Power Ranking the Top 5 Made for TV BCS Games
Like it or not, the design of a BCS Bowl Game is based off of the potential television ratings they can draw. Whether that calls for two high-profile teams doing battle or two offensive powerhouses pouring on the points, the formula is known for BCS success.
The question is, which teams from this year's rankings would make for the best made for TV BCS Bowl Games?
For some, the following slides will present rematches of instant classics from the past few seasons. For others, there will be battles based off of the individual brilliance of players on each respective roster.
Regardless of which route you take, there is no way you could turn away from your television with these games on the air.
5. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers
Storyline: Rematch of the 2012 BCS Championship Game
Player to Watch: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU Tigers
Projected Outcome: LSU 26, Alabama 17
Over the past two college football seasons, the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers have put on three classic brawls. From their 2012 BCS Championship Game slugfest to their most recent showdown in which 'Bama escaped the Tigers by a score of 21-17, there has been nothing short of brilliant football from these two schools.
So why not give LSU a chance to even the score?
The Tigers exposed the Crimson Tide on Nov. 3, tearing up what was conceived to be the best defense in football. Behind quarterback Zach Mettenberger, LSU poured on 435 yards of offense and 10 first downs.
That includes 296 yards through the air.
Alabama managed to battle back, riding 10-of-16 passing for 121 yards by AJ McCarron when the Crimson Tide were trailing. Such sets the stage for yet another battle between the nation's elite, as the SEC West's top teams write another chapter in their budding rivalry.
Now, if that doesn't make for great television, what will?
4. Oregon Ducks vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Storyline: Running to Victory
Player to Watch: Todd Gurley & Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia Bulldogs
Projected Outcome: Oregon Ducks 44, Georgia Bulldogs 34
If you're looking for the best game of the college football season, you may just get it with an Oregon Ducks-Georgia Bulldogs showdown.
Oregon and Georgia are two of the most high-powered offenses in the nation. Although the Ducks have a significant advantage over any opponent on that end of the field, the Bulldogs defense happens to be strong enough to make this a ball game.
With Jarvis Jones leading the way, they may even be able to hold the Ducks to less than 35 points. And yes, folks, that is an achievement.
Less than 45 is hard enough.
With Aaron Murray dealing for Georgia and Marcus Mariota behind center for Oregon, we'd be in store for a memorable quarterback duel. Both would complete passes over the top, all the while utilizing their elite playmakers on screen plays.
For Oregon, look for De'Anthony Thomas to continue averaging 8.7 yards per touch as a runner and receiver. For Georgia, it would be Tavarres King, who is averaging 20.8 yards per reception.
Who's ready for some offense?
No matter how powerful their defense may be, the Bulldogs would be forced to rely on their offense to keep the pace. Although the pass game has been acknowledged as steady, they'll need their run game to control the pace of things.
Freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are the perfect tandem for the job. The question is, can anyone match Oregon's scoring pace?
3. Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Storyline: Battle of the Quarterbacks: Collin Klein vs. Johnny Manziel
Player to Watch: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Aggies
Projected Outcome: Kansas State Wildcats 27, Texas A&M Aggies 24
If you had to pinpoint two players as the stars of the 2012-13 college football season, chances are you'd go with quarterbacks Collin Klein and Johnny Manziel. With that being the case, why not go out on a limb and have them square off in a BCS Bowl Game?
Now, that's great television.
Klein has emerged as this season's Tim Tebow, rushing for 19 touchdowns and leading the Wildcats to a 10-0 start. Manziel, meanwhile, has become a human highlight reel with his cannon of an arm and playmaking legs.
Klein led Kansas State to an upset of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Manziel led Texas A&M to an upset of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Must we continue?
As these two duel it out, there would be one player on the offensive side of the ball that could decide the outcome of things. That man, of course, is the other freshman that is taking College Station, Texas by storm.
6'5" wide receiver Mike Evans.
Evans would go up against a shaky pass defense that ranks 80th in the nation. Considering Texas A&M's ranks 81st, it'd be imperative that Evans flashes his big-play ability for Manziel downfield.
With at least five receptions in nine of 10 games, you could count on him for that. But would it be enough to win this one?
With Klein's never-say-die attitude, we'd be in store for an instant classic.
2. Kansas State Wildcats vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Storyline: The Heart of College Football: Collin Klein vs. Manti Te'o
Player to Watch: Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Projected Outcome: Notre Dame 19, Kansas State 17
This isn't going to be the type of game in which the winner scores 40 points. In fact, the winner might score less than 20 before all is said and done.
What this battle offers us, however, is a battle of the two greatest leaders in the nation. Kansas State's Collin Klein and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.
Best of all, they'll be going against one another on every snap they play. Now tell me that doesn't excite you.
This is the closest thing College Football would have to a Tom Brady vs. Ray Lewis type of battle. Although Klein is not the caliber thrower Brady is, this would come down to which player has a stronger will to win.
A debate that would likely come down to the final possession of the game.
The Fighting Irish presently rank fourth in the nation in run defense. As for how good they've been, consider that they've allowed two rushing touchdowns all season.
To put that in perspective, they've played Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State, Denard Robinson of Michigan, Stepfan Taylor of Stanford and Blake Bell of Oklahoma.
You want dominant? Notre Dame is dominant.
Kansas State, meanwhile, ranks fourth in the nation in terms of rushing touchdowns per game. Led by Klein's 19 and John Hubert's 12 rushing touchdowns, the Wildcats have become an unstoppable force on the ground.
Something's gotta give if the Wildcats play the Irish. So whose will is stronger?
1. Clemson Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks
Storyline: Nothing but Offense
Player to Watch: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon Ducks
Projected Outcome: Oregon 56, Clemson 41
Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins vs. Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas. Who's ready for an offensive slugfest?
Oregon presently ranks third in the nation by averaging 562.6 yards of total offense per game. Clemson, meanwhile, is seventh with 513.8 yards.
As for how they score, Oregon is first in the nation with 54.8 points per contest. Clemson ranks sixth with 42.9.
Cross your fingers for the college football Gods to bless us with this game.
Boyd, Watkins and Hopkins make for one of the most dangerous pass games in the nation. They're averaging 322.6 yards per game through the air, with Boyd ranking second in the nation in passer rating.
First is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Are you beginning to feel the excitement?
Behind Mariota would be the nation's best running back combination, as Heisman hopefuls Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas rack up the yards and pour on the points. Whether as runners or receivers, they'd get their job done.
Just don't sleep on receiver Josh Huff, who would play a key role in helping the Ducks overcome Clemson's fierce pass attack.
It would take Oregon losing the Pac-12 Championship Game to make this happen, but how can we not dream? This offensive slugfest would rival the West Virginia-Baylor battle that finished at 70-63.
The difference is, there would be a BCS Bowl Game on the line. Dream television.