BCS Bowl Predictions 2013: Teams That Will Make Late Surges for Bids

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 23, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies chats with his quarterback coach Jake Spavital before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Only a couple of games remain for most teams around the nation, which means that the BCS picture is starting to take shape.

Barring a major upset, the BCS National Championship Game is set, with the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida State Seminoles going at it.  However, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Baylor Bears are undefeated as well, and they're pulling for one of the top two teams to lose in order to snag a spot in the championship.

Still, there are a few spots in BCS bowls up for grabs, so let's take a look at a few teams that could make a push into one of these top-tier games.


No. 16 Northern Illinois Huskies

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 2:  Jordan Lynch #6 of the Northern Illinois Huskies takes a snap before a game with the Massachusetts Minutemen at Gillette Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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As it stands right now, the Fresno State Bulldogs are looking to grab a BCS spot out of the Mountain West Conference.  However, if they fall, the Northern Illinois Huskies will be right there to take a spot.

Coming out of the MAC, the Huskies are 11-0 with just one game remaining against Western Michigan.  They rank fifth in the nation with 309.3 rushing yards per game, and eighth with 43.7 points per game.  Jordan Lynch has been a major playmaker for the team, putting up over 3,800 total yards and 38 touchdowns, and some are calling for him to be a Heisman contender.

Although they're undefeated, it's been hard for the Huskies to move up the rankings.  They haven't played any ranked teams, but they've beaten every team they've faced and done everything in their power to move up.  The Bulldogs are undefeated as well, but if they lose or have a scare, it could be the Huskies that take a BCS spot.


No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 09:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass in the second half during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field on November 9, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Haller
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While it hasn't been the best season for the Texas A&M Aggies, an 8-2 record suddenly has them back in the BCS bowl contention.

The Aggies have two remaining games against LSU and Missouri, and while those are two very tough opponents, this team has proven that its capable of beating strong teams.  Still, two tough losses to Alabama and Auburn have shown that this team can be beaten.

The offense will need to stay hot over the next two games.  As a team, they're averaging 49.2 points per game, and that offense is led by Johnny Manziel.

It's been another terrific year for Manziel, as he's currently one of the top candidates for the Heisman trophy.  In just 10 games, he's put up over 3,900 total yards and 39 touchdowns, making huge plays with both his arm and legs.  Mike Evans has been his favorite receiver, connecting 57 times for 1,263 yards ans 12 scores.

Assuming that the Crimson Tide advance to the national championship, that will leave the SEC spot in the Sugar Bowl up for grabs.  The standings would currently send Auburn or Missouri to the bowl game in Alabama's place, but an Aggies win over Missouri and an Auburn loss against Alabama would send these guys off to the big game.


No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers

As it stands now, the Michigan State Spartans would be playing against the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl, with both being at-large bids.  However, the Wisconsin Badgers have a shot to grab that other spot from the Spartans as the season winds down.

The Badgers continue to climb back up the rankings.  Their two losses include an incredibly controversial one against Arizona State and a well-fought battle against Ohio State, giving this team some real credibility.  They're also coming off of a convincing 51-3 win over the Indiana Hoosiers, and they've continued to stick with their gameplan throughout the season.

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 16: Melvin Gordon #25 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after making a touchdown during the first half of play against the Indiana Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinni
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The main focus for Wisconsin is the running game, which ranks seventh in the nation averaging 307.9 rushing yards per contest.  Melvin Gordon and James White have been an incredible duo on the ground, combining for 2,462 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards per carry.

Defensively, the Badgers are just as physical.  They're allowing just 14 points per game, which is the fifth-fewest in the country.  Overall, the Badgers are a gritty football team that wins with a ground and pound mentality.

With remaining games against Minnesota and Penn State, the Badgers are in good shape.  They will have to hope the Spartans, who will likely have to play Ohio State in the Big Ten championship, can lose a game in order to bust into the Orange Bowl.