Bowl Schedule 2012-13: Overrated Games That Won't Live Up to Hype

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Bowl Schedule 2012-13: Overrated Games That Won't Live Up to Hype
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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

Capital One

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
Sugar Florida Louisville 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

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