#5. Capital One Bowl; Georgia (#16) vs. Michigan State (#19)
The greatest running back matchup in a bowl game in the last 10 years. Javon Ringer and Knowshon Moreno will make the Capital One Bowl very exciting. Knowshon and Javon have rushed for 1338 and 1590 yards respectively and have a combined total of 37 touchdowns. The Bulldogs also have Matthew Stafford who many consider to be the first player taken in the NFL Draft if he desides to come out of school early. Georgia has the upper hand in this game, but whoever can control the clock, will win the game .
Prediction: Georgia Wins 28-24
#4. Poinsettia Bowl; Boise State (#9) vs. TCU -2.5 (#11)
BCS Busters, no. But this game will not lack excitement. Both teams can compete with anyone in the nation and should play like they have something to prove. The #9 Boise State Broncos face off against the 2nd ranked defense in the country in the Texas Christian Horned Frogs. The 11th ranked Horned Frogs have two losses on their record, those coming from Oklahoma and Utah, who are both top 10 teams. Both teams are afterthoughts to much of the sports world, but they will put on a show in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Prediction: Boise State Wins 45-38
#3. Rose Bowl; Penn State (#6) vs. USC (#5)
Many are expecting USC to dominate the Nittany Lions but I wouldn’t count out Penn State. Penn state has a balanced offense with amazing talent and depth (think of a poor mans Florida). Quarterback Daryll Clark is both efficient in the air and productive on the ground with 17 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions, and a total of 9 rushing touchdowns. Running back Evan Royster was gained over 1200 yards this season and has put up 12 rushing touchdowns. When looking at this matchup it is hard to even measure statistics because of each team’s dominance in several games where they had to take starters out of the game to stay under scoring 100 points on weak opponents. USC has to be mentioned as possibly the deepest team in all of college football (along with Florida). USC has three players with over 600 yards rushing, five players with over 20 receptions, and six players with 6 or more touchdowns. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that the Nittany Lions somehow upset the USC Trojans.
Prediction: Penn State 35 USC 32
#2. Holiday Bowl; Oklahoma State (#13) vs. Oregon (#15)
The over under line on this game is 76.5 and for good reason. Both teams have incredible offenses anchored by great tailbacks. Oklahoma State has Kendall Hunter while Oregon has a tandom of Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount. These three running backs combined have over 3500 yards rushing and 42 touchdowns! What’s even scarier for Oklahoma State is that they can pass the ball behind Zac Robinson who has passed for 2700 yards and 24 touchdowns, 18 of which have gone to star receiver Dez Bryant. Both teams are loaded with offensive weapons, but OK State has enough fire power to come out on top. Oregon’s edge will have to be keeping the ball in their talented running back tandom’s hands.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 52-45
#1. BCS Championship; Florida (#1) vs. Oklahoma (#2)
Despite the contreversial BCS format and the teams it has left out, the Championship matchup between Oklahoma and Florida should be a great one as we get to see a rare sight of two Heisman Trophy winners face off against each other will everything on the line. Tim Tebow (2007 Heisman Award Winner) vs. Sam Bradford (2008 Heisman Award Winner) should be one for the ages even though both teams face questions with significant injuries. The Oklahoma Sooners will be without leading rusher DeMarco Murray. Running back Chris Brown will have to pick up the loss of Murray. Florida is also recovering from injuries as RB/WR star Percy Harvin missed the SEC Championship game against Alabama but will play against Oklahoma.
Both teams have explosive offenses and should put a significant amount of points on the board. Oklahoma has scored at least 58 points in each of its last 6 games. Florida has scored over 40 in 8 games and over 50 in 5 games this season. This game could turn into a shootout in a hurry. Whoever can hold their opponent under 40 points wins.
Florida 49 Oklahoma 35, the loss of DeMarco Murray will be felt, and Florida will win the National Championship