2014 Bowl Championship Series    The College Bowl Season with BCS Predictions

By Trey McLaughlin

Special Contributor

Date Bowl Team 1 Record Team 2 Record Prediction
21-Dec Gildan New Mexico Bowl Colorado State 7-6 (5-3) Washington State 6-6 (4-5) Washington State
21-Dec Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl #20 Fresno State 11-1 (7-1) #25 USC 9-4 (6-3) USC
21-Dec Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo 8-4 (6-2) San Diego State 7-5 (6-2) San Diego State
21-Dec R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl LA-Lafayette 8-4 (5-2) Tulane 7-5 (5-3) Tulane
23-Dec Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl East Carolina 9-3 (6-2) Ohio 7-5 (4-4) Ohio
24-Dec Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Oregon State 6-6 (4-5) Boise State (8-4) 6-2 Oregon State
26-Dec Little Caesars Bowl Bowling Green 10-3 (7-1) Pittsburgh 6-6 (3-5) Bowling Green
26-Dec Poinsetta Bowl #23 Northern Illinois 12-1 (8-0) Utah State 8-5 (7-1) Northern Illinois
27-Dec Military Bowl Northrop Grumman Marshall 9-4 (7-1) Maryland 7-5 (3-5) Marshall
27-Dec Texas Bowl Minnesota 8-4 (4-4) Syracuse 6-6 (4-4) Minnesota
27-Dec Fight Hunger Bowl BYU 8-4 () Washington 8-4 (5-4) BYU
28-Dec New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame 8-4 () Rutgers 6-6 (3-5) Notre Dame
28-Dec Belk Bowl North Carolina 6-6 (4-4) Cincinatti 9-3 (6-2) North Carolina
28-Dec Russell Athletic Bowl #18 Louisville 11-1 (7-1) Miami (FL) 9-3 (5-3) Louisville
28-Dec Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Kansas State 7-5 (5-4) Michigan 7-5 (3-5) Michigan
30-Dec Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Navy 7-4 () Middle Tennessee 8-4 (6-2) Navy
30-Dec Music City Bowl Ole Miss 7-5 (3-5) Georgia Tech 7-5 (5-3) Ole Miss
30-Dec Valero Alamo Bowl #10 Oregon 10-2 (7-2) Texas 8-4 (7-2) Oregon
30-Dec National University Holiday Bowl #14 Arizona State 10-3 (8-1) Texas Tech 7-5 (4-5) Arizona State
31-Dec Advocare V100 Bowl Boston College 7-5 (4-4) Arizona 7-5 (4-5) Boston College
31-Dec Hyundai Sun Bowl #17 UCLA 9-3 (6-3) Virginia Tech 8-4 (5-3) UCLA
31-Dec Autozone Liberty Bowl Rice 10-3 (7-1) Mississippi State 6-6 (3-5) Rice
31-Dec Chick-fil-a Bowl #21 Texas A&M 8-4 (4-4) Duke 10-3 (6-2) Texas A&M
1-Jan Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl #22 Georgia 8-4 (5-3) Nebraska 8-4 (5-3) Georgia
1-Jan Heart of Dallas Bowl North Texas 8-4 (6-2) UNLV 7-5 (5-3) North Texas
1-Jan Capital One Bowl #19 Wisconsin 9-3 (6-2) #9 South Carolina 10-2 (6-2) South Carolina
1-Jan Outback Bowl #16 LSU 9-3 (5-3) Iowa 8-4 (5-3) LSU
1-Jan Rose Bowl #5 Stanford 11-2 (7-2) #4 Michigan State 12-1 (8-0) Stanford
1-Jan Tostitos Fiesta Bowl #6 Baylor 11-1 (8-1) #15 UCF 11-1 (8-0) Baylor
2-Jan AllState Sugar Bowl #3 Alabama 11-1 (7-1) #11 Oklahoma 10-2 (7-2) Alabama
3-Jan AT&T Cotton Bowl #8 Missouri 11-2 (7-1) #13 Oklahoma State 10-2 (7-2) Missouri
3-Jan Discover Orange Bowl #7 Ohio State 12-1 (8-0) #12 Clemson 10-2 (7-1) Ohio State
4-Jan BBVA Compass Bowl Vanderbilt 8-4 (4-4) Houston 8-4 (5-3) Vanderbilt
5-Jan GoDaddy Ball State 10-2 (7-1) Arkansas State 7-5 (5-2) Ball State
6-Jan Vizio BCS National Championship #1 Florida State 13-0 (8-0) #2 Auburn 12-1 (7-1) Florida State

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#4 Michigan State (12-1, 8-0) vs #5 Stanford (11-2, 7-2)

The 2014 edition of the game that has been called “The Granddaddy of them all” might just be a game that lives up to the hype. This Top-5 matchup features two teams grind the game out and win with defense, with both teams coming owning Top-10 scoring defense. With that being said, this game will come down to whoever can find a way to move the ball and finish drives against these stingy defenses, and on the offensive side you have to give the nod to Kevin Hogan and the balanced Cardinal attack. This game won’t be easy, but in the end David Shaw’s offense will make enough plays to win the game.

Stanford wins 24-20

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#6 Baylor (11-1, 8-1) vs #15 Central Florida (11-1, 8-0)

Baylor sprang onto the national scene this year by scoring points in bunches, scoring 70+ points in four of their first six games, and they rode their offensive power surge all the way to #4 in the BCS Standings before being knocked off in week 13 by Oklahoma State. UCF on the other hand, quietly went on their way to an 11-1 mark in a very weak American Conference, with their only slip coming in a three-point loss at the hands of SEC power South Carolina. While a very good UCF defense and an underrated QB in Blake Bortles do make this an interesting matchup, Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears offense will be too much.

Baylor wins 52-24

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#3 Alabama (11-1, 7-1) vs #11 Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2)

Most people look at this matchup and immediately write this down as a win for the Crimson Tide, but it’s not that simple. Oklahoma comes into this game having won three straight to end the year and knocked off a formidable opponent in Oklahoma State on the road. The improvement of the Sooners’ offense has been a big part of the winning streak, averaging more than 40 points per game in that span. However, the Crimson Tide come into this game with a formidable defense that will be more than the Sooners’ have seen all year, ranking 2nd in scoring defense.  While the Sooners may hang around in this one for a while, they simply won’t be able to put enough points on the board to match an Alabama rushing attack that’s been nothing short of a machine this year averaging more than 200 yards per game.

Alabama wins 38-20

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clemson-2-1920ohio-state-logo1#7 Ohio State (12-1, 8-0) vs #12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1)

In week 8, both of these teams sat in the Top 4 of the AP Poll hoping to be playing on January 6th for a BCS National Championship. Clemson fell the following week, and the Buckeyes failed at perfection in the Big 10 Championship at the hands of Michigan State. While certainly both teams would rather be playing for more than just the Orange Bowl, these teams both have plenty to prove when they face off in Miami.  Look for the scoreboard to light up at Sun Life Stadium as neither of these teams had any trouble marching up and down the field this season, amassing more than 40 points per game apiece. Urban Meyer’s team did it with a two-headed rushing attack featuring Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, while Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins led the Tigers in the passing game. With two teams that can score at will, this game will come down to protecting the ball, and that will be the Buckeyes.

Ohio State wins 41-28


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#1 Florida State (13-0, 8-0) vs #2 Auburn (12-1, 7-1)

On January 6th, Auburn will put their magical season on the line against undoubtedly the most dominant team of the 2013 college football season in Florida State. The Seminoles come into this game outscoring their opponents by more than six touchdowns per game. Auburn, on the other hand, comes into this game having won 9 straight games after an early loss to LSU, and they have been nothing short of a Cinderella story this season with their Hail Mary pass against Georgia and the incredible return to knock off Alabama. Unfortunately, midnight is drawing near for Auburn as Nick Marshall and the Tigers will face a formidable defense that ranks 1st in points allowed at 10.2 points per game. It has been an incredible run for Auburn, but Florida State is simply too dominant on both sides of the ball this year.


Florida State wins 45-21


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