Bowl Season 2012: 5 Great Bowl Matchups Nobody Is Talking About

Corbin WeaverContributor IIIDecember 16, 2011

Bowl Season 2012: 5 Great Bowl Matchups Nobody Is Talking About

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    This year college football fans are treated with many great bowl game match-ups. Many bowl game's are receiving much attention from the media and college football fans alike. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl presented by Vizio most notably. Let's take a look at five bowl games that nobody is talking about that are sure to satisfy. 

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: California vs. Texas

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    Both teams come into this game with identical records, 7-5. In addition, both teams finished 5-7 last year and missed any postseason play. 

    For Texas, this could be a very emotional game, given it could be Mack Brown's last game as head coach for the Longhorns. Also, Texas is coming off another year of failed expectations, having coming in to this season with aspirations of a better bowl game. However, Texas fans are very excited about Case McCoy, who is only a sophomore. 

    For California, things are looking up. The Golden Bears played very competitively against Stanford and had an impressive win over Arizona State to finish the regular season. In addition, things are looking up with Zach Maynard returning for his senior season who had a solid junior campaign. This season, Maynard has thrown for 2802 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

    Both teams have the offensive firepower to make this an interesting game. Whoever wins this game, would end their season 8-5, and likely to become a factor in their respective conferences. 

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia

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    The similarities of these teams are very eerie. Both teams were runner-ups in their conferences, both teams finished 10-3, with 7-1 conference records and both teams play great defense. 

    Michigan State comes into the game with nations ninth overall points against average, only giving up 17.5 points per game. Georgia comes in ranked 17th, giving up 19.6 points per game. 

    This game is a very interesting match-up. MSU came into this season with Big Ten champion expectations. Georgia came into this season with their head coach, Mark Richt, on the hot seat. After an impressive campaign, the seat has certainly has cooled off. 

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame

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    Talk about flashback. 

    In the past, this game might have been played to determine the national championship. 

    Unfortunately, this game does not. It doesn't mean it won't be fun watching these perennial powerhouse programs battle it out for 60 minutes. 

    Both teams come into this game with identical 8-4 records. Notre Dame bounced back from two straight disappointing loses to begin the season. Florida State bounced back from a three game losing streak early in their schedule with five straight wins over conference foes. 

    Notre Dame is lead by their stud linebacker, Manti Te'o, who comes into the game with 106 tackles and 4.5 sacks. In addition, Te'o has stated that he will return for his senior season. 

    Florida State is stingy on defense, only giving up 15.2 points per game. They are led on offense, however, by their junior quarterback, EJ Manuel. Manuel has thrown for 2417 yards and 16 touchdowns.

    The battle between Te'o and Manuel will be a fun one to watch, likely to decide the game.  

At&t Cotton Bowl: Kansas State vs. Arkansas

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    Kansas State, what a pleasant surprise. 

    Both teams come in with impressive 10 win seasons. However, some doubt the success of Kansas State, as they have only beaten two of the four ranked opponents they have played this year. Both loses came from teams in the top 10. The Wildcats lost to No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 3 Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks. 

    Arkansas comes into the game with three wins over ranked teams, however, they are coming off a disappointing loss against LSU in their last game of the regular season. 

    How can anyone talk about K-State without mentioning Collin Klein, the Wildcats star quarterback?Klein has thrown up ridiculous numbers, throwing for 1745 yards and 12 touchdowns. His major contribution came in the rushing game, carrying the ball for 293 times for 1099 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

    This junior is a play maker, he should also be on next year's Heisman watch. 

    Arkansas is going to have a difficult time containing this quarterback. However, if they do, the Razorbacks have a great chance to win. 

    What a fun game to watch. 

Valero Alamo Bowl: Washington vs. Baylor

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    It goes without saying, RG3 is a beast. 

    Robert Griffin III, the Heisman trophy winner, is sure to pick apart Washington's defense. The Huskies give up 33.3 points per game. This game is sure to please if you love explosive offense. 

    But wait, the Huskies have an excellent running back in Chris Polk. Chris Polk has rushed for over 1341 yards and 11 touchdowns, he averages 5.1 yards per carry. Expect Washington to pound the rock to keep RG3 off the field. 

    This is my number one game for a couple of reasons. First, who does not want to watch the Heisman Trophy winner, with his explosive play and his interesting persona. Second, it is going to be a clash of different styles that promises to please. Washington will attempt to run the football and keep RG3 off the field. If UW has any chance at winning, they are going to have to run the ball and play defense. 

    While in this game, Baylor is heavily favored, I would expect it be a great match up of contrasting styles.