- Brad Edwards, ESPN Insider
Each year, the bowl season provides us the opportunity to see many competitive matchups, but those often come with dynamics that don't exist in the regular season.
Whether it's the longer-than-normal time between games, coaching changes, academic suspensions or unequal motivational levels, there are factors at work in the bowls that give us the need to think a little more than usual when analyzing these games.
Here are a few assumptions likely to be made this bowl season that might not play out as simply as logic would suggest.
1. Johnny Manziel will have his way with the Oklahoma defense
Manziel ranks second in the nation in total offense (383 yards per game), and Oklahoma stumbled down the stretch defensively, allowing 33 points per game in the second half of the season. But Manziel recently became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and the attention gained from it may have created significant distractions for a player who previously hadn't dealt with the media.
That's just one reason to be concerned about Manziel being able to pick up in the Cotton Bowl where he left off at the end of the regular season. Here's another.
5hBrian Bennett and Josh Moyer
1dChantel Jennings and David Lombardi
1dBrian Bennett and Austin Ward