2011 Bowl Predictions: Stanford and Teams Doomed to Fail in BCS Bowls

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2011

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal reacts during the final minute of their loss to the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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While BCS bowl matchups like LSU vs. Alabama and Wisconsin vs. Oregon are too close to call, there are a few teams doomed to fail.

While the BCS bowls offer up a stellar lineup of seemingly even matchups, a disappointing loss is inevitable for these three teams.


Stanford vs. Oklahoma State: Fiesta Bowl

This high-scoring affair is sure to feature a ridiculous point total from both sides, but Stanford doesn't have the weapons to compete in a shootout with Oklahoma State.

Like Oregon, which Stanford lost to in blowout fashion, Oklahoma State has the means to put up 60 on any given night.

Stanford has limitations offensively, and while Andrew Luck is able to compensate for its shortcomings and lack of weapons for the most part, he can't hope to compete with Brandon Weeden, who has Justin Blackmon at his disposal.


Clemson vs. West Virginia: Orange Bowl

Freshman Sammy Watkins has been overly impressive this season, but with Clemson losing three of its last five games, it's going to take far more than a top-flight phenom receiver to bail out the Tigers.

West Virginia has won three straight and though it's had its ups and downs this season, it's coming into this game playing its best football.

The once-potent offense has been reduced to a sporadic attack that put up 12 points in back-to-back games before redeeming itself against Virginia Tech in its last game of the regular season.

Don't count on an overhyped Clemson team showing the nation that it is the team it seemed to be when it jumped out to an 8-0 start.


Virginia Tech vs. Michigan: Sugar Bowl

Michigan is coming off a trio of wins—beating Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State—to close out its season. Virginia Tech limps into this game after getting spanked by Clemson at home 38-10.

Michigan only has two losses on the season. As long as they let Denard Robinson be Denard Robinson, this game is in the bag for the Wolverines.

Virginia Tech's usually stout defense is going to have serious problems, and if Michigan can slow David Wilson's production down to a dull roar, VA Tech doesn't stand a chance.