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Bowl Games 2013-14: Matchups That Will Produce the Most Points

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Bowl Games 2013-14: Matchups That Will Produce the Most Points
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The 2013 season was full of offense. Whether it was Florida State, Auburn, Baylor or Oregon, the offensive fireworks were abundant this season in college football. Even conferences that are normally strong defensively like the SEC saw teams like Texas A&M and Missouri run up scores above 40 points nearly every game.

So in the final 35 games of the season, there is likely to be more of the same. With just five BCS bowls, two of the five should give viewers the potential for yet another 50-burger by either team. But rather than starting off with either of those matchups, let's look at a matchup that could lead to offensive gymnastics from both sides.

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Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

Missouri finished the regular season with only one loss overall and in the SEC conference, thanks in large part to an offense that runs the ball effectively and puts up an average of 39 points per game.

Oklahoma State put up numbers just a hair above the Tigers with 39.8 points per game and did so with a balanced attack on offense, passing for 268.5 yards and rushing for 172 yards per game.

When the two face off against one another, expect the two quarterbacks to play a large part for different reasons. The Cowboys' Clint Chelf has slowly come into his own behind center and has nine passing touchdowns in his last four games.

On the other side, James Franklin has passed for 19 touchdowns this season but is also effective on the ground with five games of over 60 yards this season and four touchdowns. The two quarterbacks will trade blows in a game that will likely be decided by the team whose defense holds its opponent to less than 40 points.

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Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Ohio State

This is not what Ohio State had in mind for its final game of the season, to say the least. But what college football fans end up with is two teams looking to redeem themselves after having their title hopes crushed at some point this season.

Ohio State ranks fourth in the country in rushing yards and scoring offense. Clemson ranks 12th in the country in passing yards and scoring offense. The two teams have put up 50 or more points a combined 10 times this season and will likely be looking to reach that milestone yet again against one another.

The biggest matchup in this one will yet again be the two quarterbacks with Tajh Boyd of Clemson facing off with Braxton Miller of Ohio State. The two were seen as Heisman hopefuls early in the season but were eventually overshadowed by other candidates.

Miller and Boyd can both get the job done with their arm or legs, so let's look at a comparison of the two this season:

Braxton Miller vs. Tajh Boyd
Name Pass Yards Pass TDs Rush Yards Rush TDs Passer rating QBR
Braxton Miller 1,860 22 1,033 10 157.9 83.6
Tajh Boyd 3,473 29 273 9 166.6 79.4

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Outside of Miller and Boyd, playmakers like receiver Sammy Watkins for Clemson (1,237 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns) and running back Carlos Hyde (1,408 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns) will supply plenty of offense for their respective sides.

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BCS National Championship: Florida State vs. Auburn

The Seminoles and Tigers are riding high this season and will likely look to put up yet another high point total against one another. While it may appear easy for Florida State to put up big numbers against a porous Auburn defense, the Tigers will need to get their offense going against the No. 1 scoring defense in the country.

But if any team can find holes, it's Auburn. The Tigers have gone against the No. 1 and 2 rushing defenses in the vaunted SEC and came away with an average of 234 rushing yards per game and a total of five touchdowns on the ground.

For the Seminoles, quarterback Jameis Winston needs just 180 yards to eclipse 4,000 yards passing and has two receivers in Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin who have gone for over 900 yards apiece and combined for 23 touchdowns on the season.

The Tigers' rushing combo of Tre Mason and Nick Marshall has tallied a combined 2,644 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. And while the Seminoles don't rely heavily on their ground game, Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams have both gone for over 700 yards this season and have a combined 24 touchdowns on the year.

With offensive weapons all over the field for both Auburn and Florida State, this could very likely be a game with both teams racing toward the 40-point mark. But if there is one stat to keep in mind, it's that the Seminoles have beaten their opponents by an average of 42.3 points per game and have won by double digits in every contest this season.

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