by Pat Gunther
With the college football season recently coming to a close, teams across the nation were jockeying for position in the final BCS poll. Undefeated Oregon, Auburn, and TCU all hoped to secure a spot in the national championship, showing that mid-major teams are in fact qualified to play with the bigger schools. Although only one would hold the crystal ball at the end of the year, four other teams wuld capture a BCS Bowl Game victory. Below were my predictions for all four BCS Bowls and the National Championship game.
Rose Bowl, January 1st, Pasadena CA
Wisconsin vs. Stanford
The Badgers are coming off of a great regular season and will win the conference and advance to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin scored eighty-three points on Indiana last week and now hold the tie breaker if there were to be one. Stanford has had it’s most impressive season in recent memory with their only loss to #1 Oregon. Andrew Luck is one of the best quarterbacks in the country and will lead the Stanford Cardinal to a BCS win for the first time in school history.
Fiesta Bowl, January 1st, Glendale AZ
Michigan State vs. West Virginia
Winner: Michigan State
A very unimpressive Big East winner takes on the at-large Spartans in the Fiesta Bowl. Both teams have struggled this year, especially the Mountaineers who were poised to have a promising season. Although West Virginia can play well when everything is clicking, the inconsistency will show. Michigan State has made an improbable run this season, and will cap it off with a victory in their bowl game.
Orange Bowl, January 3rd, Miami FL
Virginia Tech vs. TCU
The Hokies are coming off an extremely disappointing season, with their most devastating loss to James Madison. The biggest upset of the season was a blessing in disguise, as Virginia Tech has pulled it together and not lost a game since starting 0-2. TCU, however, is one of the most impressive teams in the nation. After blowing out #5 Utah at the time, TCU and its #1 ranked defense will beat the Hokies in a barn burner. Tyrod Taylor and company will give TCU its toughest opponent all season, but the Horned Frogs will escape with the win.
Sugar Bowl, January 4th, New Orleans LA
Arkansas vs. Ohio State
Winner: Ohio State
Ryan Mallet and the Razorbacks are coming off a huge upset win over LSU, while Ohio State has been playing it’s best football all season. The experience of Terrell Pryor and the Buckeyes is too overwhelming for a team that has never made a BCS bowl. The Buckeyes speed and talent will cause problems for an average Arkansas defense. Look for the Buckeyes to pull it out in New Orleans.
BCS National Championship, January 10th, Glendale AZ
Auburn vs. Oregon
Both undefeated teams have proved they deserve to be here. Heisman hopeful Cam Newton has led the Tigers to impressive wins over LSU, South Carolina and Alabama while the Ducks of Oregon have steamrolled virtually any opponent. The speed and high octane offense of Oregon will create problems for the Auburn defense. Cam Newton and the Tigers will put up a good fight, but Oregon will raise the coach’s trophy when all is said and done.