BCS Bowl Projections: Who's Going to the 5 BCS Bowls?
Well, the college football regular season has just one weekend of madness remaining. Is there possibly any more chaos in store for us?
Nothing is better than bowl season regardless of the sport, and the BCS bowls are as enjoyable as it gets to watch during the holidays.
There may be a few upsets next weekend, but I put on my BCS guru hat and project the five BCS bowls that we should expect to see next weekend when all the bowls get announced.
Projected Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks (11-2) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (11-2)
This would be quite the game in Pasadena featuring two of the best backs and players in the entire country.
LaMichael James going against air can be impressive, but against an underrated Badgers defense that ranks seven in the nation in total defense would be a treat.
Of course the Ducks need to first beat a Bruins team that lost 50-0 to USC and Wisconsin needs to defeat Michigan State in their respected conference championship. The Ducks obviously have the best chance among any team fighting for a conference title since they are hosting a mediocre UCLA squad.
Michigan State could knock off Wisconsin twice in one season, though I would be a bit surprised since Montee Ball is terrorizing college football right now with his 34 total touchdowns.
This likely Rose Bowl matchup would be a track meet where the first to score 40 may end up winning.
LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, DeAnthony Thomas and Darron Thomas against Russell Wilson, Nick Toon, Jared Abbrederis and Montee Ball could end up being the most exciting Rose Bowl (non BCS-title) we have seen in quite some time.
Projected Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-1) vs. Stanford Cardinal (11-1)
The Stanford Cardinal and Andrew Luck took care of business by knocking off Notre Dame 28-14. Barring the unusual that will get them in a BCS bowl.
The Fiesta Bowl would likely take Stanford with the first pick since Stanford would not have to travel very far and an Andrew Luck-Big 12 champion matchup would be enticing.
Oklahoma State still needs to take care of bedlam at home against the Oklahoma Sooners. That game will not be easy by any means.
However, this is not your typical Oklahoma team since they have been sliding ever since the loss of Ryan Broyles. They have had many injuries this season, but they are still a threat to knock off the Cowboys thanks to Landry Jones and a capable defense.
Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon have enough firepower in themselves to torch the Sooners secondary similarly to how Baylor and Robert Griffin III abused Oklahoma.
Look for a shootout with Oklahoma State opening up a big bag of Tostitos after the game because they should be in their way to their very first BCS bowl (Fiesta).
Projected Sugar Bowl: Michigan Wolverines (10-2) vs. Houston Cougars (12-0)
A lot can change in a week, but Michigan is actually the safer pick to reach a BCS bowl right now. If Georgia beats LSU, Michigan would likely end up in the Fiesta Bowl ahead of Stanford and Houston still has to play its conference championship.
Case Keenum and the scorching Cougars need to host and knock off a solid defensive team in the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
If not, Boise State would likely get the at-large bid instead since they are also hovering around the top five. TCU has to crack the top 16, but the BCS barely had them in the top 20 last week. If the Cougars win then they are officially in regardless of what else happens.
Houston has scored 35 or more points in every game this season, and are averaging 52.67 points per game.
This could end up being a shootout in Louisiana since Denard Robinson is playing his best ball of the season.
Junior Hemingway, Roy Roundtree, Kevin Kroger and Jeremy Gallon make up just as talented of a receiving corps as the Cougars do with Patrick Edwards, Justin Johnson, Tyron Carrier and E.J. Smith.
The defenses will not be talked about much in this game, but Michigan ranks 16th in total defense and the Cougars are third in the country with 8.08 tackles for losses per game.
Projected Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies (12-1) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3)
The Big East is a huge mess, but since no team has beaten both opposing teams in the three-team tiebreaker process, the highest BCS-ranked team will be the end result.
West Virginia will likely be ranked before their game against South Florida on Friday and a win would likely secure them the BIg East crown and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
The Hokies are scorching right now having buried seven opponents in a row. They are just one win away from what would be its fourth BCS bowl in the last five seasons.
Virginia Tech has been fairly explosive with David Wilson and Logan Thomas going bonkers down the stretch. Wilson is the fifth-leading rusher averaging 133 yards per game and he may be licking his chops if he ends up going against a West Virginia run defense that ranks just 49th in the nation (138 yards per game).
BCS National Championship
Projected BCS National Championship: LSU Tigers (13-0) vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
Even if LSU were to lose to Georgia, they would certainly be a lock to only drop a spot to second. Barring a three- or four-touchdown meltdown in the Atlanta Georgia Dome, we will be looking at an all-SEC BCS National Championship.
These have been the best two teams all season and the two defenses may be two of the best in the entire BCS era.
They are loaded with NFL stars and have the depth to come after you for the entire game. Both front sevens are arguably the two best without a shadow of a doubt and the same can be said for the two secondary units.
The stats back it up, but this rematch will be played on the field in the Louisiana Superdome.
Most "experts" will project a fairly low scoring game since it was a 9-6 final in overtime the last time these two danced. Trent Richardson could be the Heisman Trophy winner when this game kicks-off, but LSU has an All-American defender at every position to cancel out the home run ability by Richardson.
Yards could come at a premium and special teams and field position should have yet another vital role in determining your winner. This time the stakes are a bit higher as the winner of Nick Saban-Les Miles will have supremacy of the college football world.