Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Picking Winners for Every Game

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Bowl Schedule 2013-14: Picking Winners for Every Game
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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
Bowl Date Matchup Predicted Winner
BCS Title Game Jan. 6 Florida State vs. Auburn Florida State
Orange Jan. 3 Clemson vs. Ohio State Ohio State
Sugar Jan. 2 Alabama vs. Oklahoma Alabama
Fiesta Jan. 1 Baylor vs. UCF Baylor
Rose Jan. 1 Michigan State vs. Stanford Michigan State
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

 

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. 

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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.

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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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