The BCS Bowl Predictions 2014 experienced a shakeup yesterday after No. 10 Michigan State handed No. 2 Ohio State its first loss since the 2011 season. There was some debate heading into yesterday’s action as to whether or not the winner of the SEC Championship Game would leap frog the Buckeyes in the BCS standings, a deliberation which completely dismissed the idea of a Michigan State win over the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship Game. Given the Spartans unexpected victory, Auburn’s win over Missouri, and No. 1 Florida State’s complete domination of Duke in the ACC Championship Game, a BCS National Championship meeting between the Seminoles and Gus Malzhan’s Tigers is a certainty. Jameis Winston and company will probably remain the College Football Odds favorite to win the national title, but a match-up with Auburn means they will be laying fewer points.
Saturday’s results not only changed the national title game participants, it also altered the rest of the BCS bowl landscape. Stanford, a three point road dog in its Pac 12 Championship meeting with Arizona State, defeated the Sun Devils 38-14 to earn a spot opposite Michigan State in the Rose Bowl. Baylor secured the Big 12 title thanks to Oklahoma’s upset of Oklahoma State and the Bears victory over Texas. Art Briles’s squad locked up an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl as a result and it will, most likely, face AAC champion Central Florida.
The Orange Bowl will feature Clemson, the ACC’s fill in for Florida State, and, in all probability, Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes. Oklahoma is also an option here, as is Oregon, which will move ahead of Arizona State and Oklahoma State in the BCS standings. The Sugar Bowl gets Alabama as a replacement for Auburn; playing opposite the Crimson Tide will be either Oklahoma, Oregon, or Ohio State.
When the BCS bowls are finalized and the odds released, expect FSU to be a slight favorite over Auburn in the BCS National Championship, Alabama to be a big favorite in the Sugar Bowl, Baylor to be a big favorite in the Fiesta Bowl, Clemson to be an underdog in the Orange Bowl (unless its playing Oklahoma), and Stanford to be a slight favorite over Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
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