Bowl Projections 2012: Best Possible BCS Matchups for College Football Fans

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2012

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 24: Running back Kenjon Barner #24 of the Oregon Ducks runs past linebacker D.J. Alexander #4 and linebacker Michael Doctor #40 of the Oregon State Beavers in the first quarter of the game on November 24, 2012 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 48-24. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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When it comes to college bowl season, there are matchups we'd love to see—then there are the matchups we get saddled with.

Because of automatic bids and the archaic notion of "tradition," the BCS doesn't always get things right. However, there are some awesome matchups that we could still get to see if everything goes the right way and the bowls don't make some boneheaded decisions when it comes to selecting the at-large teams.

These matchups might not be the most likely scenario, but it would provide the most intrigue and offer the average fan the best action.


BCS National Championship Game

Alabama vs. Notre Dame

One team held on to the No. 1 spot for the vast majority of the season. The other is the current No. 1. At this point the SEC is all but guaranteed to be in the championship game so why not have the defending champs?

SEC fans are proud of their national championship streak, while the rest of the country wants to see it come to an end. If we get an Alabama-Notre Dame national championship, there will be plenty of animosity to go around.

Neither team offers the flashy offenses that have come to define college football, but purists will love seeing these two teams slug it out for bragging rights. For the second year in a row we could have the country's top two defenses squaring off for the ultimate prize.


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Kansas State vs. Oregon

For a while college football fans thought this would be the national championship after Alabama went down against Texas A&M and Johnny Football.

While the matchup would lose some luster if it isn't for the national championship, there's no denying that this is still an alluring matchup for fans. Bill Snyder's Wildcats are the epitome of old school football. Oregon's flashy uniforms and fancy offense are the antithesis.

This would be the ultimate collision of old school vs. new school and fans would eat it up.


Allstate Sugar Bowl

Florida vs. Clemson

The ACC has a serious inferiority complex when it comes to the SEC. If the bitterness behind rivalries like Florida State and Florida are any indication, ACC fans downright hate the SEC.

This game would be the perfect collision of the two conferences.

The Gators already sent a message to the ACC contingent with a resounding 37-23 win over their rival Florida State. Imagine the build up for another round against one of the ACC's best teams.

Florida has one of the best defenses in the country. To watch them battle it out with one of the most explosive offenses in the country would be tons of fun for all.


Discover Orange Bowl

Louisville vs. Florida State

Like it or not, the Big East champion gets an automatic bid to a BCS bowl.

With Louisville and Rutgers playing in what turns out to be a de facto conference championship game, college football fans to need to root with all of their might for a Cardinals victory.

Rutgers has put together a solid season, but the prospect of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returning to his home state of Florida to take on the Seminoles is something fans can get excited about. The Big East is mostly devoid of exciting teams, but Charlie Strong's Cardinals squad is fun to watch.


Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio

Stanford vs. Wisconsin

As tradition dictates, the Big Ten and Pac-12 will square off in the Rose Bowl.

The Big Ten has been dreadfully boring this season. With Ohio State and Penn State banned from bowl play this season, the conference has lacked the depth to fill its bowl spots and no team has really jumped out as worthy of a BCS appearance.

After watching Stanford shut down the high-octane Oregon Ducks offense, fans should be rooting for Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Nebraska relies heavily on the spread running game like Oregon and would get handled rather easily by a Stanford team that has a physical defense.

The Badgers aren't the most aesthetic team, but they would at least offer an opponent who is similar to the Notre Dame team that beat Stanford.