BCS Bowl Games 2012-13: Power Ranking Entertainment Value of Showcase Games
The 2012-13 BCS bowl games disappointingly don't feature a lot of games that will be close, but that doesn't mean these matchups won't be fun.
There are plenty of interesting angles to crank up the entertainment value even if the games figure to be blowouts.
No. 5: Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville
I'm not going to lie: I have no desire to watch this game. Florida's defense is going to make this a boring contest.
The Cardinals have a decent passing attack, ranked 24th in the nation, but they haven't passed for those yards against a defense like the Gators. Florida has only allowed five touchdown passes this season, and it allows just 5.4 yards per pass.
The Gators are going to wear out the Cardinals and they will cruise to an easy victory that isn't particularly exciting to watch.
No. 4: Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Stanford
This should be a hard-fought physical matchup, but Stanford should be in firm control of this one by halftime.
Wisconsin enters the Rose Bowl with a 7-5 record and it was just 4-4 in a mediocre Big Ten. While the Badgers looked good hanging 70 on Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game, it's not like they were building momentum leading up to that as they had lost their previous two games.
Meanwhile, Stanford's last loss came after a botched goal-line call in South Bend to Notre Dame. The Cardinal have been playing as good as any team in the nation since. They will roll in this one, and it will not be in an overly thrilling fashion.
No. 3: Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State vs. Oregon
This game will provide all the fireworks that the first two do not.
The Ducks' intense offensive attack is fun to watch against any team, but put them against a defense as poor as the Wildcats' and this could turn into a track meet. This is the same Kansas State team that allowed 52 points to Baylor, and the Bears run a similar attack to the Ducks—only Oregon is even more explosive.
Meanwhile, the Kansas State Wildcats can hang up some points themselves. They are ninth in the nation in scoring, and with this game figuring to have plenty of plays and possessions, this game could surpass the 100-point mark.
I don't think it will. I see Oregon overwhelming the Wildcats in the second half of this one, but it will still be a blast to watch.
No. 2: Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Northern Illinois
I don't expect this matchup to be as high on most lists, but I think it's fantastic. It has shades of the Oklahoma-Boise State matchup from the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Northern Illinois is the first MAC team to play in a BCS bowl game, and it will be pulling out all the stops and letting it rip as it has nothing to lose. No one expects the Huskies to win, and no one will say they choked if they lose.
Also, Northern Illinois has a serious weapon on offense.
Jordan Lynch is a dual-threat quarterback with a prodigious resume. This season he has thrown for 2,962 yards and rushed for another 1,771.
He will be facing the nation's seventh-best scoring defense in this game, and he will have his work cut out for him, but I expect a David-like effort as they take on this Goliath.
No. 1: BCS National Championship: Notre Dame vs. Alabama
This game is going to be a defensive showdown as we have the nation's No. 1- and 2-ranked scoring defenses.
While this certainly doesn't lend itself to offensive fireworks, it does set itself up for a close game. I actually think this will be the closest of all the BCS bowl games. Alabama is a comfortable favorite, but it has also allowed 28 points in two of its last four games.
Notre Dame should be able to pick up some key first downs, and with its defense being on lockdown, this will end with the Irish winning the time of possession battle and keeping this game close.
So while this game will not fill up the highlight reels, it should be a nail-biting contest for the national championship, and nothing is more exciting than that.
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