BCS Bowl Projections

BCS PredictionsAs the season gets down to the really big games in NCAA football there is much speculation as to which school will go to which bowl game.  OK, with just over a month to go, here is a quick look at how the BCS bowls might look if the season ended today.

The one and only game that everyone seems to agree on is the BCS title game which will be played in Miami on January 7, 2013.  The unanimous choices are, of course, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oregon Ducks. If this comes off as predicted, we will see the No. 1 scoring defense against the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation.  Fasten your seatbelts and hold on!  It will be a barnburner classic.

The champions of selected conferences are contractually committed to certain bowls, unless they are No. 1 or No. 2, the ACC champs go to the Orange Bowl; the Big Ten champs go to the Rose Bowl; the Big 12 champs go to the Fiesta Bowl; the Pac-12 champs go to the Rose Bowl to face the Big 10 and the SEC champs go to the Sugar Bowl. If a Bowl loses a host team to the title game, then the bowl gets first choice at a replacement team.  Ohio State is undefeated but ineligible for a bowl game this year due to NCAA sanctions, so Nebraska will go to the Rose Bowl representing the Big Ten.

Here is one way that the other big bowls could all go down.

The Sugar Bowl could very well end up with LSU taking on Notre Dame.  The Sugar gets first choice to replace Alabama and wouldn’t hesitate picking the Irish. Once upon a time these teams played in New Orleans back in 2006 in the second season for both Les Miles and Charlie Weis.  An alternate scenario the Sugar Bowl takes Florida as a replacement for Alabama and Oklahoma as the at-large selection.

The granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl could feature Nebraska vs. Oregon State or perhaps Stanford.  The Fiesta Bowl could see Kansas State vs. Louisville.  There are rumors that the Fiesta would be happy to take an unbeaten Louisville to match against projected Big 12 champ K-State. The trade with the Orange Bowl means that Oklahoma could go to South Florida and play in the Orange Bowl against ACC champs Florida State. The Seminoles vs. the Sooners would be a rematch of the 2000 BCS title game. As they say in New Orleans, you know, but, you never know!

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