Pick 6: Projecting the BCS
So much time was spent during the offseason talking about the
coming college football playoff, it will almost make you forget the
Bowl Championship Series is still around for a couple more
Two more seasons of automatic bids, polls, computer ratings and
two teams being selected from 124 to have a chance at the national
title in the postseason.
Then college football will enter a new world of conference
tie-ins and a selection committee picking four teams to have a
chance at the national title in the postseason.
Won’t that be …. great?
Anyway, a way-to-early BCS projection for the 2012 season.
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Southern California (Pac-12 champions) vs. Arkansas (SEC
During USC’s great run of the last decade, the Trojans never got
a chance to play a team from the Southeastern Conference in a bowl
game. That was unfortunate, and left many SEC fans wondering if the
Trojans were getting off easy. Time to rectify that – just not with
one of the SEC teams most figured would get there. John L. Smith
leads the Razorbacks past West rivals LSU and Alabama to their
first SEC championship.
Oregon (at-large) vs. Michigan State (Big Ten champions)
RB Le’Veon Bell and the Spartans break their Rose Bowl drought
(last one: 1988) by winning the Big Ten title against Wisconsin
(again with those two!). For RB D’Anthony Thomas and the Ducks,
it’s a third Rose Bowl in four years after losing twice to USC.
Alabama (at-large) vs. Texas (at-large)
An early loss to Arkansas keeps the defending champion Crimson
Tide out of the national title game, but a victory against LSU
gives Nick Saban’s team another BCS bid. Texas gets back to the big
stage on the strength of a fierce defense led by ends Alex Okafor
and Jackson Jeffcoat and strong running game. Should make for a
Sugar Bowl slug-fest.
West Virginia (Big 12 champion) vs. Wisconsin (at-large)
QB Geno Smith and Mountaineers win a title in their inaugural
season in the Big 12 with a high-powered offense that will fit
right in with their new neighbors – and just enough defense. RB
Montee Ball and the Badgers miss out on a third straight Rose Bowl,
but the Fiesta Bowl will gladly welcome their passionate fans to
Florida State (ACC champion) vs. South Florida (Big East
The Orange Bowl hasn’t caught many breaks as far as matchups
during the BCS era, and while this all-Florida game will no doubt
fill the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, it’s a regular-season rematch
that won’t excite many outside the state. The Seminoles are FINALLY
back behind coach Jimbo Fisher, just missing out on a ticket to the
national title game. As for USF, well, somebody has to win the Big
East, so might as well go with the team led by a talented,
four-year starter at quarterback (B.J. Daniels).
And the national champion will be … Matt Barkley and the
Trojans snap the SEC’s streak of BCS titles at six with a victory
in Miami, where they last took home the crystal football – before
having to give it back.
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