College Football: First Look at Who Claims the BCS Bowl Sweepstakes
Winners and Losers of the BCS Bowl Sweepstakes
Will all of this talk about the BCS Standings coming out Sunday it has most College Football fans dreaming about where their team will end up come December and January.
For a lot of teams, though, they have already made their plans for one of those December 15th Bowl Games if they even make one at all.
This sportswriter’s favorite bowl is the infamous Belk Bowl.
Simply a genius concept with a perfect sponsor…
Think about it…
Ahhhh…. The Belk Bowl…
This is simply not the year for these conferences to shine and the Belk Bowl will be more than happy to have you as its featured game.
There are currently eight teams from these four regions of college football who are undefeated on the season and still have high hopes for the BCS National Championship Game on January 7, 2013, down in Miami, Florida.
So who will be left standing when the dust settles?
Where will your team fall?
Let’s take a look into ole Woody’s Crystal Ball to see who will be dancing on the streets of South Beach, Florida, in January.
West Virginia will no doubt be emotional since it did not make it into the BCS National Championship Game, while Head Coach Lane Kiffin and his Trojans will be happy to have slipped into the backdoor of a BCS Bowl Game.
Oregon will have been a mainstay in the Top 5 for the entire season, but will lose out in the end and will have to settle for just another BCS Game.
Buckeye Head Coach Urban Meyer will be riding high as he will deliver Ohio State back into the national scene in the biggest of BCS arenas at the Rose Bowl.
The Florida State Seminoles will sadly accept its appointed spot as the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl and will draw the challenge of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights who come out as the Big East Champion.
This will be an intriguing matchup as the Orange Bowl is set to change up the requirements for who will be playing in the game come next season.
Add to the fact the Big East will probably get left out of any and all future bowl contracts as college football moves forward with the Plus-1 format this will be a battle worthy of the BCS billing.
This one is going to shake some things up for sure.
The Bulldogs opponent will be the Texas Longhorns who will finish runner-up in the Big 12 and earn a BCS Ranking worthy to claim this spot in New Orleans, Louisiana.
There will no doubt be an army of SEC and Big 12 fans stewing about this match-up.
BCS National Championship Game
The big one everyone has been waiting on…
Alabama will continue to chug along in the SEC and should make its case pretty easy with its top ranking each week.
The wildcard here is the Fighting Irish who will continue to win each week and will find a way to creep past the Oregon Ducks in the final poll and secure its place alongside Alabama.
All of college football has been waiting for the Irish to become relevant again and it is going to happen sooner than anyone expects.
Is this Notre Dame team ready and fully worthy of a chance to play for the BCS National Championship?
Maybe not, but the computers and BCS Rankings were set to favor the Irish as an Independent team.
Since this is the first opportunity Notre Dame has been in this position, it will get its shot to shock the college football world in more ways than one.---------------------------------------
M Shannon Smallwood has more than 10 years of college and professional sports experience in broadcasting and journalism and is the ACC Football Guru for Rant Sports.
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