If ever there has been a case as to the stupidity of the BCS, it’s this year.
I say this every year, and every year the Bowl Championship Series ups the ante–they take it to another level of, “Really?”
This season’s BCS bowls include automatic bids from inferior conferences, while teams once on top of the heap (Boise State) are relegated to play in the prestigious Las Vegas Bowl, which happens before Christmas. Yeah, I’m speaking of UCONN getting an automatic BCS bid for winning the BIG EAST–they aren’t even the highest ranked team from within their own conference.
The Huskies have drawn the Big 12 Champion Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl, and I foresee one of the biggest beat downs in BCS Bowl history–then again, it is Choklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, where strange things happen when they’re heavily favored.
Outside of the annual WTF game, there are a few intriguing match-ups. The Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. TCU Horned Frogs. Two teams capable of scoring a dump-truck load of points. You can catch the Rose and the Fiesta back to back on ESPN, New Year’s Day.
Stanford and Virginia Tech will get it on Jan. 3rd in the Orange Bowl; Ohio State and Arkansas on Jan. 4th in the Sugar Bowl.
The BCS National Championship Game will be played on January 10th, giving us all what we’ve been expecting to see: Oregon vs. Auburn. If Cam Newton is healthy, don’t bet against him. Oregon simply hasn’t seen a defensive front like Auburn; however, if Oregon can work their passing game for the next 4 weeks, perhaps they can turn it into a shoot-out.
Here’s a complete breakdown of all the bowl games.