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BCS Bowl Games Preview

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas to all of my readers!

College football is coming to an end. A number of bowls are already finished and have provided us the excitement we all expected them to, feeding our cravings for the BCS games.

The bigger bowls are getting closer and the excitement of the 2012 bowl season is growing. We are only 14 days away from kickoff at the national championship.

A few days ago I wrote a Big 12 bowl preview. Today, I am writing my predictions for all four BCS bowl games and the national championship.

Below are all BCS bowl games and my predictions:

Rose Bowl Presented by VIZIO (Jan 1, 5 pm ET)

Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) vs. No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12)

The Badgers enter with five losses in a fairly tough conference. It owns the 12th best rushing attack in the nation and has the 19th fewest points scored against it this season.

Its opponent, Stanford, has only lost twice all season, once to a team that is playing in the national championship, and once to the Washington Huskies by a touchdown.

Stanford owns the 14th best defense by points allowed.

I think the Cardinal will get the job done here, winning 21-14 in a defensive showcase.

Discover Orange Bowl (Jan 1, 8:30 pm ET)

No. 15 Northern Illinois Huskies (12-1, 8-0 MAC) vs. No. 12 Florida State (11-2, 7-1 ACC)

NIU shocked the world with its BCS bowl birth and enters the game as a sort of Cinderella team for the 2012 BCS season. It’s only loss came against the Iowa Hawkeyes to open the season.

It had a decisive win against the No. 17 Kent State Golden Flashes in the MAC Championship game to end the season and owns the ninth best rushing attack in the country, as well as the ranking for ninth most points scored.

It will be facing FSU, who lost only two games, one to the number four team in the country, and one to the NC State Wolfpack by one point.

FSU is ranked sixth in points against, and looks to pit its strong defense against NIU’s offense.

I think NIU can pull this one out, and frankly I hope they do.

Look for the underdogs to steal the win in a close, hard fought game, 24-21.

AllState Sugar Bowl (Jan 2, 8:30pm ET)

No. 21 Louisville Cardinals (10-2, 5-2 Big East) vs. No. 3 Florida Gators (11-1, 7-1 SEC)

Louisville ended the season with only two losses. This team lost to a 5-7 Connecticut Huskies team, as well as a 5-5 Syracuse Orange team. I’ll say it, if this team wasn’t in the Big East with an automatic tie in; there is no way it is playing in a BCS bowl.

It enters the game led by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who has led the team to the 24th best passing attack in the nation.

Louisville has not played a ranked team all season and now looks to take on the number three team in the country in a BCS bowl.

Florida enters the game one spot out of the national championship ranked third in the nation in points against.

I think Florida will have its way with an untested Louisville team 42-7.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan 3, 8:30 pm ET)

No. 4 Oregon Ducks (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) vs. No. 5 Kansas State (11-1, 8-1 Big 12)

In what many though would be a national championship game a few weeks ago, KSU’s strong defense looks to shut down Oregon’s strong offense.

This should be an exciting game. I think Oregon’s offense will be too much for KSU. Oregon wins 42-35.

Discover BCS National Championship (Jan 7, 8:30 pm ET)

No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-0) vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1, 7-1 SEC)

Notre Dame has finally got its shot at a national championship for the first time in a very long time. It enters with the fewest points allowed per game, averaging only 10.3 points allowed per game and is the only undefeated team in championship contention this season.

Alabama enters with only one loss, and the second fewest points allowed per game, averaging only 10.7 points allowed per game.

This will be a low scoring game with few scoring opportunities. Whoever capitalizes on these chances will win the game.

This one could go either way, but I think Notre Dame will get another championship win this year. They are battle tested and seem to be the real deal. Notre Dame wins 9-3.