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BCS Bowl Predictions: Outcomes That Are All Too Predictable

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars is welcomed as he walks off the field against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIISeptember 26, 2016

I can predict the winner of the biggest bowl games of this season.

Everybody wants to know who's going to win the big bowl games, especially the BCS national championship.

Everybody has an opinion and you bet your bottom dollar that everybody has a prediction.

You better believe I have mine, too.

Some of these matchups are incredibly easy to get a read on, and I dare say some of them are even easier to predict.

These bowl games will be all too predictable:

Houston vs. Penn State: TicketCity Bowl

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 26: James Terry #93 of the Penn State Nittany Lions stands on the sidelines against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 45-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Da
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I have to give Houston credit, being that they do have the nation's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 443.8 yards per game and 50.8 points per game.

With that being said, this team didn't face a legitimate team until Southern Mississippi waxed them 49-28 in the Conference USA Championship.

The Golden Eagles forced star quarterback Case Keenum into two interceptions to go along with his two touchdowns, and ran the ball all over them, totaling 207 yards on the ground.

Enter Nittany Lions running back Silas Redd, his 1,188 yards and seven touchdowns and a Big Ten defense, and we've got the makings of an easy win for Penn State.

Winner: Penn State


Stanford vs. Oklahoma State: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

STILLWATER, OK - DECEMBER 03:  Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs the offense during play against the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Even though this game matches up No. 3 and No. 4, it's still an easy pick.

The Cardinal have Andrew Luck at quarterback with 3,170 yards, 35 touchdowns and just nine interceptions on the season, and that alone makes them dangerous. Their offense averaged 480.9 yards per game, which is also very dangerous.

Consider that Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and the Cowboys are averaging 557 yards, per game and that negates the Cardinals offensive numbers.

Also consider the fact that the Cowboys have arguably the better rusher in Joseph Randle. Compare his 1,193 yards rushing yards, 23 touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns to Stepfan Taylor's 1,153 yards, eight touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.

Advantage Oklahoma State, in a game which many feel will be an offensive shootout.

If that's the case, the Cowboys win this easily.

Winner: Oklahoma State


Alabama vs. LSU: Allstate BCS National Championship

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide makes a catch over Ryan Baker #22 of the LSU Tigers during the first half of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Streeter Le
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This is the long-awaited rematch of No. 1 and No. 2, but this time I think the Tide will have the advantage.

There's no doubting how good LSU has been. They have an undefeated record, a steady offense and a defense that gives up only 10.5 points per game.

The kicker is that they are playing the team that has a defense that gives up only 8.8 points per game, and has arguably the best offensive weapon in the country in running back Trent Richardson.

Richardson finished the season with 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground, and 327 and three touchdowns in the passing game.

He's a game-changer, but he only managed to get 89 yards without a score the last time these two teams played.

I don't see how that can be possible in the rematch, especially given the stage they will be playing on.

They say that defense wins championships, but in this case the running game will. After all, in this matchup, one score should be good enough.

Winner: Alabama

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