BCS Bowl Breakdown: Game by Game Bold Predictions
It's every man's favorite part of the year, as the bowl season is on the brink of making it's yearly appearance.
Time to chill the mugs, put on your teams' colors, and make your way around the country as fans get a mini-vacation while supporting their team in critical showdowns with other elite teams.
Football will be a common sight for households across America as Monday through Sunday, games will be broadcast nightly.
Life is good.
After the likes of non-BCS bowl worthy foes face-off against each other during the holiday season and wintery month of December, five football games will be found on every college football fan's television come New Years Day.
Dan Scofield and Christopher Powers take an in-depth look at each game, each making bold predictions for the entire first week of the new year.
Rose Bowl—Oregon vs. Ohio State, January 1st
Dan Scofield: Expect Oregon to win this game on the ground and for LeGarette Blount to have a statement-making, comeback game to propel his name back up the draft boards of NFL scouts.
The running game combined with the Duck's elite speed on both sides of the football will be the difference in stopping Terrelle Pryor's legs and the untested Buckeye defense.
Christopher Powers: The Ducks will come out of the gates, jumping on Ohio State's defense early and often. Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James will lead the way, with Blount contributing to the rushing attack as well.
The only way the Buckeyes have a shot is if Pryor can pick apart the Oregon secondary like Sean Canfield of Oregon State was able to do. But Pryor will rely on his legs too often and the Ducks will take this game, mostly in part to their high-powered offense.
Sugar Bowl—Cincinnati vs. Florida, January 1st
DS: In the rematch of David vs. Goliath, the Gator powerhouse from the Sec takes on the underdog Big East champion in the Bearcats. However, don't expect any surprises in this one.
Tim Tebow's leadership will be enough to earn Florida yet another BCS bowl victory, but their southern speed will really make this a mismatch for Cincinatti.
With Brian Kelly likely leaving the Bearcat's sideline for South Bend, they might be in for a long day in New Orleans as the Gators will be celebrating Mardi Gras a month early.
CP: "Florida will run all over them.. Tebow will come out ready to fight back from a tough loss.. the SEC would dominate any Big Easy team." These will be the words Cincinnati will be bearing for the next two weeks.
The Bearcats will beat Florida thanks to one man—Marty Gilyard. The Cincy offense, which is an even better one than that of Alabama, will have a field day on the Gator secondary.
Fiesta Bowl—Boise State vs. TCU, January 4th
DS: Luckily for the Horned Frogs, Boise State will find themselves playing on an unfamiliar turf color and against unfamiliar competition—a combination destined for failure.
The Bronco's have the nation's best statistical offensive attack, but TCU is the more well-rounded team.
I'm declaring this one as "The Shootout in the Desert" as TCU proves to the nation that they were deserving enough to have played in the national championship game, or at least a BCS-conference champion.
CP: This is the one BCS game that people will be either dying to watch or could care less about. I, for one, cannot wait. It's unfortunate that the system pitted the two top non-BCS teams against each other, but it could make for some exciting football.
Kellen Moore and the Broncos will look to air it out, as they have all season long, but expect the Horned Frogs tenacious defense to slow them down.
It will be a close one, but TCU wins in the greatest Fiesta Bowl game since Ian Johnson's marriage proposal.
Orange Bowl—Iowa vs. Georgia Tech, January 5th
DS: In one of the most evenly-matched BCS games in recent memory, Rick Stanzi's return might mean the difference in this one. Georgia Tech's offense is frustrating under Paul Johnson, but the Hawkeyes have a hard-nosed defensive approach.
Iowa gets the upper-hand in this one as they have learned to win close games throughout their magical season, a vital ingredient for a winning team. Stanzi and his team will be pumping fresh OJ in Iowa City after their signature win in the Sunshine State.
CP: Ricky Stanzi and the rest of the comeback kids from Iowa will have to pull something even more special than ever if they have any chance in this one. Thanks to Josh Nesbitt, Jonathan Dwyer, and the rest of Johnson's ground attack, the Yellow Jackets will jump out to an early lead.
Stanzi and the Hawkeyes will give their best attempt at a late comeback, but just like in the ACC championship game, Nesbitt will finish strong and the "Rambling Wreck" from Georgia Tech will win this year.
BCS Title Game—Texas vs. Alabama, January 7th
DS: In Colt McCoy's last stand for the Alamo state, he will face the toughest test of his historic career.
Mark Ingram may have a bad taste in his mouth after he finished as the runner-up in the Big Apple, but the Roll Tide's quarterback play will cost them the needed points to beat the Longhorns.
The Texas defensive line will control Ingram on the ground and force Alabama to air it out, something they aren't very comfortably with. McCoy and Co. take the ring in Pasadena.
CP: In what will be a game for the ages, McCoy may show some flashback of past national champion, Vince Young. However, Alabama's defense will do a much better job than the Trojans of Southern Cal did back in 2005.
Rolando McClain will help his team get to McCoy and force the quarterback to fail under heavy pressure. Ingram and McElroy will lead the way for the Tide, paving the way to yet another national championship ring.