BCS Bowl Predictions: The Hottest Storylines for the BCS Bowls
The college football bowls are one of the best parts of the season and they don’t get any better than the BCS Bowls.
The champions of the nation’s best conferences, as well as three other top teams, all face off including the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the BCS.
Here are the top storylines for all of those games.
Orange Bowl: Chad Morris vs. Dana Holgorsen
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Two of the most brilliant offensive minds in college football will duel it out in this year’s Orange Bowl. They have two emerging stars at quarterback with Geno Smith and Tajh Boyd, as well as some of the most explosive wide receivers in the country with Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and DeAndre Hopkins.
Neither team’s defense has been particularly good this year, so the game could easily come down to who will score the most points.
Sugar Bowl: The Battle of the Undeserving
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This should be one of the best games in the entire bowl season but it is entirely overshadowed by the debate over whether Michigan and Virginia Tech should even be playing in the game.
Kansas State and Boise State were both ranked higher but got passed over for more nationally recognized names. The problem is the Hokies have failed rather miserably at selling its allotment of tickets—they still have 7,500 remaining and the secondary market is half as cheap.
Hopefully the talk gets onto this really intriguing matchup but the odds are unlikely.
Fiesta Bowl: Brandon Weeden vs. Andrew Luck
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There is a large debate whether Oklahoma State deserved to play in the national championship game over Alabama, but the Cowboys’ quarterback vs. Andrew Luck has taken over the conversation.
The only knock on Weeden is his age, and Luck is widely considered to be a one in a generation NFL prospect. And to make things even sweeter, neither defense is particularly good at stopping the pass. There will be a lot of points and whoever wins this quarterback duel will likely win the game.
Rose Bowl: LaMichael James vs. Montee Ball
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Both running backs are in the Top 5 nationally in yards per game, with Ball having the most total yards and touchdowns of anyone.
And the weakness of each team’s defense is the strength of the opposing running back. This will be an absolutely incredible game headlined by these one-time Heisman finalists. If one can outdo the other, that team should win the Rose Bowl.
National Championship: Second Time’s the Charm?
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This figures to be the least interesting national championship game in recent memory because the teams in it have already played before with the home team losing.
Obviously anything can happen out on the field, but the story heading into the game will be about what Alabama needs to do in order to get a win in its second game against LSU this season. We already know all of the other storylines.