Projected BCS Bowl Matchups

By Jason Priestas on December 5, 2010 at 12:04a

Of course, none of this will be cemented until tomorrow evening, but this is what we're looking at:

  • BCS MNC: Oregon vs. Auburn
  • Fiesta: Oklahoma vs. UConn
  • Rose: Wisconsin vs. TCU
  • Sugar: Ohio State vs. Arkansas
  • Orange: Virginia Tech vs. Stanford

Your challenge: Pick the lines for each and give us your pick for the one you're most looking forward to (outside the Sugar, of course).

Bonus points for any jokes related to the fact that the Big Ten's 7th-best team throttled the Big East's entrant.

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Irricoir's picture

I am looking forward to the Rose Bowl. I want to see Wisconsin make a statement to the nation about the Big10 and TCU. While I respect the job TCU has done and think they are a quality team, they didn't have to work as hard as Wisconsin to get to a BCS game. I am not saying Wisconsin worked as hard as say, Auburn, but they still played better competition week in and week out. Now Wisconsin has never been the rock that the conference could lean on but I am encouraged by their performance this year and the fact that they showed up in the bowl last year.

I think the best match up will be Virginia Tech versus Stanford. I think VT closely resembles are team on so many fronts. It could be a forshadowing of games to come.

I am concerned about Arkansas but look forward to the opportunity to get that monkey off our back. Funny, I had been getting hate mail from some Arkansas fan on ESPN talking about how we can't beat the SEC blah, blah, blah. I do hope that we win and I am able to send the ole' email : What now?!?  Someone stated in an earlier post that we have had better success against high powered offenses than we have against hi-po defensive teams. This does give me some hope. I watched the LSU game and Arkansas appears real and that Running Back is no joke.

No comment on Michigan beating the BigEast champ. Thats like us getting ragged for losing to USC and Purdue (Whom Oregon beat) last year. People gave us no chance to beat Oregon and we know that result. Though I think Oklahoma, if tyhey play up for the game, beat UCon handily.

Auburn stomps Oregon if both teams show up like have in recent games. I hate that too. I am already hearing people in this state proclaim two teams in Alabama have won back to back titles blah blah blah. These are Bama fans bragging on their rivals. I can't see doing the same for _ichigan. I hate the state Alabama. They think that this state is gods gift to football. But, I suppose thats what people think of Ohio since we love our team so much, have the fourth largest pool of high school athlete recruits, and produce about half the collegiate coaches in the NCAA. 

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Your last section there is one of the reasons why Michigan-Ohio State is the best rivalry in college football. All SEC rivalries are void. They root for each other, and brag when the other rival has success.

btalbert25's picture

I don't know, I think Wisconsin has been quite a good bowl team for the Big 10 over the years.  They have won 3 Rose bowls in the last 16 years, that's more than the Buckeyes.  In 2006 and 2007 they beat Auburn and Arkansas despite being the underdog.  I think Wisconsin has been quite the representative for the Big 10.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Oh, and as for the matchups I see:

  • BCS MNC: Oregon wins by 10 or slightly more
  • Fiesta: Oklahoma wins in the most lopsided BCS game of all time
  • Rose: Wisconsin wins a thriller
  • Sugar: Good guys wins by a touchdown
  • Orange: Virginia Tech pulls off the upset in a close game
Blake's picture

The best matchup outside of the Sugar is easily the Wisky vs TCU matchup. I would expand on this but it's 3 am pacific time and I don't think I have the wherewithall to accomplish it. I feel bad for OU vs Uconn...seriously wouldn't you just have rather lost earlier in the season and been able to face LSU or 'bama in the cotton bowl...?

iball's picture

Why is Cam Newton so much better than Terrelle Pryor?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

ToledoBuckeye's picture

Newton throws a much prettier ball than Pryor.  His mechanics look better but besides that they are the same person.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

Colin's picture

He runs more, opening up his passing game more than Pryor would ever get. If I hear another "Cam Newton is what Terrelle Pryor was supposed to be" ....somebody's gonna get hurt. Tress would never run Pryor that much, everyone knows that.

KenK's picture

Maybe he was a better athlete/QB to begin with...

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Buckeye Black's picture

It is called a system. Pryor would put up similar numbers if he threw it 35 times and ran it 25 times a gane, if not more.

iball's picture

you really think that?

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

iball's picture

Pryor passing: 298 att, 2551 yds, 65.8% 25/11 157.98 rating

Cam passing: 246 att, 2589 yds, 67.1% 28/6 188.16 rating

Give or take basically the same level of passer, I would argue Cam's wideouts are better.

Cams rushing stats crush Pryors though.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Buckeye Black's picture

Season stats:

Pryor: 196/298 2551 25 td's 11 int's 65.8% 157.98 rating

         120 rushes 639 yds. 4 td's


Newton: 165/246 2589 28 td's 6 int's 67.1% 188.16

              242 carries 1409 yds. 20 td's

So, he has twice the carries for a little over twice the yards.  I would say they would be very comparable.  Plus Newton just boosted his stats by 6 total td's and 335 passing yards in the extra game he played.

Buckeye Black's picture

Ha, just beat me to it Iball.

iball's picture

So everyone basically agrees its Tressell not Pryor. I just think with the talent level we possess, we underachieve. Of course, I know, Tress wins 10 a year and were always in the hunt, but are we really? Its just hard to watch what Chip Kelly and Gene Chizik are able to do with same or less talent. Because no one can tell me Oregon out recruits us. And Stanford is better than any team OSU played this year.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Buckeye Black's picture

We don't know Stanford is better.  Unfortunately they won't play Wiscy.  Tressel believes in actually using the RB's in the running game.  Stanford is in the same position as Ohio State, no wins over ranked opponents and a beat down against the only ranked one.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Look what we did to Chip Kelly. What Tressel does works just as well as the both of those guys. Just because Chizik brought out the big $$$ once for a player like Newton doesn't mean he has had/will have more consistently successful seasons than Tressel.

yrro's picture

Cam newton is TP with confidence. When TP is on his gam, they look very similar. But when he starts overthinking against good defenses or keeps running to the edge instead of fighting for yards because he wants to avoid the hit, he's not as good.

What Tressel wants to create in Pryor is what he had in 2006 Troy Smith or what Michael Vick is doing now in the NFL - a good pro style quarterback who is also scary as hell when he scrambles. I personally think that kind of attack is actually more dangerous, but it requires much more out of a quarterback mentally. Whether that's a better choice in college or not I won't judge. But if Pryor improves his mental game next year as much as he did this year he is going to be terrifying.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Auburn -5.5.

Oklahoma -15

Wisconsin -4.5

Ohio State -3.5

Stanford -1.5


After the Sugar Bowl, I'm most looking forward to Wisc. v TCU. I want to see if Wisconsin's powerful OL will completely steamroll TCU's tough but potentially mis-matched 4-2-5 defense. TCU will score some against Wisc, so the Badgers will need to roll on offense.

RBuck's picture

Looking forward to seeing Wisky send TCU back to the convent.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

tomcollins's picture

Vegas Lines:

Auburn -1

Oklahoma -17

Wisconsin -2.5

Ohio State -4

Stanford -6


Best matchup - between Rose and Championship.  I care nothing about the other 2.

tomcollins's picture

Actual Lines (as of now):

Auburn -3

Oklahoma -17

TCU -3

Ohio State -3

Stanford -3


Way off in the Rose.  Thought Vegas would be on Wisconsin's nuts.  They are setting a trap for everyone who thinks Wisconsin rolls.  TCU is legit.

Stanford has good value at -3.

Sofa Kingdom's picture

Auburn -2 and a hook

Oklahoma -10

Wisconsin -6

Ohio State -4.5

Stanford -3.5

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Great. Can you say 0-10? I know...."loser mentality."

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Colin's picture

I find your lack of faith disturbing.

Bucksfan's picture

Grow some balls, sweatervest.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Have our past two performances against SEC teams not concerned you guys? Lets be realistic here. Arkansas has one of the best offenses in the nation. And again, 50+ days of no games. We will be rusty.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

Colin's picture

They also have a terrible defense, a QB that throws interceptions in clutch situations, and only a week shorter of a's not too intimidating from my point of view.

Buckeye Black's picture

Actually it is the same amount of layoff for both teams.  I am worried with our depleted secondary how we will match up, but I also hope Heyward unleashes his best in his last game.

Bucksfan's picture

Ohio State is 10th in the nation in INTs.

btalbert25's picture

Buckeyes beat Arkansas by 2 TD's, mark it down.

nickma71's picture

Va Tech is the fraudulent school of the other fraudulent confrence. Miami falling apart is why OSU is not in the Rose Bowl, after losing to Wisconsin. Wisconsin will give out the worst beating in the Rose Bowl in my lifetime that I can remember. Oregon and Auburn both have explosive offenses, but Oregon has more defense. Not that it is a lot of defense.


nickma71's picture

Arkansas' strength is the OSU weakness, Mallet against the secondary. Luckily, their defense is like swiss cheese in most of the games I have seen of them.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

I am concerned about the Arky passing against our secondary, but we are not going to be dominated this time, I don't think.  We played Fl and LSU with terrible offensive and defensive lines, quite honestly. We got beat by those elite teams because we did not have the talent in the trenches to compete with teams of that calibre.  I do believe that although our skill players are not as good as those we had in those games, our trench play is much improved.  Also, Arky is not as good as those teams we recently played. 

We have a great chance to win and it ought to be fun.

tomcollins's picture

Wisconsin is not as good as people think.  They are a fraudulent team.  They looked really bad against a lot of bad teams.  They played their absolute best game of the season against us, though.

TCU is not a pushover.  I think they will surprise Wisconsin.  Expect a very low scoring game.