The BCS bowls are just around the corner, but some contests are already forgone conclusions. Games like the national title game and the Rose Bowl are sure to drop a few jaws, but there are two that stand out with a clear winner already.
Let's take a look at these two matchups in depth and why two teams might as well celebrate right now.
Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
The Bears will be taking on No. 15 UCF, which is appearing in its first-ever BCS bowl game. The Knights have a stingy defense that only allows 19.6 points per game. That is sure to change after playing Baylor.
Bryce Petty and the Bears offense boast a nation-best 53.3 points per game and just blew out Texas 30-10 before bowl season. In fact, Baylor has scored at least 30 points in three of its last four contests.
UCF should be proud for making it to the Fiesta Bowl, but don't expect a nail-biting affair in this one. Quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson combined for 33 touchdowns on the year.
Petty has thrown for 30 on his own, while rusher Lache Seastrunk boasts 11 on the ground. The Bears offense might not throw up 53 points in this one, but 30 is a reasonable expectation. The same can't be said for the Knights.
UCF went 1-1 against ranked opponents during the season, defeating Louisville, but it couldn't edge out South Carolina. Expect the Knights to fall to 1-2 in that category after the Bears are through.
Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Sugar Bowl will feature some historic programs in Alabama and Oklahoma, but Nick Saban's team would have to do a lot wrong to lose this one.
Alabama was a touchdown away from the national title game, and Oklahoma already lost to lesser opponents in Baylor and Texas. And that's no knock against either school, the Crimson Tide are just that good.
AJ McCarron and T.J. Yeldon are a deadly duo on offense, and the defense is only allowing a microscopic 11.3 points per contest. The win against Oklahoma State is encouraging for the Sooners, but even the Cowboys don't exactly measure up to Alabama.
Comparing Blake Bell and McCarron at quarterback is not even fair to the former. McCarron will likely become an early-round NFL draft pick. Bell is not exactly in that echelon of passers.
Bell will have fits moving the chains against this Crimson Tide defense that held LSU to 17 points and shut out Ole Miss earlier this year. The Sooners will put up a fight at least in the early goings, but Saban is going to leave the Sugar Bowl field with that signature grin on his face.