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August 27, 2013

Pick 6: BCS projections and predictions

This season, the B might as well stand for buh-bye.

The BCS is going away for good after January, and for the most part any tears shed by college football fans about its pending extinction are filled with joy.

That's not totally fair, of course. The BCS was a step in the right direction. It was darn good to the Southeastern Conference, tended to work out well for Oklahoma and wasn't all bad for Boise State.

Come 2014 it will be out with the Bowl Championship Series, in with the College Football Playoff and all will be perfect with the postseason. Right? Maybe.

Anyway, before we can start griping about the new system, we have one last season of griping about the old one. Here's one educated guess at how the last BCS will play out.

1. Rose Bowl — Ohio State (Big Ten champ) vs. Oregon (at-large). The Buckeyes and Ducks have national championship aspirations, and if we fast-forward to next season maybe both would be in the semifinals with a chance to win a title. This season, they'll have to settle for a rematch of the 2010 Rose Bowl, won by Ohio State.

2. Sugar Bowl — South Carolina (at-large) vs Louisville (American champ). The team that loses the SEC championship game usually gets sent to a non-BCS game — Hello, Orlando! — but the Gamecocks will be the exception thanks to some impressive nonconference victories and the desire to put Jadeveon Clowney's likely last college game on a big stage. Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals make a return trip to New Orleans looking to make it two straight against SEC powerhouses after beating Florida in the Sugar Bowl last season.

3. Fiesta Bowl — Oklahoma (Big 12 champ) vs. Boise State (at-large automatic qualifier). Seems only fitting Boise State gets into the final BCS. In many ways, the Broncos have been the poster children for everything that's wrong with a system that too often did not reward the best teams. On the other hand, without the BCS Boise State might never have gotten the opportunity to become America's most polarizing college football team. A rematch of that unforgettable 2007 Fiesta Bowl against the Sooners awaits the Broncos. Oklahoma fans will relish the chance for payback.

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