If you have not made plans yet for the New Year, make sure you take into account the many exciting college football games. There are 3 games on New Years Eve and 5 on New Years Day, so you might be kissing your loved one as you watch the Spartans take down the Crimson Tide, instead of watching the ball drop in Times Square. Here’s a preview of the 6 BCS Bowls along with my prediction for each game and the National Championship:
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Houston vs. Florida State, Noon
It all starts with what many might think will be a blowout for the Seminoles, but Tom Herman and Greg Ward Jr. have other plans. FSU has been a team that has relied on the dominance of Dalvin Cook, but he is due for a tough matchup as the Cougars boast the 12th best rush defense. They haven’t seen quite near the talent of Cook, but they are a very athletic bunch.
My Prediction: Cougars with the upset 38-34
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, 1pm
One of the most intriguing matchups outside of the College Football Playoff. Two teams with great history and lots of talent and lets not forget both were one win away from placing in the top 4. Ohio State has a chance to make history in this years draft with lots of talent deciding whether to stay in Columbus one more year or leave for the big bucks (and I’m not talking buckeyes). Urban Meyer and Brian Kelly will have both teams ready with JT Barrett and DeShone Kizer behind center for each team. The QB controversies are over and the stage is set.
My prediction: Buckeyes 42-31
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Iowa, 5pm
Who expected this matchup after week one of the regular season? Many saw Stanford’s offense dismal against Northwestern and Iowa was just a middle of the road Big Ten Team, but now they battle in Pasadena. Christian McCaffery in my eyes was robbed for the Heisman and has become the man in Stanford while Iowa hopes for a big game from the very reliable CJ Beathard.
My prediction: Stanford 27-21
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss, 8:30pm
A month ago I thought that Oklahoma State and Mason Rudolf were going to win out, but then Baylor and Oklahoma ruined the party. After defeating Alabama and controlling their own destiny I thought Ole Miss would get a shot at the SEC Championship, but Arkansas and the lateral stunned them in OT. Two teams very deserving of a BCS game could have had a lot more. Expect the ball to be in the air a lot this game.
My prediction: Oklahoma State breaks the slump and wins 35-30
The Playoffs on New Years Eve
Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Clemson, 4pm
Two great quarterbacks take the field in Miami as the newfound hero Baker Mayfield and the Heisman Finalist Deshaun Watson showboat their prolific offenses. For me this game is about who has the more complete team. Oklahoma sits at 18 for pass yards per game and Clemson at 23, so pretty even. When it comes to rush yards Oklahoma is 16th and Clemson is 22nd and the defenses are 31st and 7th, respectively. However Oklahoma plays against better offenses in the Big 12. I see RB Samaje Perine as a big key to success for Oklahoma and their balanced attack.
My prediction: Oklahoma in a shootout 48-42
Cotton Bowl: Michigan State vs. Alabama, 8pm
If you are a fan of defense and pure strength this game is definitely for you. I look at these two teams and the biggest matchup for me is the front 7 of Michigan State vs the power of Heisman Winner Derrick Henry. Michigan State will look to do to Alabama what they did to Ohio State. Shut down the RB and make them beat you in the air. I do not see Jake Coker having a lot of success against this secondary and constant pressure of the d-line. I have no clue if Alabama will see the Connor Cook who is a top 10 draft pick or if he will continue to struggle after injuring his right shoulder, but he has had time to rest.
My prediction: Sparty 27-21
National Championship: Oklahoma vs. Michigan State
My prediction: Oklahoma 31-27