College Football Bowl Predictions 2013-14: Definitive Guide to Entire Postseason

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College Football Bowl Predictions 2013-14: Definitive Guide to Entire Postseason
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2013-14 college football predictions transitioned from projecting which teams will be in bowls to which teams will win bowls when the postseason bowl schedule was released on Sunday night.

Here is a definitive guide to the entire bowl season, as well as a breakdown of its best games.

College Football Bowl Guide
Bowl Date TV Matchup Prediction
BCS Title Game Jan. 6 ESPN Florida St. vs. Auburn FSU by 7
GoDaddy.com Jan. 5 ESPN Arkansas St. vs. Ball St. BALL by 17
BBVA Compass Jan. 4 ESPN Vanderbilt vs. Houston VAN by 3
Cotton Jan. 3 FOX Oklahoma St. vs. Missouri OKST by 3
Orange Jan. 3 ESPN Clemson vs. Ohio State OSU by 10
Sugar Jan. 2 ESPN Oklahoma vs. Alabama ALA by 17
Fiesta Jan. 1 ESPN UCF vs. Baylor BAY by 14
Rose Jan. 1 ESPN Stanford vs. Michigan St. STAN by 3
Outback Jan. 1 ESPN Iowa vs. LSU LSU by 10
Capital One Jan. 1 ABC Wisconsin vs. S. Carolina SCAR by 7
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 ESPNU UNLV vs. North Texas UNT by 7
Gator Jan. 1 ESPN2 Nebraska vs. Georgia UGA by 7
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 ESPN Duke vs. Texas A&M A&M by 14
Liberty Dec. 31 ESPN Rice vs. Mississippi St. MSST by 3
Sun Dec. 31 CBS Virginia Tech vs. UCLA UCLA by 7
Independence Dec. 31 ESPN Arizona vs. Boston Coll. ARIZ by 10
Holiday Dec. 30 ESPN Arizona St. vs. Texas Tech AZST by 17
Alamo Dec. 30 ESPN Oregon vs. Texas ORE by 21
Music City Dec. 30 ESPN Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech MISS by 3
Armed Forces Dec. 30 ESPN Middle Tennessee vs. Navy NAVY by 3
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 28 ESPN Michigan vs. Kansas St. KSU by 3
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 ESPN Miami vs. Louisville LOU by 10
Belk Dec. 28 ESPN Cincinnati vs. N. Carolina CIN by 3
Pinstripe Dec. 28 ESPN Rutgers vs. Notre Dame ND by 3
Fight Hunger Dec. 27 ESPN BYU vs. Washington WASH by 7
Texas Dec. 27 ESPN Syracuse vs. Minnesota MIN by 7
Military Dec. 27 ESPN Marshall vs. Maryland MD by 3
Poinsettia Dec. 26 ESPN Utah St. vs. N. Illinois NIU by 21
Little Caesars Dec. 26 ESPN Pitt. vs. Bowling Green BGSU by 7
Hawaii Dec. 24 ESPN Boise St. vs. Oregon St. ORST by 3
Beef O'Brady's Dec. 23 ESPN E. Carolina vs. Ohio ECU by 7
New Orleans Dec. 21 ESPN Tulane vs. LA-Lafayette TULN by 3
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 ESPN Buffalo vs. San Diego St. SDST by 7
Las Vegas Dec. 21 ABC Fresno St. vs. USC USC by 3
New Mexico Dec. 21 ESPN Wash. St. vs. Colorado St. WSU by 7

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BCS Title Game: Florida State vs. Auburn

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Auburn earned a trip to the championship in dramatic fashion, defeating Missouri by the score of 59-42 (and seeing previously undefeated Ohio State lose to Michigan State). In the process, Auburn did something that Florida State hasn't done all season long—it surrendered 42 points.

That's why the Seminoles will beat the Tigers in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 6.

Auburn has more than enough offense to keep up with Florida State. The Tigers average over 40.0 points per game this season, despite playing in the SEC. Auburn fields the No. 1 rushing offense in the nation, averaging 335.7 yards per game on the ground.

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However, the Seminoles field the No. 1 defense in points allowed. They surrender an average of 13.3 points per game fewer than the Tigers. Auburn's offense is amazing, but its defense is somewhere between solid and mediocre.

Florida State is not only the better overall team, but it boasts the best playerJameis Winston. The Heisman hopeful has amassed 4,013 yards from scrimmage and 42 total touchdowns this season. The freshman hasn't lost a game in his college career, and he won't have a blemish on his record when his sophomore campaign starts, either.

Florida State by seven

 

Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford

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While the combined score of the BCS title game is sure to climb up into the 70s, if not 80s, the Rose Bowl will be a defensive battle. Michigan State and Stanford both boast top-10 defenses in points allowed per game. They each have a victory against an elite offense on their resumes, the Spartans holding Ohio State to 24 points and the Cardinal holding Oregon to 20.

But in a showdown highlighting both defenses, Stanford's offense is what will give it the edge. The Cardinal have the best quarterback, running back and wide receiver in this matchup.

Kevin Hogan has a passer rating 20.2 points higher this season than Connor Cook. Tyler Gaffney has accumulated 280 yards and three touchdowns on the ground more than Jeremy Langford. And Ty Montgomery has reeled in 24 receptions for 412 yards and four touchdowns more than Bennie Fowler.

Also in Pasadena, Calif., Stanford will have home-state advantage. Sure, it has two losses while Michigan State has only one. Well, the Spartans also only have two wins over top-25 teams, compared to seven for the Cardinal. 

Stanford actually went undefeated against top-25 teams this season. It'll maintain that perfection on New Year's Day.

Stanford by three

 

Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

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This isn't a BCS bowl, but it will be more exciting than the Orange, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls because it actually features an even matchup. And not only are Oklahoma State and Missouri an even matchup, but they both boast high-powered offenses. Don't brush it off because they both suffered last-week letdownsthe Jan. 3 Cotton Bowl could ultimately be the most exciting showdown of the bowl season.

The Cowboys and Tigers combine to average 78.9 points per game. Each also fields a top-40 passing attack. While the former has a slight defensive edge—allowing 2.5 fewer points per game than Missouriit will be the latter's running game that carries it to victory.

The Tigers rush for 64.5 more yards per game than Oklahoma State. On the season, their duo of Henry Josey and Russell Hansbrough has combined for 1,734 yards on the ground (Josey on 6.6 yards a pop and Hansbrough 6.3) compared to the Cowboys' Desmond Roland and Jeremy Smith's 1,187 yards (Roland on 4.7 yards per carry and Smith on 3.8).

Missouri's wideout duo of L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham also trumps Oklahoma State's Tracy Moore and Josh Stewart in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Again, this game will be close, but the Tigers possess a slight yet noticeable edge.

Missouri by three

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.

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