Must-see TV for bowl games 

December, 6, 2006
12/06/06
12:31
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Since all the bowl pairings have been announced, this week's list is of the most compelling games.

1. Tostitos BCS Championship Game (Jan. 8)
Ohio State (12-0) vs. Florida (11-1): OK, an obvious choice. Jim Tressel is great in bowl games (4-1) and I think because of that whole sweater vest vibe, he isn't given the credit as a masterful big-game coach. I think the Gators will be especially fired up to prove that they do belong in this game. Ultimately, the talk will settle on whether OSU can neutralize Florida's supposed speed edge, featuring Percy Harvin. It'll be interesting to see whether there really is a speed edge here. That was the talk when OSU played Miami in the Fiesta Bowl (there really wasn't one) and this is a faster Buckeye team than that one. Rumor has it that this is going to be the last game for a few Gators underclassmen who are leaning toward jumping to the NFL.

2. Tostitos Fiesta (Jan. 1)
Boise State (12-0) vs. Oklahoma (11-2): I love seeing the upstart Broncos getting a chance to prove themselves against a traditional powerhouse. Beat Bob Stoops' squad and I think the Broncos deserve to finish in the top three. This one should be a gritty, physical battle since the Sooners seem to run the ball well no matter who is playing at tailback, while Boise's Ian Johnson should be a great matchup for Rufus Alexander and the Big 12's second-best run defense. Boise, meanwhile, is the WAC's runaway leader in run defense.

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