The BCS bowl games 2011 are a month away. When the BCS bowl games 2011 start, fans will see teams that they are not used to seeing on this stage. The likes of Florida, Alabama, Texas, USC and more have been frequent stars in January. But they are all gone now, with only Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Oklahoma serving as the usual suspects in this field. Otherwise, the 2011 BCS bowl games are an unfamiliar showcase for much of the teams – including the top two.
Oregon and Auburn have been projected to meet for the championship for weeks. However, although no one is surprised to see them there now, they would have been surprised months ago. Not only were they out of the preseason top 10, nothing in their history suggested a run like this.
The last of the BCS bowl games 2011 will have a team that hasn’t won it all in over 50 years, against one that has never won it all ever. Although an SEC power is once again playing for the title, Auburn is relatively new blood, compared to Florida, Alabama and LSU. As for Oregon, the Ducks had rarely been on the college football radar until the 90’s, and never made a serious championship run until now.
However, it isn’t as if Oregon and Auburn held off the usual blue bloods. The likes of TCU, Stanford, Wisconsin and Arkansas posed serious threats for the first time as well. Stanford and Wisconsin had been in the BCS before, but it had been 10 years since their 2000 Rose Bowl game. As for TCU, they made the Fiesta Bowl last year, yet posed a much more serious threat to the championship picture this year.
Technically, TCU is among the most experienced teams in the BCS bowl games 2011. It is their second major bowl game in the BCS era, while this is the first for the SEC’s Arkansas. The Razorbacks were in the preseason top 25, but weren’t expected to go 10-2 with their schedule.
The only true traditional powers in the lineup are Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Oklahoma. The Hokies won their fourth ACC title in seven years, although they haven’t reached a title game since the Michael Vick era. The Buckeyes and Sooners have provided some of the biggest flops in BCS history, although Ohio State finally broke through in last year’s Rose Bowl – and were the last team to defeat Oregon.
But the most inexperienced team in the BCS bowl games 2011 by far is Connecticut. By that extension, they are the team no one wanted to see on this stage, as a Big East champion with four losses. Yet 10 years ago, they weren’t even in Division 1, so they have had the most miraculous rise from nowhere – in spite of how they did it.
Not only will there be a brand new national champion soon, but the rest of the BCS bowl games will have fresh faces involved. Yet if they build enough momentum, it won’t be as long until they return.
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