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

David DanielsSenior Writer IDecember 8, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles warms up before the ACC Championship game against the Duke Blue Devils at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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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
BowlDateTVMatchupPrediction
BCS Title GameJan. 6ESPNFlorida St. vs. AuburnFSU by 7
GoDaddy.comJan. 5ESPNArkansas St. vs. Ball St.BALL by 17
BBVA CompassJan. 4ESPNVanderbilt vs. HoustonVAN by 3
CottonJan. 3FOXOklahoma St. vs. MissouriOKST by 3
OrangeJan. 3ESPNClemson vs. Ohio StateOSU by 10
SugarJan. 2ESPNOklahoma vs. AlabamaALA by 17
FiestaJan. 1ESPNUCF vs. BaylorBAY by 14
RoseJan. 1ESPNStanford vs. Michigan St.STAN by 3
OutbackJan. 1ESPNIowa vs. LSULSU by 10
Capital OneJan. 1ABCWisconsin vs. S. CarolinaSCAR by 7
Heart of DallasJan. 1ESPNUUNLV vs. North TexasUNT by 7
GatorJan. 1ESPN2Nebraska vs. GeorgiaUGA by 7
Chick-fil-ADec. 31ESPNDuke vs. Texas A&MA&M by 14
LibertyDec. 31ESPNRice vs. Mississippi St.MSST by 3
SunDec. 31CBSVirginia Tech vs. UCLAUCLA by 7
IndependenceDec. 31ESPNArizona vs. Boston Coll.ARIZ by 10
HolidayDec. 30ESPNArizona St. vs. Texas TechAZST by 17
AlamoDec. 30ESPNOregon vs. TexasORE by 21
Music CityDec. 30ESPNOle Miss vs. Georgia TechMISS by 3
Armed ForcesDec. 30ESPNMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyNAVY by 3
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28ESPNMichigan vs. Kansas St.KSU by 3
Russell AthleticDec. 28ESPNMiami vs. LouisvilleLOU by 10
BelkDec. 28ESPNCincinnati vs. N. CarolinaCIN by 3
PinstripeDec. 28ESPNRutgers vs. Notre DameND by 3
Fight HungerDec. 27ESPNBYU vs. WashingtonWASH by 7
TexasDec. 27ESPNSyracuse vs. MinnesotaMIN by 7
MilitaryDec. 27ESPNMarshall vs. MarylandMD by 3
PoinsettiaDec. 26ESPNUtah St. vs. N. IllinoisNIU by 21
Little CaesarsDec. 26ESPNPitt. vs. Bowling GreenBGSU by 7
HawaiiDec. 24ESPNBoise St. vs. Oregon St.ORST by 3
Beef O'Brady'sDec. 23ESPNE. Carolina vs. OhioECU by 7
New OrleansDec. 21ESPNTulane vs. LA-LafayetteTULN by 3
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21ESPNBuffalo vs. San Diego St.SDST by 7
Las VegasDec. 21ABCFresno St. vs. USCUSC by 3
New MexicoDec. 21ESPNWash. St. vs. Colorado St.WSU by 7
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BCS Title Game: Florida State vs. Auburn

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.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Duke Blue Devils during the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, N
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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

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 07: Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a 34-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gre
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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

Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) runs a touchdown past Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) during the second quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Lil
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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.