Last season's BCS National Championship had two SEC teams. Will it have any this season?
The BCS has been turned on its head in the past few weeks. For the first time in the history of the BCS National Championship Game, it looks as though an SEC team will not be participating after powerhouse Alabama took their first loss last week. Here are some exciting potential matchups based on the newest BCS standings:
Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Alabama
Result: Alabama 41, Michigan 21
In a rematch of the first game of the year for both of these teams, it is very conceivable that they could meet again in the Rose Bowl. If Oregon plays in the National Championship Game, then their spot in the Rose Bowl as the Pac-12 winner would become an at-large bid and would most likely go to Alabama if they lose in the SEC Championship Game.
This is a matchup of two powerhouse programs that would potentially be one of the highest grossing bowl games ever. The game in and of itself, however, would probably be much less exciting.
As we saw in the opening week, Alabama is leaps and bounds ahead of Michigan in almost every category. They are bigger, faster, stronger and more efficient. This could be a fun matchup to talk about, but the game won't be close.
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Clemson
Result: Georgia 28, Clemson 17
Who will play in the National Championship Game?
This could be one of the best bowl matchups of the season. Georgia, a constantly underrated SEC team, and Clemson, a top-tier team in a conference that doesn't get enough respect, could butt heads in the Sugar Bowl and create a very interesting game.
Georgia plays hard-nosed pro-style football and tries to win along the lines. Clemson is one of the most athletic teams in the country and led by quarterback Tajh Boyd could pose a threat to Georgia. However, I see Georgia's SEC battle-tested team being able to overcome the play-making abilities of Boyd and the Clemson tigers in what should be a very fun game to watch.
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Nebraska
Result: Kansas State 35, Nebraska 24
Kansas State has been the surprise team of the season, currently ranking No. 1 in the BCS standings. However, I think that they will lose one of their remaining two games to either Baylor or Texas and will consequently not play in the National Championship Game.
However, a Kansas State-Nebraska matchup of the new Big 12 kings vs. the old Big 12 kings could be very popular in the Midwest. Nebraska is a very solid football team led by dynamic quarterback Taylor Martinez and a hard-nosed defense, but I think that Collin Klein's superior skill set will be too much for the Cornhuskers to handle.
Kansas State will come out on top in this one.
Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Texas
Result: Florida State 31, Texas 17
Florida State tries to prove every year that it is the best team in Florida and will get the opportunity to do it in their final game. Regardless of the outcome, this is their likely bowl placement, as they should win the ACC.
Texas is an interesting opponent in this one. They have been a good and consistent team all season long, but have received very little attention. A win against Collin Klein's Kansas State team would ensure them a bid and make them a dangerous opponent.
However, Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles are one of the more athletic teams in the country and will be able to handle Texas' pro-style attack.
BCS National Championship Game: Oregon vs. Notre Dame
Result: Oregon 27, Notre Dame 14
This could be the first ever BCS National Championship Game that doesn't include an SEC team and many college football fans will welcome that notion. This will be a very compelling matchup of two nationally renowned programs and two head coaches named Kelly.
Notre Dame's rise has been almost solely because of elite defensive play, while Oregon is known for their high-powered speed attack on offense.
It will be interesting to see which of these two juggernauts comes out on top, but I think that Oregon's athleticism will be too much for Manti Te'o and the Notre Dame defense to keep up with.