Monday, December 7, 2009
Bowl Game Bonanza
The match ups are set. With 5 unbeaten teams and a couple of wild games to end the regular season, there was much ado about the BCS Bowl games this year. Everyone pretty much knew that Texas and Alabama would be in the BCS Championship game, but I would have liked to see the rest of the games shake out a little bit differently. I will give you my fearless predictions nonetheless, and then sit back and wait many weeks for them to come to fruition. Why can't we have a playoff system again? Oh yeah, then we would lose the privilege of seeing how awkward of a name a bowl game can have. What would life be like without the Meineke Car Care Bowl? Wait, don't answer that. I don't even want to imagine. Although it's easy if you try.
ORANGE BOWL: Georgia Tech vs. Iowa
Talk about your ho-hum BCS bowl game. The Ramblin' Wreck have to be one of the weakest ACC Champions in a while, and the Hawkeyes were deemed totally insignificant after their loss to Northwestern. This game will decide whether the ACC or the Big Ten is worse.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 21, Iowa 13
ROSE BOWL: Oregon vs. Ohio State
This game looks good on paper, but I have a feeling it is going to be a blowout. Ohio State lost to USC in a high profile game earlier this year. Little did we know that USC would fall to 5th in the Pac-10 by year's end. If that is any indication of how strong each conference is, I like Oregon to roll Ohio State in their return to the Rose Bowl after a 15 year absence.
Prediction: Oregon 35, Ohio State 14
SUGAR BOWL: Florida vs. Cincinnati
Cincy just barely made it into the Sugar Bowl thanks to a ferocious comeback and a missed extra point by Pittsburgh last week. Meanwhile, Florida is tasting defeat for the first time in a while. While the Big Ten and ACC may have fallen on hard times, I expect Cincy to make a statement for the Big East in this game. They may not win, but I expect a barn burner.
Prediction: Florida 28, Cincy 24
FIESTA BOWL: Texas Christian University vs. Boise State
This is the bowl game that I will be paying the most attention to. I think this game will be the best, and has the most interesting teams in it. My only regret is that the BCS committee screwed it up again, perhaps on purpose. The committee pitted the two non-BCS teams against each other in a BCS Bowl. While it promises to be an exciting game, what will the result tell us? What is the one thing we always wonder about schools like Boise, TCU et al. that play BCS Buster every year? How would they fare against the big BCS schools? Well, in their infinite wisdom, the BCS committee has decided that they don't want to know the answer to that question, pitting two of the best non-BCS teams possibly of all time against each other. Perhaps they did it on purpose to avoid controversy, but I think this was a stupid move by the BCS committee. I would have liked to see a TCU-Florida matchup and maybe a Cincy-Boise matchup. This game promises to be a good one though. I expect the boys from Fort Worth to pull it out.
Prediction: TCU 24, Boise St. 17
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas vs. Alabama
Alabama proved this weekend that it no doubt belongs to be in this game by throttling Florida, while Texas won a squeaker against Nebraska on a last second field goal. While this might appear to be an uneven match up on paper, I think that this will be a close game. As a matter of fact, I think that I will go for the upset and pick the Longhorns to win it all. Mack Brown has done it before hasn't he? Hook 'em horns.
Prediction: Texas 27, Alabama 24