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Which team will win the Sugar Bowl?
Talk about teams coming from different places. Alabama in late November seemed likely to play for its third straight national championship; instead, a shocking loss to Auburn doomed the Crimson Tide to a secondary BCS bowl. Oklahoma, meanwhile, lost handily to Texas and Baylor in a span of four weeks, yet roared back to win its last three -- including a Big 12 title-denying upset of rival Oklahoma State on Dec. 7. Who wins in New Orleans?
Which team will win the Orange Bowl?
A January trip to South Florida should not be played down, but it'd be hard to believe the two Orange Bowl teams aren't a little disappointed with their postseason destination. Clemson entered the year eager to prove itself a title-caliber team, only to see that dream shattered by a crushing defeat to Florida State in October. Ohio State got even further, needing a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game to earn a trip to the BCS championship contest (needless to say, the Buckeyes didn't get it). Still, if these two teams show up motivated, it could be quite the shootout.
Jameis Winston is our experts' unanimous pick for the Heisman Trophy, but he's not the only man in the race. Five other finalists are in contention for college football's biggest individual award, including last year's winner, Johnny Manziel. Winston might be the presumptive favorite, but how would you slot the contenders? Submit your rankings!
2013 Heisman finalists
QB, Northern Illinois
QB, Texas A&M
RB, Boston College
QB, Florida State
Florida State and Auburn are facing off for the BCS National Championship. But does that mean they're the two best teams playing in BCS games? Click on the boxes to rank the teams playing in college football's five biggest postseason contests!
BCS bowl teams
Matchup: Sugar vs. Oklahoma
Matchup: Championship Game vs. Florida State
Matchup: Fiesta vs. UCF
Matchup: Orange vs. Ohio State
Matchup: Championship Game vs. Auburn
Matchup: Rose vs. Stanford
Matchup: Orange vs. Clemson
Matchup: Sugar vs. Alabama
Matchup: Rose vs. Michigan State
Matchup: Fiesta vs. Baylor
The BCS bowl matchups are set, and there are few -- if any -- surprises in the five games. At the top, Florida State and Auburn will face off as expected, after the Seminoles cruised in the ACC championship game, the Tigers won the SEC and Ohio State lost in the Big Ten title game. Those Buckeyes will head to South Florida to face Clemson; Alabama and Oklahoma will meet in the Sugar Bowl; Big Ten winner Michigan State will take on Pac-12 champion Stanford in the Rose Bowl; and Baylor and UCF will make rare BCS appearances, this one in the Fiesta Bowl.
So ... who ya got?
BCS title game
Florida State was the only unbeaten AQ team this season, but Auburn's SEC has won every title since the 2006 season.
Which team will shake off the disappointment of not playing for the national title they aspired to before the season?
Alabama likely is somewhat disappointed to be here, while Oklahoma fought off a rough start to reach a BCS bowl.
Michigan State hasn't been to the Rose Bowl since 1988; Stanford won last year's.
Baylor hasn't been to a big-time bowl in decades. For UCF? This is a first.
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