After months of anticipation, the dust has finally settled in what has been an incredible season for college football. Upsets and marquee matchups kept fans on the edge of their seats until the unveiling of the final BCS standings. From the Perimeter will break down every BCS bowl bout, projecting the outcome as well as analyzing the keys to victory for each team.
Discover BCS National Championship: (1) Notre Dame vs. (2) Alabama
Projected Outcome: Alabama def. Notre Dame 31-21
In a game that will end up much closer than it should be, the Crimson Tide will prevail. Backed by their stellar running attack and a stingy defensive unit, Alabama is going to come out swinging against Notre Dame. Look for a game that sees the Fighting Irish struggle to compete early, but show resurgence in the fourth quarter and bring the game within two scores.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: (4) Oregon vs. (5) Kansas State
Projected Outcome: Oregon def. Kansas State 52-38
Two high-powered offenses clash in arguably the most intriguing matchup of the 2012 bowl season. Chip Kelly’s Ducks will thrive against a Wildcat defense that gave up 52 points to a 7-5 Baylor squad. Look for Collin Klein to prove his Heisman valor against a depleted Ducks defense, but on the other sideline, beware of Barner and his buddies as they look to make the Wildcats whimper.
Discover Orange Bowl: (12) Florida State vs. (15) Northern Illinois
Projected Outcome: Florida State def. Northern Illinois 49-10
In a game that features an arguably undeserving team in a BCS bowl, Florida State’s dominant defensive line will cause a multitude of problems for Jordan Lynch’s Huskies. Being the champions of the MAC seems an odd way to earn an Orange Bowl berth, and shows the incredible flaws that pervade the current BCS bowl system.
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO: (6) Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Projected Outcome: Stanford def. Wisconsin 35-13
The Cardinal experienced some tough tests in 2012, handing Oregon their only loss of the season on Nov. 17th and taking Notre Dame to overtime in October. Montee Ball and Wisconsin hope to pull another huge upset, after finishing their otherwise disappointing season with a 70-31 thrashing of (16) Nebraska in the Big Ten title game.
Allstate Sugar Bowl: (3) Florida vs. (21) Louisville
Projected Outcome: Florida def. Louisville 27-24
A last second field goal will be the difference between these two physical football teams. Although Louisville struggled down the stretch of a season in which they started 9-0, the Cardinals will put up a fight against an SEC powerhouse in Florida. QB Jeff Driskel and the Gators have been in this position before, winning close games against inferior opponents, and the leg of Caleb Sturgis will give the Gators the edge against Louisville.
*Fan’s Pick* Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU vs. Michigan State
Projected Outcome: TCU def. Michigan State 28-17
From the Perimeter’s fans have weighed in, and the non-BCS bowl of choice will feature the Spartans of Michigan State matching up with the Horned Frogs of TCU. The inaugural BWW bowl should be a good one, and guest picker Tannan Luzzo projects an 11 point victory for the Horned Frogs. It’s truly inspiring to see TCU have the opportunity to win a bowl game after a season filled with turmoil on and off the field.