Ranking All 32 Bowl Games
Kansas QB Todd Reesing
Kansas QB Todd Reesing
Posted Dec 3, 2007

From the must-see to the potential duds, Pete Fiutak ranks and does a quick analysis, rundown and prediction of all 32 bowl games including Todd Reesing's Kansas vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

By Pete Fiutak
Which bowls are the ones to see and which ones can be missed? With so many to watch, here are all the bowls ranked from the must-see to the ones you might be able to skip if you need to do some holiday shopping. These rankings are based on potential fun as well as importance. 

Serious Dog Potential ... hang with the family, but keep the TV on
You'll watch, but you won't go out of your way. These matchups just aren't compelling and/or could be blowouts. Worse yet, they could be boring.

32. New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico vs. Nevada  Dec. 22

New Mexico is fine, but nothing special after limping down the stretch with two losses in its final four games. It can play a little bit of defense and was strong at home going 5-1, but this isn't the most exciting team around unless the passing game is efficient. Nevada's got a strong offense with a good up-and-coming quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, but it doesn't play defense. This could turn out to be entertaining for the die-hard fans, but there's no compelling storyline for the casual one.
Stars of the show: 1) Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, 2) New Mexico WR Marcus Smith, 3) Nevada RB Luke Lippencott
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
New Mexico 31 ... Nevada 23

Meineke Car Care Bowl  
Wake Forest vs. Connecticut   Dec. 29

This is an even matchup between two teams that don't get any respect, but Connecticut isn't exactly a thrill-ride to watch. The defense can be stifling, but it it's not forcing turnovers, and if the running game isn't working, this might not be pretty. Wake Forest proved its 2006 ACC championship season wasn't a fluke with a nice 8-4 season, but it doesn't come up with much in the way of offense. It'll be a bit of a defensive battle with the team that wins the turnover battle getting the win.
Stars of the show: 1) Wake Forest PK Sam Swank, 2) Connecticut LB Danny Lansanah, 3) Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Wake Forest 23 ... Connecticut 14

30. PapaJohn’s.com Bowl
Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss  Dec. 22

Is Jeff Bower's final game going to get you to watch? If you're asking who he is, the answer is no. USM runs the ball, plays defense, and moves on, and while it's not always the most aesthetically pleasing brand of football, it's usually effective. No offense Golden Eagles, but Cincinnati deserves a bigger game than this. If the Bearcats don't come in overconfident, it should win in a walk.
Stars of the show: 1) Cincinnati QB Ben Mauk, 2) Southern Miss RB Damion Fletcher, 3) Cincinnati DE Anthony Hoke
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Cincinnati 34 ... Southern Miss 13

29. Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl
BYU vs. UCLA  Dec. 22

Didn't we already do this? UCLA won the first meeting in L.A. 27-17, but the two teams went in separate directions soon after.  BYU has won nine straight while the battered and banged up Bruins limped their way through the second half of the year getting skill player after skill player picked off. UCLA hasn't exactly overachieved in recent bowl games, while BYU should close out the year with a nice feather in the Mountain West's cap.
Stars of the show: 1) BYU RB Harvey Unga, 2) UCLA DE Bruce Davis, 3) BYU DE Jan Jorgensen
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
BYU 23 ... UCLA 17

28. Brut Sun Bowl  
South Florida vs. Oregon Dec. 31

Back in September, this could've been considered a possible BCS matchup. Oregon has lost four straight bowl games and is on a three-game losing streak since QB Dennis Dixon went down. A decent showing against Oregon State aside, the offense is one-dimensional and mediocre after rocking and rolling through the first nine games. South Florida's defense will be cranked up to close out its year on a high note, and if it's on, this could quickly turn into an ugly blowout.
Stars of the show: 1) South Florida DE George Selvie, 2) Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart, 3) Oregon DE Nick Reed
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
South Florida 34 ... Oregon 17

27. International Bowl  
Rutgers vs. Ball State  Jan. 5

Oh sure, you're not all that fired up about a MAC team taking on Rutgers, but Ball State has a high-octane offense and a fun quarterback in Nate Davis. If Rutgers underachieves, like it did for most of the season, the MAC could have a stunner of a bowl win to get fired up about. Don't expect a whole bunch of defense from the Cardinals, but if the Rutgers pass defense plays up to its capabilities, this will be over by halftime.
Stars of the show: 1) Rutgers RB Ray Rice, 2) Ball State QB Nate Davis, 3) Rutgers DE Jamaal Westerman
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Rutgers 4
0 ... Ball State 17

26. Humanitarian Bowl  
Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State  Dec. 31 

Congratulations, your wish has finally come true. Yes, you've been waiting five years for the rematch of the 2002 Silicon Valley Bowl when Fresno State shocked the Yellow Jackets 30-21. Georgia Tech is headless with Chan Gailey having his key to the executive washroom taken away, but this is a good team with a great defense. There's enough talent here to have won the ACC title, but it didn't happen. Fresno State is always looking to prove itself against someone with a name, so it'll bring its A game. If Georgia Tech wants to show up, it'll win. If.
Stars of the show: 1) Georgia Tech LB Philip Wheeler, 2) Georgia Tech RB Tashard Choice, 3) Fresno State TE Bear Pascoe.
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Georgia Tech 20 ... Fresno State 10

Texas Bowl  
Houston vs. TCU Dec. 28

It might not have the sexy name value, but this is all Texas from the matchup to the bowl name, and it could be a nice war for the alumni to e-mail each other about. TCU has been a tremendous disappointment with a lousy 7-5 season, but it won three of it final four games and brings one of the nation's best defenses. Houston, if it gets rolling, is as much fun to watch as any team in the early bowl games. If you want to get ahead of the NFL scouting curve, here's your chance to scope out the lightning fast Cougar RB Anthony Alridge and TCU DE Chase Ortiz, who'll be two of the top 50 players taken in next year's draft.
Stars of the show: 1) Houston RB Anthony Alridge, 2) TCU DE Chase Ortiz, 3) Houston CB Donnie Avery
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
TCU 27 ... Houston 23

Bowl Games. Nothing more, nothing less.
You're a college football fan. You'll watch, you'll eat, you'll move on.

24. GMAC Bowl  
Tulsa vs. Bowling Green  Jan. 6

You probably can't name any players on either of the teams, but you might not have more fun watching a January bowl game. It's not going to be good football, neither team can play defense, but there will be lots and lots of home runs in a certain shootout between two great quarterbacks. Bowling Green comes in on a four-game winning streak, while Tulsa lost the Conference USA title game to UCF. The Falcons don't have a Kevin Smith, but they should be able to move the ball without a problem to keep up with the nation's No. 1 offense.
Stars of the show: 1) Tulsa QB Paul Smith, 2) Bowling Green QB Tyler Sheehan, 3) Tulsa LB Chris Chamberlain
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Tulsa 45 ... Bowling Green 38

23. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
East Carolina vs. Boise State Dec. 23

This might set the record for the fewest fans to ever be at a bowl game. Boise State has a strong enough defense to keep the inconsistent East Carolina offense in check, while the Pirate defense is lousy enough to get blasted if the Broncos aren't mentally on the beach playing in the waves. Losing to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl is one thing, but the WAC can't afford one of its bright lights to lose to a mediocre Conference USA team in a bowl.
Stars of the show: 1) Boise State RB Ian Johnson, 2) East Carolina RB Chris Johnson, 3) Boise State OT Ryan Clady
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Boise State 48 ... East Carolina 30

22. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Utah vs. Navy  Dec. 20

The Navy offense is always worth the price of admission, and it always seems to show up and shine in bowl games. Utah closed out its season on fire, with only a heartbreaking last-second loss to BYU ruining a big second half run. Utah's defense is good enough to stuff the Midshipmen, but stopping the option when it's rolling at full speed is far different than it looks on film. Air Force beat Utah early in the year, so watch out for this to be a down-to-the-wire battle.
Stars of the show: 1) Utah QB Brian Johnson, 2) Navy RB Reggie Campbell, 3) Navy QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Navy 38 ... Utah 34

21. Emerald Bowl
Maryland vs. Oregon State Dec. 28

How did Oregon State end up in the Emerald Bowl? After winning six of their final seven games, the Beavers turned into the third best team in the Pac 10, and might have been better than Arizona State by the end of the year, and now they have to play an average Maryland team that got a 13th game by the skin of its teeth. If the Beaver defense shows up and plays like it's capable of, this won't be worth hanging around for. But if Maryland steps up and gets all its great athletes rolling on both sides of the ball, the ACC could have a nice win to brag about. This is a more intriguing game than it probably appears.
Stars of the show: 1) Oregon State RB Yvenson Bernard, 2) Maryland LB Erin Henderson, 3) Oregon State LB Derrick Doggett
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Oregon State 30 ... Maryland 13

20. Petro Sun Independence Bowl  
Colorado vs. Alabama  
Dec. 30
This will likely be a really strong matchup in about two years. The coaches are terrific, the teams are in rebuilding mode, and a win is desperately needed by each.considering the Buffs have lost three of their last four bowls and Alabama closed out the year with a four-game losing streak.These two are evenly average, so while it might not be scintallating, it should be close.
Stars of the show: 1) Colorado LB Jordon Dizon, 2) Alabama S Rashad Johnson, 3) Colorado CB Terrence Wheatley
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Alabama 20 ... Colorado 17

19. Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl  
Florida State vs. Kentucky  Dec. 31

For all of Florida State's problems in recent years, it usually plays well in bowl games. It doesn't always win, and has been in an overall deep funk since losing to Oklahoma in the 2000 national championship, but it battles well when it gets time to prepare. The question is whether or not Kentucky is fired up for its second straight Music City Bowl. This wasn't the same team over the second half of the year that it was early on, but it should put some points on the board.
Stars of the show: 1) Kentucky QB Andre Woodson, 2) Florida State LB Geno Hayes, 3) Kentucky LB Wesley Woodyard
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Florida State 34 ... Kentucky 30

18. AutoZone Liberty Bowl  
UCF vs. Mississippi State Dec. 29

Admit it. You wanted to finally get a chance to see UCF's Kevin Smith, but you missed the Conference USA championship game because you were out shopping with the family. With 2,448 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns, he's a superstar player who's flying under the radar. He ran well against Texas, was held in check by South Florida, and now gets a chance to make a big final statement with a chance to break the single season D-I record, held by Barry Sanders, if he gets 181 yards. Mississippi State will be pumped up to be playing in a bowl game and will be sure to bring it maximum effort. Two motivated teams equals a good bowl game.
Stars of the show: 1) UCF RB Kevin Smith, 2) Mississippi State CB Derek Pegues, 3) UCF DE Leger Douzable
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
UCF 20 ... Mississippi State 17

17. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl  
Air Force vs. California    Dec. 31

Talk about your intrigue, Cal went from a possible No. 1 team in America to the freakin' Armed Forced Bowl after losing six of its final seven games including a shocker against Stanford. This could turn out to be the biggest clunker in the Jeff Tedford era if all the parts don't start clicking against an Air Force team that was as fun to watch as anyone. This Falcons are creative, can play a little defense, and run very, very well. This could be the start of something special for the Troy Calhoun era with a chance at the program's first ten-win season since 1998.
Stars of the show: 1) Air Force RB Chad Hall, 2) California RB Justin Forsett, 3) California WR DeSean Jackson
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
California 38 ... Air Force 30

16. R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis Dec. 21
What?! Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis? The New Orleans Bowl? Yeah, like you're going to cancel your holiday party for this one. Actually, it's a nice bowl to ease you into the rest of the season thanks to two key elements: 1) Motivation. This is Florida Atlantic's first bowl game, and 2) offense. Memphis likes to bomb away with a passing attack that averages 308  yards per game, while Florida Atlantic bombs away for 286 yards per game. Neither team plays much defense so there will be plenty of points, solid efforts, and a surprising amount of fun.
Stars of the show: 1) Memphis QB Marin Hankins, 2) Florida Atlantic QB Rusty Smith, 3) Florida Atlantic CB Tavious Polo
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Memphis 45 ... Florida Atlantic 38

15. Motor City Bowl
Purdue vs. Central Michigan  Dec. 26
Keeping with the theme that offense makes for strong mid-level bowl games, the Central Michigan attack is worth the price of admission for QB Dan LeFevour alone. The defense is also worth watching if only to see just how many points Purdue can hang on the board. The Chippewas played great in the MAC title win over Miami, but gave up 583 yards in the first meeting between these two, a 45-22 Boilermaker win. Rematches might not be fun for a bowl game, but the two teams will combine for almost 1,000 yards.
Stars of the show: 1) Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour, 2) Purdue WR Dorien Bryant, 3) Purdue QB Curtis Painter
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Purdue 52 ... Central Michigan 31

14. Alamo Bowl  
Penn State vs. Texas A&M  Dec. 29
The names are big, but the matchup might not be as strong as you'd think. Texas A&M has lost its last game of the year, whether against Texas or in a bowl, in ten of the last 11 years, including a 1999 Alamo Bowl loss to the Nittany Lions and a 45-10 embarrassment to Cal in last year's Holiday Bowl. However, Aggie fans aren't going to have Dennis Franchione to kick around anymore, with Gary Darnell taking over until Mike Sherman can get his feet wet. This is the 500th game in the glorious coaching career of Joe Paterno, and considering the way the team collapsed in the regular-season ending loss to Michigan State, it's an important one.
Stars of the show: 1) Penn State LB Dan Connor, 2) Penn State LB Sean Lee, 3) Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Penn State 27 .... Texas A&M 13

Great matchups. Don't miss ... you'll be a better person for watching.
These aren't guaranteed to be classics, but they should be worth your four hours.

13. Gator Bowl  
Virginia vs. Texas Tech Jan. 1  
It's Texas Tech in a bowl game. That's all you need. It pulled out a 44-41 win over Minnesota in a classic of an Insight Bowl last season, and has managed to win four of its last five bowl games with its high-powered offense. On the flip side is Virginia, who got through the ACC season by winning almost every close game by the skin of its teeth before losing to Virginia Tech late. It's the solid defense vs. the killer offense in what should be a close New Year's Day fight.
Stars of the show: 1) Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, 2) Virginia DE Chris Long, 3) Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Texas Tech 31... Virginia 27

12. Champs Sports Bowl  
Boston College vs. Michigan State
 Dec. 28
Talk about getting hosed, Boston College always seems to get the rock in the ACC bag of treats even though it's won seven straight bowl games. Despite playing in the ACC title game, do the Eagles get a shot at a New Year's Day game? Nope. It gets a fired up Michigan State team that'll get off the bus running the ball and getting into the backfield. BC has the nation's No. 1 run defense, but it'll be put to the test from the start by Javon Ringer and the tough Spartan ground game. This could be the game that launches the Mark Dantonio era to another level in East Lansing, while it'll be the final game in the great career of BC's Matt Ryan.
Stars of the show: 1) Boston College QB Matt Ryan, 2) Michigan State RB Javon Ringer, 3) Michigan State DE Jonal Saint-Dic
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Boston College 24 ... Michigan State 20

11. Insight Bowl  
Indiana vs. Oklahoma State  Dec. 31
Off to its first bowl game since losing the 1993 Independence Bowl, Indiana fulfills the promise made by the late Terry Hoeppner that is was possible to win in Bloomington. The offense is just explosive enough to hang a huge number on a porous Oklahoma State defense, but there will be plenty of big play from both sides. The two defenses are ultra-aggressive, but they also get burned. The Cowboys are ninth in the nation in total offense, while IU can put up points in bunches when it gets on a roll.
Stars of the show: 1) Indiana WR James Hardy, 2) Oklahoma State RB Dantrell Savage, 3) Indiana QB Kellen Lewis
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Indiana 38 ... Oklahoma State 27

10. Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
Texas vs. Arizona State Dec. 27
Arizona State might be a bit down after getting shoved aside by the BCS, but it'll have its hands full against a Texas team looking to close out the mediocre season on a high note. A win for the Sun Devils would put a great bow on a fantastic first season for Dennis Erickson, and would do wonders going into 2008, while a loss for Texas would send up panic flares that the program is slipping. After losing to Texas A&M, Mack Brown could use something positive. The Longhorns have won five of their last six bowl games.
Stars of the show: 1) Texas RB Jamaal Charles, 2) Arizona State QB Rudy Carpenter, 3) Texas QB Colt McCoy
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Texas 24 ... Arizona State 17

9. Rose Bowl presented by Citi 
USC vs. Illinois  Jan. 1
It's the Big Ten vs. the Pac 10 in the Rose Bowl. You know this is required viewing after a night out. Even if this is yet another confirmation of the greatness of USC under Pete Carroll, it'll still be interesting. Will USC be able to rise up and make a statement that it deserved to be more in the national title discussion at the end of the year, or will Ron Zook and his exciting young Illini pull off a shocker and bring the Big Ten its first Rose Bowl win since 2000? Illinois can be breathtaking if it gets its ground game going, but USC's defense is full of future NFL playmakers ready to stuff the run.
Stars of the show: 1) Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall, 2) USC DT Sedrick Ellis, 3) Illinois LB J Leman
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
USC 31 ... Illinois 10

8. Chick-fil-A Bowl
Clemson vs. Auburn  Dec. 31

Always a battle of teams that just missed out on big things, the Chick-fil-A Bowl should have plenty of speed, athleticism and defense. Auburn hasn't exactly been a killer offensively, but the defense led the SEC in points allowed and was eighth in the nation overall. Clemson is sixth in the country in defense but has a balanced offense that can score from anywhere on the field. Tommy Bowden could use a big bowl win over a big-name team after losing to Kentucky last year, while Tommy Tuberville is shooting for his fifth bowl win in six years.
Stars of the show: 1) Auburn DE Quentin Groves, 2) Clemson QB Cullen Harper, 3) Clemson RB James Davis
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Auburn 24 ... Clemson 20

Can't miss no matter what. Cancel all other plans and send the family off to the mall.
These games promise to be fun

7. AT&T Cotton Bowl  
Missouri vs. Arkansas  Jan. 1
If Missouri's ticked off over being screwed by the BCS process, it can prove it deserved the Orange Bowl with a win over Darren McFadden and the Hog team that's always worth watching for its running game. The Tigers have a strong run defense, but everything goes through Chase Daniel and a thrilling offense that moves the ball at will on anyone not named Oklahoma. One of the closer bowl games over the last few years, this should be a shootout with plenty of home runs and lots of wow moments from the superstars.
Stars of the show: 1) Arkansas RB Darren McFadden, 2) Missouri QB Chase Daniel, 3) Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Missouri 38 ... Arkansas 35

6. Allstate Sugar Bowl  
Hawaii vs. Georgia  Jan. 1
Chances are you haven't seen Hawaii and Colt Brennan, and if you have, you watched through half-open eyelids. It's the novelty act vs. the hottest team in the country, with the run 'n' shoot getting its shot at a Bulldog secondary that hasn't seen too many up-tempo, scary-good passing games. This could be the make-or-break moment for Brennan with the pro scouts. Everyone knows he's accurate and has a nice arm, but if he can throw on Georgia like it's Utah State, then No. 15 will make himself a lot of money. Next year is supposed to be Georgia's big season, and a dominant win would assure a preseason top five spot.
Stars of the show: 1) Hawaii QB Colt Brennan, 2) Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno, 3) Hawaii WR Davone Bess
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Georgia 34 ... Hawaii 2

5. FedEx Orange Bowl  
Virginia Tech vs. Kansas
  Jan. 3  
Kansas got a gift from the BCS gods by getting the Orange Bowl nod over Missouri. Will the team show that it deserves to high honor and play like it did throughout the first 11 games of the year, and in the second half against the Tigers, or will it prove to be a fraud that fattened up on the nation's 109th toughest schedule? Virginia Tech has had a fabulous season after a rough start and a tragic offseason, and now it can close out with the first 12-win season in the Frank Beamer era. Tech has lost three of its last four bowl games, including a strange clunker to Georgia in last year's Chick-fil-A Bowl. There has to be an upset in the mix somewhere, and this might be it with Kansas coming up with an efficient offensive performance to stun the tremendous Hokie D.
Stars of the show: 1) Kansas QB Todd Reesing, 2) Virginia Tech LB Vince Hall, 3) Virginia Tech LB Xavier Adibi
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Kansas 27 ... Virginia Tech 23

4. Capital One Bowl  
Michigan vs. Florida  Jan. 1
Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Jake Long all came back for their senior seasons to change their legacy after going 0-3 in bowls and winless against Ohio State. Make it an 0-for-career against the Buckeyes, but a win over the Gators would be a tremendous send-off for Lloyd Carr, who was much-maligned for being unable to win the big game over the last several years. With the stars hurting down the stretch, this wasn't a Michigan team at it's full capacity. It will be on New Year's Day, but there aren't any better coaches with time to prepare than Urban Meyer. 2007 was a rebuilding season for Florida, and a dominant win would all but cement a preseason top three spot for 2008.
Stars of the show: 1) Florida QB Tim Tebow, 2) Michigan RB Mike Hart, 3) Michigan QB Chad Henne
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Florida 28 ... Michigan 23

3. Outback Bowl  
Wisconsin vs. Tennessee  Jan. 1
Within every bowl season is one big non-BCS level matchup that serves as the litmus test for the fan bases of two power conferences. This is that game. Wisconsin beat Arkansas in last year's Capital One Bowl, while Tennessee lost to Penn State in the Outback Bowl, but the Big Ten triumphs were glossed over in the debating between the two leagues. This is either the third or fourth best SEC team vs. the third or fourth best Big Ten team in what should be a hard-hitting thriller. Wisconsin was crushed by injuries over the final few games of the year and should get several key parts back.
Stars of the show: 1) Wisconsin RB P.J. Hill, 2) Tennessee QB Erik Ainge, 3) Tennessee LB Jerod Mayo
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Wisconsin 24 ... Tennessee 20

2. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl  
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma
  Jan. 2
Call it the National Title Lite. Each team came within a choke against an inferior squad from playing for the big crystal ball, and each team will be looking to make a big statement in the likely battle for the final No. 2 spot in the polls. There's still a question mark about West Virginia after the loss to Pitt and with the lack of a really, really good win. The Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia two seasons ago is now well in the rear-view mirror, and it's time for another statement win to cement the program as one of the elite of the elite. Meanwhile, Oklahoma might just be the best team in the country, but it has to show some consistency away from home. If it's even half as good as last year's Fiesta Bowl, it'll be the showdown of the bowl season.
Stars of the show: 1) West Virginia QB Pat White, 2) Oklahoma LB Curtis Lofton, 3) Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
Oklahoma 38 ... West Virginia 14

1. Allstate BCS National Championship
Ohio State vs. LSU 
Jan. 7
You knew there was eventually going to be a clash of heavyweights for the national title once all the dust settled. Ohio State has a lot to prove after last year's debacle in the loss to Florida. With the 2003 win over Miami for the national title a distant memory, this is the game the Buckeyes need to show the world that the Big Ten isn't five steps slower than the SEC, and to show that the Big Ten deserves to have a team in the title game two years in a row. However, the Buckeyes could play their best game of the year and still get their doors blown off it everyone is healthy again for LSU. This is a phenomenally talented team that should finally be able to overcome injuries and the Les Miles-to-Michigan distraction to win the program's second national title in five years.
Stars of the show: 1) LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, 2) Ohio State LB James Laurinaitis, 3) Ohio State RB Chris Wells
The knee jerk, off-the-cuff, initial prediction:
LSU 27 ... Ohio State 17