Bowl Projections 2012: Potential Non-BCS Matchups That Promise to Excite

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 30, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs for a third quarter touchdown during their game against the Missouri Tigers at Kyle Field on November 24, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

With the BCS bowls hogging all the fanfare and glory, people tend to forget that there are 30 other college postseason games, none of which anyone cares about as much as the five major BCS events.

That’s unfortunate, as there are a ton of great teams participating in highly exciting matchups. Just because these programs have a few losses on their records doesn’t make their quality of football any less thrilling than those in the BCS bowls. In fact, some of these squads are eminently more watchable than a team like Notre Dame.

Let’s take a look at three projected bowl matchups that will make for must-see TV this winter.


Capital One Bowl Projection: Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4) on January 1, 2013

This contest would be great and would showcase the Aggies' potential Heisman winner, Johnny “Football” Manziel, against a player who was almost always a favorite but never was able to win the award—Denard Robinson of the Wolverines.

Texas A&M vs. Michigan would feature some talented defenses and skill position players that you wouldn’t want to miss.

It’ll be interesting to see if coach Brady Hoke allows Robinson to play QB in this one or keeps him at RB and continues to ride former WR Devin Gardner as the starter.


Cotton Bowl Projection: Texas (8-3) vs. LSU (10-2) on January 4, 2013

It would be quite interesting to see LSU back in the Cotton Bowl, especially against an overrated Texas team.

The 10-2 Tigers suffered losses to both Alabama and Florida this year, two teams with a chance to finish in the top three of the BCS ranking. The Longhorns haven’t wrapped up their season yet and are currently 8-3 with a game still to play against No. 6 Kansas State.

With losses to TCU, West Virginia and Oklahoma blemishing its record, Texas would get one last shot to redeem the football program in front of an Arlington crowd.

We personally believe the Longhorns would be embarrassed, as Les Miles’ LSU team is much stronger. However, anything could happen out on the field, which makes this potential bowl matchup a dream for school supporters and fans of big college football programs.


Keep it tuned here on B/R for more bowl predictions throughout the week, plus the latest breaking news, updates, opinions and analysis on all the latest happenings in college football.