Bowl Games 2013-14: Lopsided Matchups That Will Produce Blowouts

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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At the conclusion of a wild college football season, there are some phenomenal bowl games lined up for the 2013-14 winter holidays, but there are also a few blowouts waiting to happen.

Starting with four games on Dec. 21 and ending with the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6, fans will be treated to 35 bowl games in a 17-day stretch. 

Here's a look at the entire slate of bowl games, followed by a closer examination of a few lopsided matchups that are sure to become blowouts:

BCS Games
BowlDateMatchupPredicted Winner
BCS Title GameJan. 6Florida State vs. AuburnFlorida State
OrangeJan. 3Clemson vs. Ohio StateClemson
SugarJan. 2Alabama vs. OklahomaAlabama
FiestaJan. 1Baylor vs. UCFBaylor
RoseJan. 1Michigan State vs. StanfordStanford
Non-BCS Games
BowlDateMatchupPredicted Winner
GoDaddy.comJan. 5Ball State vs. Ark. StateBall State
BBVA CompassJan. 4Vanderbilt vs. HoustonHouston
CottonJan. 3Oklahoma State vs. MissouriMissouri
OutbackJan. 1Iowa vs. LSULSU
Capital OneJan. 1Wisconsin vs. South CarolinaSouth Carolina
Heart of DallasJan. 1UNLV vs. North TexasUNLV
GatorJan. 1Nebraska vs. GeorgiaGeorgia
Chick-fil-ADec. 31Duke vs. Texas A&MTexas A&M
LibertyDec. 31Rice vs. Miss. StateRice
SunDec. 31Virginia Tech vs. UCLAUCLA
AdvoCare V100 IndependenceDec. 31Arizona vs. Boston CollegeArizona
HolidayDec. 30Arizona State vs. Texas TechArizona State
AlamoDec. 30Texas vs. OregonOregon
Music CityDec. 30Georgia Tech vs. Ole MissOle Miss
Armed ForcesDec. 30Middle Tennessee St. vs. NavyNavy
Buffalo Wild WingsDec. 28Kansas State vs. MichiganMichigan
Russell AthleticDec. 28Louisville vs. Miami (FL)Louisville
BelkDec. 28Cincinnati vs. North CarolinaCincinnati
PinstripeDec. 28Notre Dame vs. RutgersNotre Dame
Fight HungerDec. 27Washington vs. BYUBYU
TexasDec. 27Syracuse vs. MinnesotaSyracuse
MilitaryDec. 27Maryland vs. MarshallMaryland
PoinsettiaDec. 26Utah State vs. Northern IllinoisUtah State
Little CaesarsDec. 26Bowling Green vs. PittsburghPittsburgh
HawaiiDec. 24Oregon State vs. Boise StateBoise State
Beef O'Brady'sDec. 23Ohio vs. East CarolinaOhio
New OrleansDec. 21La.-Lafayette vs. TulaneTulane
Famous Idaho PotatoDec. 21Buffalo vs. San Diego StateBuffalo
Las VegasDec. 21Fresno State vs. USCUSC
New MexicoDec. 21Colorado State vs. Washington StateColorado State
Source: Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

 

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 19:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team onto the field to warm up prior to facing the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Ge
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No doubt Nick Saban and his players are still bitter about losing to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The decision to kick a 57-yard field goal instead of taking the game into overtime cost this team a chance at a three-peat.

The Crimson Tide will take out their frustrations on Oklahoma when the two schools meet up in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, and the Sooners don't stand a chance against this motivated team. 

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback Blake Bell #10 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to pass in the first quarter against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Oklahoma's two quarterbacks—Blake Bell and Trevor Knight—are both capable of running the ball. However, neither has the ability to match what Nick Marshall was able to do against Alabama in Week 14 when the dual-threat quarterback and his triple-option attack proved too difficult to stop.

Even after getting torched for 296 yards by Auburn, Alabama features the nation's No. 11-ranked running defense, allowing just 108.3 yards per game. The Crimson Tide will effectively shut down Oklahoma's running game, and the Sooners don't feature a strong passing attack.

On the other side, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has been red hot this year, and he comes into the Sugar Bowl having thrown at least two touchdown passes in his last six games, tossing just two interceptions during that stretch.

Combined with the two-headed monster Alabama features at the running back position (T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake), Alabama's offense will have no trouble taking apart the Sooners' mediocre defense.

Projected Score: Alabama wins 45-13.

 

Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Oregon

Oregon fans will surely be disappointed the Ducks didn't get an invite to one of the five BCS bowl games. However, they won't have anything to complain about after the Alamo Bowl, because a matchup against Texas is just what the doctor ordered to finish out a tough season. 

AMES, IA - OCTOBER 3:  Defensive end Nick Kron #69 of the Iowa State Cyclones puts pressure on quarterback Case McCoy #6 of the Texas Longhorns in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 3, 2013 in Ames, Iowa. Texas defeated Iowa State 31
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The Longhorns don't feature the kind of offensive firepower to keep up with Oregon in a shootout. Case McCoy has been merely competent—at best—for Texas this year, and the senior quarterback is coming off his worst outing of the season against Baylor. 

Making matters worse for Texas, the team's defense isn't stout enough to turn the game into a slugfest like Arizona and Stanford did in Oregon's only two losses of the year. 

Oregon's potent offensive attack averaged 46.8 points per game in 2013 to rank No. 3 in college football. Marcus Mariota has been exceptionally sharp this year for the Ducks, scoring 39 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions. 

His play in the passing game, combined with Oregon's No. 9-ranked rushing attack, will easily spur the Ducks to a blowout victory. 

Projected Score: Oregon wins 52-24.

 

Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. USC

It's hard to imagine USC will be operating at peak levels when it takes on Fresno State in December in Las Vegas. 

The Trojans recently hired Washington's Steve Sarkisian to become the next head coach, thus spurning Ed Orgeron, who left campus after the hire. He had led USC to a 6-2 record as interim head coach after Lane Kiffin was fired earlier this year. 

As detailed by Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Oregeron's abrupt departure left some USC players in tears. In his stead, "current Trojan offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will serve as interim head coach during the bowl," as reported by USCTrojans.com. 

USC would be hard-pressed to take down Derek Carr and the Fresno State Bulldogs under the best of circumstances, and it'll be shocking if the Trojans are able to keep it close in Las Vegas. 

Fresno State's offense is among the nation's most dynamic scoring units, averaging 45.3 points per game to rank No. 5 in college football. Carr has passed for 4,866 yards this season with 48 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

USC has done a nice job holding opposing offenses to just 214.5 passing yards per game and 18 total touchdowns, but the Bulldogs will likely double that total in the Las Vegas Bowl. 

Projected Score: Fresno State wins 45-27.

 

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