BCS Bowl Projections: Who Can Beat the SEC?
2014 BCS Bowl Games & Prediction
Updated BCS Rankings & Bowl Preview
Well, now, those last few weeks were pretty exciting. Auburn had two huge game ending plays versus Georgia and Alabama to put them in the SEC title game where they ran around, through, and over Missouri to eventually pull away from Missouri. Ohio State ran the table for the second straight season before being shocked by Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis. Florida State continued to trounce everyone put in front of them. Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State at Bedlam (again), Stanford beat Arizona State (again), and Baylor managed to win its first ever Big XII championship.
All of these results have given us a pretty compelling set of BCS Bowl games, including the National Title game pitting No. 1 Florida State versus No. 2 Auburn at the Rose Bowl. Auburn can win the SEC’s eighth straight BCS title, while Florida State is looking for its first glass football trophy since they defeated Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl. Auburn’s running game has morphed into some kind of monster of late, but the Florida State defense may be tougher than Alabama’s squad from the Iron Bowl. While the Auburn defense has risen to the challenge at opportune times during their winning streak, the test they’ll face against freshman Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will require their best performance and put quite a bit of pressure on Nick Marshall & the stable of Tiger running backs to continue scoring to keep up with the Seminoles.
In the other prime bowl games, the Cotton Bowl will feature two runners-up and plenty of offensive fireworks when Oklahoma State and Missouri clash in Dallas. Long time powers Alabama and Oklahoma will provide a second pairing of Big XII & SEC squads when they meet in the Sugar Bowl; don’t expect the Crimson Tide (or their legions of fans around New Orleans) to be pleased about missing out on their chance for a third straight BCS title when the Sooners come marching in. Stanford and Michigan State, champions of the PAC-12 & Big Ten, respectively, should be the most defensively rigorous matchup when they meet in the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. And Baylor will make its BCS debut in the Fiesta Bowl against UCF, champions of the new AAC; while neither institution has a legacy of top-flight NCAA football success, their new-look, hihg-powered offenses could offer a unique view into the future of the college game. A great regular season has produced an interesting slate of premiere bowl games coming this January; let’s see how the final chapter of the BCS is written before we bring on the playoff next year!
Back in October…
With the first 2014 BCS Rankings due on October 20 & a fresh weekend of NCAA College Football upsets in our rearview mirror, it’s a perfect time to look ahead to New Year’s week and the 2014 BCS College Football Bowl Games. Last weekend’s upsets turned some rankings on upside down, turning some tailgate parking lots into group mournings over what might have been. Missouri took out fellow SEC East rival Georgia but lost its star quarterback, James Franklin, for an undetermined, lengthy span of time.
Stanford was shocked by PAC-12 newcomer Utah, taking some of the steam out of a highly touted game against rival Oregon. Michigan, which appeared to be the only real challenge ahead for still-undefeated Ohio State, lost in a sloppy 4OT game at Penn State, and Texas pulled a big upset over Big XII power Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game. So, how does this affect the Bowl Championship Series rankings, and what are the implications of the next few weeks of key games on the 2014 BCS bowl games?
Everyone’s entitled to their own BCS Bowl Game predictions, but everyone’s analysis has to start with the huge 10/19 ACC game between Clemson and Florida State in Death Valley. The winner will be riding the conference’s biggest wave of momentum ever toward the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, with the loser scrambling to stay in the BCS picture as a wild card. The winner, however, will still be waiting for one of the anointed top two – Alabama and Oregon – to falter in key matchups of their own. An SEC team has won all seven BCS National Championship Games since the extra game was added in 2007, so Alabama has a tough road in front of them to earn the right to represent the group.
The biggest speed bump, marked in bright yellow, is when top 10 LSU arrives in Tuscaloosa 11/9. The Oregon Ducks, meanwhile, high-flying as ever, must face tougher than usual opposition within the PAC-12. Currently looming on the fringes of contention are Louisville, setup to be this year’s BCS party crasher, and Baylor, a prolific offense & tough enough defense looking to prove itself in the Big XII. There’s still plenty of the 2013 college football schedule left in front of us & limitless possibilities for the bowl pairings. If the intensity & offensive numbers continue to rise as they have in the first half of the year, expect the final pairings to be exciting and 2014 BCS bowl game ticket prices to be through the roof of your favorite dome stadium!
2014 BCS Game Tickets & Bowl Schedule
|1/6||BCS Nat’l. Champ.||No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn||Pasadena||CA||Rose Bowl|
|1/3||Orange Bowl||Clemson vs. Ohio State||Miami||FL||Sun Life Stadium|
|1/3||Cotton Bowl||Oklahoma State vs. Missouri||Dallas||TX||AT&T Stadium|
|1/2||Sugar Bowl||Oklahoma vs. Alabama||New Orleans||LA||Mercedes Benz Sprdome|
|1/1||Fiesta Bowl||UCF vs. Baylor||Phoenix||AZ||U. of Phoenix Stadium|
|1/1||Rose Bowl||Stanford vs. Michigan State||Pasadena||CA||Rose Bowl|
|1/1||Outback Bowl||Iowa vs. LSU||Tampa||FL||Raymond James Stadium|
BCS National Championship Game Tickets
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Top BCS Contenders
|1||Alabama||SEC||11/9 v LSU|
|2||Oregon||PAC-12||11/7 at Stanford|
|3||Clemson||ACC||10/19 v FSU|
|4||Ohio State||B1G TEN||11/30 at Michigan|
|5||Florida State||ACC||10/19 at Clemson|
|6||LSU||SEC||11/9 at Alabama|
|8||Louisville||AAC||10/18 v UCF|
|9||UCLA||PAC-12||10/26 at Oregon|
|12||Baylor||BIG XII||11/7 v Oklahoma|