It’s that time of year in the college football season, the bowl match up predictions begin. This is the last year of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series), and the last year of speculating who will be playing for a championship…right? There could still be questions in the playoff structure next year, but, only time will tell.
The BCS is structured to take 10 teams distributed amongst 6 conferences, 2 from the SEC, 2 from the Pac-12, 2 from the ACC, 1 from the Big 12, 1 from the Big 10, 1 from the American, and 1 from “other.” Pairs of these teams based on their rank, and conferences compete in the 4 BCS Bowl Games (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Fiesta) and the Championship Game which rotates amongst the four each year (held this year in Pasadena).
That’s a lot to break down, so I want to concentrate on the game that hits the closest to home…the bowl that I believe the Wisconsin Badgers will end up in for the 2013-14 season. I truly believe that the Badgers will be headed for Outback Bowl, in Tampa Bay, Florida. Ohio State and Michigan State are headed to the Big Ten Championship Game. The winner will go to the Rose Bowl, and the runner-up will be headed to the Capitol One Citrus Bowl, the second highest bowl for a Big Ten representative, since only one is chosen for the BCS.
This is the first season in the past three the Bucky won’t be in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, so some projections have the #19 Badgers facing the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl, others have them in the Citrus Bowl. Both games, and opponents in those games would be awesome! The BCS Bowl Committee knows that “Badger Nation” has a history of traveling well for the love of their team, and to get out of this “ice box” come December and January, so that definitely plays in BCS favor if they decide to tweek the system, but let’s take off those “rose colored lenses” for just a minute. The Badgers have one of their stronger teams in recent years, but a lot would have to happen in order for those dream games to become reality…”thanks Pac-10 Officials.”
Back to the potential, and most realistic Bowl for the “Madison Eleven” – 2014 Outback Bowl…How exciting would it be if the power running attack of the Badgers Melvin Gordon, James White, and Corey Clement ended up in Tampa on January 1st? The three star running backs for UW have so far combined for almost 3,000 yards rushing, with no slow down in sight. They’ve scored 31 of the team’s touchdowns this year. The Badgers are also the only Division I school in the country to have two running backs (Gordon, and White) individually averaging 100 yards rushing a game.
Now put them head to head with the aerial attack of the #12 Aggies of Texas A&M. Their “rock-star” QB Johnny Manziell has over 3,000 yds this season through the air with a QB rating of 186.9, completing 73 % of his passes, 31 of them for touchdowns. Manziel’s favorite target sophomore Mike Evans, the Aggies 6’5″ WR has twelve of them. Not to mention that Manziel who could be on the brink of his second Heisman, has rushed for 611 yards, and 8 touchdowns himself.
Throw in Badger stingy defense this season, which has only allowed 140 points so far, and you have a recipe for an instant classic.
BRING ON THE AGGIES!