WSW BCS Predictions
By Jeff Falconio
The college football season kicks off tonight with titanic matchups like Troy-Bowling Green and an early rivalry game in Utah-Utah State. So with the season hours away here's Wisconsin Sports Weekend's BCS predictions:
Jeff: Florida vs. USC
I'm sorry but Florida-Texas is too popular of a pick. The Big XII is strong once again with Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and the Longhorns are the team to beat but USC is again at the top of the Pac 10. While the Pac 10 is stronger this year and USC suffered massive losses on both sides of the ball Pete Carroll has reloaded again the Trojans have what it takes to land in the title game. Florida is a no brainer
Greg: Florida vs. Texas
Two of the top three Heisman Trophy vote getters do battle for all the marbles. Tim Tebow goes out a winner in the final college game of his career (only to have a sub-par NFL career). Colt McCoy puts up good numbers, as always, but the Florida defense creates two early turnovers that the Longhorns cannot rebound from. Longhorns are Gator bait.
Jeff: Oklahoma vs. Ohio State
Yeah I know, Pac 10-Big 10 is tradition but if USC lands in the title game there won't be another Pac 10 team that is BCS worthy. This would be Oklahoma's second trip to the Rose Bowl this decade and with USC out of the way we might actually get a competitive game though as referenced before the Big XII South is loaded. Ohio State is another team that needs to reload but the Buckeyes are the cream of the crop in the Big 10 and should land here with a 10-2 record.
Greg: USC vs. Ohio State
USC is a very talented team (shocker), but I think they’ll suffer an early loss (perhaps to Ohio State on September 12th) due to starting a true freshman at quarterback. Tyrelle Pryor is the real deal for Ohio State…one of the tougher QB’s for opposing defenses to corral. Should be a great rematch with USC coming out on top.
Jeff: Texas vs. Notre Dame
Don't roll your eyes, the Irish have a soft schedule this year and 9 wins will be more than enough to put Notre Dame in the BCS and you know the BCS will take the always-polarizing Irish. Texas is championship worthy and I'm going on record as saying Colt McCoy wins the Heisman but again that Big XII logjam keeps both Texas & Oklahoma out of the title game.
Greg: Oklahoma vs. Boise State
Speaking of rematch…how ‘bout another Oklahoma vs. Boise State Fiesta Bowl? When they played for all the spices a few years ago, I went to bed thinking that was the best game I had ever seen. Period. The rematch won’t be quite as entertaining as Oklahoma hands it to the Broncos.
Jeff: Alabama vs. TCU
Get ready for this year's mid-major BCS-buster: the TCU Horned Frogs. Always strong defensively, the Frogs have that all-important early season buzz about them and with Utah down this year TCU wins the Mountain West with a perfect slate. The Tide fall into the reloading category but look for Alabama to win the SEC West as LSU has quarterback issues and Ole Miss appears a tad overrated.
Greg: Alabama vs. Rutgers
Alabama and Ole Miss should duke it out for the SEC West, but the team that makes it to the Sugar Bowl is likely to be the team that doesn’t play in the SEC title game (versus Florida). It’s one of those weird trends/nuances of college football that stinks…teams usually get punished for losing a conference title game…it’s a joke. So because I think Ole Miss will win the SEC West, I have Alabama in the Sugar Bowl…I know…it’s screwed up. As for Rutgers…well, I guess somebody has to win the Big East.
Jeff: Georgia Tech vs. Pitt
The ACC is going to be wacky this year. Everyone has warts yet everyone except for Boston College has a legitimate argument for winning their division. The Yellow Jackets win the ACC thanks to Paul Johnson's triple option offense that he used as his time at the Naval Academy. It's always tough to game plan for. Meanwhile Greg is right about the Big East, someone's gotta win it and Pitt has depth and experience at quarterback.
Greg: Virginia Tech vs. Penn State If Penn State can hover around the top 12, they should be a strong option for a BCS bowl game. Virginia Tech has a tough non conference schedule this year. They open up with Alabama, and also play Nebraska. If the Hokies win those games and beat Georgia Tech on the road, they could run the table. I don’t think that’s likely, so I have them in the Orange Bowl. The team that really gets screwed in the whole deal is Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are good enough to be a top 10 team throughout the year, but because Texas and Oklahoma will advance to BCS bowls, OK St. receives the title of “best team to not play in a BCS game.”
Greg: Virginia Tech vs. Penn State
If Penn State can hover around the top 12, they should be a strong option for a BCS bowl game. Virginia Tech has a tough non conference schedule this year. They open up with Alabama, and also play Nebraska. If the Hokies win those games and beat Georgia Tech on the road, they could run the table. I don’t think that’s likely, so I have them in the Orange Bowl.
The team that really gets screwed in the whole deal is Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are good enough to be a top 10 team throughout the year, but because Texas and Oklahoma will advance to BCS bowls, OK St. receives the title of “best team to not play in a BCS game.”