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Posted by Rachel Margolis on December 26, 2012

ESPN College Football Analysts Predict Winners of Five BCS Games

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Alabama Favored to Win Discover BCS National Championship over Notre Dame

For the third straight year, ESPN platforms will have full coverage of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). All five games can be found on ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes, while the Allstate Sugar Bowl and Discover BCS National Championship can also be seen on ESPN 3D. In anticipation of the upcoming games, several of ESPN’s top analysts took a chance naming their predicted the winners.

ESPN analysts’ selections are as followed:

  • No. 6 Stanford is the favorite to top Wisconsin as the winner of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO (Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET) – securing 83 percent of the picks.
  • No. 12 Florida State received all 14 votes from ESPN analysts to be victorious over No. 15 Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.).
  • No. 3 Florida claimed 83 percent of the analysts picks over No. 21 Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.).
  • In a matchup of top-five opponents – No. 4 Oregon garnered 92 percent (12-of-13 votes) to beat No. 5 Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m.).
  • The Discover BCS National Championship (Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m.) featuring an undefeated and top-ranked Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama – has Alabama as the favorite to win with 75 percent of the selections.

ESPN Analysts BCS Picks

Analyst Rose Bowl
#WISvsSTAN
Orange Bowl
#NIUvsFSU
Sugar Bowl
#ULvsUF
Fiesta Bowl
#UOvsKSU
Championship
#NDvsBAMA
Mike Bellotti Stanford Florida State Florida Oregon Alabama
Todd Blackledge Stanford Florida State Florida
Ed Cunningham Wisconsin Florida State Florida Oregon Alabama
Joey Galloway Wisconsin Florida State Louisville Oregon Alabama
Rod Gilmore Stanford Florida State Florida Oregon
Brian Griese Florida State Florida Oregon Alabama
Dan Hawkins Stanford Florida State Florida Oregon Alabama
Brock Huard Stanford Florida State Louisville Oregon Alabama
Danny Kanell Stanford Florida State Oregon Notre Dame
Trevor Matich Stanford Florida State Florida Oregon Notre Dame
Jesse Palmer Stanford Florida State Florida Oregon Alabama
Chris Spielman Stanford Florida State Oregon Notre Dame
Matt Stinchcomb Stanford Florida State Florida Kansas St. Alabama
Andre Ware Stanford Florida State Florida Oregon Alabama

ESPN analysts did not pick games they are working studio on or calling

BCS Games
Rose Bowl Stanford – 85% Wisconsin – 15%
Fiesta Bowl Oregon – 92% Kansas State – 8%
Sugar Bowl Florida – 83% Louisville – 17%
Orange Bowl Florida State – 100% Northern Illinois – 0%
National Championship Alabama – 75% Notre Dame – 25%

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