BCS Bowl Projections: 5 Longshot Scenarios We'd Like to See
While the BCS Championship Game is all but finalized with LSU and Alabama likely to meet again, there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding the other BCS bowl matchups.
All six conference champions will be determined next week, as well as whether or not Houston will receive a bid.
Since last week taught us all that anything can happen in college football, here are five potential BCS bowl matchups that we think would be filled with intrigue and excitement.
Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. Oklahoma
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Five years ago, the Sooners and Broncos gave us an all-timer of a game with Boise State stunning the favored Sooners, 43-42, in overtime. That game featured Jared Zabransky and Paul Thompson at quarterback. Imagine how much fun a Landry Jones vs. Kellen Moore matchup would be.
The Fiesta Bowl seems poised to take Stanford to face either the Sooners or Oklahoma State, but the Broncos have won two of the past five Fiesta Bowls.
Boise State is always fun to watch, especially with a month to prepare.
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia
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Few coaches have as innovative an offense as Clemson's Chad Morris and West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen. The two made their mark in the southwest, with Morris at Tulsa and Holgorsen at Houston and Oklahoma State.
The two engaged in a fun shootout last season, as Oklahoma State defeated Tulsa 65-28. Both the Tigers and Mountaineers are loaded with weapons at the skill positions.
If they can both somehow win their respective conference titles next weekend, they could meet in Miami in January.
Orange Bowl: Boise State vs. Virginia Tech
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One of the best games of the 2010 season was the Labor Day showdown between No. 3 Boise State and No. 10 Virginia Tech at FedEx Field, a back-and-forth battle won by the Broncos, 33-30.
Wouldn't it be fun if these two met again in January?
Virginia Tech will head to the Orange Bowl with a win over Clemson, but the Broncos need help to get back to the BCS. They'll likely need a loss by Houston and also may need Michigan to remain below No. 14 in the BCS standings, making them ineligible for an at-large bid.
Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Georgia
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Denard Robinson continues to be one of the most electrifying players in college football, even in Al Borges' offense that asks the junior to throw the ball more than he did with Rich Rodriguez.
His only game against an SEC defense did not go well for the Wolverines, as they were blown out by Mississippi State in last year's Gator Bowl.
The Big Ten has been unable to consistently put the clamps on Robinson, so it would be interesting to see how he performed against Georgia, one of the better defenses in the SEC.
The Wolverines are in pretty good shape for an at-large bid, but the Bulldogs would need to upset LSU in the SEC Championship Game to make this happen.
Sugar Bowl: West Virginia vs. Michigan
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While Rich Rodriguez would be far away from New Orleans in his new home of Arizona, a matchup between his two former employers would be great theater.
The fanbases of West Virginia and Michigan think about as highly of Rodriguez as they do of Pitt and Ohio State, respectively.
Should the Mountaineers win the Big East title next week, the Sugar Bowl would have to select them over most likely Houston or Oklahoma State. If the Wolverines reach the top 14 of the BCS standings, their most likely destination is the Sugar Bowl.