With the 2012 college football postseason almost upon us, the hype around the biggest bowl games has fans and experts ready to make their predictions about which top programs will choke on the national stage.
There are still so many questions to be answered and conference championship games to be played, but it is already clear which top-tier schools have played their way into a major bowl.
All of the following programs were drastically overrated throughout 2012, and the porous results against legitimate competition from each will cost them on the national stage of a bowl game.
No. 12 Nebraska Cornhuskers or Wisconsin Badgers
While the two best teams in the Big Ten Leaders Division are on postseason ban for this season (Ohio State and Penn State), this conference is an absolute mess this year.
Whichever team walks out of the conference championship—either the No. 12 Nebraska Cornhuskers or the Wisconsin Badgers—it will be destroyed in the Rose Bowl by the Pac-12 Champion, likely the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal.
After Stanford trounces No. 16 UCLA for the second time in two weeks, the defensive-minded Cardinal will pick apart the overrated offenses and porous defenses that the Big Ten boasts.
Nebraska will win the conference title, but the team’s glory will be short-lived.
No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners
The No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners have capitalized on a weak Big 12 Conference this season, and as long as they can defeat TCU in the final week of the season—no conference championship game for the Big 12—the Sooners will likely cash their ticket for a berth in the Sugar Bowl.
While the fans of Oklahoma will love that the team made it this far, the Sooners will be embarrassed by their likely foe, the No. 4 Florida Gators.
Florida’s SEC defense won’t give Oklahoma any time to get any kind of offensive momentum going, and the Gators’ offense will take advantage of the Sooners' porous defensive unit.
This will be another case of SEC domination.
No. 19 Michigan Wolverines
The No. 19 Michigan Wolverines made a nice late-season push and had a very strong finish to the season with Devin Gardner at starting QB instead of the injured Denard Robinson.
As much as the momentum is on the team’s side, it will lose big in the Capital One Bowl.
With No. 9 Texas A&M the likely combatant representing the SEC in this battle, the talented Wolverines team will not only be stifled by the tough defense of the Aggies, the elite skill of QB Johnny Manziel will have Michigan on its heels all game.
Senior Denard Robinson will have to watch his final game with the team end in a crushing defeat on a national stage, but at least heir-to-the-throne Gardner will now have even more motivation to take his team to the next level.
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