The 2013 NCAA Football season has been stellar to say the least. It has been filled with massive upsets and has proven to us just how amazingly unpredictable this sport can be. In the 2013 season we have seen teams like Missouri, Duke, Auburn, Michigan State, Baylor, Clemson, etc. really thrive and prove to the nation that they have developed great football brands at their respective schools. 2013 has taught us that any Goliath can truly be beaten. This Bowl Season there are some great games and fantastic match-ups.
Here are some of the great bowl games to watch out for during this Bowl season.
#22 Duke Blue Devils vs. #20 Texas A&M Aggies
The Duke Blue Devils are coming off a 45-7 loss to the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC Championship game. Duke has been predominantly known as a basketball powerhouse in the NCAA, however, this season they have proven to the nation that they now have built a legitimate football program. Duke is coming into this game with a 10-3 record and hope to earn their 11th win against a very talented Aggies team. QB Anthony Boone, RB Jela Duncanand WR Jamison Crowder, lead the Blue Devils on offense.
The Aggies of Texas A&M are coming into this game with an 8-4 record and are coming off of a heartbreaking loss to the Missouri Tigers in their final game of the regular season. The Aggies offence is led by QB Johnny Manziel, RB Ben Malena and WR Mike Evans.
This game has the potential to turn into a shootout because both of these teams share fairly porous defensive units, respectively. If the Duke Blue Devils want a chance at beating the Aggies of Texas A&M they will have to try and keep Johnny Manziel and that very potent Aggies offence off the field.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Tue. December 31st at 8:00pm from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #8 South Carolina Gamecocks
The Wisconsin Badgers come into this game with a 9-3 record after suffering their third loss of the season in the final week of regular season play at the hands of their BIG 10 rivals, the Penn State Nittany Lions. QB Joel Stave, RB’s Melvin Gordan and James White and WR Jared Abbrederisled the Badgers on offence.
South Carolina is coming into this game with a 10-2 record and are currently riding a 5 game winning streak with their last win coming against in state rivals, the Clemson Tigers. QB Conner Shaw, RB Mike Davis, and WR Bruce Ellington lead the Gamecocks offence.
This game could go either way. If South Carolina can contain that very powerful Wisconsin rushing attack, they can come away with a win. If the Badgers want to win they will need to attack that powerful South Carolina defence and put up as many points as possible.
Capital One Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Wed. January 1st at 1:00pm from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
#5 Stanford Cardinal vs. #4 Michigan State Spartans
The Stanford Cardinal are coming into this game with an 11-2 record with their last win coming against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the PAC-12 Championship game where they won by a score of 44-14. QB Kevin Hogan, RB Tyler Gaffney and WR Ty Montgomery lead a very well balanced Stanford offensive attack.
The Michigan State Spartans finished the season with a 12-1 record with their last win coming against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the BIG 10 Championship Game, where they won by a score of 34-24. QB Connor Cook, RB Jeremy Langford and WR Bennie Fowlerlead the Spartan offence.
This Rose Bowl game is going to be a great one for sure. Both of these teams play a very old school style of football with physical defense and powerful running games. If Michigan State wants to be successful in this game they will need their number one rated defence to play to their potential and make big stops. They will also need their offence to be very productive on all of their possessions against the Stanford defence. Stanford and Michigan State both play a very similar style of football, so this game could go either way. Whoever can avoid the turnovers will win this game.
Rose Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Wed. January 1st at 5:00pm from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
#15 UCF Knights vs. #6 Baylor Bears
The UCF Knights are coming into this game with an 11-1 record with their last win coming against the SMU Mustangs where they won a close one by a score of 17-13. The Knights have been a surprise team this season and in this week’s match-up they hope to play spoiler and beat the Bears. QB Blake Bortles, RB Storm Johnson and WR Rannell Hall lead a very well balanced UCF offence.
The Baylor Bears are also coming into this game with an 11-1 record with their last win coming against the Texas Longhorns where they won by a score of 30-10. QB Bryce Petty, RB’s Shock Linwood and Lache Seastrunk and WR Antwan Goodley lead a very powerful Baylor offence.
If the UCF Knights want to have a shot at winning this game they will need their defense to keep the Baylor offence off the field. Blake Bortels will need to lead the offence to a near perfect game against a very underrated Baylor defence. Look for Baylor to try and pile up the points early against the Knights.
Fiesta Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Wed. January 1st at 8:30pm from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
#11 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #3 Alabama Crimson Tide
The Sooners finished the season with a 10-2 with their last win coming against the Oklahoma State Cowboys where they won by a score of 33-24. QB Blake Bell, RB Brennan Clay and WR Jalen Saunders lead the Oklahoma offense.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming into this game with an 11-1 record with their one and only loss coming against their rivals, the Auburn Tigers in the final week of the season on the very last play of the game. QB AJ McCarron, RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Amari Cooper lead the very potent Alabama offense.
If the Sooners want to have a chance at winning they will need to play a perfect game on both sides of the ball, in order to compete with Alabama’s superb football team. Alabama will look to their defense to shut down anything the Sooners try to do on offense.
Sugar Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Thurs. January 2nd at 8:30pm from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
#13 Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. #9 Missouri Tigers
The Cowboys are coming into this bowl game with a 10-2 record with their last game being a loss to their rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners where they fell short 33-24. QB Clint Chelf, RB Desmond Roland and WR Tracy Moore lead a very skilled Cowboys offense.
The Missouri Tigers come into this game with an 11-2 record with their last game being a loss to the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship game by a score of 59-42. QB James Franklin, RB Henry Josey and WR’s L’Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham lead a very well balanced Tigers offensive attack.
This game could go either way, however, the Tigers seem to have a slight advantage. If the Cowboys want to be successful against the Tigers they will need to limit the amount of penalties and turnovers on offense and try to score on every possession in order to tire out the Missouri defense. Look for Missouri to try and control the tempo of the game on both sides of the ball.
Cotton Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Fri. January 3rd at 8:00pm from the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
#12 Clemson Tigers vs. #7 Ohio State Buckeyes
The Clemson Tigers are coming into this game with a 10-2 record with they lost their last game by a score of 31-17 to their rivals the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Tigers had some very high and very low points throughout the season and are looking to pull off a big win against the Buckeyes. QB Tajh Boyd, RB Roderick McDowell and WR Sammy Watkins lead the Clemson offense.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are coming into this bowl game with a 12-1 record with their last game being a loss in the BIG 10 Championship Game against the Michigan State Spartans. QB Braxton Miller, RB Carlos Hydeand WR Corey Brown lead the Buckeyes on offense. If the Tigers want a chance at beating the Buckeyes they will need their defense to come up big and try to limit the amount of big plays they give up to a very talented Buckeyes offense. Clemson will need the leader, Tahj Boyd to have a very productive offensive game in order to keep pace with Braxton and the Buckeyes offense. Look for the Buckeyes to try and gash the Clemson Defensive line with big runs all game.
Orange Bowl Game Details: Kickoff on Fri. January 3rd at 8:00pm from Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Author: Matthew Kassabian