BCS Championship Game:
Auburn vs. Oregon
WHY: I’ve had this as my matchup for weeks. Yes, even when everyone was picking Nick Saban and the tide….I was one of the crazy ones who believed Auburn could beat ‘Bama in Tuscaloosa. Auburn beats South Carolina next week in SEC title game…Oregon beats Oregon State to close it’s season.
TCU vs. Wisconsin
WHY: The Rose gets the highest ranked team from a non-automatic BCS conference (TCU) and the Big ten champ.
Nebraska vs. Stanford
WHY: I know Nebraska has been up and down but I think they’ll beat Oklahoma in the Big XII championship game. Stanford will be ranked 4th in the BCS poll meaning they have to go to a BCS game. The Fiesta has the final pick so they’ll get the Cardinal (the reason Stanford will be the last pick is because bowl games believe they will travel poorly).
Florida St. vs. West Virginia
WHY: I think FSU is playing very well right now and will upset VT in the ACC title game. Everyone thought the Big East champ would end up in the Fiesta Bowl but the Orange Bowl will have it’s choice between the Big East champ and Stanford and I think they’ll choose the Big East champ. I’m picking WVU to win the Big East. The Mountaineers get into this game when they beat Rutgers to close their season and UConn falls to South Florida.
Arkansas vs. Ohio St.
WHY: Razorbacks get the at-large bid to the Sugar when Auburn wins SEC title game. Ohio St. gets the other at-large bid into this game. It’s a great matchup for New Orleans because both schools travel big and will pack the city with fans.
So where will LSU end up?
LSU vs. Oklahoma
WHY: LSU won’t end up in the Capital One Bowl because they played in this game last year. Bowl games and schools are not all fond of playing in the same game in the same city in back-to-back years (unless it’s a BCS game). The Outback Bowl and the Gator Bowl are possibilities but are not as presitgious as the Cotton.