Bowl Schedule 2012-13: Overrated Teams That Will Fall in Bowl Games

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01:  Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers wacthes the action on the sidelines during the third quarter of the Big Ten Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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While being ranked as one of the 25 best teams in college football is an accomplishment to be proud of, it doesn't guarantee a team an ideal matchup in postseason action.

A number of teams that found themselves ranked in the Top 25 now face daunting tasks in bowl games against premier opponents, a stark difference from the teams they played in conference games for much of the regular season.

These teams are overrated by way of their ranking—simply put, these teams have ranks that overstate their talent levels.

When they take the field for BCS Bowl games, this will become even more evident.


No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-3)

Nebraska's reward for getting blown out 70-31 by Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game is a date with No. 7 Georgia (11-2) in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. 

Wisconsin ran the ball down Nebraska's throats to the tune of 539 yards and eight touchdowns. Georgia's dynamic freshman RB Todd Gurley picked up 122 yards and two touchdowns against an excellent Alabama defense in the SEC Championship game.

Gurley is going to have a field day against Nebraska, and along with Keith Marshall, the duo is going to open things up for QB Aaron Murray to move the ball downfield on play-action passes. 

We haven't even touched on Georgia's defense—loaded with standouts Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and John Jenkins—and how Nebraska will have their hands full keeping the trio from blowing things up in the backfield.

When plays do get blown up in Nebraska's backfield, expect the ball to hit the ground, as the Cornhuskers fumbled the ball a FBS-leading 21 times—and it just so happens that Georgia finished plus-11 on the season in turnovers.

I'm not predicting a blowout of Wisconsin proportions, but this game isn't going to be close.


No. 21 Louisville Cardinals (10-2)

Co-champions of the Big East, No. 21 Louisville doesn't belong in a BCS Bowl game.

To be honest, the Big East didn't have a worthy representative this year.

On New Year's Day, when Louisville faces No. 3 Florida (11-1) in the Sugar Bowl, that will become all the more apparent.

Led by sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater, who has completed 69 percent and thrown 25 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, Louisville's passing offense ranks 24th in the country and averages nearly 300 yards per game.

But Bridgewater and the Cardinals have yet to face a defense like Florida's, which ranks 15th against the pass (186 yards per game) and allows fewer than 13 points per game, third-fewest in the country.

Louisville hasn't faced a ranked team all year, and it has lost two of its last three games. Florida has gone 4-1 against Top-25 competition.

There isn't a whole lot that Louisville can do to stop Florida from having its way in what will be a relatively easy victory for Will Muschamp's squad.


No. 15 Northern Illinois (12-1)

MAC champion Northern Illinois has won 12 games in a row and features a dynamic dual-threat QB in junior Jordan Lynch.

Lynch has led the team to the ninth-highest scoring average (40.8) and rushing attack (250.15 yards per game) in the country.

But those numbers came against teams like Kent State, Iowa and Kansas.

The Huskies have not faced a team like Florida State before.

No. 13 Florida State's (11-2) defense, which ranks seventh in scoring, fifth in rushing and third against the pass, is going to manhandle Northern Illinois.

The Orange Bowl on New Year's Day will serve as another example of the disparity between the haves and the have-nots; between teams that play in major conferences and those who hone their craft in the mid-majors.


Complete Bowl Game Schedule

Here's the time, date, and viewing info for every bowl game to be played over the next few weeks, packaged neatly for you in this nifty little gif: