The bowls were announced last night and I was happy with what I saw for the most part. I see how Texas got #2 in the final BCS standing but I don’t like it. From what I’ve seen, TCU is the second best team in the country, behind Alabama. First off I’d like to say the BCS has actually created some good match-ups worth watching this year. I’m glad they chose Iowa instead of Penn St. in the Orange Bowl. Iowa beat Penn St. and deserved to go this year. The BCS tends to overlook the better team as it has with undefeated Boise St. last year and choosing Kansas over Missouri a couple years back when Missouri beat Kansas.
The most interesting non-BCS match-up is Stanford vs. Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl. Oklahoma is used to being a BCS team but struggled this season, finishing 7-5. Stanford seems to have risen up with impressive wins over Oregon and USC. It might be the last game for both head coaches at their schools also as both have been rumored to be filling head coaching vacancies. With word coming today though that Andrew Luck will miss the game dampers this one some.
Two other non-BCS games I like are the Cotton Bowl featuring Oklahoma State and Mississippi as well as Penn State versus LSU in the Capital One Bowl. Oklahoma State and Mississippi aer both coming off disappointing seasons where they were unable to win the biggest games on their schedule and had hopes of a BCS bowl going into the year. Penn State and LSU are similar teams and should provide a good match-up.
I don’t want to give too much away right now but I’m going to list five games I think are closer than people think and five games that will be blowouts.
Arizona vs. Nebraska (Holiday)
Missouri vs. Navy (Texas)
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Outback)
West Virginia vs. Florida State (Gator)
Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina (Meineke Car Care Bowl)
Miami vs. Wisconsin (Champs Sports)
Clemson vs. Kentucky (Music City)
Houston vs. Air Force (Armed Forces)
USC vs. Boston College (Emerald)
Oregon vs. Ohio State (Rose)
I just want to be one of the first to sound a warning about the BCS Championship game. Everyone thinks Texas is a huge underdog. This is an undefeated team who won a BCS game last year. Does Alabama think they’ve already won the de facto National Championship Game by beating Florida? Just a couple of things to think about over the coming month about this title tilt.
Check back in a week for our first set of bowl previews and predictions. We’ll do three segments of bowl previews beginning December 17 for games December 19-29 so be sure to stop back by and see who will win these games.