Early 2008-2009 College Football BCS Predictions
There should be a playoff system, but the BCS has not really been that bad. Here are my early predictions for the 2008-2009 BCS games and winners.
Rose Bowl—USC vs Ohio State: Winner USC
USC is the dominant team in college football, but I feel they will get two losses next season. Is Sanchez the answer at QB? I do not think so. That hurt them last year and it will hurt them next season.
USC has the talent but Arizona State will surprise many teams next season by handing them a loss. The game at UCLA will be the difference at the end of the season for the Trojans once again. The new system in play at UCLA will get them finishing off their season on a high note.
Ohio State has two straight losses in the national championship and against USC, Wisconsin, and surprising Penn State, I expect the Buckeyes to show their true colors in the overrated Big 10.
FedEx Orange Bowl—Clemson vs Florida: Winner Florida
After signing coach Tommy Bowden to a large contract, he will feel the heat to get Clemson a long ways. With the ACC on the decline I expect them to rise up to the competition.
Florida is one of the best out there, but they do play in the SEC where anything can happen. Playing at Georgia will hurt them the most. Georgia, the favorite in the SEC, will dominate that game.
Expect Tim Tebow to have a great season, but the health of Percy Harvin worries me.
Allstate Sugar Bowl—Texas Tech vs Georgia: Winner Georgia
Texas Tech is the team to look out for next season. Their offense has been dominant for a while, and with that receiver corps any offense would be good.
Georgia is the favorite in the SEC and to get to the national championship, but I like Alabama a lot, giving them their 1 loss. Georgia is a power team, but in my national championship, I have two undefeated teams.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl—Missouri vs BYU: Winner BYU
Missouri is coming off a season as Big 12 North winners, but Oklahoma was the one problem they couldn't solve. They have a dynamic offense, but their defense cannot contain Oklahoma.
BYU? Yes. QB Max Hall is the real deal leading this steady offense. They have a real nice running attack to go along with Hall. Their defense isn't bad either. I see them going undefeated and finding themselves in a BCS game.
FedEx BCS National Championship game—WVU vs. Oklahoma: Winner WVU
WVU was one game away from going to the national championship last year, but Pittsburgh ruined their chances. Pat White is still there and they will run the spread offense to go undefeated by dominating the Big East.
Steve Slaton was not giving them much production at the end of last season, which will benefit their new corps of fast running backs.
Oklahoma has the best QB in the country with Sam Bradford, but coach Bob Stoops has not been prepared well for recent bowl games.
Last season WVU pummelled Oklahoma and I expect them to carry that momentum throughout the entire season. This will be a slap in coach Rich Rodriguez's face for leaving them.
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