BCS Bowl Projections: Most Exciting Potential Matchups for All BCS Bowls

Jonathan IrwinContributor IINovember 27, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 17:  Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats throws the ball against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With the BCS field almost finalized, there are going to be some very exciting BCS bowls this season.

From shootouts to defensive battles, this bowl season should have it all. If we're lucky, we might even see a little David vs. Goliath action between the SEC and MAC.

Without further ado, here's a look at what should be three of the most exciting BCS bowl matchups this winter.


Fiesta Bowl: KSU vs. Oregon

With a home victory over Texas this weekend, the Kansas State Wildcats will clinch the Big 12. That will earn them a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where they project to face at-large opponent Oregon.

This should be a great shootout between two offensive powerhouses.

Oregon's 50.8 points per game are second best in the FBS. Kansas State isn't much further behind with its 40.5 points (11th in FBS).

Both teams average well over 400 yards per game, while featuring dominating dual-threat quarterbacks—Oregon with Marcus Mariota (2,511 passing, 690 rushing) and KSU with Collin Klein (2,306 passing, 787 rushing).

The big storyline here is that, at one point, both teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 before dual upsets ruined their BCS dreams in Week 12.

Before that, there was some controversy when KSU was No. 2 and Oregon No. 3.

Both teams were scheduled to play during the regular season, before it was canceled. That game could have been the difference maker for Oregon moving into the championship.

So, it seems no matter what, these two teams are destined to face one another.


Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Kent State

With No. 2 Alabama playing No. 3 Georgia for the SEC crown, the Florida Gators luck out. Since the winner of the championship heads to the BCS Championship, Florida becomes the automatic winner of the SEC.

That guarantees it a spot in the Sugar Bowl. As of right now, the at-large opponent would be No. 11 Oklahoma, but something very interesting could happen this weekend.

After a myriad of key losses last week, Kent State is now one win away from a potential BCS bid. As long as it finishes the season ranked 16th or higher, the Golden Flashes will qualify for an at-large.

Kent State's currently ranked No. 17 with only UCLA—headed for a rematch of its Week 13 shellacking at the hands of Stanford—ahead of them.

The Golden Flashes are set to take on No. 21 Northern Illinois this weekend in the MAC Championship Game, with the biggest opportunity in school history on the line.

The reason I'm so excited for the potential matchup with Florida is the David vs. Goliath atmosphere. It's reminiscent of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where Boise State pulled out all the tricks to upset Oklahoma.

And I don't know about you, but I consider that one of the best games I've ever seen.


BCS Championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Sorry, Georgia fans, but I just don't see the Bulldogs upsetting Alabama in the SEC Championship.

And with another major win in the bag, the Crimson Tide head for their second BCS Championship Game in a row, where they'll square off with No. 1 Notre Dame.

While shootouts are always exciting, there's nothing like a clash between two amazing defenses.

Alabama has the No. 1-ranked defense in the country, allowing 233.7 yards and 9.3 points per game. It has shut out four different opponents on the season.

Notre Dame's defense is ranked fifth, giving up 287.7 yards and 10.3 points a game. The Fighting Irish have five games in which they haven't allowed a touchdown.

Offensively, the teams look like an even match. Both rely heavily on traditional ground games, with 'Bama averaging 433 yards per game (43rd in FBS), and ND averaging 421.3 (48th).

This game looks to be an old-school battle against two incredibly even teams.

Call it what you will, but I can't think of any better adjective than "exciting."