday. If Tennessee ties for the title, it will probably get the Sugar bid because the Volunteers would be the highest-ranked team in the league.
Virginia got the other Sugar Bowl berth despite a 38-13 loss to Virginia Tech. The No. 17 Cavaliers, who had the bid locked up before the game, are the first team with three losses to get a Sugar Bowl invitation since Nebraska in 1974.