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2013 College Football Bowl Preview + BCS Predictions

December 14, 2012 Front Page, Sports No Comments

BCSTis the season! The college football regular season may be over, but the college bowl season is just beginning. From December 15th until the BCS National Championship on January 7th, 35 college football bowl games will take place. There will be plenty of college football on TV during the holiday season. Below are quick previews of all the college bowl games including our predictions for the BCS bowl games.

Dec 15: Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Nevada (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5). This one could be an offensive shoot-out. Nevada’s pistol offense is lead by running back Stefphon Jefferson who rushed for 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Arizona in their first season running the dynamic spread offense is lead by running back Ka’Deem Carey, who ran for 1,757 and 20 scores. These are two similar high scoring offenses with two of the best running backs in the country. The year’s first bowl game should be very exciting and could go over 100 combined points.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah St (10-2) vs. Toledo 9-3). Utah St won 10 games for the first time in school history and is ranked in the Top 25. They are lead by QB Chuckie Keeton who is already setting school QB records. Kerwynn Williams is Utah St’s leading rusher and receiver. Toledo is lead by running back David Fluellen and QB Terrance Owens. Currently, both are hurt and missed the team’s final game, but it has been speculated that both players will be healthy enough to play in the Bowl. Both teams played in exciting bowl games last year and this should be a solid match-up.

Dec 20: S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:  BYU (7-5) vs. San Diego St (9-3). BYU has one of the strongest defenses in the country (2nd vs the run, 3rd in total defense, & 5th in points allowed) BYU’s QB Riley Nelson is injured, so backup QB James Lark is currently in position to start. Lark threw for 6 TDS in the final game of the season, his only start. SDST has home field advantage in this bowl game which is rare. Their offense is lead by running back Adam Muema. He averaged 6.4 yards per carry this season and is one of the more dominant running backs in football. This should be your typical battle of a good defense versus a solid offense.

Dec 21: Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St Petersburg Bowl: Ball St (9-3) vs. UCF (9-4). Ball St is one of the hottest teams right now, winning its last 6 games. They have scored 30 or more points in 10 of their 12 games & are led by QB Keith Wenning, strong RB Jahwan Edwards, & speedy WR Willie Snead. BSU however has never won a bowl game. UCF is a better run team than passing and are led by  RB Latavius Murray. Two of UCF’s losses came to the same team this season (Tulsa). Also UCF will also be playing 2 hours from their campus. This could be one of the more underrated bowl games this season.

Dec 22: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl:  East Carolina (8-4) vs. Louisana-Lafayette (8-4). ECU is led by QB Shane Carden and the combo of RB Vintavious Cooper & WR Justin Hardy, both went over 1,000 yards this season. ECU has won 5 of their last 6 games. Louisana-Lafayette is led by QB Terrance Broadway. Broadway, who could set some season school records in this bowl game, took over for last year’s New Orleans bowl MVP, QB Blaine Gautier, who went down with an injury earlier this season. UL-L played in this bowl last year & won the school’s first bowl game.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: Washington (7-4) vs. Boise St (10-2). Washington is led by QB Keith Price, who has had an up and down season, and RB Bishop Sankey who had 15 rushing TDs.Washington had trouble playing on the road this year, only winning 2 road games. Boise St has one of the best defenses in the country, only allowing 3 td passes this season, fewest in the nation. On offense, BSU is led by QB Joe Southwick, who was only sacked 9 times this year which is the 6th fewest in the country and RB D.J. Harper. BSU is playing in its 3rd straight MAACO bowl, they’ve won their last two here.

Dec 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Fresno St (9-3) vs. SMU (6-6). Fresno is led by QB Derek Carr who threw for 36 TDs and only 5 INTs this year and RB Robbie Rouse (12 TDs). FSU is top 20 nationally in both total offense & defense and has won 7 of their last 8 games. SMU is led on offense by former Texas QB Garrett Gilbert, who threw for 2 TDs and 4 INTs as a freshman in the 2010 national championship. Gilbert had 14 passing and 7 rushing TDs this season. RB Zach Line had 12 TDs as well. This is SMU’s 4th consecutive bowl game & Coach June Jones previous job was coaching at the University of Hawaii where he lead the to an undefeated regular season and BCS appearance in 2007.

Dec 26: Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Western Kentucky (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (6-6). Western Kentucky likes to run the ball with RB Antonio Andrews who leads all of college football in all- purpose yards with 248.1 per game. Andrews has rushed for 238 and 230 yards in his last two games and needs 274 all purpose yards in the game to break Barry Sanders NCAA season record.WKU is making their first bowl appearance and will be using an interim coach as head coach Willie Taggert has left for a job at USF. CMU also likes to run the ball and RB Zurlon Tipton led the MAC in rushing touchdowns with 19 this season. CMU won its final three games to become bowl eligible.

Dec 27: Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: San Jose St (10-2) vs. Bowling Green (8-4). San Jose is led by a strong passing game with QB David Fales throwing for 3,798 yards and 31 touchdowns and a solid defense. SJST Coach Mike MacIntyre recently took the head coaching job at the University of Colorado and he is uncertain at current writing if he will coach SJST in their bowl game before going to Colorado. Bowling Green’s strength is it’s stingy defense. They are led on offense by QB Matt Schilz (14 TDs) & RBs Anthon Samuel (10 TDs) & John Pettigrew (5 TDs) . BGU won 7 of its last 8 games.

Belk Bowl: Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Duke (6-6). Cincinatti is led by RB George Winn (12 TDs). Their quarterbacking duties were split between Munchie Legaux (13 TDs) & Brenden Kay (6 TDs) this season. Cincy, who has won four of its last five games, will be without Coach Butch Jones who left for the head job at Tennessee. Also, Cincy’s 3 losses this season were only by a combined 16 points. Duke’s offense revolves around QB Sean Renfree who had 18 TDs & 8 INTs this season. Duke is playing in its first bowl game since 1994 & but they have lost 5 of their last 6 games this season.

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Baylor (7-5) vs. UCLA (9-4). Baylor’s QB Nick Florence leads an offense that put up 578 yards per game. Florence threw for 4,121 yards and 31 TDs. WR Terrance Williams had 95 catches for 1,764 yards and 12 TDs. BU ranks #1 in the country in total offense but 119th in total defense. UCLA’s dynamic RB James Franklin put up 1700 rushing yards this season with 13 TDS. QB Brett Hundley threw for 3,411 yards and 26 TDs. This should be one of the highest scoring bowl games this season. And though these two teams have never played each other before, their 1st meeting should be an explosive one.

Dec 28: Advocare V100 Independence Bowl: Ohio (8-4) vs. Lousiana-Monroe (8-4). Ohio’s offense is led by QB Tyler Tettleton who threw for 16 TDs this season, ran for 4 TDs and only threw 3 INTs. RB Beau Blankenship rushed for 1,500 yards and 11 TDs. Ohio started the season hot with a 7-0 record but then lost 4 of its final 5 games. Lousiana-Monroe is led by its own dual-threat QB Kolton Browning. Browning threw for 2830 yards and 27 TDs and also rushed for 441 yards and 7 TDs. WR Brent Leonard leads the team with 97 catches and 10 TDs. This is ULM’s first ever bowl appearance.

Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6). Rutgers is ranked 14th in total defense which is their strength. QB Gary Nova passed for 22 TDs this season and RB Jawan Jamison rushed for 1054 yards and 4 TDs. Virginia Tech’s strength is also their defense and they are 24 in the nation in total defense.Their offense is led by QB Logan Thomas who passed for 17 TDs & 14 INTs but is also the team’s leading rusher with 528 yards and 9 TDs. This is VT’s 20th consecutive bowl game; however they had to win their final 2 games this year just to become bowl eligible. Being a battle of elite defenses, this has the makings of one of the lowest scoring bowl games this season.

Meineke Care Car of Texas Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5). Minnesota’s best offensive player is RB Donnell Kirkwood who only rushed for 849 yards and 5 TDs. Minn used 3 QBs this year, Philip Nelson is their current starter. Minn has only scored more than 17 points only four times this season. Minn started the season 4-0 but finished 2-6. Texas Tech can score, averaging 37.8 points per game this year. QB Seth Doege threw for 3934 yards and 38 TDs. WR Eric Ward had 974 yds receiving and 11 TDs and WR Darrin Moore had 948 receiving yards and 13 TDs. TT will be without coach Tommy Tuberville who left for the same job at Cincinnati. TT also started the season 4-0 but lost 4 of their final 5 games. On paper, this looks like one of the least watchable bowl games this season.

Dec 29: Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6). Rice has the country’s best 29th best rushing team. They had three players rush for over 500 yards this season: Charles Ross (743 yards & 4 TDs), Taylor McHargue (628 yards & 11 TDs), & Turner Petersen (510 yards & 5 TDs). Rice won 5 of its last 6 games to become bowl eligible. Air Force has the country’s second best rushing team with 328.8 rushing yards per game. RB Cody Getz rushed for 1213 yards and 9 TDs. QB Connor Dietz threw for 1127 yards and 8 TDs but also ran for 658 yards and 5 TDs. Air Force beat Hawaii this year 21-7 without throwing the ball at all. This is going to be a battle won on the ground.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: West Virginia (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5). West Virginia has the country’s 6th best passing offense led by Geno Smith who threw for 4004 yards and 40 TDs. WR Stedman Bailey had 1501 receiving yards for 23 TDs and WR Tavon Austin had 1259 receiving yards with 12 TDS and 598 rushing yards and 3 TDs. The WVU won it’s first five games, lost five in a row, then won its final two. The WVU defense allows 38.1 points per game. Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib threw for 3,619 yards & 24 TDs this season. RB Jerome Smith rushed for 1019 yards & 3 TDs and RB Prince-Tyson Gulley rushed for 617 yards & 7 TDs. Last year these two were in the same conference, this year they play in a bowl game. This, the 60th meeting between the two teams should be an absolute shoot-out.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Navy (8-4) vs. Arizona St (7-5). Navy has the #4 rush offense with 312.3 yards a game. Gee Gee Greene rushed for 765 yards & 3 TDs and Noah Copeland rushed for 691 yards & 5 TDS. QB Keenan Reynolds threw for only 8 TDs but rushed for 628 yards and 10 TDS. Navy has a passing offense that ranks 119 out of 120 college football teams with only 85.8 yards per game. Arizona St has a balanced offense led by QB Taylor Kelly (2772 yards and 25 TDs). RB Cameron Marshall rushed for 524 yards & 7 TDs and RB Marion Grice rushed for 520 yards and 9 TDs. ASU’s rush defense is ranked 76th in the country.

Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon St (9-3). Texas QB David Ash leads a balanced offense that is 39th in passing and 49th in running. Ash threw for 2,458 yards passing and 17 TDs with only seven INTs this season. However he didn’t play in the final game due to injury, if he can’t go backup Case McCoy will start. UT has won 6 of it’s last 7 bowl games & is playing 80 miles from their campus. Oregon St also has a balanced offense with QB Sean Mannion (15 TDs), RB Storm Woods (11 TDs) and WRs Markus Wheaton (11 TDs) and Brandon Cooks (5 TDs). OSU’s defense allows less than 20 points a game and is ranked 28th in the country against the run.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU (7-5) vs. Michigan St (6-6). QB Trevone Boykin took over for Casey Pachall during the season. Boykin completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,853 yards & ran for 380 yards. RB Matthew Tucker rushed for 487 yards & 5 TDs. TCU is ranked 18th in total defense. Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell rushed for1,648 yards and 11 touchdowns. QB Andrew Maxwell threw for 2,578 yards and 13 touchdowns. MSU is ranked 4th in total defense. This is a very even matchup as both teams like to run the ball first on offense and rely on their strong defenses.

Dec 31: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: North Carolina State (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4). North Carolina St is a pass first offense led by QB Mike Glennon. Glennon threw for 3648 yards and 30 TDs this season. NCST had 3 receivers all who caught over 400 passes for over 600 yards each. NCSt fired Coach Tom O’Brien at the end of the season and he will not coach this game. Vanderbilt is led by QB Jordan Rodgers who threw for 2431 yards & 13 TDs. Zac Stacy rushed for 1034 yards and 9 TDs on the season. Vandy is ranked 17th in total defense and has made back-to-back bowl games for the 1st time in school history.

Hyundai Sun Bowl: USC (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7). USC is expected to have QB Matt Barkley back for this game. Barkley passed for 3273 yards and 36 TDs this season. WR Marqise Lee had 112 catches for 1680 yards & 14 TDs & WR Robert Woods had 73 catches for 813 yards & 11 TDs. USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin resigned at the end of season. Georgia Tech got a waiver to play in this bowl game with a losing record. GT had the 2nd most rushing yards in the country with 316.5 a game. QB Tevin Washington threw for only 7 TDs but rushed for 638 yards & 19 TDs. GT has 5 other RBs with over 400 yards  this season led by Orwin Smith with 673 yards & 5 TDs. GT defensive coordinator Al Groh was fired at the end of the season.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Iowa St (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3). QB Sam Richardson is expectd to make 2nd career start in this bowl game. Richardson, the 3rd QB used this season by Iowa St, has thrown for 412 yards, 7 TDs and 0 INTs thi season. Iowa St lost 5 of their last 7 games. Tulsa has the country’s 11th best rush offense with 3 RBs all rushing for over 750 yards this season. RB Alex Singleton rushed for 765 yards & 21 TDs. QB Cody Green threw for 2499 yards & 17 TDs as well. These two two teams played each other the 1st game of the season with Iowa St beating Tulsa 38-23, but things have really changed for both teams since then.

Chick-fil-A Bowl: LSU (10-2) vs. Clemson (10-2). LSU’s strength is its aggressive defense which is ranked 8th nationally in total defense. On offense, QB Zach Mettenberger threw for 2489 yards and 11 TDs. RB Jeremy Hill rushed for 631 yards & 10 TDs. LSU is 5-0 in their previous Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance. Clemson’s dynamic offense starts with dual threat QB Tajh Boyd who threw for 3550 yards & 34 TDs. Boyd also rushed for 492 yards & 9 TDS. WR DeAndre Hopkins had 1214 receiving yards and 16 TDs. RB Andre Ellington also had a solid year with 1031 rushing yards & 8 TDs.. Clemson lost to West Virginia 70 to 33 in last year’s bowl game.

Jan 1: Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: Mississippi St. (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3). Mississippi St. Mississippi St is led by QB Tyler Russell who threw for 2791 yards and 22 INTs. RB LaDarius Perkins rushed for 940 yards and 8 TDs this season. MSU started the season 7-0 but finished by losing 4 of their last 5 games. Northwestern has a dual-threat QB in Kain Colter who threw for 796 yards and 8 TDs and rushed for 820 yards and 12 TDs. Backup QB Trevor Siemian is used as well & is a better pure passer. RB Venric Mark rushed for 1310 yards & 11 TDs. NU have lost 9 straight bowl games & haven’t won one since 1949.

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma St (7-5). Purdue QB Robert Marve threw for 1522 yards, 13 TDs & 3 INTs this season. RB Akeem Shavers rushed for 778 yards & 6 TDS. Purdue had to win its final 3 games to become bow eligible but they still fired head coach Danny Hope at the end of the season & he won’t coach this last game. Oklahoma St has the country’s 7th best passing offense this season. OKST even used 3 different QBs this season but have settled on Clint Chelf who threw for1391 yards & 12 TDs. RB Joseph Randle also ran for 1351 yards & 14 TDs this season. OKST lost its final two games of the season.

Outback Bowl: South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4). QB Connor Shaw led the South Carolina offense this year throwing for 1732 yards and 15 TDs. He also rushed for 339 & 3 TDs. RB Kenny Miles rushed for 358 yards & 3 TDs taking over for injured star RB Marcus Lattimore whose college career is now over. SC is ranked 12th nationally in total defense. SC’s coach Steve Spurrier is 8-10 in his career in bowl games. For Michigan, QB/RB Denard Robinson does it all scoring 16 TDs this season while throwing and rushing for over 1,000 yards each. Traditional QB Devin Gardner threw for 1005 yards & 8 TDs.  MU is ranked 11th nationally in total defense. This game is a great match-up on paper and should be one of the more exciting bowl games this season.

Capital One Bowl: Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3). Georgia is led on offense by QB Aaron Murray who threw for 3466 yards &  31 TDs this season. RB Todd Gurley rushed for 1260 yards & 16 TDS.  UGA is ranked 27th and totally defense. They basically came up 4 yards short of playing in this year’s BCS National Championship game. Nebraska is led by dual threat QB Taylor Martinez who threw for 2667 yards &  21 TDs and also rushed for 973 yards & 10 TDs.  Nebraska has had trouble stopping the run this season.These two teams met once before in a bowl game once before, Nebraska defeated Georgia 45-6 at the 1969 Sun Bowl. Current Nebraska AD Tom Osborne was the football coach then, he is retiring after this bowl game.

Jan 4: AT&T Cotton Bowl:  Texas A&M (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (10-2). Texas A&M is led by Heisman Trophy winning QB Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to win the award. Manziel accounted for 4600 total yards (3419 passing & 1181 rushing) and 43 total touchdowns (24 throwing & 19 rushing). RB Ben Malena also rushed for 752 yards & 7 TDs. Oklahoma loves to throw the ball with QB Landry Jones who threw for 3989 yards & 29 TDs. Jones passed for 500 or more yards in two of his last three games. WR Kenny Stills had 892 receiving yards & 11 TDs. RB Damien Williams rushed for 905 yards & 11 TDs. These two are former conference foes and their rivalry is renewed in this bowl game which should be an exciting one.

Jan 5: BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Ole Miss (6-6). Pittsburgh’s QB Tino Sunseri threw for 3101 yards, 19 TDs & only 2 INTs. Sunseri has thrown 270 consecutive passes without an interception. RB Ray Graham rushed for 1042 yards & 11 TDS.  Pitt has a defense ranked 16th nationally in total defense & only gave up 9 points in their final 2 games. Pitt is making their 3rd straight trip to this bowl game. Ole Miss is led by QB Bo Wallace who threw for 2843 yards & 19 TDs this season. He also rushed for 363 yards & 8 TDs. RB Jeff Scott also ran for 828 yards & 6 TDs.  Ole Miss had to win their final game against Mississippi State to become bowl eligible.

Jan 6: GoDaddy.com Bowl: Kent St. (11-2) vs. Arkansas St. (9-3). Kent St has two thousand yard rushers in Dri Archer (1352 yards & 15 TDs) and Trayion Durham (1248 yards & 14 TDs). QB Spencer Keith also threw for 12 TDs. Kent St is making their 1st bowl appearance in 40 years. Arkansas St has a talented QB in Ryan Aplin who threw for 3123 yards & 23 TDs. RB David Oku rushed for 1024 yards & 15 TDs. Kent St’s Coach Darrell Hazell has been hired at Purdue but will coach this game. ASU’s Coach Gus Malzahn has taken the head job at Auburn and will not coach this game. These are two lesser-known schools but it is an intriguing match-up.

BCS Bowl Games & Predictions:

Jan 1: Rose Bowl presented by Vizio: Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5). Wisconsin is headed to its 3rd straight Rose Bowl & they are led by RB Montee Ball. Ball is one of college football’s most historic running backs rushing for 5,040 yards & 76 TDs in his career (1730 & 21 this season). WU is also ranked 13 nationally in total defense. WU’s head coach left for Arkansas & they will be coached by Athletic Director & former coach Barry Alvarez who is 3-0 all time in Rose Bowl games. QB Kevin Hogan took over the position midseason for Stanford. He threw for 973 yards and 9 TDs. RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for 1442 yards and 12 TDs. Stanford has the country’s 3rd best run defense & are ranked 21st in total defense. This Rose Bowl should be a close and exciting game. Both these teams played a lot of close games this season, Seven of Stanford’s 11 victories have been by seven points or less and all five of Wisconsin’s losses were by a touchdown or less (four were by three points). Prediction: Wisconsin 27 – Stanford 24.

Discover Orange Bowl: Florida St (11-2) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1). Florida State’s strength is their defense which is the #2 ranked defense in the country. On offense, FSU is led by QB EJ Manuel who threw for 3101 yards & 22 TDs. Manuel and 3 running backs carried the ball more than 90 times each this season for a total of 27 TDS. Northern Illinois’s offense revolves around dual threat QB Jordan Lynch. Lynch threw for 2962 yards & 24 TDs this season. He also rushed for 1771 yards  & 19 TDs. WR Martel Moore had 1054 receiving yards & 12 TDs. NIU is the 8th non-BCS conference school to play in a BCS game & the 1st from the MAC. Many believe that Northern Illinois doesn’t deserve to be here and i agree. The only way this should be a close game is if Florida St is uninspired by this match-up and plays like they don’t want to be there. But even then FSU should still win. NIU will however come out and play inspired and want to prove they belong but i don’t think they have enough. Prediction: Florida St 35 – Northern Illinois 17

Jan 2: Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida (11-1) vs. Louisville (10-2). UF has only allowed 5 TD passes this season & has the 5th ranked defense in the country (1st in pass efficiency). On offense, QB Jeff Driskel threw for 11 TDs this season and rushed for 404 yards & 4 TDs. RB Mike Gillislee rushed for 1104 yards & 10 TDs. Louisville’s QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 69% of his passes this season for 3,452 yards & 25 TDs. Bridgewater finished the season playing with a broken wrist in his non-throwing hand & a sprained ankle. RB Jeremy Wright rushed for 740 yards & 9 TDs replacing RB Senorise Perry (11 TDs) who tore his ACL. Louisville’s Coach Charlie Strong is a former Florida defensive coordinator, he was there for the BCS national championships in 2006 & ’08. UF has a dominating pass defense that should cause all kinds of trouble for L’Ville’s QB Bridgewater, who if is still not 100% could be in for a long game. I believe at best, this game could be close early, but Florida should pull away and win easily. Prediction: Florida 31 – Louisville 13

Jan 3: Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oregon (11-1) vs. Kansas St (11-1). Oregon’s high powered offense is led by QB Marcus Mariota who threw for 2511 yards & 30 TDs and rushed for 690 yards & 4 TDs. RB Kenjon Barner rushed for 1624 yards & 21 TDs. RB/WR De’Anthony Thomas rushed for 686 yards & 11 TDs & had 385 receiving yards & 4 TDs. Oregon’s offense averages 550 total yards and 50.8 points per game. Kansas St’s QB Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist this year, threw for 2490 yards & 15 TDs and rushed for 890 yards & 22 TDs. RB John Hubert rushed for 892 yards this season and scored 15 TDs. At one point this season, this was looking like the possible National Championship game then KSU lost to a Baylor team with a similar offense to Oregon’s 52-24, and Oregon lost to a Stanford defense that figured out how to shut down their offense. Both these teams have dynamic offenses and this should be one of the most exciting bowl games this year. Since it’ll be a high scoring game, that will benefit Oregon the most. Prediction: Oregon 49 – Kansas St 35

Jan 7: Discover BCS National Championship: Alabama (12-1) vs. Notre Dame (12-0). Alabama has the #1 ranked defense in the country (1st in rushing & 6th in passing) and is 2nd in scoring defense. On offense they are led by QB AJ McCarron who was the MVP of last year’s National Championship game. McCarron threw for 2669 yards, 26 TDs & only 3 INTs this season. Bama had 2 RBs rush for 1000 yards: Eddie Lacy (1182 & 16 TDs) & T.J Yeldon (1000 & 11 TDs). WR Amari Cooper had 895 receiving yards and 9 TDs. Notre Dame’s defense is ranked 6th nationally in total defense (4th in rushing & 21st in passing) and is the highest scoring defense. On offense, QB Everett Golson threw for 2135 yards & 11 TDs and rushed for 305 yards & 5 TDs. Notre Dame also uses a pair of running backs, Theo Riddick (880 yards & 5 TDs) & Cierre Wood (740 yards & 4 TDs). TE Tyler Eifert is ND’s best receiver & he has 624 yards receiving & 4 TDs this season. This is a battle between two of the best programs in the history of college football and could be one of the most watched National Championship games ever. Bama has won 14 National Championships, 2 in the last 3 years. ND has won 12 National Championships it’s last coming in 1988. Alabama will be attempting to be the first team to win back-to-back BCS national championships and the 7th straight for the SEC. Historically, Bama is 1-5 against Notre Dame. This is a battle between dominate defenses and solid offenses but I think Bama’s defense is a bit better than ND’s and ND’s offense could have some issues against Bama’s defense. McCarron should lead his offense to their 2nd straight National Championship. Prediction: Alabama 28 – Notre Dame 17






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