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Personally I fell that it is going to be Florida vs. Texas in the national championship but after that I have no clue where anyone can end up….this season has just been so wacky that I think most people might get it wrong if they guess.  On that note, I want to know what everyone guesses for the rest of the BCS games and for 1 or 2 non bcs but noteable games.


Written by Jon Castano

November 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

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  1. Rose – Oregon vs. Ohio State
    Fiesta – Oklahoma State vs. TCU
    Sugar – Alabama vs. Boise St
    Orange – Cincinnati vs. Georgia Tech

    Rob Eberhardt

    November 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

  2. I’ll admit that some of this this isn’t so much where I think people will end up as wishful thinking, because these are the matchups I’d like to see. But, as far as what I’d like to see…

    Rose – Oregon vs. Ohio State (And Ohio State will get crushed. The only Rose Bowls that have been worth watching in the last 9 years have been the two UT played in. Every other one has been decided by at least two scores and three of them have been a 20+ point game between victor and loser. The last time a Big 10 team won the Rose Bowl was Wisconsin over Stanford in 2000, as span during which the Big 10 has lost by an average of over 14 points).

    Fiesta – Cincinnati vs. Boise St. (With the offenses these teams have, I’d LOVE to see them play each other. Unfortunately, there are regional considerations, and I think Cincy will land in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech).

    Sugar – Alabama vs. TCU (The best non-conference winner against the best non-BCS team. Two stellar defenses. They SHOULD be playing each other. Unfortunately, few are projecting this matchup, even though I think it would be the most intriguing of the bowl season, save the national championship).

    Orange – Penn State vs. Georgia Tech (Two bad teams from bad conferences that nobody wants to see deserve each other in the Orange Bowl. I do think Penn State will get a BCS Bowl because the computers and voters just can’t help themselves when it comes to the Big 10. But, sadly, I think it’s more likely that Penn State will go to the Fiesta Bowl to play TCU. And I hope TCU rolls them).

    Austin Swafford

    November 18, 2009 at 12:30 pm

  3. As far as some other bowls go, I think we’ll see Oklahoma State play Stanford in the Holiday Bowl. That’ll be an offense-filled fun fest, and a chance for the Cowboys to redeem themselves for last year’s Holiday debacle.

    I think it’ll be Houston and Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. Two teams with a lotta offense and no defense. Could be a fun one.

    USC and Oklahoma could play each other in the Sun Bowl. That has to have the Sun Bowl giddy. It’s not often that bowl gets marquee schools like that who simultaneously happen to be having down years.

    The Gator Bowl will probably be Miami vs. Notre Dame, just intriguing because they’re two traditionally good programs having disappointing years. It’s a game to decide who comes out the bigger loser.

    Austin Swafford

    November 18, 2009 at 12:50 pm

  4. BCS Predictions:

    NC: Texas vs. Florida
    Fiesta: Iowa vs. Boise State
    Sugar: Alabama vs. Pittsburgh
    Orange: Georgia Tech vs. TCU
    Rose: Ohio State vs. Stanford

    Other Bowl Predictions:

    Capital One: Penn State vs. LSU
    Outback: Wisconsin vs. Mississippi
    Cotton: Oklahoma State vs. Kentucky
    Gator: Miami vs. Notre Dame
    Chick-fil-A: Georgia vs. Clemson
    Insight: Nebraska vs. Michigan State
    Music City: Virginia Tech vs. Georgia
    Sun: USC vs. Oklahoma
    Holiday: Oregon vs. Texas Tech
    Alamo: Iowa State vs. Northwestern Cincinnati vs. South Carolina
    Independence: Auburn vs. Missouri
    Emerald: Oregon State vs. Boston College
    Champs Sports: North Carolina vs. Minnesota

    Yeah, I guess that’s as many (more than) I care to predict. I’m taking Pitt over Cincinnati for the automatic qualifier, leaving Cincinnati to get royally screwed, as the Gator and Sun bowls will certainly pass them over for the more marquee match-ups. I’m giving the nod to Boise State and Iowa over Penn State (and Oklahoma State and others) for the last two at-large berths, first because Boise State is undefeated and has had fantastic BCS games (meaning good ratings) and second because Iowa actually draws more ticket sales and viewership than Penn State. I know, I know, everyone says “so-and-so has the best traveling fans in the country, blah, blah, blah,” but despite Iowa’s size and history discrepancy compared to the mighty State University of Pennsylvania, Iowa has set numerous records for ticket sales and viewership.

    The Big-12 get an amazing nine teams into bowls, but finishes 3-6. On the bright side, they win the National Championship. TCU beats Georgia Tech, giving the state of Texas a one-two BCS final ranking. The SEC finishes 2-6 in bowls, with only narrow wins from it’s Louisiana schools. The Big-10 gets only seven teams in, but finishes a respectable 5-2, with one narrow loss, and one amazingly embarrassingly lopsided beatdown care of Stanford. Speaking of which, the Pac-10 gets six teams in (taking one spot vacated by the Big-10’s lack of qualifying numbers), but wins the BCS Challenge by winning all six games. Oklahoma finishes with one more loss than I predicted before the season began (6, not 5 as I supposed). And finally, just about everyone is thoroughly disappointed with the entirety of the BCS season, as we see zero compelling and meaningful games, the Big-10 champ gets crushed again, there are two undefeated teams at season’s end (and a lot of good argument as to why one might be better than the other for each of them), and BCS-busters continue to make compelling cases for greater inclusion or even playoffs.

    The end.


    November 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    • That’s VERY optimistic on Iowa. Though I’m not sure why you have LSU landing in the Capitol One Bowl. Isn’t the SEC #3 supposed to to go to the Cotton Bowl? That one should be Nebraska vs. LSU. That matchup is even worse for the Big 12 than what you have. But, it would even out because Texas Tech would land in the Alamo Bowl, where they should be, against Northwestern.

      Interesting projections. Can’t say I agree with most of them…but definitely interesting.

      Austin Swafford

      November 18, 2009 at 10:24 pm

      • Optimistic, maybe. But it’s happened, well, a lot. Pretty much for the entirety of the BCS era, whenever a bowl committee has had a choice between Iowa and any other school, they’ve taken Iowa. Rhetoric aside, they sell tickets, and they draw TV audiences, and the numbers back it up. On the other hand, Penn State and Texas A&M did outsell the Alamo dome record last year previously held by Iowa vs. Texas in 2006, so Penn State certainly can draw a crowd, no doubt. We’ll see how they fare this weekend.

        And not exactly, the Cotton does not get SEC #3… after BCS selections are made the SEC picks go first to the Capital One (takes best overall record of non-BCS SEC teams, not necessarily #2 or #3 in conference), then the Cotton picks from the best lef in the West and the Outback picks from the best left in the East (which I see I have placed backwards in my picks…) They should be:

        Cotton: Oklahoma State vs. Mississippi
        Outback: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

        I know, yuck.

        Well, I do try to keep it a little interesting. 😉


        November 18, 2009 at 11:52 pm

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