Week 14 of the 2013 college football season is pivotal for most teams, as it will decide a great deal of conference championship matchups. The winners of these title games—at least those from the major conferences—will head to BCS bowl games against other elite programs from around the country.
Failure is not an option for the top-ranked squads this late in the season, as they have come so far and are on the cusp of making one of the five prestigious BCS bowl showdowns.
Due to the Iron Bowl showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn and the Battle of the Palmetto State between No. 6 Clemson and No. 10 South Carolina, the BCS picture could drastically shift over the next few days.
|Bowl Game||Home Team||Away Team|
|BCS National Championship||No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide||No. 2 Florida State Seminoles|
|Rose Bowl||No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes||No. 8 Stanford Cardinal|
|Orange Bowl||No. 6 Clemson Tigers||No. 11 Michigan State Spartans|
|Sugar Bowl||No. 4 Auburn Tigers||No. 19 UCF Knights|
|Fiesta Bowl||No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys||No. 14 Northern Illinois Huskies|
Will Alabama play Florida State for the title?
Ohio State fans are praying that the Seminoles or Crimson Tide falter at some point in those two upcoming contests, as the No. 3 Buckeyes will be left out in the cold if both teams ahead of them in the rankings can stay the course.
Peg Clemson in for an Orange Bowl appearance if FSU makes the title game, as the Tigers are a perfect representative for the ACC. As long as the Michigan State Spartans play well enough against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, they should be a lock for a BCS appearance. Miami is a perfect place for them to land.
Pencil in Ohio State as the Big 12 winners, as the Pokes are firing on all cylinders now. Unfortunately, that means a matchup with an at-large opponent in the Fiesta Bowl.
Of course, college football is anything but predictable. Expect these projections to change in the coming week as upsets and surprises take place over the weekend.