Where are the Great Matchups?
Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be a significant lack of the great matchups we typically get during the bowls? Sure, there are a few (LSU-Clemson, Kansas State-Oregon, Texas A&M-Oklahoma, Alabama-Notre Dame), but that’s about it. Perhaps it’s an easy excuse, but PSU and OSU’s absence has to play a role. Instead of Nebraska-Georgia, maybe we would’ve seen PSU-Georgia in the Capital One Bowl. 12-0 Ohio State against Stanford would’ve been a lot more enticing than 8-5 Wisconsin heading there….again. It’s no secret that matchups play a large part in who bowl games pick too, so it’s impossible to say how things would have played out. As this year played out, it also became more obvious there were not many great teams. Even our title game participants have some flaws, and it’s doubtful anyone would call the 2012 editions of the Irish and Crimson Tide elite. Really, as you flip through the top 10, there are some great stories, but no great teams. This feels like one of those transition years where we are all waiting for some of the big names to reload.
Is the Cotton Bowl the Best Game?
We will break this down in a little more detail in the next bowl preview, but I absolutely love this match up. A&M and Oklahoma are two of the most storied programs in college football, and the Cotton Bowl is one of the great bowl games in history. I wish they could find a way to play this one at the Texas State Fairgrounds and the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Add in a Heisman winner with a catchy name, a very talented Oklahoma team (with losses to #1 and #5), and a primetime TV audience with no other games on, this one should be an entertaining game.
Notre Dame Will Not be Outclassed
This is another one that I’ll be looking at closer when we get to gameday, but I’m not buying into the “ND has no chance” talk. I’m not sure the various national pundits (or the southern media) really has any idea just how good the Irish’s defense is, and Alabama doesn’t exactly scream high scoring attack. The Irish’s challenge will be whether or not they can do enough offensively, where they have been less than efficient much of the season. Brian Kelly is a great coach, and the experienced Notre Dame defense will not be in awe of the spotlight.
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