6 Bowl Games That Will Be More Exciting Than BCS Bowl Matchups

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

6 Bowl Games That Will Be More Exciting Than BCS Bowl Matchups

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    The college football regular season has quickly come to a close and it is time for the bowl games to officially begin.

    The bowl schedule has been announced and there are plenty of matchups that should keep the college football world occupied for the next month.

    One of the first things everybody looks forward to are the BCS bowls, but those aren't the only games to pay attention to. With a total of 35 bowl games, we can certainly find a few games that standout besides those. In fact, with teams such as Louisville and Northern Illinois taking up two of the BCS games, the non-BCS bowls are looking better than ever.

    With bowl season set to kick off in a couple of weeks, here are some of the best bowl games that will be more exciting than some of the BCS matchups.

Holiday Bowl: UCLA vs. Baylor

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    Date: December 27

    Why You Will Watch: Remember last year’s bowl game that included the Baylor Bears?

    Now of course, this season’s team doesn't include Robert Griffin, but it is a squad that is just as explosive, averaging 44 points per contest. UCLA is also a balanced team that can put up points in a hurry, as the UCLA Bruins have scored more than 35 points eight times this year.

    If you enjoy the offensive side of the ball and seeing teams score every three plays, this is the game for you.

Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Oregon State

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    Date: December 29

    Why You Will Watch: This has the makeup of many different types of games.

    Both clubs are more than capable of playing above-average defense, but are also able to score points at will when inspiration strikes. It really depends on which two teams decide to come off the bus because we have seen two different performances throughout the year from both.

    This will be a fun game because both squads are fairly young and look to make a solid run heading into next season. The winner of this game will show the college football world that it is just one step closer towards returning to the top.

Chick-Fil-a Bowl: LSU vs. Clemson

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    Date: December 31

    Why You Will Watch: This is by far one of the more interesting bowl matchups of the college football season. LSU is bringing in a defense that is ranked eighth in the country, while Clemson will put its sixth ranked scoring-offense on the field to match.

    Many will immediately jump on the SEC bandwagon in this matchup, but this is a Tiger team that scored 37 against Florida State and kept things interesting against South Carolina.

    You can't go wrong with a classic battle between terrific offense and elite defense.

Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Michigan

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    Date: January 1

    Why You Will Watch: It is Denard Robinson's last game at the collegiate level. I think that is something not too many want to miss.

    With the new way the senior quarterback is being involved in the offense, Michigan has been a scoring machine and putting together some of its best offensive performances.

    As for South Carolina, it is one of the more balanced teams in the SEC, capable of lighting up the scoreboard and playing fabulous defense.

    We saw how poorly the Michigan Wolverines played against Alabama earlier in the year; it will be interesting to see if they learned anything since then.

Capital One Bowl: Georgia vs. Nebraska

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    Date: January 1

    Why You Will Watch: Georgia was so close to reaching the BCS National Championship.

    Now, the Georgia Bulldogs will have the tough task of defending the option offense of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Cornhuskers are averaging over six yards a carry and have scored 32 touchdowns on the ground throughout the year.

    Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is one of the more improved players in the country, especially when he makes plays like this. However, Georgia is a Top 30 defense that should make things tricky for an offense that wants to run it down your throat.

    This will be an underrated matchup on New Year’s Day.

Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma

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    Date: January 4

    Why You Will Watch: These two programs have met many times in the past with the Texas A&M Aggies playing in the Big 12. Oklahoma has won eight of the last nine meetings, but this battle could be a little different with Johnny Manziel leading the way.

    Oklahoma averages 40 points per contest, but will that be enough to top possibly the Heisman trophy winner? Texas A&M has shown throughout the year that this team is no joke and is capable of competing with the top teams in the country.

    This will be the last game for Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones and it will be a fun matchup to see between two former rivals.