BCS Bowl Predictions: Predicting the Participants and Winners of Each BCS Bowl
LSU will be one of the participants in the BCS National Championship Game.
Will the Tigers be playing Alabama or Oklahoma State? That remains to be seen.
Also remaining to be seen is which team will be playing Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. TCU, Boise State and Kansas State can all make claims to the game, but we'll have to see what the voters decide.
Here's an early look at my projections for all five BCS bowl games, along with which team would win each matchup.
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. West Virginia
Clemson is coming off a huge ACC Championship Game win against Virginia Tech.
Their confidence is at an all-time high and they are rolling offensively.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are waiting to see if they’ll be the highest rated Big East team in the final BCS rankings. If so, they’re off to the Orange Bowl.
I see no reason why the Mountaineers wouldn’t end up being the highest rated Big East team. I also see no reason why Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins won’t tear apart the West Virginia defense on January 4th.
Prediction: Clemson 34, West Virginia 20
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
This is by far the easiest BCS bowl to predict the participants. It’s basically already set in stone.
The Badgers won a thrilling Big Ten title game against Michigan State, while Oregon beat a UCLA team that didn’t deserve to be in a Pac-12 Championship.
The Ducks' speed and fast-paced offense will prove to be too much for an average Wisconsin defense.
The Badgers' offense just isn’t made to play catch-up in games. They work best when they play with a lead.
Prediction: Oregon 38, Wisconsin 17
Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Boise State
Everyone has been talking about how TCU deserves to be in the Sugar Bowl. Not so fast. What about Boise State?
Boise State is a top 10 BCS team and its only loss is to TCU. The Horned Frogs have two losses, one to Baylor and one to Southern Methodist.
Therefore, the Broncos deserve a shot at Denard Robinson and the Wolverines. And, if they get it, they’ll pull off yet another BCS bowl game upset.
My guess is that it will come down to a last-second field goal. This time, the Boise State kicker will actually make the important kick.
Prediction: Boise State 27, Michigan 24
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford
Oklahoma State had a very convincing win against Oklahoma on Saturday night, but I doubt that’ll be enough to allow them to jump Alabama in the BCS rankings.
Therefore, they’ll probably have to settle for the Fiesta Bowl against a Stanford team that will likely be receiving a BCS at-large bid.
With the way the Cowboys defense played on Saturday night, Andrew Luck and the Cardinals are going to have to play the game of their lives if they are going to pull off the upset.
Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Joseph Randle will prove to be too much to handle for Stanford, lighting up the scoreboard against a very mediocre Cardinals defense.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 41, Stanford 27
BCS National Championship: LSU vs. Alabama
It looks like we’ll be getting a rematch of the “Game of the Century” in the BCS National Championship Game this year.
LSU has already beaten the Crimson Tide in Alabama this year and now they’ll get a shot at Nick Saban’s squad in nearby New Orleans.
With the way LSU’s running backs have been playing and the way Tyrann Mathieu has been tearing it up on defense and special teams, I can’t imagine the outcome on January 7th being much different than the outcome on November 5th.
Prediction: LSU 13, Alabama 10