2012 Bowl Projections: Best Possible Non-BCS Matchups

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2012 Bowl Projections: Best Possible Non-BCS Matchups
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Johnny Football will play in one of the most intriguing games in college football.

If you want to read the 800th article about Alabama/Georgia vs. Notre Dame, go somewhere else. 

Even though the BCS games get all the publicity, there are good games in the other bowls every single year. 

That's the one good thing about the BCS system. The only thing, for that matter. 

Playoffs soon, please. But I digress. 

For the purpose of this article, we will be using ESPN.com's projections of the bowls in the 2012-13 college football season. 

Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl: UCLA vs. West Virginia

Last season, the UCLA Bruins finished 6-7 overall but somehow had a chance at getting into the Rose Bowl despite its terrible record. Thanks USC. 

They'll play Stanford to get into the Rose Bowl again this year, but the result of that game will probably mirror the one this weekend, where the Bruins got blown out by the Cardinal. 

Brett Hundley, Johnathan Franklin and Anthony Barr are all dynamic football players that helped the Bruins finally turn the corner when they beat USC. 

For West Virginia, much is made of Geno Smith but Tavon Austin may be a better NFL prospect. He can do it all and he can go for 300 total yards in any given game. 

The over/under could go up to 70 here. 

Hyundai Sun Bowl USC vs. Georgia Tech

This will be Matt Barkley's last football game as a college quarterback and maybe Lane Kiffin's last game as a coach at USC. 

It's been a disappointing season but for fans, it's one last time to watch the dynamic wide receiver duo of Marqise Lee and Robert Woods. 

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are once again one of the best running teams in the nation, averaging 323.3 yards per game. Their vaunted triple-spread option attack are always fun to watch because everyone knows it's coming but they still get large chunks of yardage. 

Capital One Bowl Texas A&M vs. Michigan 

The odds-on favorite to win the Heisman; Johnny Manziel goes into this game playing a team with their own dynamic quarterback. 

In the past couple weeks, Denard Robinson has been playing more running back and wide receiver. This because of the emergence of quarterback Devin Gardner. However, he remains the most dynamic player on the team and one of the most exciting in the nation. 

We say goodbye to one of the most exciting players ever in Shoelace, and welcome the current most exciting player in Johnny Football.

Funny how sports work. 

Which bowl game is the best matchup?

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Chik-Fil-A Bowl Clemson vs. LSU

Perhaps the best offense vs. defense matchup in the whole nation. 

LSU, despite losing Tyrann Mathieu at the beginning of the season has played splendid defense in allowing just 16.9 points per game (tied for 10th in the nation). 

The Clemson Tigers average 42.3 points per game (sixth in the nation). 

There are NFL prospects all over the field, from Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Andre Ellington, DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins to LSU's Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Sam Reid and Kevin Minter. 

Notice the difference between the top prospects? 

All the dynamic players on Clemson are on offense while the LSU defense is chock-full of potential NFL studs. 

Throw in Les Miles' way of making each game exciting and this should be a fun one. 

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