BCS Bowl Games 2012-13: Most Interesting Matchups to Watch

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 3, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17:  Manti T'eo #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish moves 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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With the BCS bowls already set, some of the games that will take place in January make for some interesting matchups.

Let's take a look at the best games that fit into this category.


BCS National Championship Game: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

It's been an improbable run for the Fighting Irish this season and nobody expected them to be where they are today. Meanwhile, Alabama has once again taken care of business and will return to the BCS National Championship Game.

Notre Dame finished the season as the No. 1 team in the nation thanks to an undefeated campaign. The Fighting Irish's offense has been solid in 2012, but it's their defense that has carried the load the entire season.

Led by Manti Te'o, the Irish have the No. 1 defense in the country, allowing a little over 10 points per game. The Crimson Tide have also shined defensively this season, as they normally do, sporting the No. 2 defense in the country.

Such a great defensive matchup will almost ensure that this game is a low-scoring affair from beginning to end. Such a scenario will mean that neither team gets blown out and that this game comes down to the final minutes of regulation.

Notre Dame's front seven are about as good as it gets in college football, so it will be interesting to see how Alabama's talented offensive line handles it.


Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon

Offense, please.

The Wildcats will come into this game led by their quarterback Collin Klein, who will no doubt be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy when it's all said and done.

Kansas State has enjoyed great success on the offensive end with Klein doing the majority of the damage with both his arm and legs. Klein has led his team to the No. 10 offense in the nation, scoring a little over 40 points per game.

Oregon also has a potent offense that is even superior to that of Kansas. The Ducks are led by dual-threat quarterback Marcus Mariota and explosive running back Kenjon Barner.

Mariota and Barner led the Ducks to the No. 2 offense in the nation, scoring an astounding 50 points per game this season.

There will be no shortage of offense in this game and it's offense that makes the college game exciting. Get ready for a ton of big plays by some of the most talented offensive stars in the sport, making for a barn-burner in Glendale.


Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Stanford

Many people are down on this particular matchup because of how unexpected it was that Wisconsin earned a spot in the Rose Bowl, but this game should be exciting nonetheless.

Wisconsin is normally known more for defense than offense, but the Badgers dropping 70 points on Nebraska proved that no team can fall asleep on this offense.

The Badgers have a decent quarterback in Joel Stave, but also have two great running backs in Montee Ball and James White. Both backs can break big plays and combined for over 2,500 yards on the ground in 2012.

Stanford is also a team that has been better known for its defense this season. The Cardinal ranks No. 19 in the nation in points against, but the recent success of quarterback Kevin Hogan has this team thinking back to the days of Andrew Luck.

While Hogan still has a ways to go in order to match what Luck was able to do with Stanford, the freshman is off to a great start and his accuracy throwing the ball has been impressive. On top of that, Hogan can run the ball when need be, so a broken play isn't necessarily the end of the world.

With both teams being balanced on both sides of the ball, there is just no telling how this game will go. Expect it to be close as neither team has a distinct advantage over the other.