Alright here we go. Now we put all this crap together into one giant heap known as college football BOWL SEASON! I love bowl games despite the fact most people hate how many there are. Just means more college football! Then again, even I have to admit that it is getting to the point of insanity and if more bowls are introduced you will start to see teams with losing records playing an extra game. “Hey, UTEP, you just finished 3-9. But we here at the Middle of Montana Bowl(also known as the Buttfuck Nowhere Bowl) would like to invite you to play winless Eastern Michigan. How about it?” Yeah, that looks stupid to me too. So here are the predictions:
|December 21, 2013||2:00 PM||New Mexico Bowl||Pac-12 #7||MWC #4||Washington||Air Force|
|December 21, 2013||3:30 PM||Las Vegas Bowl||Pac-12 #5||MWC #1||UCLA||Utah State|
|December 21, 2013||5:30 PM||Idaho Potato Bowl||MWC #6||MAC #3||Wyoming||Bowling Green|
|December 21, 2013||9:00 PM||New Orleans Bowl||Sun Belt #1||C-USA #5||UL-Lafayette||North Texas|
|December 23, 2013||2:00 PM||Beef O’Brady’s Bowl||American #6||C-USA #3||Toledo||Marshall|
|December 24, 2013||8:00 PM||Hawaii Bowl||MWC #5*||C-USA #2||*Hawaii, if eligible||San Diego State||Tulsa|
|December 26, 2013||6:00 PM||Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl||Big Ten #8||MAC #2||Arkansas State||Western Michigan|
|December 26, 2013||9:30 PM||Poinsettia Bowl||MWC #2||Army/at-large||San Jose State||Ball State|
|December 27, 2013||2:30 PM||Military Bowl||ACC #8||C-USA #4/MAC #4||Syracuse||East Carolina|
|December 27, 2013||6:00 PM||Texas Bowl||Big Ten #6||Big XII #6||Minnesota||Baylor|
|December 27, 2013||9:30 PM||Fight Hunger Bowl||Pac-12 #6||BYU/ACC #9||Oregon State||BYU|
|December 28, 2013||12:00 PM||Pinstripe Bowl||Big XII #7||American #4||Texas Tech||Rutgers|
|December 28, 2013||3:20 PM||Belk Bowl||ACC #5||American #3||North Carolina||Cincinnati|
|December 28, 2013||6:45 PM||Russell Athletic Bowl||ACC #3||American #2||Miami||UCF|
|December 28, 2013||10:15 PM||Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl||Big Ten #5||Big XII #4||Michigan||Oklahoma|
|December 30, 2013||11:45 AM||Armed Forces Bowl||MWC #3||Navy/C-USA #6||Boise State||Navy|
|December 30, 2013||3:15 PM||Music City Bowl||SEC #7||ACC #6||Vanderbilt||Georgia Tech|
|December 30, 2013||6:45 PM||Alamo Bowl||Big XII #3||Pac-12 #2||Oklahoma State||Oregon|
|December 30, 2013||10:15 PM||Holiday Bowl||Big XII #5||Pac-12 #3||Kansas State||USC|
|December 31, 2013||12:30 PM||AdvoCare Bowl||SEC #10||ACC #7||Ohio||NC State|
|December 31, 2013||2:00 PM||Sun Bowl||Pac-12 #4||ACC #4||Arizona State||Virginia Tech|
|December 31, 2013||4:00 PM||Liberty Bowl||SEC #8/9||C-USA #1||New Mexico||Louisiana Tech|
|December 31, 2013||8:00 PM||Chick-fil-A Bowl||SEC #5||ACC #2||LSU||Florida State|
|January 1, 2014||12:00 PM||Gator Bowl||SEC #6||Big Ten #4||Ole Miss||Michigan State|
|January 1, 2014||12:00 PM||Heart of Dallas Bowl||Big Ten #7||Big XII #8||Arizona||Rice|
|January 1, 2014||1:00 PM||Capital One Bowl||SEC #2||Big Ten #2||Alabama||Nebraska|
|January 1, 2014||1:00 PM||Outback Bowl||SEC #3/4*||Big Ten #3||*SEC East pick||Florida||Wisconsin|
|January 1, 2014||5:00 PM||Rose Bowl||Big Ten #1||Pac-12 #1||Northwestern||Stanford|
|January 1, 2014||8:30 PM||Fiesta Bowl||Big XII #1||BCS at-large #3||Texas||Fresno State|
|January 2, 2014||8:30 PM||Sugar Bowl||SEC #1||BCS at-large #2||South Carolina||Notre Dame|
|January 3, 2014||7:30 PM||Cotton Bowl||SEC #3/4*||Big XII #2||*SEC West pick||Texas A&M||TCU|
|January 3, 2014||8:30 PM||Orange Bowl||ACC #1||BCS at-large #1||Clemson||Louisville|
|January 4, 2014||1:00 PM||BBVA Compass Bowl||SEC #8/9||American #5||Mississippi State||Connecticut|
|January 5, 2014||9:00 PM||GoDaddy Bowl||MAC #1||Sun Belt #2||Northern Illinois||Troy|
|January 6, 2014||7:30 PM||BCS National Championship||BCS #1||BCS #2||Ohio State||Georgia|
What’s a year without a BCS controversy? Of course the last one will be no different as Louisville, the undefeated champion of the American, will be left out of the BCS title game. In their place will be Georgia (the SEC champion). Unless the Cardinals win their games by wide margins this year, their schedule will hurt them in the end. Plus, it is still tough to keep a 1-loss SEC champ out of the championship. The other team will be a no-doubter in Ohio State, who will also run the table.
This means Louisville will drop into the other BCS bowls. First pick goes to the Orange Bowl and they will gladly snatch up the undefeated Cards again to face Clemson this year. The Rose Bowl will get the Big Ten runner-up. Even though Nebraska will win their division, I think a big conference championship game loss will make it so Rose Bowl officials select Northwestern as the Big Ten rep (their first Rose Bowl appearance in almost two decades!). They will face Pac-12 champ Stanford who will outlast Oregon and USC to claim the crown. I see Alabama’s loss to Georgia for the SEC title dropping them below possibly the best team not to play for their conference title, South Carolina. Spurrier gets his Gamecocks to the BCS and the Sugar Bowl. The next at-large pick goes to the Sugar and they will select Notre Dame who will just squeak into the top 12. Finally, the Fiesta Bowl gets Big 12 champ Texas and gets the final at-large selection which is forced on them as Fresno State does what they need to do and gets into the top 16 (#8).
Other interesting notes on my predictions for the bowls:
- Alabama will not be in the BCS for the first time since 2010.
- Interstate battles will occur in the Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M vs. TCU) and the Russell Athletic Bowl (Miami vs. UCF)
- The best team not to get into the BCS (in terms of rankings before the bowl games) will be USC at #10. They will fall to the Holiday Bowl.
- Navy (Armed Forces Bowl) and BYU (Fight Hunger Bowl) will qualify for the bowls they are tied-in to. Army (Poinsettia Bowl) will not at 3-9.
- Four teams will be bowl-eligible but will not be invited to a bowl. These teams are Central Michigan and Kent State from the MAC and UL-Monroe and Western Kentucky from the Sun Belt (Bobby Petrino will be crushed). Unfortunately, this gives some people reason to believe that there should still be more bowl games.
- If next year’s playoffs happened this season, the semi-final matchups would be Georgia vs. Louisville and Ohio State vs. Texas. Stanford and Clemson would have their reasons to bitch and complain about not being in the final four.
So there you go. All the predictions, done. Let’s see how close I get. Why do I have a feeling that at least one of the teams I have selected to make the BCS won’t even be .500 this season? Just a feeling I have.