With the college football season coming to an end and the Championship games wrapped up here is my preview of the 2010 BCS Bowl Games starting with the Rose Bowl and ending with the National Championship Game. And, oh my, it's the first time in BCS history that the entire top 10 made it into BCS bowls. Also it's the first time two non-automatic berth teams play in the BCS and against each other.
Rose Bowl Presented by Citi (Pasadena, California)
January 1, 2010 at 5 p.m.
#7 Oregon (10-2) vs. #8 Ohio State (10-2)
Oregon clinched the Pac-10 on Thursday night with a big win over Oregon State, while Ohio State clinched the Big Ten weeks ago by defeating Iowa.
Oregon and Ohio State have faced two of the same opponents this year in Purdue and USC. Oregon came out on top of both by 2 (Purdue) and 27 (USC). Ohio State on the other hand was on the losing side against both USC and Purdue losing by 3 (USC) and 12 (Purdue).
I've watched both teams play in those games and that is nothing to gauge this game off of but I think Oregon, overall, is the better team offensively since those games and throughout the season. On the defensive side I think Ohio State has the advantage because they have yet to give up 30, 40, or even 50 points like Oregon has plus Ohio State ranks 6th against the run and their pass defense has a 1-2 touchdown/interception ratio. But Ohio State has yet to face a team like Oregon with such a high powered offense who averages over 400 yards per game.
This is going to be a game that takes all 60 minutes or more.
I think Oregon's offensive style is too much for the Buckeyes to handle especially with LaMichael James, the addition of LaGarrete Blount, and Masoli. Also if things work out well for the Buckeyes I would not be surprised if they finally get a win against a Pac-10 team in a big game.
I've heard Ohio State fans saying that they will have a field day running on Oregon's defense like Toby Gerhart did. But Brandon Siane and Dan Herron are no Toby Gerhart.
Prediction: Oregon 38 - Ohio State 27
Nokia Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, Louisiana)
#5 Florida (12-1) vs. #3 Cincinnati (12-0)
January 1, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
Wow is all I can say about that #3 next to Cincinnati but it is well deserved.
This game is interesting and from now until then many things can change especially who is at the helm of the Bearcats come January 1st.
Tim Tebow vs. Tony Pike is what this game comes down to. Pike is great and can unleash deep passes on you with receivers like Armon Binns and Mardy Gilyard plus Pike can scramble and run. Tebow, as we all know, can do all that as well and he has done it so well he has a Heisman and helped his team win two National Championships. Don't be surprised if Cincy uses Pike and their back up Collaros in this game to pull out a win seeing Collaros is a huge run threat.
I think overall Florida is the better team on offense and defense but don't be surprised if the Gators catch the SEC losers syndrome by losing this game like 'Bama did last year. Who knows maybe this could be the most interesting game out of all of them.
I think this might be my favorite of all just because it's pitting Cincinnati against probably the toughest opponent they've played in a long time.
Prediction: Florida 42 - Cincinnati 34
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, Arizona)
#6 Boise State (13-0) vs. #4 TCU (12-0)
January 4, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Two BCS 'busters' in one bowl.
Yeah this one already happened last year in the Pointsettia Bowl which TCU won 17-16. I expect it to be a low scoring game but not as near as low as last year.
TCU's defense is pretty good and they are ranked in the top 10 nationally along with their offense lead by Andy Dalton. TCU may be the other school from Texas and may not play a tough schedule like Texas supposedly does but their still pretty dam good.
Boise States offense is pretty prolific as well with Kellen Moore and their passing game. Their defense is up there as well but not on the level of TCU's. But don't forgot Boise played Nevada and held their running game in check and Nevada has three players who rushed for over 1,000 yards each.
I would much rather see these two play someone else instead of each other because it would be a legitimately better match-up but oh well.
Prediction: TCU 28 - Boise State 24
FedEx Orange Bowl (Miami, Florida)
#9 Georgia Tech (11-2) vs. #10 Iowa (10-2)
January 5, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech earned their spot with a heck of a win over Clemson and C.J. Spiller.
Georgia Tech has been literally on a roll offensively lead by their quarterback Josh Nesbitt along with Jonathan Dwyer and all the numerous others who run the ball.
Iowa on the other hand was riding high until falling to Northwestern and losing Ricky Stanzi for the season. Then came Ohio State in which I thought they would get blown out but they ended up losing in an overtime thriller. So don't look past Iowa at all especially their defense.
I think Iowa finds a way to stop that option and force Nesbitt to throw the ball but even that might be risky because he can throw pretty well.
Prediction: Iowa 28 - Georgia Tech 27
Citi National Championship Game (Pasadena, California)
#1 Alabama (13-0) vs. #2 Texas (13-0)
January 7, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Oh boy. Where to begin with this one.
'Bama dominated Florida in the SEC Championship which came to me as a surprise and showed that Alabama is clearly the number one team in the country at the moment. Mark Ingram looked a lot more impressiveve then he did in his game against Auburn. And there defense did a great job of keeping Tebow in check.
Onto to Texas, well most college football fans now how their game went against Nebraska. Ndamukong Suh pretty much kept Colt McCoy in check and it went down to the final second (thank God Colt McCoy "knew" he had time left) with a splendid kick by Hunter Lawerence. Those final seconds I had butterfly's in my stomach and all I could think was 'if he misses this kick the BCS is going to so f***ed up come tomorrow'.
The game itself will be an interesting match-up. Many people I know say it will be boring but lets not forgot they have a whole month to get ready and prepared for this game and you know Mack Brown and Nick Saban will be more then prepared. Both teams have been in situations where the game is a close one and win by a point or two points.
I expect this game to be a low scoring game with defense being the dominate force. Expect 'Bama to keep McCoy in check especially after what they did with Tebow.
Prediction: Alabama 24 - Texas 20
I can't wait until January rolls around but hopefully the other bowl that happen before the BCS keep me entertained.
My two most intriguing games are the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl.
This is just the BCS Bowls so be on the look out for my regular bowl predictions.