Bowl Projections 2013: Matchups Fans Are Dying to See at End of Season

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst INovember 23, 2013

Jan 8, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban poses with the national championship coaches trophy after addressing the media during the winning coach press conference at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa following Alabama's 42-14 win over Notre Dame last night in the 2013 BCS National Championship game. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

At this point in the college football season, fans have a pretty good idea of what matchups they would like to see during bowl season involving some of the premier programs in the nation.

The most popular matchup would be two great offenses primed for a high-scoring affair since putting points on the board is usually more entertaining.

Other dream matchups would pit a great defense versus a great offense in order to find out what truly reigns supreme on the football field. Or, you could have an instance where both teams are elite on both sides of the rock, thus making for an unpredictable but exciting result.

With that being said, let's take a look at which matchups would create for fan-favorite showdowns sure to entertain the masses.


BCS National Championship: Alabama vs. Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, FL - APRIL 13:  Jameis Winston #5 of the Garnet Team speaks with head coach Jimbo Fisher during Florida State's Garnet and Gold Spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium on April 13, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Imag
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What a better way to culminate the tumultuous tenure of the BCS than to have two fantastic and top-flight teams in Florida St. and Alabama meeting in the national title game.

The Crimson Tide would be vying for their third consecutive national title, which is unprecedented in college football. On top of that, it would be Alabama's fourth championship in five years and the icing on the cake of a collegiate dynasty unmatched by any.

Perhaps the only thing as close to interesting as possibly witnessing history is seeing how good redshirt freshman and star quarterback Jameis Winston would fare against the top defense in the nation in points against.

One thing is for certain: Winston and the Seminoles' No. 2-ranked offense would give the Crimson Tide a run for its money, and Winston's performance in that game would be a telltale sign as to how much success he may enjoy in his bright future.

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 16:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide points out the defense against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Starkville, Mississippi.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Alabama wouldn't have an easy time scoring points, either. The Crimson Tide would be up against the No. 3 defense in the nation and that could create a standstill for the majority of the game in this matchup.

With two great defenses, a ton of college stars all around on both sides of the ball and two elite coaches at the helm, there's no question this potential matchup would go down to the wire and be hailed as one of the best national title games in the history of college athletics.


Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Nobody has beaten Ohio State in nearly two full seasons and there's no doubt Oregon would love to be the team to do it if nobody can accomplish that feat heading into bowl season.

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks looks to pass in the first half against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Ducks are notorious for a fast-paced, high-scoring offense that can cream opposing defenses that aren't ready for battle. In fact, the Ducks rank No. 3 in the nation in points for per game (50.9) and have scored over 50 points six times this season.

In recent years, the Buckeyes have been touted as a solid defensive squad with plenty of experience that makes them a threat to stop the Bears dead in their tracks.

The possibilities are endless for how this game could shake out as Ohio St.'s offense is just as potent as Oregon's with a No. 4 ranking in the nation. Adding to that excitement, both teams enjoy Heisman trophy-quality quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota for the Ducks and Braxton Miller for the Buckeyes.

It could be a defensive standoff or an offensive shootout, but either way these two top-notch programs would have an epic battle for Rose Bowl supremacy.


Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Baylor

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the Clemson mascot after he threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins #2 in the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Discover Orange Bowl
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Offense would certainly be the theme if these two teams were to meet in the Orange Bowl, and that's evidenced by the utter dominance Baylor and Clemson have displayed on the offensive side of the ball.

Clemson, led by star quarterback Tajh Boyd and a stellar passing attack, ranks No. 12 in points scored and has one of the most explosive weapons in the college game, Sammy Watkins, at the wide receiver position.

On the flip side, Baylor can get it done both on the ground and in the air as the Bears rank No. 9 on the ground and No. 3 through the air. Two great backs like Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood would make for a nightmare for Clemson's defense.

The rankings for these two teams on the defensive side of the ball are a bit misleading. While Baylor ranks No. 7 in points against (17.4), it has succeeded against a schedule that has seen just one ranked team the entire season.

Clemson's No. 26 ranking on defense (21.6) doesn't look as attractive as Baylor's but is just as misleading. Only two ranked teams have graced Clemson's schedule this season and it was Georgia, who scored 35 points in the first game of the season, and Florida St. who dominated Clemson to the tune of a 51-14 final score.

Neither team has truly proven itself against an elite offense this season and considering the fact that both of these teams are elite offenses themselves, this would be a historic shootout that could end with both teams scoring 40 points or more.