2011 Bowl Games: Boise State and Teams That Will Dazzle Us in Non-BCS Bowls

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2011

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Shea McClellin #92 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The amount of talented teams who have been held out of BCS bowls this season is staggering.

The pageantry and tradition surrounding the BCS bowls and the marquee matchups being put forth makes those games must-see TV, but there are a few teams in non-BCS bowls who are amongst the nation's elite.

Boise State kicked off this season with a huge win over a Georgia team that eventually went to the SEC championship game.

They're set to take on Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, and while that isn't the matchup they had their sights set on, you can expect Kellen Moore and the Broncos to destroy the dejected Sun Devils.

Vontaze Burfict's once feared Sun Devils now have a coaching vacancy and four straight losses coming into this game.

Boise State puts up 43.3 points per game and will prove to Arizona State and the entire nation that they deserved far better than the bowl matchup they were dealt.

They aren't the only team who'll dazzle us in non-BCS bowls either. Here are two teams who are going to put on a show in non-BCS bowls.


Alamo Bowl: Baylor vs. Washington

Robert Griffin III is considered by many to be the best player in college football and is without a doubt the most exciting. His ability to take over a football game against talented teams and catalyze an offensive explosion makes every game he's in worth watching.

Baylor sustained a losing streak where they dropped three out of four games, forcing them to slip in the BCS rankings and landing them in a non-BCS bowl.

Washington is going to be punished in this affair.

The Huskies have dropped four of their last six and while having an offense that scores over 30 points usually gives them the edge in a shootout, they can't hope to contend with Baylor if they fail to produce 40.


Cotton Bowl: Arkansas vs. Kansas State

Kansas State is no slouch, as their victories over Baylor and Texas and 10-win season will indicate. That's going to make a resounding win even more impressive for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas has two glaring losses, both of which came at the hands of a team playing in the national championship game. While they have wins over Auburn and South Carolina, many are quick to write off Arkansas because of their lack of signature wins.

This should go without saying, but any SEC team that walks away from the regular season with double-digit victories deserves some recognition.

It's hard to believe the Razorbacks are knocked for their schedule, but a win over a talented Kansas State team should silence some of the unwarranted criticism they've received this season.

Tyler Wilson has quietly thrown for 3,422 yards and 22 touchdowns. Being on a national stage will force people to recognize Arkansas as the top-flight SEC team they are.

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