Projected BCS bowls and spreads: Tide meet Irish in BCS
Both Notre Dame and Alabama took care of business to keep their national title hopes alive. Now it’s up to Georgia to try and crash the party and add more controversy to the BCS system.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Projected line: Alabama -10
The Crimson Tide had no problem with Auburn as they rolled 49-0 in the Iron Bowl. Only one team stands in the way of Alabama as Georgia is on deck in the SEC Championship. Should Alabama lose, Georgia will make the trip to Miami. Notre Dame was able to sneak out another win and finished its first undefeated season since 1988. Not many people will give Notre Dame a chance against Alabama but its defense alone gives it a shot. The price will be steep, as some books have already posted a line at or around double-digits. But a low-scoring game usually favors the dog.
Kansas St. Wildcats vs. Oregon Ducks
Projected line: Oregon -7
Oregon got shut out of the Pac-12 Championship thanks to Stanford’s win over UCLA. But the Ducks are still the biggest at-large draw and the Fiesta Bowl will scoop them up without a doubt. With Notre Dame winning, both Oregon and Kansas St. are out of the national championship picture but we still catch a good matchup here. The Wildcats are not a sure thing though, as they close the season at home against Texas this week. The Longhorns are coming off a disappointing loss to TCU and could be bringing a little extra to that game. The Ducks got back on track against Oregon St. and increased their public appeal, which will make them a little overvalued.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Florida St. Seminoles
Projected line: Florida St. -10
Florida St. got into the ACC Championship with its no sweat win over Maryland and then lost to Florida in its regular-season finale. The Seminoles will face Georgia Tech for the title and should be heavy favorites to win. With Louisville losing again, Rutgers falls into the Orange Bowl as all it needs now is a home win on Thursday night against the Cardinals. It certainly isn't a guarantee though as the Scarlet Knights are coming off their worst game of the season - a loss at Pittsburgh. Florida St. will be a big favorite no matter who it faces.
Stanford Cardinal vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers
Projected line: Stanford -7
Stanford easily handled UCLA last week and now it faces the Bruins at home just six days later for the Pac-12 Championship. The Cardinal are arguably the best two-loss team in the nation, only dropping the pair of defeats by a combined 11 points. Nebraska has to contend with Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship after struggling with Iowa in its regular-season finale last week. The Huskers are slight favorites against the Badgers in Indianapolis but with the way Stanford has been playing it will be pretty significant chalk in its home state in the Rose Bowl.
Florida Gators vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Projected line: Florida -3
Florida no longer has a chance to get in the BCS Championship after Georgia dominated Georgia Tech last week. The Gators were very impressive against Florida St. as they scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a seven-point deficit into a 17-point lead. The Sooners survived another scare as they defeated Oklahoma St. by a field goal in overtime and that happened to be their only lead of the game. Oklahoma faces TCU on the road this week and might be lucky enough to catch the Horned Frogs still celebrating their win over Texas. Based on the close calls that the Sooners have had, Florida comes in as a slight favorite.