We all know that it is just never too early to get excited about college football. With a melodramatic NBA Finals in the rear view mirror and a pedestrian MLB season shambling towards it's aggrandized Midsummer Classic, it was really time for me to sit down and think about the upcoming season.
As my excitement is currently bordering fever pitch level, I will attempt to project this season's BCS bowl participants. It is a nearly impossible task to chose all 12 correctly with all of the drama that unfolds weekly, but a challenge I try to meet head-on annually nonetheless.
The college football season is similar to joyriding on Kingda Ka. It is guaranteed to be chock full of twists and turns, slow and rapid ascensions, as well as untimely drops that can make even a Razorback a little blue about the gills. So... please make allowances for me with regards to these factors and check back often.
NOTE: The champions of selected conferences are contractually committed to certain bowls, unless they are No. 1 or No. 2. (ACC: Orange; Big Ten: Rose; Big 12: Fiesta; Pac-12: Rose; SEC: Sugar). If a Bowl loses a host team to the title game, then the bowl gets first choice at a replacement team. The rest of the selection order for 2014 is as follows: Orange, Sugar, Fiesta. he champions of selected conferences are contractually committed to certain bowls, unless they are No. 1 or No. 2. (ACC: Orange; Big Ten: Rose; Big 12: Fiesta; Pac-12: Rose; SEC: Sugar). If a Bowl loses a host team to the title game, then the bowl gets first choice at a replacement team. The rest of the selection order for 2014 is as follows: Orange, Sugar, Fiesta.
Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m.
BCS #1 vs. BCS #2
Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m.
Miami Gardens, Fla.
ACC vs. at-large
Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.
New Orleans, La.
SEC vs. at-large
Comment: Clemson I predict will win the the ACC and will land in the Orange Bowl. With the first at-large pick after replacement selections, the Orange Bowl will take Big Ten runner-up Michigan.
Comment: The Sugar Bowl will lose the SEC Champion once again, but they will select local favorite, LSU as the replacement who will finish higher than the SEC East Champion. With the second at-large pick, it will take the highly-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.
Comment: No. 1 Alabama, seeking it's third consecutive National Championship will take on No. 2 Ohio State who is now bowl eligible in what will be the final BCS game. R.I.P. BCS!
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.
Big 12 vs. at-large
Comment: Oklahoma State is my pick to win the Big 12 Championship and secure a Fiesta Bowl bid. The Louisville Cardinals will have another stellar year and win the inaugural American Athletic Association Championship earning them an at-large BCS bid.
Comment: Stanford will once again earn a BCS bid as the Pac 12 Champion and face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Irish due to their popularity will get the replacement pick as the Rose Bowl will lose the Buckeyes to the title game.
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Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m.
PAC 12 vs. Big 10