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BCS Bowl Games 2012-13: The Two Most Exciting Matchups

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17:  Manti T'eo #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish encourages the crowd to cheer during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 18, 2016

Finally, the time has come to find out who plays whom in the college football bowl season.

There are potentially several quality games on the slate, but college football got it wrong, again. I know, surprising, right?

Northern Illinois will play Florida State, and Louisville will play Florida. You read that right.

With that said, these are the two most exciting BCS matchups to look forward to:


Notre Dame vs. Alabama, Discover BCS National Championship

Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and the Alabama rushing attack against Manti Te'o and the Notre Dame defense? Yes, please.

Notre Dame will be the big underdog against Alabama, but that only adds to the intrigue of this championship game.

Whether people like it or not, sports are better theater when one team has been on top of the mountain for a long time—like Alabama, for example. 

And what makes this game even more exciting is the fact that Notre Dame used to be that team. The Fighting Irish are used to being that team people root against.

I'm not so sure that will be the case this time.

This game will feature the two best teams in the country based on performance this season. And if that's how the BCS is supposed to work, the system got it right.



Oregon vs. Kansas State, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

I would love to see Oregon's offense go up against Florida's stout defense, but I don't think we will see that, sadly. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has Kansas State and Oregon written all over it.

And while it still should be a nice showdown between two dominant football programs in 2012, it still doesn't get me nearly as excited as Oregon-Florida.

But with Heisman hopeful Collin Klein, Oregon's high-flying offensive attack and quality coaching, the game is set up to be fought until the bitter end.

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