The only thing that was clear at the end of Saturday night was that Florida State and Auburn would be playing for the 2013 BCS National Title, making it right straight years that an SEC team has played in the BCS Championship.
And of course, should Auburn win that game it will be the eighth straight year that an SEC team has won a national title. It won’ be easy, however, as they will be playing Florida State who might be the biggest test a SEC team has met in the title game over the past seven years.
But after the BCS Title game we were left wondering what the rest of the BCS Bowl games would be. The big one that everyone is talking about is the 100th Rose Bowl which will be between Michigan State and Stanford.
The Spartans won the Big Ten Championship and removed Ohio State from having a chance to play in the BCS Championship; their reward is a historic matchup in the 100th anniversary of America’s most famous bowl game – nice reward.
The Fiesta Bowl is undoubtedly the least compelling of the BCS Bowls, between Baylor and Central Florida, both of whom are BCS eligible based on their conference championships. But outside of fans of Baylor and Central Florida this is just another bowl game, but don’t be surprised if it ends up being a classic game.
The Orange Bowl is another excitig matchup between Ohio State and Clemson. The Buckeyes were hoping to have a chance at playing for the National Championship but will have to settle for the Orange Bowl.
Clemson also came into the season wth high hopes to win a National Title but fell short after dropping a couple of games. This game should be fun as it features two of the country’s most exciting quarterbacks in Tajh Boyd and Braxton Miller both trying to get a win to end the season. It will be Boyd’s last game and it is also likely that it will be Miller’s last as well.
But quite possibly the most compelling BCS Bowl outside of the championship is the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma.
Alabama is still consider by many to be the best and most talented team in the country while Oklahoma comes in as a surprise to have made it this far. Not the best year for the Sooners but they fought well to get this marquee matchup with the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl.
In all honestly, I am extremely excited for next year’s four-team playoff, but at the same time it is always fun to see the different matchups that are happening in the bowl games. This year’s BCS Bowl schedule is actually quite exciting.
The biggest question that still remains is will Florida State be able to end the SEC’s dominance of the BCS Title game? There is a good chance that most of the country will be cheering for the Seminoles, so it will be interesting to see if the likely Heisman winner Jameis Winston and Florida State will be able to knock of the Auburn Tigers who have had a memorable season.
Enjoy Bowl season everyone, who knows how much longer we will have it.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.