The BCS bowls are supposed to feature the 10 best teams in the country vying for college football glory on the biggest of stages. This year’s field badly missed the mark on that front with teams like Boise State, Arkansas, Kansas State, and South Carolina being pushed out by lower ranked foes in Michigan, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Clemson, but the games should be exciting nonetheless. Three of this year’s BCS clashes, the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and BCS National Championship Game, are particularly intriguing, and should rope in plenty of 2012 BCS Predictions, television sets, and wagering dollars.
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs Oregon Ducks (-6)
The Badgers find themselves in an underdog role for the first time since last season’s Rose Bowl clash with TCU, and this match-up looks like it could be the same type of tightly contested battle as that one. Wisconsin owns the superior defense (ranked eighth in the FBS compared to Oregon’s 60th ranking) and its offense is not far behind the Ducks in terms of both yards and points (466.9 to 515.2 and 44.2 to 46.2). The Badgers ability to move the ball on the ground should help keep Oregon’s offense on the sidelines and, consequently, the score close.
Fiesta Bowl: Stanford Cardinal vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (-3.5)
Stanford experienced an offensive attack similar to Oklahoma State’s hurry up approach when it faced Oregon a few weeks back. The Cardinal did not fare well in that game, losing 53-30 as the Ducks dynamic duo of LaMichael James and Darron Thomas accounted for six touchdowns. The Cowboys will create as many or more match-up problems for Stanford with Joseph Randle in the backfield and Justin Blackmon on the outside. Andrew Luck and his cohorts should find the end-zone with a certain amount of frequency as well, but probably not enough.
BCS National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide vs LSU Tigers (PK)
It’s the rematch every wanted to see, but no one wanted to happen, if that makes any sense. Alabama kicked its way out of a win when these two juggernauts collided in early November, missing four of its six field goal attempts. If the Crimson Tide can duplicate the defensive effort they turned in on that fateful night (limited the Tigers to 239 yards and 3-for-11 on third down) it’s doubtful the uprights will foil them again.
2012 BCS Predictions: Provided by JustBet.cx
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio – January 2, 2012 5:00pm ET (ESPN)
Wisconsin Badgers +6 (-110), Over 72 (-110)
Oregon Ducks -6 (-110), Under 72 (-110)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – January 2, 2012 8:30pm ET (ESPN)
Stanford Cardinal +3.5 (-115), Over 74 (-110)
Oklahoma State Cowboys -3.5 (-105), Under 74 (-110)
AllState Sugar Bowl – January 3, 2012 8:30pm ET (ESPN)
Michigan Wolverine -2.5 (-110), Over 51 (-110)
Virginia Tech Hokies +2.5 (-110), Under 51 (-110)
Discover Orange Bowl – January 4, 2012 8:30pm ET (ESPN)
West Virginia Mountaineers +3.5 (-110), Over 60 (-110)
Clemson Tigers -3.5 (-110), Under 60 (-110)
AllState BCS National Championship Game – January 9, 2012 8:30pm ET (ESPN)
Alabama Crimson Tide PK (-110), Over 40 (-110)
LSU Tigers PK (-110), Under 40 (-110)