With the announcement of the 2012-13 BCS bowl games, it’s time to power rank the top three games on the schedule that even the most casual college football fans won’t want to miss.
All of the BCS bowl games will be exciting, but unless you have a horse in many of these races, the appeal will be minimal. That will not be the case with the three following matchups.
Besides just the BCS National Championship—a game that is always flat-out amazing because of the stakes—there are a plethora of exciting postseason matchups that college football fans would be foolish to miss.
Complete BCS Bowl schedule found here.
No. 3: Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio—Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford
While there are serious questions about who the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers will stand up against the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal, there is no doubt that Wisconsin deserves to be in the Rose Bowl after the 70-31 beating they put on Nebraska.
Stanford is a team built around its defense (19th in college football allowing just 19.1 points per game), and the Cardinal will not allow the Badgers to run all over the field like Nebraska did.
In what should be one of the most exciting games on the entire bowl schedule, the 2013 Rose Bowl will be a close battle that Stanford ultimately wins on the arm of freshman sensation Kevin Hogan.
Prediction: Stanford 30, Wisconsin 27
No. 2: Tostitos Fiesta—No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
While traditional football fans—the people that love a run-first offense and brutal defensive hits—will not find much to love in the Fiesta Bowl matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State Wildcats, everyone else will be witnessing greatness.
Both teams are averaging big points per game (over 50 for Oregon and over 40 for Kansas State), and neither defensive unit is considered elite by any stretch of the imagination.
The result will be an offensive showcase seldom seen on a national stage.
As much as the Collin Klein-led offensive unit of the Wildcats will get its points, it will be the depth and pure skill of Chip Kelly’s passing and rushing attacks that will give Oregon the huge win in the Fiesta Bowl.
Prediction: Oregon 54, Kansas State 37
No. 1: BCS National Championship—No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama
The best bowl game of the 2012-13 season was easy to find this year because the BCS National Championship Game has two of the most storied programs in all of college football going to battle for NCAA glory.
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will push each other on this huge national stage, and the result will be one of the best title games in history.
This is the BCS title matchup that almost every college football fan wants.
Many casual college football fans will expect a high-scoring affair like we had in the SEC Title game, but this is a battle of the top two defensive units in the sport (Notre Dame is No. 1 and Alabama is No. 2).
With both teams combining to allow just 21 points a game, this will be a defensive showcase likely won with field goals.
Prediction: Alabama 12, Notre Dame 10
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