Bowl Projections 2012: Offensive Teams Certain to Blow out Their Opponents
While there will be plenty of great bowl games that lead to exciting results, there are certain bowl matchups that will feature elite offensive squads that will decimate their opponents.
Here are some bowl games that fit the bill.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Baylor Bears (vs. UCLA Bruins)
Baylor hasn't been shy about flashing its incredible offense this season and UCLA will no doubt be its next victim.
Sporting the No. 5 offense in the nation, Baylor is averaging an amazing 44 points per game. Most notably, Baylor dropped 52 points against the then No. 1 team in the nation, Kansas State.
Quarterback Nick Florence proved his talents during the season after throwing for over 4,000 yards and running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin combined for over 1,600 yards on the ground. Clearly there isn't one facet of this offense that isn't explosive.
UCLA will bring the No. 55 defense in the country into this game and the Bruins are no strangers to allowing a lot of points. UCLA allowed a lowly offense like Washington State to score 36 points against them earlier in the season.
On top of that, the Bruins don't do anything particularly well on the offensive end, so it's unlikely they have enough offense to match what Baylor can do. Nobody has kept the Bears in check yet this season, so don't expect UCLA's mediocre defense to start now.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oregon Ducks (vs. Kansas State Wildcats)
This matchup was once thought to be a potential National Championship game, but both teams failed to run the table and that has left them in the Fiesta Bowl.
Oregon has one of the best offenses in the country this season. The Ducks are ranked No. 2 in the nation, averaging an astounding 50 points per game.
Led by dual-threat quarterback, Marcus Mariota, the Ducks also have a dominant rushing attack with Kenjon Barner and Mariota combining for over 2,300 yards on the ground. Mariota also tacked on 2,511 yards through the air, making the Ducks offense anything but one-dimensional.
Kansas St. has a solid offense, but it is nowhere near as explosive as Oregon's. In fact, the Wildcats were only able to muster up 24 points against Baylor while allowing a disturbing 54 points against the Bears.
If that's evidence of anything, it's that the Wildcats have troubles stopping great offenses. Sure, the Wildcats will get their points in this game, but the Ducks will no doubt overwhelm any offensive output the Wildcats can supply, thus making this game a blowout.
Discover Orange Bowl: Florida State Seminoles (vs. Northern Illinois Huskies)
Many will argue that the Huskies don't belong in a BCS bowl game, but the Seminoles will prove that once and for all.
Coming into this game, the Seminoles are ranked No. 14 in the country on offense and No. 7 on defense. They are easily one of the more complete teams in bowl play, so the Huskies have their hands full in this one.
Not only did quarterback EJ Manuel throw for over 3,000 yards this season, but running backs Chris Thompson and Devonta Freeman combined for over 1,300 yards on the ground. That type of balance makes it impossible for opposing defenses to cheat.
Northern Illinois did rank No. 9 and No. 18 on offense and defense, respectively, but that was a result of playing against a weak schedule in a weak conference. In fact, the only ranked opponent the Huskies beat were the Kent State Golden Flashes, who play in the same weak conference.
The Huskies offense revolves around one player, Jordan Lynch. Stop Lynch, stop the Huskies. Yes, stopping one player will halt Northern Illinois' offense. It's that simple.
Without a notable opponent to speak of, the Huskies haven't come close to seeing the type of offense that Florida State will bring. Also, Florida St.'s defense is the best Northern Illinois has faced, so you can pretty much wipe away whatever the Huskies did on offense this season because they never did it against a team like the Seminoles.
With the Huskies unable to stop the Seminoles offense and their inability to score points against a tough defense, Northern Illinois gets run out of the building against Florida St.
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