Bowl Schedule 2012-13: High-Profile Games That Will End in Blowouts

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2012

Bowl executives and television heads hope that every game turns out to be an instant classic. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.

This year's bowl season features a number of matchups that will be promoted as elite. The problem is that two good teams do not always create a great game. 

These top bowl games look good on paper, but they will end up being blowouts by the time the clock hits zero.


Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU vs. Clemson

Ordinarily, a matchup between two Top 15 teams in the BCS standings would be one to watch. Unfortunately, this will not be as good as advertised.

Clemson had one of the best offenses in the nation this year. Quarterback Tajh Boyd torched opponents with the help of playmakers Andre Ellington, Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins.

The problem is that the Tigers were exposed when they faced an elite defense. South Carolina forced the normally accurate Boyd into two interceptions, and he completed only 11 of his 24 passes.

LSU has as good or better defense as South Carolina. In addition, the Bayou Bengals have more balance comparatively on offense since Marcus Lattimore went down with a knee injury.

Although Clemson has played well all year, the team is overmatched in this one.


Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois should be proud of reaching this point, but the Huskies could be in for a long day against Florida State.

Although the team has won 12 straight games and has a top-10 scoring offense, it has not faced anyone close to as talented as its Orange Bowl opponent.

The Huskies only played two teams from BCS conferences this year. They beat one-win Kansas by seven points and lost to Iowa, who only finished with a 4-8 record.

Facing Florida State will be a rude awakening. The Seminoles have the No. 7 defense and No. 14 offense in the country, and they simply have superior athletes compared to most of the MAC.

In addition, Northern Illinois will not have head coach Dave Doeren to make adjustments after he left to coach at North Carolina State.

Even with the talented Jordan Lynch running the show, the Huskies will lose big. 


Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs. Kansas State

Everyone knows about Oregon's incredible offense. The team averaged over 50 points per game and scored at least 40 in all but one contest.

However, the defense has been a huge improvement compared to past years.

In fact, the Ducks only allowed 22 points per game this year, which is only 0.9 points more than Kansas State.

Additionally, Oregon is much better against the run, which is Kansas State's strength. The Wildcats' one-dimensional attack will not have too much success in the game.

On the other side of the football, Kansas State should be yet another team that cannot keep up with Oregon's speed. The Wildcats shut down a number of top passing offenses, but struggled mightily against Baylor's offense because it had balance.

This is what the Ducks provide. Running backs Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, plus quarterback Marcus Mariota create a dominant rushing attack, while Mariota has the skill to beat teams with his arm as well.

Kansas State is still one of the best teams in the nation, but it does not match up well in this game.


Bowl Schedule

Note: All times are ET and p.m. unless noted otherwise. All games (except for the Sun Bowl and Cotton Bowl) can be streamed live at WatchESPN

Bowl Team 1 Team 2 Stadium: Location Date: Time TV
New Mexico Nevada Arizona University Stadium: Albuquerque, NM 12/15: 1:00  ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Toledo Utah State Bronco Stadium: Boise, ID 12/15: 4:30 ESPN
Poinsettia BYU San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA 12/20: 8:00 ESPN
Beef 'O' Brady's Ball State UCF Tropicana Field: St. Petersburg, FL 12/21: 7:30 ESPN
New Orleans East Carolina Louisiana-Lafayette Superdome: New Orleans, LA 12/22: Noon ESPN
Las Vegas Boise State Washington Sam Boyd Stadium: Las Vegas, NV 12/22: 3:30 ESPN
Hawaii SMU Fresno State Aloha Stadium: Honolulu, HI 12/24: 8:00 ESPN
Little Caesars Central Michigan Western Kentucky Ford Field: Detroit, MI 12/26: 7:30     ESPN
Military Bowling Green San Jose State RFK Stadium: Washington, DC 12/27: 3:00 ESPN
Belk Duke Cincinnati Bank of America Stadium: Charlotte, NC 12/27: 6:30 ESPN
Holiday Baylor UCLA Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA 12/27: 9:45 ESPN
Independence Lousiana-Monroe Ohio Independence Stadium: Shreveport, LA 12/28: 2:00 ESPN
Russell Athletic Virginia Tech Rutgers Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL 12/28: 5:30 ESPN
Meineke Car Care Minnesota Texas Tech Reliant Stadium: Houston, TX 12/28: 9:00 ESPN
Armed Forces Rice Air Force Amon G. Carter Stadium: Fort Worth, TX 12/29: 11:45 a.m. ESPN
Pinstripe Syracuse West Virginia Yankee Stadium: Bronx, NY 12/29: 3:15 ESPN
Kraft Navy Arizona State AT&T Park: San Francisco, CA 12/29: 4:00 ESPN2
Alamo Texas  Oregon State Alamodome: San Antonio, TX 12/29: 6:45 ESPN
Buffalo Wild Wings TCU Michigan State Sun Devil Stadium: Tempe, AZ 12/29: 10:15 ESPN
Music City NC State Vanderbilt LP Field: Nashville, TN 12/31: Noon ESPN
Sun Georgia Tech USC Sun Bowl: El Paso, TX 12/31: 2:00 CBS
Liberty Tulsa Iowa State Liberty Bowl: Memphis, TN 12/31: 3:30 ESPN
Chick-fil-A Clemson LSU Georgia Dome: Atlanta, GA 12/31: 7:30 ESPN
Gator Northwestern Mississippi State Everbank Field: Jacksonville, FL 1/1: Noon ESPN2
Heart of Dallas Oklahoma State Purdue Cotton Bowl: Dallas, TX 1/1: Noon ESPNU
Outback Michigan South Carolina Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, FL 1/1: 1:00 ESPN

Capital One

Nebraska Georgia Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL 1/1: 1:00 ABC
Rose Stanford Wisconsin Rose Bowl: Pasadena, CA 1/1: 5:00 ESPN
Orange Northern Illinois Florida State Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL 1/1: 8:30 ESPN
Sugar Florida Louisville Superdome: New Orleans, LA 1/2: 8:30 ESPN
Fiesta Oregon Kansas State U. of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, AZ 1/3: 8:30 ESPN
Cotton Oklahoma Texas A&M Cowboys Stadium: Arlington, TX 1/4: 8:00 FOX
Compass Pittsburgh Ole Miss Legion Field: Birmingham, AL 1/5: 1:00 ESPN Kent State Arkansas State Ladd-Peebles Stadium: Mobile, AL 1/6: 9:00 ESPN
BCS National Championship Notre Dame Alabama Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL 1/7: 8:30 ESPN



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