Bowl Games 2013-14: Matchups That Won't Live Up to Billing

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  AJ McCarron #10 and Cade Foster #43 react after Foster missed a field goal in the third 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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All bowl games are not created equal—even the ones that feature two storied programs. Two big-name schools don't make a great bowl matchup. In a few of the pairings, we'll learn that firsthand. 

The mismatches are predominantly in the BCS games. Here's a look at three postseason tilts that won't be competitive.


Alabama Is Going to Destroy Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 26:  T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma Sooners are in the wrong place at the wrong time. No team in the nation—aside from the two playing for the national championship—would want to be faced with the Alabama Crimson Tide right now. 

After having had their chance to defend their title squashed by a miracle play from the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl, 'Bama sat idle during conference championship week while Auburn put itself in position to capitalize on Ohio State's failures.

The result is an angered Tide team looking to take out its frustration against an overmatched Sooners squad. Of all the BCS matchups, this one will be one of the most lopsided. 

The Sooners' run defense will be the biggest problem in this game. Being ranked 26th in the nation against the run is nothing to be ashamed of, but when you consider Oklahoma hasn't faced a running game like Alabama's, it makes you wonder how dominant 'Bama's ground game will be.

The Kouandjio brothers are going to have their way upfront. Cyril and Arie help to anchor the Tide's dominant line, and TJ Yeldon will show 'Bama fans what they have to look forward to in 2014 when he takes over as the star of the offense.

By dominating time of possession and taking the Sooners' belief early, 'Bama will cruise to a big win.


Baylor Will Prove UCF's Schedule Doesn't Have It Prepared for the Big Time

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Lache Seastrunk #25 of the Baylor Bears breaks free against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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The Baylor Bears would have found themselves in the national championship were it not for their 32-point loss to Oklahoma State. Even with that loss, Baylor had a 2-1 record against ranked opponents this season. Because of the defeat, the Bears will face the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl, and the final score won't be pretty.

The Knights played two ranked opponents and split the games, but the combined winning percentage of the teams they have beaten is just .401. This is partly a product of the conference the Knights play in. Nevertheless, the Bears have an offense that is unlike anything UCF has faced.

Bryce Petty, Lache Seastrunk and Co. represent a level of firepower the Knights won't be able to match. The pace the Bears play will create an issue for the Knights, and fatigue will be a problem. This one is going to get out of hand by halftime. Baylor has something to prove, and it will in the Fiesta Bowl.


Oregon's Team Speed Will Be Too Much for Discombobulated Longhorns

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks throws a pass against the Oregon State Beavers during the 117th playing of the Civil War on November 29, 2013 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/
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The Texas Longhorns are set up to fail miserably in the Alamo Bowl. Not only are they facing a team with too much speed at the skill positions for their defense to match up with, but with Mack Brown set to resign after the game, per USA Today, the distractions will only make things worse.

The Oregon Ducks offense scored 46.8 points per game during the season. Texas' defense was ranked 64th in the nation in yards allowed per game. Nothing about this matchup seems positive for the Longhorns.

Look for Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota to have a huge game. He'll add some fuel to the fire for next season's Heisman trophy campaign.