College football fans will be on the lookout for the best games of the 2013-14 bowl season, but there will also be multiple matchups that will leave fans disappointed because of the one-sided results.
There have already been three lopsided affairs. USC destroyed Fresno State by a score of 45-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl, San Diego State defeated Buffalo by 25 points (49-24) in the Idaho Potato Bowl and Oregon State beat Boise State, 38-23, in the Hawaii Bowl. Those results were a bit disappointing considering the relative quality of the teams.
The bowl schedule in the final year of the BCS looks pretty good. Last year's disappointing BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame left fans wanting a more competitive bowl season. The BCS delivered in its final go around—for the most part.
There are still a few games that might get ugly.
Valero Alamo Bowl
Mack Brown's final test as head coach of the Texas Longhorns may not end up going as planned. The Oregon Ducks are a potent offensive team that has fired on all cylinders for most of the season.
Losses at Stanford and Arizona are the only two times this season that the Ducks failed to score at least 36 points in a game. Each time they scored 36 points, they won.
The Longhorns can put up points as well, but the defense allowed 30 points or more in each of the team's four losses this season. That would appear to put the ball in Oregon's court. If the Ducks can just keep up what they've done for most of the season, then they should win handily.
Texas lacks the big-play performers that can put them over the top. Case McCoy, Johnathan Gray and Mike Davis are all talented skill players on offense, but Oregon's trio of Marcus Mariota, Byron Marshall and Josh Huff can outproduce the aforementioned trio.
Plus, Mariota is arguably the best player in this bowl game. That gives Oregon an advantage by itself.
While there is a chance this game is close, I'm leaning toward this being an ugly one. I predict that Oregon wins by 21, and Brown finishes his Longhorns career in a losing effort.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma's offense struggled against Baylor and Texas this season, and anybody who expects it to muster a ton of offense against Alabama is a very wishful thinker.
C.J. Mosley and the rest of the Crimson Tide defense is fast and aggressive and will make it difficult for the Sooners to move the chains and gain yardage consistently. Plus, Alabama was just seconds away from defeating Auburn and completing an undefeated season that would've resulted in a BCS title game berth.
Those facts by themselves are enough to convince most that this game won't be close—at all.
Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports feels the same way:
And despite the loss at Auburn, this is still the most loaded roster in the country, one that will boast matchup advantages over the Sooners at virtually every position on the field.
If this game ends in anything but an Alabama blowout, it will be a shocking result for the college football world. The Crimson Tide should be undeniable favorites and will win convincingly.
Russell Athletic Bowl
No. 18 Louisville won't face the stiffest of competition in this year's Russell Athletic Bowl, as the Miami Hurricanes boast far less talent than the Cardinals. In fact, this matchup is the perfect one for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to show off his NFL chops.
Of course, it's still uncertain as to whether or not he'll declare for the draft.
Regarding his decision, Bridgewater told Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal, "When you have your priorities in order and know what you want to accomplish, it's not difficult at all."
"But I still have one more game to play this season."
Bridgewater can use this game against Miami to show off his skills and make his case to go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans—assuming he declares, of course.
Against a mediocre team like Miami, having the potential No. 1 overall draft selection definitely swings the game in favor of Louisville. Overall, the Cardinals are far superior and will win handily.
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