Bowl Games 2013: Highlighting Best Potential Non-BCS Showdowns to Watch

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2013

Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) scrambles to the outside against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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BCS Bowls are all the rage.

This is especially the case in the format's final year before fans get a playoff.

But like every year, a few regular old bowl games will provide some great action for those fans willing to invest their time.

Now it can be hard to discern which games are worth the price of admission. After all, there are a ludicrous amount of bowls to choose from throughout the final week and a half of December to early January.

We are here to help. Not every bowl game can impress, but these three undoubtedly will.

Note: Bowl scenarios based on CBS Sports projections.

Gator: Michigan vs. Georgia

Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) looks to pass during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Yes, the 7-5 Michigan Wolverines and 8-4 Georgia Bulldogs are two of college football's biggest disappointments this season.

That does not mean the two will not put on an entertaining show against each other, though.

Why? Simple—horrible defense. The Wolverines rank in the bottom 60 with an average of 26.5 points allowed per game. The Bulldogs? They allow 29.4.

Nov 23, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs for a touchdown after a catch in the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia may be without starting quarterback Aaron Murray, but running back Todd Gurley ensures the Bulldogs will post massive numbers.

Gurley missed three games this year, but still has 903 yards and 10 touchdowns on a 6.3 average—122 yards and three scores came in the team's final game, where the Bulldogs posted 41 on Georgia Tech (No. 32 defense).

The Wolverines are even more explosive.

Michigan has quarterback Devin Gardner to thank for that. Gardner has thrown for 2,960 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He has another 483 yards and 11 scores on the ground. Michigan was last seen dropping 41 on Ohio State (No. 18 defense).

Fans of offense will not want to miss this one.

Capital One: Wisconsin vs. Missouri

Nov 16, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) carries the footbal during warmups prior to the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

This, of course, relies on 11-1 Missouri getting beat in the SEC Championship. Far from a given, but Auburn just took down the Alabama Crimson Tide and has the look of a team on a roll.

Besides, replace Missouri with Auburn here, and it is still a can't-miss matchup.

Credit to 9-3 Wisconsin for that one.

The Badgers have an elite defense that allows an average of 14.8 points per game.

Most intriguing is the offense, which bucks conventional wisdom and has three running backs who have been absolutely dominant this season.

Wisconsin Leading Rusher 2013
Melvin Gordon18114668.180 (TD)12
James White20913376.493 (TD)13
Corey Clement665157.875 (TD)7

Not only will Missouri and former Heisman contender James Franklin have to attempt to move the ball on the Badgers defense, fans will find out quickly if a Big Ten power-running offense can move the ball on an SEC defense. The Tigers allow 19.4 points per game on average.

Let the conference vs. conference debate begin anew.

Chick-Fil-A: Duke vs. Texas A&M

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 30:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies scrambles during the game against the Missouri Tigers on November 30, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It seems a foregone conclusion the 10-2 Duke Blue Devils will have their astounding run of eight straight wins ended by Florida State in the ACC championship.

The silver lining? Duke gets a shot at a beatable opponent here against Johnny Manziel and 8-4 Texas A&M.

Fans know the Aggies well thanks to Heisman candidate Manziel, owner of 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns. They also know Texas A&M's horrific defense, which allows an average of 30.9 points per game.

Conversely, Duke allows just 23.

The Blue Devils have enough firepower behind the arm of quarterback Anthony Boone (1,695 passing yards, 14 total touchdowns in nine games) to hang with the Aggies against a weak defense.

It may be a Cinderella vs. a disappointment, but it will be a fun one at that.