Bowl Projections: Breaking Down Probable Big-Game Matchups

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 13, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Eric Reid #1 of the LSU Tigers during their game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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It's never too early to start thinking about college football bowl season, and 2011 is sure to feature some incredible matchups in the biggest games of the season.

Simply put, aside from No. 1 LSU, most of the teams in the BCS rankings, especially the Top 14, are very evenly matched.

When all is said and done were are going to be looking at some very good bowl games.

Here are my projections for the biggest games of the season:

Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Michigan State

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs the ball against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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This is the annual meeting between the Pac-12 and Big Ten, and as usual, it's going to be a very interesting matchup.

Unfortunately, this year I don't see it being close. The Ducks have one of the best offenses in the country, averaging 46.7 points per game.

The Spartans on the other-hand average only 27.6 points per game, and are known as a ball control offense.

They won't be able to stick with the Ducks

Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies breaks a tackle by Julian Burnett #40 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Hokies are going to have to beat out Clemson, but at this point of the season I think they have the momentum and confidence that the Tigers do not.

Cincinnati on the other-hand just has to beat out Rutgers and West Virginia, and I think they are overall the better team.

This game will be dominated by the Hokies though.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal drops back to pass against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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This is going to be a great game with two teams that could have easily been national championship contenders if things had gone just a little bit differently.

When all is said and done, this could be one of the best games of the season, but i'd have to give the edge to Andrew Luck and the Cardinal. It's going to be an even matchup, so the quarterback matchup will decide the game.

There's a reason Luck is in the Heisman running, and it's because he is literally that good.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Boise State

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide stiff arms defensive back Wade Bonner #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs during a big first down run in the fourth quarter on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Sta
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The Crimson Tide would have loved to be in the running for the national championship, but their loss to LSU is going to be a glaring hole in their resume.

You know that Boise State is going to cry about the fact that they never make it into a big-game, and now that they are out of the national championship race, it just makes sense to give them to Alabama.

The Tide will roll all over Boise in arguably one of the biggest routes in the history of sports.

National Championship: LSU vs. Oklahoma State

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 12:  Rueben Randle #2 of the Louisiana State University Tigers falls to the one yard line after being tackled by Tyree Robinson #22 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Tiger Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisi
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This should be one of the more exciting national championship games we have seen in a long time, with the Cowboys high-flying defense meeting up with the Tigers stellar defense.

Overall this should be an incredible game, but LSU has proven that they can shut down just about anybody's offense. Just look at Alabama and Oregon.

LSU wins the national title.

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