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August 27, 2013

Pick 6: BCS projections and predictions

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4. Orange Bowl — Florida State (ACC champ) vs. Wisconsin (at-large). The Seminoles make it back-to-back ACC titles and earn a return trip to the Orange Bowl behind redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. The Badgers make it four straight BCS appearances, though this time it's a trip to south Florida instead of southern California as new coach Gary Andersen proves to be a more than capable successor to Bret Bielema.

5. BCS National Championship — Alabama (SEC champ) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 champ). It's time to stop being surprised by the Stanford Cardinal. This is what they are now. A legit college football powerhouse, with an emphasis on power. Coach David Shaw's team will get the next shot at stopping Alabama and snapping the SEC's streak of seven straight BCS titles.

6) And the winner is .... roll three-peat! Nick Saban's Crimson Tide, behind AJ McCarron, T.J. Yeldon, C.J. Mosley and an array of other NFL prospects with full first names, wins Alabama's fourth championship in the last five seasons. And unlike the previous two, the Tide goes undefeated.

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EXTRA POINTS

Six more predictions

— Ohio State beats Michigan in the Big Ten title game, avenging the Wolverines' victory a week earlier in Ann Arbor.

— Stanford beats Southern California in the Pac-12 title game, avenging its only loss of the regular season to advance to the BCS championship game.

— Florida State beats Miami in the ACC title game, avenging a regular season loss that keeps the Seminoles from playing for a national title.

— Boise State beats Fresno State in the Mountain West title game, avenging its only regular season loss (notice a pattern) and earning a top-12 final BCS ranking and automatic BCS bid, despite not being unbeaten.

— Louisville proves to be the class of the American, but not a national title contender, losing twice in the regular season.

— Oklahoma wins a four-way tiebreaker for the Big 12 title, with Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU and the Sooners all finishing 6-2.

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