Bowl season always has a couple clunkers. Games that fans around the country thought would be worth watching, but end up falling well south of the hype they created. It's bound to happen when there are 35 games spread out over a month.
This season surely won't be any different. The national title game featuring Alabama and Notre Dame is generating the most hype, but that should actually be an intriguing battle. The same can't be said for some secondary bowls.
With that in mind, let's examine three marquee matchups that will fall short of expectations during bowl season. There were several to choose from, but these stood out.
Louisville vs. Florida, Sugar Bowl
The biggest problem with this game is the obvious blowout potential. Florida went 7-1 against SEC competition, losing only to Georgia, while Louisville lost two games in Big East play and only earned a BCS spot thanks to a tiebreaker.
Florida's third-ranked defense, which is giving up just 13 points per game, should have no problem slowing down a Louisville offense that ranked 48th despite not playing a single ranked opponent. It's a complete mismatch.
That's the difference between SEC and Big East. The SEC prepared teams for these type of games, and the Gators should benefit greatly from it in an easy win. Making matters worse, the game lacks the major star power needed to attract casual fans.
Which of these bowls has the best chance to match the hype?
South Carolina vs. Michigan, Outback Bowl
Even though South Carolina and Michigan are a part of a jam-packed New Year's Day slate, the popular programs are stealing a lot of the attention. In reality, both teams failed to reach their ultimate goal this season and the Outback Bowl is basically a consolation prize.
For two teams that entered the season with high hopes, it's often hard to get up for that type of game. Both the Gamecocks and Wolverines had their eyes set on the BCS, and potentially even a national title game appearance.
Furthermore, neither team plays an exciting style of football. They rely on strong defenses to carry their average offenses to victory. Marcus Lattimore being out and Denard Robinson failing to match his dynamic performance from last season doesn't help, either.
Wisconsin vs. Stanford, Rose Bowl
Any time there's a matchup between two teams ranked outside the top 50 in scoring, fans need an additional incentive to tune in. Defense wins championships, as Alabama has shown, but shootouts are what attract the mainstream fans.
Wisconsin and Stanford are going to lean heavily on their running backs, Montee Ball and Stepfan Taylor, to carry the offensive load. It's going to be a grind-it-out game that lacks any type of sustained excitement.
Normally, having the Rose Bowl name attached would save the game, but fans have become overwhelmed by all the different bowls nowadays. The matchup itself matters more than the bowl or its history. That makes it tough to imagine these teams living up to the hype.
Complete Bowl Schedule
|Bowl||Team 1||Team 2||Stadium: Location||Date: Time||TV|
|New Mexico||Nevada||Arizona||University Stadium: Albuquerque, N.M.||12/15: 1 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Toledo||Utah State||Bronco Stadium: Boise, Idaho||12/15: 4:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Poinsettia||BYU||San Diego State||Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego ||12/20: 8 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Beef 'O' Brady's||Ball State||UCF||Tropicana Field: St. Petersburg, Fla.||12/21: 7:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|New Orleans||East Carolina||Louisiana-Lafayette||
Superdome: New Orleans ||12/22: 12 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Las Vegas||Boise State||Washington||Sam Boyd Stadium: Las Vegas ||12/22: 3:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Hawaii||SMU||Fresno State||Aloha Stadium: Honolulu ||12/24: 8 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Little Caesars||Central Michigan||Western Kentucky||Ford Field: Detroit ||12/26: 7:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Military||Bowling Green||San Jose State||RFK Stadium: Washington, DC||12/27: 3 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Belk||Duke||Cincinnati||Bank of America Stadium: Charlotte, N.C.||12/27: 6:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Holiday||Baylor||UCLA||Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego ||12/27: 9:45 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Independence||Lousiana-Monroe||Ohio||Independence Stadium: Shreveport, La.||12/28: 2 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Russell Athletic||Virginia Tech||Rutgers||Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, Fla.||12/28: 5:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Meineke Car Care||Minnesota||Texas Tech||Reliant Stadium: Houston ||12/28: 9 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Armed Forces||Rice||Air Force||Amon G. Carter Stadium: Fort Worth, Texas||12/29: 11:45 a.m.||ESPN|
|Pinstripe||Syracuse||West Virginia||Yankee Stadium: Bronx, N.Y.||12/29: 3:15 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Kraft||Navy||Arizona State||AT&T Park: San Francisco ||12/29: 4 p.m. ||ESPN2|
|Alamo||Texas||Oregon State||Alamodome: San Antonio, Texas||12/29: 6:45 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||TCU||Michigan State||Sun Devil Stadium: Tempe, Ariz.||12/29: 10:15 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Music City||NC State||Vanderbilt||LP Field: Nashville, Tenn.||12/31: 12 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Sun||Georgia Tech||USC||Sun Bowl: El Paso, Texas||12/31: 2 p.m. ||CBS|
|Liberty||Tulsa||Iowa State||Liberty Bowl: Memphis, Tenn.||12/31: 3:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Chick-fil-A||Clemson||LSU||Georgia Dome: Atlanta ||12/31: 7:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Gator||Northwestern||Mississippi State||Everbank Field: Jacksonville, Fla.||1/1: 12 p.m. ||ESPN2|
|Heart of Dallas||Oklahoma State||Purdue||Cotton Bowl: Dallas, TX||1/1: 12 p.m. ||ESPNU|
|Outback||Michigan||South Carolina||Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, Fla.||1/1: 1 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Nebraska||Georgia||Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL||1/1: 1 p.m. ||ABC|
|Rose||Stanford||Wisconsin||Rose Bowl: Pasadena, Calif.||1/1: 5 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Orange||Northern Illinois||Florida State||Sun Life Stadium: Miami ||1/1: 8:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
Superdome: New Orleans ||1/2: 8:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Fiesta||Oregon||Kansas State||U. of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, Ariz.||1/3: 8:30 p.m. ||ESPN|
|Cotton||Oklahoma||Texas A&M||Cowboys Stadium: Arlington, Texas||1/4: 8 p.m. ||FOX|
|Compass||Pittsburgh||Ole Miss||Legion Field: Birmingham, Ala.||1/5: 1 p.m. ||ESPN|
|GoDaddy.com||Kent State||Arkansas State||Ladd-Peebles Stadium: Mobile, Ala.||1/6: 9 p.m. ||ESPN|
|BCS National Championship||Notre Dame||Alabama||Sun Life Stadium: Miami ||1/7: 8:30 p.m. ||ESPN|