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Posted by Rachel Margolis on December 26, 2012

ESPN College Football Analysts Predict Winners of Five BCS Games


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

AnalystRose Bowl
Orange Bowl
Sugar Bowl
Fiesta Bowl
Mike BellottiStanfordFlorida StateFloridaOregonAlabama
Todd BlackledgeStanfordFlorida StateFlorida
Ed CunninghamWisconsinFlorida StateFloridaOregonAlabama
Joey GallowayWisconsinFlorida StateLouisvilleOregonAlabama
Rod GilmoreStanfordFlorida StateFloridaOregon
Brian GrieseFlorida StateFloridaOregonAlabama
Dan HawkinsStanfordFlorida StateFloridaOregonAlabama
Brock HuardStanfordFlorida StateLouisvilleOregonAlabama
Danny KanellStanfordFlorida StateOregonNotre Dame
Trevor MatichStanfordFlorida StateFloridaOregonNotre Dame
Jesse PalmerStanfordFlorida StateFloridaOregonAlabama
Chris SpielmanStanfordFlorida StateOregonNotre Dame
Matt StinchcombStanfordFlorida StateFloridaKansas St.Alabama
Andre WareStanfordFlorida StateFloridaOregonAlabama

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

BCS Games
Rose BowlStanford – 85%Wisconsin – 15%
Fiesta BowlOregon – 92%Kansas State – 8%
Sugar BowlFlorida – 83%Louisville – 17%
Orange BowlFlorida State – 100%Northern Illinois – 0%
National ChampionshipAlabama – 75%Notre Dame – 25%