BCS Bowl Picks
Rose Bowl: #5 Oregon versus #10 Wisconsin
In a game of two contrasting styles, the fast-paced ducks meet up with the smash-mouth Badgers in Pasadena for one of the more exciting games. This could easily be the most fun game of all BCS bowls to watch. It’ll be interesting to see if either team can stop each other. The difference should be that Wisconsin’s offensive linemen wear down the much smaller Ducks allowing them to outscore Oregon.
Wisconsin 38 def. Oregon 34
Fiesta Bowl: #3 Oklahoma State versus #4 Stanford
Oklahoma State was disappointed to be left out of the BCS Championship Game, but they really didn’t play to tough a schedule despite what the schedule reads. The Cowboys toughest game was supposedly against Kansas State, but the Wildcats rose to #10 in the final poll, but the best non-conference team the Wildcats played was at a below average Miami Florida team which they beat 28-24…Stanford gives Oklahoma State’s dynamic offense its first real challenge.
Stanford 30 def. Oklahoma State 24
Sugar Bowl: #11 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University versus #13 Michigan
A game featuring two at-large berths which seem a little puzzling. Michigan went 10-2, which included a loss to Michigan State who also finished 10-2, but a loss in the Big Ten Championship Game to Wisconsin was enough to derail Sparty’s BCS hopes…it makes little sense, but nonethless. Virginia Tech on the other hand went 11-1, but lost in the ACC championship game to Clemson, but managed the at-large berth. Both teams were aided by Alabama-LSU and SEC domination as the #6 and #9 teams were ineligible. In the end, two teams with surprisingly similar styles ends with Virginia Tech finding a way to stop Denard’s late game heroics.
Virginia Tech 27 def. Michigan 24
Orange Bowl: #15 Clemson versus #23 West Virginia
Don’t get caught up in the high rankings for these two teams. Both are very capable teams and both earned this bid by winning conference titles. West Virginia’s air raid offense finished 7th in the country behind the strong arm of Geno Smith. Clemson’s badass quarterback Tajh Boyd and speedster Sammy Watkins will attempt to counter the high octance Mountaineers. When the clock reads 0:00, I forsee an incredibly close game that goes into overtime before West Virginia is held to a field goal and Clemson scores a touchdown.
Clemson 34 def West Virginia 31 OT
BCS National Championship Game: #1 LSU versus #2 Alabama
You don’t need stats to tell you this will be a close game. All you need is to be aware of the meeting in Tuscaloosa that these two teams had earlier this year. The Tigers come in rolling, having obliterated their last two opponents who were both highly regarded, Arkansas and Georgia. The Tigers have the second best defense in the country…but the one team with a better defense is Alabama. The team’s showed their defensive mights in the 9-6 bloodbath earlier this year. Now it’ll be another game of clashing defensive titans, but the loss of home-field advantage and LSU’s phenomenal special teams play cannot be overcome by the Tide as this game will feature a touchdown.
LSU 19 def. Alabama 10