After the regular season came to an end this past weekend, many college football fans began making their predictions for the BCS bowl season. The BCS championship will most likely feature Notre Dame and the winner of the SEC championship match between Alabama and Georgia. Additionally, a Kansas State victory over Texas this upcoming weekend should cement a Fiesta Bowl big against Oregon, and the Rose Bowl will feature the winners of the Nebraska/Wisconsin and Stanford/UCLA games. However, the Sugar and Orange bowl games become more complicated because of one mid-major conference: the MAC.
Kent State and the BCS: The True Cinderella Story
Unlike previous years, the potential threat of a BCS buster comes not only from a largely forgotten mid-major conference, but a miserable college football program hailing from Kent, Ohio. The Kent State Golden Flashes hold the key to not only creating chaos in the BCS this season, but are also the biggest threat to keeping the Oklahoma Sooners out of a BCS bowl altogether. However, the #17 ranked Golden Flashes must finish in the top 16 to receive a bid, and a loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies in the MAC championship game can throw a wrench into their dreams. At #21, the Huskies are would most likely be on the outside looking in should they win this Sunday.
In other BCS news…
The ACC Disappoints Yet Again
Florida State’s embarrassing performance coupled with Clemson’s poor outing against South Carolina put the ACC in an undesirable position this postseason. The Tigers most likely lost out on an at-large spot in a BCS bowl, and the Seminoles failed to make a statement in their finale against instate rival Florida. Should the 6-6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets win this weekend, the ACC could be in worse shape sending a team barely over .500 to the Orange Bowl, something even the Big East has yet to accomplish.
Speaking of the Big East…
In typical fashion, Louisville and Rutgers failed to take advantage of golden opportunities to boost their resumes and move up in the BCS standings. Both teams now sit outside the top 25 and are set to meet on Thursday to determine which of these two programs gets to represent a withering conference in the BCS. Bridgewater’s recent injuries could have a significant effect on the outcome of the match, handicapping Louisville’s chances against the latest team to declare their exit from the Big East.
Championship Week Predictions
Below are some of the key matches this week with the winners in bold:
De-Facto Big East Championship: Louisville vs. Rutgers
MAC Championship: Northern Illinois vs. Kent State
PAC Championship: UCLA vs. Stanford
Big 12 Matches: Oklahoma vs. TCU and Texas vs. Kansas State
Big 10 Championship: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
SEC Championship: Alabama vs. Georgia
ACC Championship: Florida State vs. Georgia Tech
Which means the following predictions for the BCS…
Orange Bowl: Rutgers (Big East Champ) vs. Florida State (ACC Champ)
Rose Bowl: Stanford (PAC 12 Champ) vs. Nebraska (Big 10 Champ)
Sugar Bowl: Florida (At Large, SEC Rep) vs. Oklahoma (At Large)
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State (Big 12 Champ) vs. Oregon (At Large)
BCS Championship: Alabama (#2 BCS) vs. Notre Dame (#1 BCS)