Bowl Projections 2012: SEC Teams That Will Blow out Their Opponent
The SEC has been dominant throughout this season, and in bowl matchups across the country, schools will struggle to compete with programs from this powerhouse conference.
While the Big East, Big Ten and ACC may all have automatic qualifying status for BCS bowl like the SEC, the level of competition in these conferences does not compare to what college football fans in the Southeast witness on autumn Saturdays.
Now that winter has nearly arrived, it is time for SEC teams to put an exclamation point on another impressive year.
Here are the teams that will do just that by blowing out their bowl opponent.
No. 3 Florida over No. 21 Louisville
Questions surrounding Florida’s offense will persist leading up to the Sugar Bowl, and the Gators may not be able to produce enough points to record a truly lopsided score line. However, the defense will completely dominate Louisville.
After allowing fewer points than any team in the country other than Alabama and Notre Dame, Will Muschamp’s defense has proven that it is an elite unit.
With monsters up front like Sharrif Floyd and playmakers in the secondary like Matt Elam, the Gators will shut down Louisville’s offense both on the ground and through the air.
While the score may not get wildly out of hand, spectators of this game will recognize that the Cardinals stood no chance at any point in this contest.
No. 7 Georgia over No. 16 Nebraska
The Bulldogs are clearly the best team not in a BCS bowl, and that will provide plenty of motivation for Mark Richt’s team to run up the score against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
With explosive playmakers on both sides of the ball, Georgia will be looking to prove a point, and the Cornhuskers' most recent performance suggests that they will be powerless to stop the Bulldogs.
In the Big Ten title game, an inspired Wisconsin played aggressively from the opening kickoff, and Nebraska folded. The team’s confidence will certainly be bruised when it takes the field on New Year’s Day.
Expect Todd Gurley, Aaron Murray, Jarvis Jones and the rest of the Bulldogs' stars to shine bright in this game as Nebraska ends their season with two massively disappointing defeats.
No. 8 LSU over No. 14 Clemson
Which matchup will produce the most lopsided score line?
These two teams have the same mascot, but the similarities end there. LSU relies on its dangerous defense while Clemson looks to outscore opponents.
While Dabo Swinney’s team is largely considered to be the second-most competitive program in the ACC this year, it struggled in its recent matchup against South Carolina, which is one of six SEC teams to place in the Top 10 of the Week 15 BCS standings.
The Gamecocks held the Tigers to just three points in the final three quarters in a 27-17 victory in the regular-season finale for both programs. When Clemson faces LSU, its offense will continue to struggle.
With a defense that ranks 47th in the nation in points allowed, the ACC’s representative in the Chick-fil-A Bowl will not be able to slow down LSU’s offense, and Les Miles will roll to a dominant win on New Year’s Eve.
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