Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Picking Winners for Every Game

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IDecember 10, 2013

The bowl schedule for the 2013-14 winter holiday season is set, and there are some incredible matchups in store for college football fans.

Not surprisingly, Florida State and Auburn made it to the BCS National Championship after dominating their conference championship games. The title game should produce exciting drama, but it's far from the only compelling matchup.

Here's a look at every bowl game on the schedule, along with predictions for each one:

BCS Games
BowlDateMatchupPredicted Winner
BCS Title GameJan. 6Florida State vs. AuburnFlorida State
OrangeJan. 3Clemson vs. Ohio StateOhio State
SugarJan. 2Alabama vs. OklahomaAlabama
FiestaJan. 1Baylor vs. UCFBaylor
RoseJan. 1Michigan State vs. StanfordMichigan State
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


BCS National Championship Should Be Tight

The Seminoles finished the season as the only undefeated team in the BCS standings after easily taking down Duke 45-7 in the ACC Championship Game, earning the No. 1 spot in the final rankings. 

The Tigers shocked Alabama in Week 14 before putting on a rushing clinic against Missouri and winning the SEC Championship Game by a score of 59-42 to earn the No. 2 spot. 

Both teams feature dynamic offenses led by impressive quarterbacks, but they couldn't be more different from a philosophic point of view. 

Jameis Winston is a pocket passer who has the mobility of a dual-threat quarterback. He's passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading the nation's No. 14-ranked passing offense and its No. 2-ranked scoring offense. 

Nick Marshall is a raw passer who is much more effective when he's running the ball out of the triple-option. He and Tre Mason make for a dynamic duo and lead the country's top-ranked rushing attack and its No. 13-ranked scoring offense. 

Both teams can put up points in a hurry, meaning the team that can put the clamps down with a strong defensive effort will win the game. In this regard, Florida State is far superior over Auburn, featuring the best scoring defense in college football, allowing a scant 10.7 points per contest.

In the end, Winston and the Seminoles will remain undefeated, winning the national title with a tight victory over Auburn. 

Projected Score: Florida State wins 45-42.


Blowout Brewing at Sugar Bowl

No doubt, Alabama still believes it is the top team in the country, despite losing to Auburn on a last-second miracle touchdown return of a 57-yard field-goal attempt.

And it's hard to argue with that logic. 

The Crimson Tide should have beaten Auburn, and they likely would have done so in overtime. But Nick Saban's asinine decision to send a freshman kicker into the game without any plan in place to stop a return if it came doomed his team's chances to three-peat.

Anyone expecting Alabama to come out flat against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl will be in for a huge surprise, however. This team isn't going to throw in the towel on the season just because it lost a heartbreaker.

Alabama's defense was confounded by Auburn's triple-option, but Oklahoma's read-option attack is a scheme the Crimson Tide will have no trouble shutting down. Whether it's Blake Bell or Trevor Knight behind center for the Sooners, Alabama will dominate when Oklahoma has the ball.

'Bama's offense wasn't the problem against Auburn, and it's been clicking all year long. A.J. McCarron is one of six Heisman finalists, and he's been phenomenal the past six games for the Crimson Tide, throwing 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions. 

Combined with the one-two punch of Kenyan Drake and T.J. Yeldon pounding the rock, Alabama's offense won't have any trouble dismantling Oklahoma's No. 23-ranked scoring defense.

Projected Score: Alabama wins 45-13.


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