BCS Bowl Games 2013-14: Matchups and Players Sure to Impress Fans

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIDecember 16, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  T.J. Yeldon #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tries to avoid the tackle of Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers in the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Each BCS bowl season, fans are treated to some electrifying games or water cooler-worthy performances by players. This year is sure to bring more of the same with teams like Baylor, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson taking the gridiron.

Here's a look at which players and bowl games are sure to be worthy of the highlight reels.

RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama

T.J. Yeldon is one of the premier, if not the premier, running backs in the country. He hasn't rushed for fewer than 133 yards since playing Tennessee on Oct. 26.

In Oklahoma's four games against ranked opponents this season, the Sooners allowed three running backs to rush for 144 yards or more. This Sugar Bowl matchup has all the ingredients for a 100-plus-yard day on the ground paired with a touchdown or two for Yeldon.

Even in the five games this season where Yeldon didn't rush for more than 100 yards, he scored at least one touchdown in four of them.

If Oklahoma is able to contain Yeldon's rushing yards, history shows he'll at least find the end zone on one occasion. He's going to be hard for the Sooners to stop on either front and should put up some big numbers.

Michigan State vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 07: Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a 34-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gre
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Considering the defenses that are going to line up in this one, Michigan State vs. Stanford could end with both teams unable to reach 24 points.

The Spartans only allow 12.7 points per game while their opponents allow just 18.6 per game. Both squads are among the top 10 in the country in the points against category.

The duel between quarterbacks Connor Cook and Kevin Hogan should be fun to watch as well. Cook has 2,423 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Hogan has a near-identical 2,487 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Seeing these two try to put up points against two solid defenses will be interesting to watch.

QB Blake Bortles, UCF

ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Kadetrix Marcus #25 of the South Carolina Gamecocks trips up Blake Bortles #5 of the Central Florida Knights during a game at Bright House Networks Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  South Carolina won the gam
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This is the first time the Knights have ever made it to a BCS bowl game, and they will need their quarterback at his best to stand a chance in this.

Bortles has thrown for 242 or more yards in four of his last six games and has 22 touchdowns on the year.

He will need to throw plenty of touchdowns to keep up with Baylor, who is first in the country in points for. The Bears score an average of 53 points per game.

Honestly, the Knights are going to have a tough time keeping up with their competition in this one. Bortles might be able to showcase some of his talents. He also has to feel good considering his offense has scored 39 and 41 points against Temple and Rutgers respectively in recent weeks.

RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes breaks a tackle attempt from Tanner Miller #5 of the Iowa Hawkeyes on his way to a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Oh
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The Buckeyes senior has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game he's played since Sept. 19 against Wisconsin. 

Georgia Tech's Robert Godhigh ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns on Ohio State's Orange Bowl opponent in Clemson. South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Mike Davis combined for 116 yards against the Tigers back on Nov. 30. 

Hyde is sure to be a focal point in the Ohio State offense as he has been for much of the 2013 season. Considering Clemson had a rough go shutting down the Gamecocks' and Georgia Tech's rushing attack, Hyde should do well in the Discover Orange Bowl.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 30:  Kelvin Benjamin #1 of the Florida State Seminoles runs for yardage during the game against the Florida Gators on November 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Kelvin Benjamin was quite the stud for the Florida State offense in its last two games before the bowl season.

He posted 212 yards on nine catches and three touchdowns against Florida. The Seminoles receiver also grabbed five passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns against Duke.

Before the most recent two games, Benjamin had just one game with more than 100 yards receiving. He has come up big as of late, though, and you can expect that to be the case in the national title game as well.

One thing Benjamin has done all year is score touchdowns, with 14 so far, so he will at the very least be a red-zone threat in this contest.

Quarterback Jameis Winston loves throwing to Benjamin, and that won't change on college football's biggest stage.


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