Bowl Projections 2012: Explosive Teams That Will Dominate

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2012

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 24:  Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

As bowl week in college football approaches, it's time for all of us college football fans to be completely honest.

No one truly likes a defensive battle. We say that to fit in.

What we really like is offense.

Whether it comes through the air or on the ground, college football is about putting points on the board and gaining as many yards as possible.

That said, here are three teams you can count on to do just that in bowl games this season.


No. 14 Clemson

With one of the most versatile quarterbacks in college football, the Clemson Tigers can put points up in a hurry.

Junior QB Tajh Boyd threw for more than 3,500 yards and 34 TDs and rushed for another 492 yards and nine TDs to lead a Tigers squad that averaged 42 PPG, which was the sixth-best point average in the nation.

Boyd was aided by senior RB Andre Ellington (1,031 yards and eight touchdowns) and junior WR DeAndre Hopkins (69 receptions, 1,214 yards and 16 TDs), who helped lead Clemson to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl opposite LSU.

Having scored at least 40 points in eight of their 12 games this season, you can expect a lot of points for the Tigers on Dec. 31.


Oklahoma State

Utilizing both the passing and the rushing games, the Cowboys ranked fourth in scoring with their nearly 45 PPG scoring mark.

Oklahoma State has three QBs who each threw for more than 1,000 yards and at least six touchdowns this season, as they had the No. 7 passing attack in the nation.

On the ground, junior Joseph Randle has carried most of the load, rushing for 1,351 yards and 14 TDs.

To make it clear how good this offense has been, the Cowboys beat Savannah State 84-0 this year. Savannah St. may not be the cream of the crop competition-wise, but putting up 84 points in a game is impressive nonetheless.

Don't be surprised if Oklahoma State gets a lopsided win in the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Purdue.


No. 4 Oregon

There's always the chance of fireworks every time a Chip Kelly-led offense hits the field.

Kelly's spread offense has done wonders for the Ducks, as they were ranked second in the nation in scoring this season, averaging nearly 51 PPG thanks to the running abilities of senior RB Kenjon Barner.

Oregon boasts a lethal rushing attack that's sure to overpower No. 5 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks ranked No. 3 in rushing, amassing 323 ground yards per game.

Kelly's freshman QB Marcus Mariota has a big role in the running game, as the versatile QB has rushed for 690 yards and four touchdowns.

With the Wildcats also sporting a high-scoring offense, I think it's safe to say the Fiesta Bowl will be the most explosive BCS bowl game of the season.


Follow me on Twitter: