The 2014, And Last, Bcs Bowl Predicitions

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Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio: #4 Michigan State Wolverines vs. #5 Stanford Cardinals

    The 2014 edition of the annual Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California features two defensively stout teams as the Michigan State Spartans will face off against the Stanford Cardinal. Michigan State went 11-1 this season, as they steamrolled competition in the fairly weak Big 10, this year. Their only loss came at #22 Notre Dame early in the year. They boast impressive wins over their arch rival Michigan and, of course, beating #2 the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were previously undefeated prior to them facing the Spartans. They are led by Junior Quarterback, Connor Cook, who has come on as of late, as he had 3 touchdown passes in their win over Ohio State last week. The Michigan State Defense at one point was ranked number one in the nation in total defense and rushing defense. However, the Stanford Cardinals come in ranked number five in the nation with an 11-2 record, with surprising road losses to Utah and USC. Stanford has seven wins over ranked opponents, while Michigan State has only two. Stanford beat Arizona State twice (who ended up ranked number eleven in the country and lost to Stanford in the Pac 12 final), #15 Washington, #9 UCLA, #25 Oregon State, Notre Dame, and most notably, their defeat of their arch rival #3 Oregon, who was undefeated prior to facing Stanford. On offense, the Cardinals are led by three impressive players: Junior quarterback Kevin Hogan, Junior wide receiver Ty Montgomery, and Senior running back Tyler Gaffney. Their defense, one of the best in the country, is led by Pac-12 first team Linebackers Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy. Stanford will win this game based on the balance of their offensive attack, and their strong defense. They have proven themselves in big games, and faced stronger competition in the Pac-12 than Michigan State did in the Big 10.

Final Prediction: Stanford 24, Michigan State 17.




Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #6 Baylor Bears Vs. #15 UCF Knights    
    
    When viewing the Fiesta Bowl matchup between the UCF Knights and the Baylor Bears, the outcome looks fairly grim for UCF. While both teams are coming off incredible seasons at 11-1, they are extremely different ones. UCF, being in the American Athletic Conference, faced a fairly weak schedule with only two games against top 25 teams, #8 Louisville and #12 South Carolina. While their win over Louisville cannot be ignored it is not as impressive as it may seem. Although Louisville was ranked number eight at the time, Louisville has an even weaker schedule than UCF. Their 28-25 loss to the SEC’s South Carolina proves to be more impressive than the win over Louisville because of South Carolina’s impressive history and overall performance this year defeating #6 Clemson and #5 Missouri. Unfortunately though for the upcoming football program of UCF, they are facing the Baylor Bears and their top offense. Baylor’s stats are some of the most impressive this year with the most points for, averaging 53.3 per game. Baylor’s spread offense has proved to be effective and destructive all throughout the year tearing through Big 12 teams such as #10 Oklahoma and #25 Texas. While Baylor does have a loss to Oklahoma State, it is not surprising that they lost this away game playing in the freezing temperatures they are not accustomed to. On January 1st, expect to see the Baylor Bears’ unstoppable offense tear up the UCF defense in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Final Prediction: Baylor 52, UCF 17




Allstate Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #11 Oklahoma Sooners

    In the 80th Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Oklahoma Sooners look to face the two-time defending National Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Sooners need to prepare for this game like it is the National Championship if they want a chance at defeating Alabama. Oklahoma is coming off what looks to be a shaky season in the Big 12. With a loss to unranked Texas and getting rocked 41-12 by #6 Baylor, they would not seem to be a very successful team, but OU has also seen wins over #22 Notre Dame, #10 Texas Tech, and, most recently, #6 Oklahoma State. Unfortunately for Oklahoma though, the Crimson Tide are coming out of an SEC style season with wins over #6 Texas A&M, #21 Ole Miss, and #13 LSU. But the Crimson Tide saw their National Championship hopes fall to pieces in a last game loss to #4 Auburn by only six points. If Oklahoma wants to beat this Alabama team looking for redemption they have to play true SEC football, a defensive game. Oklahoma cannot expect to go into the Sugar Bowl and put up big numbers against the number two defense in the nation. Bob Stoops has to prepare his team for a gridiron battle keeping Alabama under 30 points if they want a chance. Fortunately though for Alabama, their offense this season has been unstoppable and their defense even better. While Oklahoma needs to keep Alabama in the low digits, it is unlikely they will and the Alabama defense will not give the Sooners many chances to score. In the Allstate Sugar Bowl we expect to see the Alabama defense shut down the Oklahoma Sooners.

Final Prediction: Alabama 31, Oklahoma 13




Fedex Orange Bowl: #7 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #12 Clemson Tigers
     
    This year’s Orange Bowl features two veteran teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers. Clemson is led by Senior Quarterback Tajh Boyd, who is poised to finish his stellar with an Orange Bowl victory. Clemson had National Championship hopes, but losses to #5 Florida State and #10 South Carolina took them out of the race. However, with Florida State heading to the National Championship game, the Tigers will represent the ACC in the Orange Bowl for the second time in three years. They have a solid defense led by the standout junior defensive end, Vic Beasley, who is considered to be one of the top prospects heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, along with, Tajh Boyd and junior receiver Sammy Watkins, who look to avenge their 2012 Orange Bowl loss. Ohio State comes in with a 12-1 record, and came within a game of meeting Florida State in Pasadena for the National Championship game. The Buckeyes were the powerhouse of the Big 10, defeating #16 Northwestern and their archrival Michigan in a nail biter. On offense, they are led by Heisman finalist and junior quarterback Braxton Miller, who looks to seek Ohio State’s first BCS bowl victory since 2010. Miller and the Buckeyes had been faced with a bowl ban the past year drawing them out of contention after an undefeated season. The real matchup will be between the Ohio State secondary and one of the best receivers in the nation, Sammy Watkins. This game will be a shootout, but ultimately Braxton Miller will prove to be too much for the Clemson defense to handle as the Buckeyes will prevail, and Urban Meyer will earn his first 13 win season at Ohio State.

Final Prediction: Ohio State 38, Clemson 35




Vizio BCS National Championship Game: #1 Florida State Seminoles Vs. #2 Auburn Tigers

    It is never easy to predict a National Championship game, and especially this one. On January 6th the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers will be battling for the last BCS Championship Title. Both teams are coming off impressive schedules, but it is impossible to overlook Auburn’s strength in schedule. Just this season they battled four teams ranked in the top 10, winning three, and five ranked in the top 25, winning four. While Florida State has also battled four top 25 teams, two of them being top ten, three of the ACC teams they defeated, Maryland, Miami, and Duke, all proved to be weak teams later in the season. For FSU to defeate the Tigers and end the SEC’s seven National Championship win streak, they have to look to their star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Winston, being only a freshman, has thrown for a staggering 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns. Although he may only be a freshman, he has proved throughout the year to be a team leader and contain the abilities of a decorated senior quarterback. While many things factor into deciding this game, the most key area is the battle between FSU’s number one defense, with only 10.7 points against on average, and Auburn’s number one rushing offense, with an average of 335.7 yards on the ground per game. Auburn throughout the year has relied on their rushing game and this will take a toll on them while facing FSU. Because of FSU’s strength in defense and Auburn’s reliance on their ground game throughout the season, we expect to see the Florida State Seminoles shutdown the Auburn Tigers in the Vizio BCS National Championship Game.

Final Prediction: FSU 38, Auburn 31
 

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