Bowl Projections 2012: Breaking Down Most Intriguing Expected Clashes

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24:  Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly looks on during the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 college football regular season out of the way, it’s time to predict which teams will be selected to play in the top bowl games this year.

While there are still many uncertainties left to determine—which smaller schools deserve the honor of playing in a BCS bowl—the majority of the top seeds have already been determined and the basic matchups are obvious.

All three of the following matchups are the most intriguing of the expected clashes, and college football fans would be foolish to miss a second of the action in any of these games.


Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio

Wisconsin vs. Stanford

While many fans and experts will complain that the Wisconsin Badgers don’t deserve the honor of playing in this game because they lost five times this year, the team can’t be faulted for taking advantage of the sanctions levied against Ohio State and Penn State.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers had a chance to stop the Badgers Saturday and walk away Big Ten champions, but they were destroyed 70-31. If there were any questions remaining about whether or not Wisconsin deserved to play in the Rose Bowl, they were answered emphatically this weekend.

The Pac-12 champion Stanford Cardinal came off a tight win over a familiar rival in UCLA, and they are now set to take on Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. With Stanford’s tough defense and the Badgers’ amazing rushing attack, this game will be an instant classic.


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Kansas State vs. Oregon

If you love high-powered offense, look no further than the shootout waiting to happen between the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State Wildcats in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

With the Ducks averaging 50.8 points per game (second in CFB) and Kansas State averaging 40.7 points per game (10th in CFB), this game could easily feature over 100 points scored by both teams by the time the final whistle is blown.

Add in the star power from both teams in this game (household names like Kansas State QB Collin Klein and Oregon RB Kenjon Barner), and this is a game even the most casual college football fan can enjoy.

On the national stage of the Fiesta Bowl, this will be one of the best postseason games the sport sees all year.


Discover BCS National Championship Game

Notre Dame vs. Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide were taken to their limit in the team’s matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC Championship, but there is no time to celebrate because the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are waiting.

Since Notre Dame is an Independent school, there is no conference title game to contend for and the Fighting Irish have already begun to prepare for their eventual meeting with the Crimson Tide.

The BCS National Championship Game will be an absolute war.

While both offensive units will be able to put a few points on the board, this game will be all about defense. With Notre Dame and Alabama ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in points allowed per game, this will have the feel of a Ravens/Steelers AFC North matchup.

This is going to be an amazing national championship game.


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