With selection Sunday just a little over a week away, rumors are flying regarding who will be playing in each of the 2010-2011 BCS Bowl games. Not to be left out on all the fun, we will add to the excitement by breaking down the scenarios and predicting who will play in each of the 5 BCS Bowl Games: Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and the BCS Championship.
The Fiesta Bowl will feature the Big 12 Champion (unless they are in the BCS Championship game) against the final at large bid. The Big 12 is a bit of a mess this year with both Texas and Oklahoma having down years. We think this year the Big 12 Champion will be the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OSU has an extremely underrated QB in Brandon Weeden with solid play makers in running back Kendall Hunter and wideout Justin Blackmon. For the final at large bid we like West Virginia. If WVU beats Pitt on Friday, they would likely be a lock for the Fiesta Bowl.
The Orange Bowl features the ACC Champion against the 2nd at large bid ( the first at large bid going to the Sugar Bowl). The ACC Champion is almost certainly going to be Virginia Tech. The Hokies opponent will be the runner up in the Big 10. For this we like Ohio State. Call us a believer in conspiracy theories but OSU will find a way to wiggle in ahead of Michigan State.
The SEC Champion will receive an automatic berth in the Sugar Bowl. Since Auburn (if they can beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl) will likely to earn a trip to the title game, the runner up will represent the SEC in the Sugar Bowl. LSU is the logical replacement here as if they beat Arkansas they would have only 1 loss. SEC representative will play the first at large team selected. An undefeated TCU Horned Frog team will be hard to turn down for this game.
The Rose Bowl traditionally matches up the PAC-10 and Big 10 Champions. However, with Oregon virtually a lock to make the BCS Championship game, tradition will be thrown out the door. Wisconsin should end up winning the Big 10, but should Oregon and Auburn win out and make the Championship game, then the BCS would have to choose Boise State.
We are not really going out on a limb here by predicting that Oregon will face Auburn in the BCS Championship but that is the mostly likely scenario. This game would feature 2 of the highest powered offenses in the country and would certainly be an exciting game. However, it would still be great if Boise State could somehow sneak in as it would guarantee that one team would win their first National Championship. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch as Auburn would just need to lose to either Alabama in the Iron Bowl or South Carolina in the SEC Championship game- either could realistically happen.