Instant Analysis-BCS Bowls Matchups are Out
The moment many of us college football fans have been waiting for is finally here. The matchups for the BCS bowls including the BCS Championship game have been announced. Sort of. Some of these were foregone conclusions and made perfect sense. But at least one of these is a bit of a head scratcher and overall there is some interesting history to these matchups.
First is the BCS Championship game which will feature the 12-0 and #1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the 12-1 Alabama Crimson Tide who finished #2 in the final BCS. This was an easy choice and really looking at the body of work it really is the pairing of the 2 best teams for the entire season. No prediction for me yet, but I do think this is going to be a tremendous matchup.
Next up are a battle of 11-1 teams in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with the Kansas State Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks. This was my dream BCS title game so I am very excited to see that they will get to face off in the consolation game. Kansas State won the Big 12 and Oregon is in as an at-large.
Next up is the Rose Bowl which will feature the Big 10 Champions Wisconsin Badgers going against the Pac-12 Champions Stanford Cardinal. This promises to be a hard hitting, grinding football game with lots of pounding defense. Could be dull to some fans.
The Sugar Bowl will feature the Big East Champions Louisville Cardinals against BCS at-large Florida Gators. The Gators are 11-1 and the Cardinals are 10-2. On paper the game seems a bit lopsided but more on that later.
The final BCS bowl is of course the Orange Bowl. Now, if rumors are to be believed it will be the ACC champs Florida State Seminoles against BCS at-large Northern Illinois Huskies. If these rumors are true this will be the first BCS bowl to feature a school from the MAC so props to them. There is a great deal of speculation at this point about where all these teams will land when the final BCS bowl announcements are made, but it appears as if when it all shakes out there will be 3 teams playing in BCS bowls who will finish outside the Top 15 in the final BCS poll. Not sure if that’s a good thing.
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