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Bowl Games 2013-14: Lopsided Matchups That Will Produce Blowouts
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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
Bowl Date Matchup Predicted Winner
BCS Title Game Jan. 6 Florida State vs. Auburn Florida State
Orange Jan. 3 Clemson vs. Ohio State Clemson
Sugar Jan. 2 Alabama vs. Oklahoma Alabama
Fiesta Jan. 1 Baylor vs. UCF Baylor
Rose Jan. 1 Michigan State vs. Stanford Stanford
Non-BCS Games
Bowl Date Matchup Predicted Winner
GoDaddy.com Jan. 5 Ball State vs. Ark. State Ball State
BBVA Compass Jan. 4 Vanderbilt vs. Houston Houston
Cotton Jan. 3 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri Missouri
Outback Jan. 1 Iowa vs. LSU LSU
Capital One Jan. 1 Wisconsin vs. South Carolina South Carolina
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 UNLV vs. North Texas UNLV
Gator Jan. 1 Nebraska vs. Georgia Georgia
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 Duke vs. Texas A&M Texas A&M
Liberty Dec. 31 Rice vs. Miss. State Rice
Sun Dec. 31 Virginia Tech vs. UCLA UCLA
AdvoCare V100 Independence Dec. 31 Arizona vs. Boston College Arizona
Holiday Dec. 30 Arizona State vs. Texas Tech Arizona State
Alamo Dec. 30 Texas vs. Oregon Oregon
Music City Dec. 30 Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss Ole Miss
Armed Forces Dec. 30 Middle Tennessee St. vs. Navy Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 28 Kansas State vs. Michigan Michigan
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 Louisville vs. Miami (FL) Louisville
Belk Dec. 28 Cincinnati vs. North Carolina Cincinnati
Pinstripe Dec. 28 Notre Dame vs. Rutgers Notre Dame
Fight Hunger Dec. 27 Washington vs. BYU BYU
Texas Dec. 27 Syracuse vs. Minnesota Syracuse
Military Dec. 27 Maryland vs. Marshall Maryland
Poinsettia Dec. 26 Utah State vs. Northern Illinois Utah State
Little Caesars Dec. 26 Bowling Green vs. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Hawaii Dec. 24 Oregon State vs. Boise State Boise State
Beef O'Brady's Dec. 23 Ohio vs. East Carolina Ohio
New Orleans Dec. 21 La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane Tulane
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 21 Buffalo vs. San Diego State Buffalo
Las Vegas Dec. 21 Fresno State vs. USC USC
New Mexico Dec. 21 Colorado State vs. Washington State Colorado State

Source: Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

 

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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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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