Alabama vs. Oklahoma and Predictions for the Other BCS Bowl Games
Every year in early January, the top college football teams in the nation square off in BCS bowl games. With these wins come prestige, bragging rights and money. We are six weeks into the 2011-2012 College football season but there are clear cut favorites for these prestigious games.
Will your favorite team be snubbed by the controversial system, or will it be playing for The Coaches' Trophy?
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Stanford
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Both Stanford and Wisconsin are both undefeated through six weeks of play. Both stand at 5-0 and have played like the best teams in their respective conferences.Russel Wilson of Wisconsin has a TD-INT ratio of 13-1 and Andrew Luck of Stanford has a TD-INT ratio of 11-1.
In order to make the Rose Bowl, Wisconsin will most likely have to run the table in the Big 10 and win the inaugural Big 10 Championship Game. This seems likely because the Badgers rank 3rd in points for and 2nd in points against per game in the nation.
Stanford will also have to win their division and the inaugural Pac-12 Championship game. The Cardinal will also have to win a showdown at home versus the Oregon Ducks.
Russel Wilson will battle the projected first pick in the NFL draft in Andrew Luck for the Rose Bowl win.In a battle of two of the nation's top signal callers, Wisconsin will beat Stanford due to their defense and running game.
Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Stanford 20.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Michigan
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Oklahoma State is 4-0 and has the number 1 ranked offense in points per game and Michigan is 2nd in defensive points per game allowed.
For Oklahoma State to reach the Fiesta Bowl they must beat 3 ranked opponents, this Oklahoma State team is certainly capable of doing that. However, I predict they eill lose their final game of the season to Oklahoma leaving Oklahoma State 11-1.
Michigan will most likely run the table during the regular season. In the Inaugural Big-10 Championship game I predict that Wisconsin will beat the Wolverines, dropping them to a 12-1 record.
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon should be able to out score Denard Robinson and lead the Cow boys to a BCS bowl victory.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Michigan 31.
Sugar Bowl: LSU vs. Boise State
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The LSU Tigers are 6-0 and sit atop the AP rankings for week 6, meanwhile Boise State is 5-0 and ranked 5th.
I predict that LSU will lose to Alabama in Tuscaloosa on November 5th. The Tigers would then win all the rest of their games and finish at 11-1, leaving them with a spot in the Sugar Bowl.
Boise State on the other hand will likely finish undefeated once again. They will also again find themselves out of the BCS championship Game but will get a Sugar Bol Appearance vs. LSU.
This match-up will pit the stout LSU defense vs. Kellen Moore's passing efficiency. Moore has never seen anything like this LSU defense and the Tigers offense should run all over Bosie State to a close win.
Prediction: LSU 24, Boise State 16
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia
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Clemson is currently 5-0 and one of the surprise teams of 2011. West Virginia is 5-1 and leading the Big East.
Clemson has wins over three ranked teams and is the favorite to win the ACC. I predict that the Tigers will win all of their remaining games but can afford a loss to South Carolina and still make the Orange Bowl.
West Virginia has no games against ranked teams remaining. Their only loss is to LSU who is ranked #1 in the nation. The Mountaineers are slated to win the Big East.
Clemson narrowly edges out West Virginia and Geno Smith behind Tajh Boyd's exceptional play.
Prediction: Clemson 35, West Virginia 31.
BCS National Championship: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
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Alabama and Oklahoma are both undefeated, with Alabama at 6-0 and Oklahoma at 5-0. Both teams are currently playing like the two best teams in the country.
Trent Richardson is playing like the Heisman favorite especially if he plays well in a win against LSU. Alabama has a favorable draw after the LSU game at home and should annihilate the team who comes out of the SEC east in the SEC championship game.
Oklahoma's offense is seemingly unstoppable and they show no signs of letting up after a 55 point outing against at the time 11th ranked Texas. No team in the Big 12 has a defense capable of stopping the Sooners as they will coast to an undefeated season.
Trent Richardson and the Alabama run game will be too physical for the Oklahoma defense. Also, the number 1 ranked defense of Alabama will have several key stops and hold Oklahoma to 20 points.
Prediction: Alabama 24, Oklahoma 20.