After another crazy weekend featuring countless upsets and last second victories throughout the college football ever changing landscape, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide are now projected to meet for the BCS Championship. Although, as we have seen over the past few weeks, anything can change. It happens on the field, it happens in the BCS Standings and it happens in the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. That is why I caution you that these are just projections. Absolutely nothing has been etched in stone.
That will not happen for a couple of more weeks.
Still, as things currently stand, Notre Dame and Alabama are on a crash course to meet for the BCS Championship. The Fighting Irish need to win at USC on Saturday night and knock off the wounded Trojans, who will be forced to play this game without starting quarterback, Matt Barkley. Alabama needs to win its Iron Bowl matchup this Saturday against the struggling Auburn Tigers and then defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. If that all happens – which as still asking a lot at this point – the Tide will roll into the BCS Championship game to test the luck of the Irish.
That is why, with two weeks remaining in the 2012 college football season, I am projecting that Notre Dame will face Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. The Fighting Irish will be looking to capture its first ever BCS Championship, while the Crimson Tide will be seeking its third national championship in the past four seasons.
Before I get to the rest of my BCS Bowl Game projections, take a look at the latest results from the Discover Fan Loyalty Poll. College football fans across the country were asked which late night talk show host they would prefer to hear sing the National Anthem at their favorite team’s next home game, as well as which celebrity they would love to see crash their next big tailgate party prior to the big game. Check out the infograph below for the complete results.
In other results from the latest Discover Fan Loyalty Poll, which was completed prior to this past weekend’s games, fans had given the Crimson Tide the second best chance to win the BCS Championship, followed by the Fighting Irish at No. 3. Of course, with the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats losing this past Saturday night, those results are likely to look a bit different next week when the new poll is released later this week. I would say it would be safe to assume that the Irish will be first, followed closely by the Tide in second.
As for my other BCS Bowl Game predictions, here are how things currently look, at least in my mind. Again, a lot still has to happen for all of these games to happen, but this is what things could look like at the end of the season in a couple of weeks.
Of course, with the way things have gone down as of late, they may look nothing at all like this by the beginning of December. In college football, the only thing that you can predict is the unpredictable.
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks – This matchup once looked as if it would be for the national championship, but both teams may have to settle for an appearance in what would be an explosive Fiesta Bowl meeting.
Sugar Bowl: LSU Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers – In a battle of the Tigers, LSU can get here, although it will be tough to pass up the Georgia Bulldogs. Still, this could almost be a home game for LSU, being played in New Orleans. Clemson would certainly have its hands full.
Orange Bowl: Florida State Seminoles vs. Louisville Cardinals – FSU should all but be a lock for this game, regardless of whether or not they beat the Florida Gators this Saturday. Winning the ACC Championship against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets should be simple. Louisville has to beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the road in two weeks to reach this game.
Rose Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Stanford Cardinal – The watered down Big 10 winner with the Ohio State Buckeyes being ineligible will face the resurgent Cardinal, who will have to come out of the Pac 12 by possibly having to defeat the UCLA Bruins in consecutive weeks. Again, anything can happen.
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* The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online.
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