On the Fifth Day, ESPN Gave to Me...Five BCS Games
Every year since 1998, there has been controversy and debate over who should be in the Bowl Championship Series Bowl Games. This year was no different.
There are a lot of fans from Cincinnati, Texas Christian, and Boise State who believe their team deserved a shot at the BCS Title Game.
On the positive side, their team did get invited to a BCS game. I will preview the BCS bowls and include predictions for who will take home the wins.
Note: Rankings are based on the end of the season, not when opponents played each other. If a team played a Football Championship Series (formerly I-AA) team, it did not count towards their win/lose percentage.
Going back to tradition, the Rose Bowl will feature the Pac-10 champ versus the Big Ten champ. This year will feature 10-2 Oregon versus 10-2 Ohio State.
Oregon played one of the toughest schedules this year, facing six ranked teams in Boise State, Utah, USC, Stanford, Arizona, and Oregon State. The Ducks lost to Stanford and Boise State, both on the road.
Ohio State, on the other hand, had an easier road to the Rose Bowl. They played three ranked teams, beating Wisconsin, Iowa, and Penn State. The Buckeyes lost a tough game to USC and got upset by Purdue.
These teams are similar as both led by tough running quarterbacks with good throwing arms. Oregon does hold a slight edge on offense with the running threat of LaMichael James and LeGarrette Blount.
Ohio State holds a slight edge, coming off a five-game winning streak. They did not lose the whole month of November. That is huge when you have the holidays, then a bowl game in January.
Oregon 35, Ohio State 30
Cincinnati is a team that could argue for the BCS Championship Game. They went 12-0, beating No. 16 Oregon State and No. 17 Pittsburgh along the way.
The Bearcats won the Big East in their final game with a victory over the Panthers. The main reason Cincinnati is not playing for the national title probably lies in their schedule, which includes a win over an FCS team and some too-close-for-comfort games against Connecticut, Fresno State, and West Virginia.
One thing that will affect the Bearcats is the departure of Coach Brian Kelly. Although the bowl game is about the players, they do feel abandoned by Kelly.
Florida comes off a loss in the SEC Championship game to Alabama. They had virtually no offense and lost by almost 20 points. The Gators will look to rebound.
Look for Tebow to have a great game in his Gator finale. The team played eight home games this season and with the Sugar Bowl only a few states over, the Gator faithful will be there strong.
Florida 42, Cincinnati 30
The BCS Championship Game of the mid-majors, the Fiesta Bowl features two unbeaten teams in Boise State and Texas Christian.
Boise State had the weakest schedule of the unbeaten teams. They only played one ranked team in Oregon and beat them at home. They also only played five bowl eligible teams.
The Broncos always show up for bowl games, especially with an undefeated season on the line. They face a tough TCU team, who many argue should playing for the national championship.
TCU played a relatively weak schedule as well, playing two ranked teams in BYU and Utah. Their opponents only had an under .500 winning percentage.
The Horned Frogs want respect and this is their chance to prove it.
TCU 28, Boise State 27
One of the last teams to get in the BCS Bowl Games, Iowa has a lot to prove. Iowa played four ranked teams, only losing to Ohio State. The Hawkeyes beat Arizona at home and Wisconsin and Penn State on the road.
They also faced eight bowl eligible teams.
The Hawkeyes need Ricky Stanzi and Adam Robinson healthy to have a chance. They struggled against the spread option offense in games against Michigan and Ohio State.
Georgia Tech has an offense that surprises a lot of people. It is a triple-option attack, so you never know where the ball is coming from.
Iowa ranks fifth in the Big Ten against the run so Georgia Tech could run wild. On the other side of the ball, the Yellow Jackets feature a secondary that has 11 interceptions on the season.
This will definitely be a close game and it could go either way.
Georgia Tech 27, Iowa 24
BCS Championship Game
Featuring two unbeaten teams in Texas and Alabama, the BCS Championship Game will be a good game.
It will be strength against strength as senior quarterback Colt McCoy, who has passed for over 3,500 yards and has a total of 30 touchdowns this season, leads Texas against Alabama their No. 2 ranked defense in the country.
The other offense features Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, who has rushed for over 1,500 yards and a total of 18 touchdowns this season. The sophomore could face his stiffest test yet as the Longhorns have the country’s third best defense.
Both teams have similar resumes. Both Alabama and Texas feature schedules that have only three teams not eligible for bowl games.
Alabama played seven games at home and three games against ranked opponents; Texas played six games at home and two games against ranked opponents.
It will be up to both team's offensive leaders. McCoy disappeared when he played tough defenses like Oklahoma and Nebraska. Ingram vanished when he played rival Auburn and against Arkansas.
Which team will show up for the big game?
Alabama 30, Texas 28
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