This year seems to be loaded with teams with a lot of talent, and every BCS bowl seems to be up for grabs. However, there are a few teams that stand out as favorites to be playing in January in the BCS games.
These are my predictions on how the major bowl games will end up.
There are a few teams from the Big 12 that have a chance to make it, but I believe one team will power over the rest.
Oklahoma has a favorable schedule to be able to make it this far. The first five games of the season seem to be easy wins for Oklahoma, but the next two weeks are going to be a challenge—they play Texas and then Kansas back to back at home. Oklahoma will be able to win both and remain undefeated.
Oklahoma will have their next challenge when they play Texas Tech. I see Texas Tech being able to pass all over Oklahoma and end their undefeated streak, but the Sooners will then close out the season with a win over Oklahoma State and defeat Missouri in the Big 12 championship.
Their opponent will be Pac-10 No. 2 Arizona State. Arizona State will be able to start the season off with three impressive wins, but then face their first big challenge of the year when they host Georgia. The Bulldogs will be able to hand Arizona State their first loss of the season and put a dent in their chances at a BCS bowl.
The Sun Devils will be able to win the next game when they travel to California, but the following week will be too much to handle when they travel to USC and face the potential No. 1 team.
Their record won’t be too impressive at 4-2, but Arizona State will be able to end the season on a six-game winning streak, improve to 10-2, and clinch an at-large bid in the BCS.
The Rose Bowl will feature Big 10 powerhouse Ohio State. OSU will open the season with two blowout wins over Youngstown State and Ohio.
The following week will feature one of the most anticipated games of the year when OSU travels to USC to face the Trojans. I see this being a close and very exciting game, but in the end, USC, playing in front of their home fans, will be able to finish off the Buckeyes and hand OSU their first loss of the season.
OSU will then be able to run away with the Big 10 and finish the regular season 11-1 two years in a row.
Another at-large team will be able to clinch a spot into the Rose Bowl—the Big 12’s No. 2 Missouri Tigers will be able to secure a spot in a BCS bowl.
Chase Daniels and Missouri’s offense will be able to start the season on a six-game winning streak. They will hit their first real challenge of the season when they travel to Texas.
Missouri’s Heisman hopeful will be able to prevail and wrap up a win to stay undefeated. They will then be able to finish the season with five more wins and improve to 12-0 with hopes of a national championship.
The Tigers will meet Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game and have their national championship hopes crushed when Oklahoma prevails in a close game to clinch the Big 12 championship. Missouri’s one-loss season will be able to garner them a spot in the Rose bowl with an at-large bid.
The one surprise I see in the BCS will be from Rich Rodriguez and his new team, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan will be able to start the season 3-0, including a win at Notre Dame, and then host their first real challenge of the season when they face Wisconsin.
I see Wisconsin being able to upset Michigan and hand them their first loss of the season. The Wolverines will then be able to pick up seven straight wins to improve their record to 10-1.
The season finale will feature the Big 10’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams when Michigan travels to Ohio State. The Buckeyes will be able to prevail and win the Big 10, dropping Michigan to 10-2. Michigan’s standout record and quality wins will be able to give them an at-large bid to a BCS bowl.
This will be the only BCS bowl game featuring two at-large teams, as Michigan will have to face the No. 2 team from the SEC, the Florida Gators. Tim Tebow and the Gators will be able to start the season off right with a 7-0 start, including a win at the Swamp over the defending national champions, LSU.
Two weeks later they will travel to Jacksonville and have an undefeated matchup when they play the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia will be able to triumph two years in a row with the help of Heisman hopeful Knowshon Moreno.
Florida will drop to 5-1 in the SEC and not be able to catch up to Georgia, finishing the season 11-1 and second in the SEC East. They will do just as Georgia did last year and end the season on a good note to clinch a spot in the Sugar Bowl.
The Orange Bowl will feature the ACC surprise of the season, the Clemson Tigers. Clemson will start off the season on a bad note as they lose the home opener to SEC power Alabama.
This loss will not stay in their heads too long, as they will be able to win five straight games and start the ACC season with two straight wins.
Clemson then hosts ACC shocker Georgia Tech. Newly acquired Paul Johnson and the ferocious quarterback Josh Nesbitt will be able to lift the Rambling Wreck above the Tigers and power Georgia Tech to a bowl season.
This loss will not be too much of a factor, as Clemson will be able to end the ACC season on a good note with four straight wins. The season finale against Steve Spurrier and the rival Gamecocks will prove too much for them, as the old ball coach finds a way to win and gives Clemson their third loss of the season.
Clemson will then meet Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game and somehow pull off a shocking win to clinch a bid in the Orange bowl despite their three regular season losses.
Clemson will have to step it up a bit as they face the Big East champion West Virginia Mountaineers. Pat White and West Virginia will be able to cruise this year in the Big East, as they seem to have an automatic bid to a BCS bowl.
West Virginia will open the season with six big wins before they host the Auburn Tigers. This SEC team will prove to be the complete opposite of what they have faced this season, and Auburn will be able to pull off the upset of the undefeated Mountaineers.
West Virginia will then be able to keep their national championship hopes alive as they end the season with five straight wins. The Big East champions will then be able to travel to Miami for another BCS bowl bid.
BCS National Championship Game
The National Championship Game will feature the SEC champions, the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia will start the season off with three straight wins, including a win over Spurrier’s Gamecocks in South Carolina.
They will then have to travel all the way to Arizona to face BCS hopeful Arizona State. ASU will prove to not have enough talent, as Georgia will pull off a win and keep their undefeated hopes alive.
The next two weeks will have the Dawgs hosting Alabama and Tennessee. Georgia will somehow be able to pull off the two wins with the help of their stellar running game and the high-flying passing attack.
Two weeks later they will travel to LSU to face the defending national champions. With the dismissal of quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, LSU will not be able to make another run as the Dawgs beat LSU on their home field.
The following week they will travel to Jacksonville to face the Gators in the game of the year. This will be the most grind-it-out game of the year as two Heisman hopefuls, Tim Tebow and Knowshon Moreno, battle it out. In the end, Moreno and the Dawgs will be able to make it two years in a row as they beat the undefeated Gators.
Georgia will end the season with three more hard-fought wins over Kentucky, Auburn, and Georgia Tech, and they will head into the SEC championship for a rematch against the Tigers of LSU. This game will have the same result as the Dawgs clinch their undefeated season and a spot in the national championship game.
The Dawgs will have to face the national powerhouse, the USC Trojans. USC will open the season with a win at Virginia and then host Ohio State in their biggest game of the year. USC will have the tools to finish off OSU and stay undefeated, and most likely the No. 1 team in the nation.
USC will have two more wins before they host the one-loss Arizona State team that still has hopes of making a national championship. USC will be able to demolish those hopes as they will beat Arizona State and remain undefeated.
USC will be able to close the season off with seven straight wins, including wins over rivals California and UCLA. USC will be the preseason No.1 and will keep the spot all season long as they win the Pac-10 and secure a spot in the national championship game.
All right, I have done the hard part in picking who is going to play out of all the teams. Now it is your turn to pick the winners of each BCS bowl game, or who you think will be in each game.