Here’s our New Year’s Day BCS two-pack.
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 TCU Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif. (ESPN, 5 p.m.)
The red cladded Madison faithful, who are making its first trek to Pasadena since 2000, will blend nicely amongst the roses.
Wisconsin, the nation’s fourth highest scoring team (43 pts. a game, tied with TCU) rumbles behind a Sumo-sized (averaging 330 pounds) offensive line, featuring a pair of All-Americas; tackle Gabe Carimi and guard John Moffitt, who open holes wider than a collapsed BP oil pipe.
The beneficiaries of this Badger pachyderms is its three-headed tailback monster; All-America John Clay, James White, and Monte Ball, who have combined for a jaw-dropping 44 touchdowns, 2829 rushing yards, while losing only three fumbles.
The ring-master of this Wiscy assault, is the nation’s fourth most efficient passer, QB Scott Tolzien (16 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions), who completes a nation’s best 74 percent of his passes. The dart thrower is assisted by a pair of All-State (good hands) receivers: Nick Toon and Lance Kendricks.
The D, led by backers Blake Sorensen, Culmer St, Jean and All-America end J.J. Watt surrenders only 20 points a game, and is equally disruptive defending the pass and the run.
Purple Rules, as Coach Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs have earned its second consecutive BCS invite.
These Sons of Sammy Baugh, who have won 12 in a row and 24 of its last 25, are intent on showing the nation they are equal partners with the elite.
The country’s fourth highest scoring (43-tied with Wisconsin) offense is directed by dual-threat QB Andy Dalton (26 touchdown passes – 6 interceptions), who operates as the nation’s fifth most efficient passer.
The Fort Worth rifle, who is tougher than a hankie from a weepy John Boehner, is assisted by tailbacks; Ed Wesley, Matthew Tucker and wideouts Jeremy Kerley and Josh Boyce.
With apologies to the late, great, columnist George Frazier, it’s the D, which gives the Frogs its Duende.
These kryptonite wonders, lead the nation in overall D, are the nation’s stingiest, surrendering 11.4 points a game, and swarm behind end Wayne Daniels, and backers Tanner Brock and Tank Carder.
In the “Granddaddy of Them All,” we think it’s the Plow Boys from Madison who eventually wear down the Frogs of TCU and capture the Rose Bowl crown.
No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 25 Connecticut Fiesta Bowl – Glendale, Arizona (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.)
In Norman, “Big Game” Bob is hoping to break the OU five game losing streak in BCS bowl games.
The Sooners cruise with an aerial attack that is the envy of the North Korean military, while operating with more precision, than the Blue Angels.
The OU top gun is the nation’s second ranked passer, QB Landry Jones (35 touchdown passes – 11 interceptions), with huge assists from his Store 24 receiver, All-America Ryan Broyles (14 TDs – second in the country in receptions 9 per game), along with dual threat tailback Demarco Murray – 14 touchdowns, 69 receptions, and over 1100 yards rushing.
The D, with its 17 picks, and plus-14 in turnover margin, has a pair of All-Americas; end Jeremy Beal and backer Travis Lewis, and despite its early to mid-season struggles, has lately played like vintage OU teams.
Randy Edsall’s Huskies mushed it way to Arizona, by closing its season, with a five game winning streak.
And despite its woeful offensive ranking (96th), the heart of the UConn offense is its bowling ball tailback Jordan Todman (14 TDs), the nation’s second leading rusher (1574 yards), averaging 143 yards a game.
Quarterback Zach Frazier (5 touchdown passes – 4 interceptions- 52% completions) would never qualify as the lead dog, but brings a steady reassurance, with assists from wideouts; Michael Smith and Kashif Moore.
The D, led by backers Lawrence Wilson, Sio Moore and end Jessee Joseph, has 19 interceptions, a plus 12 turnover margin, and plays the classic bend don’t break style, allowing only 19.8 points per game.
In a game in which Stoops has to win, and one in which UConn wants to prove it can play with the “Big Boys,” it’s the Sooners, who ring in the New Year, with a big victory.
(Material from other sources was used in compiling this report.)
We will be up and running with our Championship Game analysis one week from today.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music.