Bowl Predictions 2012: Analyzing Where Undefeated Teams Will Wind Up
With five unbeatens left in college football, not even counting Ohio State as they're banned from postseason competition, there’s a great chance that we have some more BCS controversy on our hands in a few weeks.
Because only two teams can make the national title game, there are likely going to be quite a few disappointed squads that will have to settle for the glorified third-place game, the Fiesta Bowl.
Let’s take a look at where each of the undefeated programs are projected to wind up, assuming they win out from Week 11 through the end of the regular season and championship games.
Alabama vs. Oregon – BCS National Championship Game
Which undefeated team do you want to see most in the BCS championship game?
Without a doubt, ‘Bama is BCS bound for the second-straight year, as long as they finish the season strong and win the SEC Championship game. The Crimson Tide are unanimously considered the best in the nation and will be an overwhelming favorite vs. whoever they match up against.
We believe that will be the Oregon Ducks, who are currently No. 3 but face a ranked Stanford team and a ranked Oregon State squad to close their regular campaign, plus get an additional week to prove themselves in the Pac-12 title game.
This should be an excellent showdown between two opponents on opposite ends of the spectrum, from two vastly different conferences. It should generate a lot more excitement than last year’s SEC vs. SEC snoozefest.
Kansas State vs. Notre Dame – Fiesta Bowl
As long as K-State QB Collin Klein is healthy, the Wildcats are likely on their way to the Fiesta Bowl. It’s going to be a tough pill to swallow, considering they are currently ranked No. 2, but the lack of a championship game and Oregon’s tougher late-season schedule will drop Bill Snyder’s squad down to this Glendale, Arizona-based consolation bowl.
The Fighting Irish will also be upset, having put together their first undefeated campaign since 1988 and not getting a chance to compete for a national championship.
Expect both of these teams to come out with a chip on their shoulder and attempt to prove to the nation that they should have been considered for the BCS championship match.
Louisville vs. Florida State – Orange Bowl
It’s a shame, but the Big East’s lack of respect and power in college football will relegate it’s best team to an Orange Bowl appearance against the ACC’s champion—likely Florida State.
Unless a number of drastic events take place, we don’t believe the Cardinals have the credentials or a chance to move up enough for any BCS consideration.
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