November continued to prove itself as a treacherous month in college football, as more and more giants and title contenders were bounced from the picture in Week 13.
The stock of these supposedly elite schools is changing from week to week, with teams looking dominant during one weekend and completely lethargic the next. Other than the three unbeaten teams from power conferences—Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State—parity has struck the NCAA in recent weeks and shaken up the BCS picture.
Here's how the BCS games are projected to shape up after yet another landscape-altering week.
|2014 BCS Predictions: Week 14|
|National Championship||Alabama vs. Florida State|
|Rose Bowl||Stanford vs. Ohio State|
|Fiesta Bowl||Oklahoma State vs. Northern Illinois|
|Sugar Bowl||Auburn vs. UCF|
|Orange Bowl||Clemson vs. Michigan State|
National Championship: Alabama vs. Florida State
The past few weeks haven't been kind to many of college football's seemingly elite teams, allowing the best two teams the opportunity to distance themselves.
While title aspirations from Baylor, Oregon, Stanford and more have been crushed in this recent stretch, Alabama and Florida State have never looked better. Whether it's the Seminoles putting up 80 points this past weekend or 'Bama taking care of each of its opponents by halftime, there's no doubt as to who the best two teams in the nation are.
Should Alabama take care of business in the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship Game, and Florida State dispose of both Florida and likely Duke in the ACC title game, these two squads are on a collision course to face one another.
Of course, anything can happen in college football and if these past few weeks are any indication, there is more carnage to come. But it would be nothing short of shocking to see either of these giants tripped up before Pasadena.
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Michigan State
As we've seen many times in the short, controversial history of the BCS, the rankings are kind to high-ranked teams that missed out on their respective conference championship game.
That trend will be proven true here with Clemson, who won't be appearing in the ACC title game but is ranked No. 6 in the Week 14 BCS standings. Other than a blowout loss to Florida State at home in which the 'Noles had their number, the Tigers have demolished their competition.
Meanwhile, Michigan State will be coming off a loss—in my projection—to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game but will enjoy a high enough BCS ranking to still squeeze in other the likes of Wisconsin. Even though it hasn't been a year to remember for the Big Ten, it boasts two near-elite programs that should both find themselves securing a BCS bid after the conference championship.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Northern Illinois
Before the BCS standings for Sunday were released, I liked Fresno State to get the elusive and highly coveted at-large bid over Northern Illinois. At the time, the Bulldogs were above the Huskies in the standings.
Then, Northern Illinois surprisingly jumped Fresno State after a supposedly strong win over Toledo this weekend, and now they have the inside track at that spot.
Facing the Huskies would be Oklahoma State, who put itself into contention for a BCS spot after a 49-17 drubbing of then-No. 4 Baylor. With that win, the Cowboys control their own destiny, and a win over Oklahoma this weekend would clinch the Big 12 for them.
One of the greatest things about the BCS is it allows college football fans to see the Cinderella team against a power conference foe. Seeing Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois' potent offense up against the ball-hawking Cowboys defense would be a sight to see.
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