This archived article was written by: Ryan Nelson
There are a lot of games throughout the season that college football teams play in. All of them build up to the big sought after bowl game at the end of the year, with 35 bowl games NCAA football teams can make it to. Out of those 35 are the five big Bowl Championships Series games, otherwise known as the BCS Bowl games; which include the Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and then the biggest one, the BCS National Championship Bowl. These are the big bowl games, the ones that bring in the big money for the colleges.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is held in Glendale, Ariz., at the University of Phoenix Stadium. It first originated in 1971, and the match up was Arizona State and Florida State, according to BCSfootball.org. Later on, this bowl game was able to attract teams that were ranked high, one of them being Penn State and the other Brigham Young University. BYU refused to play in the game, because it was held on a Sunday. This year the game will be held on January 3. It will host the Big 12 champion and the No. 1 BCS at-large selection. Kansas State is easily ahead of any of the teams right now in the Big 12, so they mostly likely will be in it, and then another top ranked BCS team will play against them, which I predict will to be Louisville.
Next up on the list is the Rose Bowl, also known as “The Granddaddy of Them All”. Some consider this to be the most prestigious of all the bowl games. It is held in Pasadena Cali., in the Rose Bowl. When you hear Rose Bowl, people almost always think of the amazing Tournament of Roses Parade held before the game. The entire parade is filled with floats that are made up entirely of roses. This is part of the New Year’s celebration that takes place there. This bowl game hosts the champions of both the Pac-12 Championship game as well as the Big-Ten Championship game. Right now, Oregon State leads the Pac-12, which puts them in a pretty good position to make it. Their opponent is most likely going to be Nebraska with an overall 7-2 record, but Michigan is nipping at their tails with a 6-3 record. I’m going to say Michigan will pull out some wins, and Nebraska is going to flop, and miss the bowl game.
One of the oldest bowl games is the Discover Orange bowl, which is held in Miami Gardens, Flo., in the Sun Life Stadium. This bowl game hosted the BCS National Championship game twice: in 2001 and 2005. The Atlantic Coast Conference and a highly ranked team in the BCS polls are the ones that will face off. The way it is looking, the ACC could have two possible teams that could make it. Florida State, and Clemson are both even with their records overall. I’m going to predict Florida State will to make it to the bowl game this year and they will play Georgia.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl, which is held in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, is the host of the Southeastern Conference Champion and a high-ranked BCS team. As of now, the team that is leading the SEC is the Florida Gators. They have a pretty commanding lead and will probably hold on and make it into the bowl. Their rival will most likely be LSU. In 2009, the University of Utah made it to this bowl game with their undefeated season of 13-0. They defeated Alabama with a big win 31-17.
The final bowl game, and perhaps the biggest is the BCS National Championship game. This bowl game is actually held at four separate places each year. This, however, will end after the 2013 season. This game is the one that determines the National Champion of NCAA Division-I Football. The teams that compete in this game are usually the two highest-ranked teams in the nation at the end of the season. Alabama is No. 1 right now with their undefeated season. They have trampled over every team they played and deserve their spot in this bowl game. Their opponent is probably going to be Oregon, who is also undefeated in the season.
Whichever teams make it to a bowl game, it will be some exciting end of the year games to finish of the season. Hopefully, your team will make it to bowl game.