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Tag:Fiesta Bowl
Posted on: December 18, 2008 4:08 pm
 

BCS Bowl Predictions

Rose Bowl - Penn State vs. USC

This matchup will pit two great teams with strong traditions. Both PSU and USC have great offenses and strong defenses, so this should be a great game to watch. I give the edge to USC because this game is essentially at home for them and they will be pumped to play in yet another Rose Bowl.

USC - 33, PSU - 20

Orange Bowl - Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati

Cincinnati and Virginia Tech both come in on a roll after winning their respective conferences. Cincinnati is a very tough team but has yet to win a BCS bowl game in a very long time. VT has been here before and that experience will carry them to victory. By so doing, they will avenge their Orange Bowl loss last year to Kansas.

Virginia Tech - 20, Cincinnati - 13

Sugar Bowl - Utah vs. Alabama

Alabama is coming off a loss to Florida in the SEC National Championship Game and Utah remains undefeated. Against stronger teams, the Alabama defense has been exposed and the Utes have one of the most potent attacks in the nation. Utah has shown the ability to play in a shootout and a defensive showdown and they will adapt to play against the Crimson Tide.

Utah - 24, Alabama - 23

Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State vs. Texas

People say that the Longhorns will be upset about being snubbed for a National Championship Game bid and will come out playing their best. I would not be surprised if they spent the month leading up to the game moping about being denied the chance to play for a national title. Although this game is being played in Phoenix, the Buckeyes travel as well as anybody and will pack the stands. Plus, the Buckeyes have been playing their best football as of late rather then wilting at the end of the year as in the past. Ohio State will be looking to avenge past BCS failures and they have a strong record against Big 12 teams. When factoring in the fact that this game will be played at the University of Phoenix stadium where major 'upsets' like Oklahoma vs. Boise State have taken place, the Buckeyes will have more luck on their side come this BCS game.

Ohio State - 27, Texas - 23

BCS National Championship Game Oklahoma vs. Florida

Both of these teams have come in on a tear and will engage in a tough battle. Florida has yet to play a game against an offense as potent as Oklahoma but the OU defense has faced offensive machines like Texas and Texas Tech. SEC fans like to say that Big 12 defenses are that bad but I think Big 12 offenses are that good. This will be a home game for Florida but that advantage will not close the gap between the two teams.

Oklahoma - 41, Florida - 30

 
 
 
 
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