What a season of college football! It has had its share of upsets, smackdowns, bitter rivalries, bias, and everything else that makes for an exciting season of action packed football.
As we near the end, that crystal ball is coming into focus. The bowl games are looking more and more solid and the BCS games are all but finalized. It's time to separate the contenders from the pretenders.
National Championship, January 7, 2010 (BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2)
Florida, Alabama, and Texas are the powerhouses of the season. These "Big Three" have been playing solid football all season. However, with Alabama and Florida facing off in the SEC Championship game, one will be out of the national championship picture.
I see Alabama's stud running back Mark Ingram, along with their impenetrable defense, taking down an over-ranked Florida team, putting them in the title game. I personally hope that Texas loses, allowing TCU a chance to face off against Alabama, but I doubt it will happen.
Colt McCoy is my favorite quarterback to watch, and he should put up quite a fight against the Crimson Tide. But Ingram and company will outlast them, winning the national championship in what looks to be a defensive matchup.
Alabama 27, Texas 17
Orange Bowl, January 5, 2010 (ACC Champion vs. At-Large)
The ACC Champion is a lock for the Orange Bowl. This appears to be Georgia Tech. However, Clemson is underrated and overlooked in my opinion, and will definitely give the Yellow Jackets a run for their money.
Facing off against Georgia Tech, will be TCU. TCU will miss out on a chance to play for the title, but will get the first at-large bid in the Orange Bowl.
TCU has an incredible defense, and a good offensive scheme that always gets the job done. TCU is another fun team to watch, and I suspect Georgia Tech will be in for a long game against the Horned Frogs.
TCU 31, Georgia Tech 14
Fiesta Bowl, January 4, 2010 (Big 12 Champion/At-Large vs. At-Large)
The Big 12 winner is locked into the Fiesta Bowl.
This is where things get tricky...
Texas is going to the national championship. That said, Oklahoma State is most likely to finish second, assuming they beat Oklahoma this weekend.
If Oklahoma wins, then Iowa gets the spot as they will be ranked over Oklahoma State. Otherwise, it's the Cowboys receiving the Fiesta bid.
They will be facing an undefeated Boise State team. Kellen Moore actually has to face a challenge this year, and the defense will be tested like never before. Can they stand the pressure? They've upset an Oklahoma team here before...
Even if Boise State were to face Iowa, I believe Iowa has scooted by all year, and they have almost lost to a few cupcake teams. Boise doesn't have the most impressive defense in the world, but Kellen Moore will come out guns-a-blazin' and rip apart an overrated Iowa team.
Oklahoma State is a solid team that has played other solid teams (having only lost to ranked Texas and Houston), and have bounced back from almost slipping out of the rankings and losing Dez Bryant.
Boise won't be able to stand up to the Cowboys, so they'd better hope Oklahoma State loses this weekend.
Oklahoma State 42, Boise State 34 or Boise State 35, Iowa 32
Sugar Bowl, January 1, 2010 (SEC Champion vs. Big East Champion)
Florida, as stated earlier, will lose to Alabama in the SEC title game. That puts Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Cincinnati, another team that will just miss out on the national championship will play here as well.
If Pittsburgh beats Cincinnati, then that would change everything, pushing TCU down to the Sugar Bowl, and moving Pittsburgh up to the Orange Bowl. But that's a big if.
More than likely, it'll be Tim Tebow and company facing off a high scoring offense and a little known defense in Cincinnati. All in all, it should prove too much for the Bearcats to handle.
Florida 42, Cincinnati 24
Rose Bowl, January 1, 2010 (Pac-10 Champion vs. Big 10 Champion)
Ohio State is locked into the Rose Bowl no matter what. Oregon is the most likely choice to win the Pac-10 championship. But Civil War will decide all, and Oregon State could get in.
It would take a lot to stop Oregon, who scores more than 40 points on average. But there's a chance...
Jacquizz Rodgers must be shut down, along with his brother James, in order for Oregon to walk out Pac-10 champions.
It looks like Ohio State will face off against one of the best freshman in the nation, LaMichael James, and a Ducks' defense that has been pretty much solid all year.
Oregon has learned it's lesson, and won't make the same mistakes they did against Boise and Stanford.
Oregon 41, Ohio State 35 or Ohio State 45, Oregon State 28
Overall, it looks to be a great bowl season. Who do you think will take home the title? Will one of the three powerhouses be upset by year's end? Tell me who you think will win the BCS games!