Sunday, December 9, 2007

Breakdowns and Predictions Anyone?

After all those crazy upsets and all the toss ups in the rankings, after a year when anything could happen and most of it did, the Bowl Championship Series has rounded up a couple of usual suspects for the Championship Game. The BCS committee had some tough spots to fill in this year and now it’s final. Here are the five important games broke down.

With almost a dozen teams able to make a claim for a shot at the title, the game will be Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2) for the national championship. This game will be played in New Orleans on January 7th, 2008. Ohio State earned its spot with a bye. The BCS voters and computers really admired the way the Buckeyes did nothing this week. LSU played its way in by losing to an unranked team at home last week instead of this week. Losing to an unranked team this week would have been bad because I’m pretty sure they would have been out of the championship game. West Virginia, which lost at home this week to Pittsburgh in the conference championship. This lost wasn’t so good because they are out. So for LSU, losing to an unranked team last week wasn’t so bad. Hopefully this year’s national championship game will be better than last years because the Florida Gators ran all over the Buckeyes of Ohio State, winning with a lopsided 41-14 victory.

Prediction: LSU 27, Ohio State 17

Hawaii didn't lose to anybody, ever. The Warriors started the season ranked #23 in the Associated Press poll, went 12-0, and then finished the season ranked #10. They will play the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl game on New Year's Night in New Orleans. This is the first time Hawaii has finished the season undefeated and are very excited about the upcoming BCS bowl game. The Warriors had a great quarterback this year in Colt Brennan, who is in the running for the Heisman trophy. He through for over 4,000-yards and 38 touchdowns this year. Georgia comes into the game with an overall record of 10-2. With Hawaii going 12-0, this just shows you that a team in a weaker conference (Western Athletic Conference) isn’t even in the question of playing for national championship, yet they did make it into a BSC game with an at large bid.

Prediction: Hawaii 34, Georgia 28

The Rose Bowl will be played on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. The USC Trojans won their third consecutive Jan. 1 trip. The (10-2) Southern Cal. team will take on the (9-3) Fighting Illini of Illinois. USC’s quarterback John David Booty will be healthy and ready to lead the Trojan attack. Their defense should also be able to control the shiftiness of junior quarterback Juice Williams who heads that Illini offense. Illinois is the only team to beat Ohio State this year and they ended up second in Big10 play, surprising a lot of people in the conference. All in all it should be a great game to watch.

Prediction: USC 24, Illinois 20

Oklahoma (11-2) will come into the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl off a big win over #1 Missouri and are also playing some of the best football in the country. For the West Virginia, they are coming off a devastating conference championship loss to Pittsburgh that knocked them out of the BCS championship game. The Mountaineers (10-2) still got into a BCS Bowl and will take on the Sooners of Oklahoma. I think this will be one of the better BCS games to watch because both are high powered offensive teams, so we’ll have to see what defense comes to play that day.

Prediction: Oklahoma 28, West Virginia 26

The final BCS bowl game is the Fedex Orange Bowl, which is a match up of the (11-1) Kansas Jayhawks and the (11-2) Hokies of Virginia Tech. Kansas received an at-large bid, while Virginia Tech won the ACC conference championship. Kansas has been an offensive machine this year putting up plenty of points on the board. Jayhawk Todd Reesing has thrown for over 3,200 yards and a total of 32 touchdowns. VT comes into this game with a five game winning streak and they are rolling, beating Boston College most recently 30-16. After an embarrassing loss to LSU in the second game of the season, this is a chance for the ACC champs to redeem themselves on the national stage.

Prediction: West Virginia 24, Kansas 20

After breaking down these five games, I asked my friend Brett Watson what his predictions were and he spitted out “LSU dominates, Hawaii prevails, USC squeaks one out, Oklahoma in a shootout, and Kansas upsets West Virginia.” Either way I think there should be some good games to watch and I hope everyone tunes into thebig college games of the holiday season.

Florida got the glory of winning it all last year,

but who will it be this year? LSU or Ohio State?

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