BCS Bowl Games 2012-13: Matchups That Will Exceed Expectations

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 15, 2012

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies scores a second-half touchdown against the  Kent State Golden Flashes during the Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field on November 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Illinois won 44-37  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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The BCS Bowl Games for the 2012-13 season aren’t exactly the most exhilarating in recent history. Still, the season’s culminating matchups still have the opportunity to steal the show after Santa Claus is done filling your stockings with toys.

This year’s BCS championship will be decided by two of the best, most well-known and most well-rounded teams in the nation. Alabama has won two of the last three national championships and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish haven't tasted glory since 1988.

Let’s take a look at which BCS games have the potential to steal the show in the New Year.


Discover Orange Bowl Game

No. 13 Florida State (11-2) vs. No. 16 Northern Illinois (12-1)

How could they let a MAC team into a BCS bowl over teams likes LSU and Oklahoma? It’s an outrage!

Not so fast.

The MAC champion Huskies have something many people are forgetting: QB Jordan Lynch. The dynamic and exciting mobile quarterback has accounted for over 4,000 all-purpose yards this season and could be kryptonite for the vaunted Seminoles defense.

It might not end in favor of the MAC’s finest, but it will certainly be an interesting and exciting matchup that features a “BCS buster” against a Seminoles team that vastly underperformed in 2012.

The thought of another mid-major conference team upsetting one of the “big boys” is a big enough draw to lure you in. If they pull it off, this one could steal the show.


Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio

No. 8 Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5)

Wisconsin snuck into the BCS thanks to the Big Ten’s automatic berth and an undefeated but bowl ineligible Ohio State Buckeyes team. The Badgers 8-5 record might not excite anyone, but they are every bit as deserving to be on this stage as the Cardinal.

Like Stanford, the Badgers play tough, physical football. Their games are typically decided by a few points and none of their losses were by more than a touchdown. Four of them were by a field goal, with three ending in overtime.

The Buckeyes and Cardinal would have probably made bigger headlines, but this game will be a good example of tough and physical football. Wisconsin can run the ball as good as anyone, averaging 237.8 with Montee Ball in its backfield. Ball set the career-record for total touchdowns this season.

After thumping Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten Championship Game, the Badgers could have another upset on their minds in Pasadena.


Discover BCS National Championship Game

Notre Dame vs. Alabama

This game has been hyped long before it became official. How can it exceed expectations when they are already sky high, you ask?

Beside the gallantry and the history behind these two storied schools, there is an actual great football game that pits two very similar teams against one another. Both teams are averaging near the same in every offensive category.

Notre Dame QB Everett Golson has had a fine freshman season and AJ McCarron has continued to play exceedingly well behind center for the Crimson Tide.

The game, as we all know, will likely come down to who can stop the other more times than not. Still, both teams have exciting playmakers on offense that will make this game the perfect mix of scoring and defense.