Pick 6: Forecasting the BCS
The season starts Thursday, so what better time to jump ahead
five months and predict what teams will play in the Bowl
Championship Series and who wins it all. Remember, it’s no fun to
pick the obvious.
Rose Bowl. TCU (at-large) vs. Oregon (Pac-10 champion). The
Pac-10 might be the toughest conference in the country to forecast.
The Ducks won’t miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli all that much and
they make it two straight Rose Bowl appearances. The Horned Frogs
become the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to
play in the Rose Bowl.
Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma (Big 12 champion) vs. Connecticut (Big
East). The Sooners bounce back from a messy 8-5 season to reclaim
the Big 12 and earn a chance to snap their BCS losing streak at
three games. The second-toughest conference to predict is the Big
East. The experienced and well-coached Huskies earn their first BCS
Orange Bowl. Miami (ACC champion) vs. Nebraska (at-large). The
rebirth of Miami and Nebraska as elite programs leads to an Orange
Bowl matchup that has decided national championships in the past.
Soon we might see the Hurricanes and Cornhuskers playing each other
for national titles again.
Sugar Bowl: Alabama (at-large) vs. Ohio State (at-large). The
preseason favorites to reach the BCS title game will both be
relegated to second-best in their conferences. The Buckeyes get yet
another postseason opportunity to show they can keep pace with the
BCS championship in Glendale, Ariz. Florida (SEC champion) vs.
Wisconsin (Big Ten champion). The Gators have more than enough
talent to make another run at the national championship. The only
thing they lack is experience. And even if they lose to Alabama in
Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2, they will get another shot at the Tide in
Atlanta for the SEC title in December. The Badgers clear the only
major hurdles on a manageable schedule by beating Ohio State at
home and Iowa on the road in consecutive October weekends and play
for their first national title.
BCS champion: Make it five straight for the SEC and three
championships in five seasons for Urban Meyer and the Gators.