BCS Bowl Predictions 2012: Latest Updates on Potential Matchups

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01:  Quarterback AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide drops back to pass against the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half of the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Although the BCS games have not been announced yet, the conference title games have given everyone a lot of information about potential matchups.

Alabama defeated Georgia in the SEC Championship game, Wisconsin pulled an upset over Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game and Florida State took care of business in the ACC Championship game in an eventful Saturday.

Meanwhile, Kansas State defeated Texas in the final game of its regular season to earn sole possession of the Big 12 title.

After all of these results, the BCS bowls are starting to come into clearer focus. Here is the latest projection of who will be playing in these games.


Discover Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Louisville

Although this is not the most exciting of bowl games, these two teams earned automatic bids to the BCS by rightfully winning their conferences.

Florida State narrowly defeated Georgia Tech in the title game, but the biggest win of the year took place in September with a home win over Clemson. That game ended up being the deciding factor for winning the Atlantic Division and reaching the conference championship.

Louisville had a more dramatic road to this point. After winning the first nine games of the season, the Cardinals lost two games in a row to Syracuse and Connecticut.

However, a win over Rutgers was enough to earn a share of the Big East and a spot in a BCS game.


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon

Kansas State lost its chance for a national championship when it was blown out by Baylor in the second-to-last game of the season.

However, the one loss does not prevent the Wildcats from playing in the Fiesta Bowl after winning the Big 12 with an 11-1 overall record.

Oregon will likely receive an at-large bid to play somewhere in the BCS after an 11-1 season.

The team scored 40 points in every game besides the one loss to Stanford, and the ability to score points makes them a favorite among fans and media around the country. This should help them get into what should be a great game against Kansas State.


Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Oklahoma

This will end up being the most debated matchup of the BCS schedule.

Many will want to see Georgia as the second representative from the SEC after winning the East division and defeating Florida earlier in the year.

However, the Gators will only have one loss and will likely sit as the No. 3 team in the country in the final BCS standings of the regular season. They also have the best resume of wins that includes Texas A&M, South Carolina, LSU and Florida State.

Oklahoma will also have to hope for some favorable rankings on Sunday with a couple of non-AQ teams hoping for a spot.

If either Boise State or Northern Illinois reach the top 16, the higher team will be selected to a BCS game.

Otherwise, Oklahoma will get this final spot after a solid year with losses to only Kansas State and Notre Dame.


Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Wisconsin

There is no debate in this game, as it will feature the winner of the Pac-12 against the winner of the Big Ten.

Of course, there is still some surprise. Stanford's upset over Oregon in the regular season gave the team an opportunity to defeat UCLA in the title game.

Wisconsin only reached the Big Ten Championship game because both Ohio State and Penn State were ineligible, but the Badgers took advantage of the opportunity and scored 70 on Nebraska in a dominant win.

This will be the third year in a row that Wisconsin will play in the Rose Bowl, although it is looking for its first win during the stretch. 


BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

This is the game that everyone has been looking forward to for a long time. Now that it has been decided, the wait will seem even longer.

Two of the most storied programs in history with two of the biggest fanbases will make this a thrilling month leading up to the actual game.

Once the ball kicks off, however, it will be an intense battle between the two best defenses in the country.

The game will be great for ratings and great for fans. More importantly, there is less debate over this matchup than there has been for a national championship game in most years, and that is always a good thing. 



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