Bowl Games 2012-13: Matchups That Are Destined to Be Shootouts

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 24:  Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Duckshands off the ball to Kenjon Barner #24 against the Oregon State Beavers during the 116th Civil War on November 24, 2012 at the Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Bowl season means something different to every college football fan.

Some people look forward to the BCS games and nothing else. Other people look forward to defensive battles, while others get excited for games that solely rely on scoring the football.

That last option is what I want to focus on here. Several bowl games will feature high-octane offenses, and these will be the games that fans will want to turn their attention too.



Nevada vs. Arizona


This game is going to be in the 50s. Even if you don't think that you have a vested interest in either of these teams, it's worth tuning in to.

The Wildcats command a dynamic attack behind quarterback Matt Scott and running back Ka'Deem Carey. Carey is a name you want to know, and you will after this one. He's run up almost 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground this season.

Nevada is constructed differently, but Stefphon Jefferson is a beast in the backfield. He's racked up 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground this year, and he should have a field day against Arizona's below-average defense.

College football fans should be excited for this. The teams don't jump off the page at you, but it's the first bowl game.

Tune in and watch these two teams put up points.



Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma


The Aggies boast Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and a talented offense around him. That alone spells points.

Add in Oklahoma's dynamic offense, and you have yourself a full-fledged shootout. Landry Jones will be out to prove himself in the final game of his Sooners career, and he will bring his best game against the Aggies in this one.

But that doesn't mean that the Aggies cannot win this game. Manziel has weapons around him in Mike Evans and Ben Malena, and he will exploit the Sooners defense with ease in this one. Because of the momentum surrounding his Heisman victory, he will have a big game here.

This should be a great game. Two high-scoring teams meeting head on should catch the eye of college football fans. Outside of the BCS games, this should be one of this year's best bowl games.



Oregon vs. Kansas State


This is the best BCS bowl game, without question, and it should be a high-scoring affair.

When you think about Oregon's team, the first thing that comes to mind is speed and an explosive offense. Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas create a dangerous nucleus for the Ducks, even if the team isn't capable of defending all that well.

The Wildcats are different, even if they score the same amount of points. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, and he's complemented by a dynamic running back.

Both of these teams were national championship locks at some point in the season, and they will come out with something to prove in this one.

Expect Oregon's speed and Kansas State's strength to clash head on here.