ESPN College Football Analysts Predict Winners of Five BCS Games

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ESPN College Football Analysts Predict Winners of Five BCS Games

Alabama Favored to Win Allstate BCS National Championship

ESPN and its platforms will have full coverage of all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups for the second straight year, and in anticipation of the upcoming games ESPN analysts took a crack at predicting the winners.

ESPN analysts’ selections are as followed:

  • No. 5 Oregon was the favorite as the winner of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO – netting 80 percent of the votes, while 20 percent selected No. 10 Wisconsin
  • No. 15 Clemson also earned 80 percent of the selections to be victorious over No. 23 West Virginia (20 percent) in the Discover Orange Bowl
  • No. 13 Michigan claimed 78.6 percent of the analysts picks over No. 11 Virginia Tech (21.4 percent) for the Allstate Sugar Bowl
  • No. 3 Oklahoma State was chosen as the winner of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – grabbing 66.7 percent of the votes, while 33.3 percent picked No. 4 Stanford
  • The Allstate BCS National Championship featuring an anticipated rematch of No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama saw 66.7 percent of the analysts selecting Alabama, while 33.3 chose LSU

All five BCS games can been found on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio, while the Allstate National Championship will also air on ESPN 3D and ESPN Deportes.

2011 ESPN Analysts College Football BCS Picks

Analyst

Rose Bowl

Fiesta Bowl

Sugar Bowl

Orange Bowl

National Championship

Mike Bellotti

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

Clemson

LSU

Todd Blackledge

Oregon

Stanford

West Virginia

Jenn Brown

Wisconsin

Oklahoma St.

Virginia Tech

West Virginia

LSU

Ed Cunningham

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Virginia Tech

Clemson

Alabama

Rod Gilmore

Wisconsin

Stanford

Michigan

LSU

Brian Griese

Oregon

Stanford

Michigan

Clemson

Alabama

Dan Hawkins

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Virginia Tech

Clemson

Alabama

Lou Holtz

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

West Virginia

Alabama

Brock Huard

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

Clemson

LSU

Danny Kanell

Wisconsin

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

Clemson

Alabama

Mark May

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

Clemson

Alabama

Todd McShay

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

Clemson

LSU

Matt Millen

Oregon

Clemson

Alabama

Jesse Palmer

Oregon

Stanford

Michigan

Clemson

Alabama

Chris Spielman

Stanford

Michigan

Clemson

Alabama

Robert Smith

Oregon

Oklahoma St.

Michigan

Clemson

Alabama

ESPN analysts did not pick games they are calling

BCS Games



Rose Bowl

80% – Oregon

20% – Wisconsin

Fiesta Bowl

66.7% – Oklahoma State

33.3% – Stanford

Sugar Bowl

78.6% – Michigan

21.4% – Virginia Tech

Orange Bowl

80% – Clemson

20% – West Virginia

National Championship

66.7% – Alabama

33.3% – LSU

The 2012 BCS on ESPN: BCS Survival Guide; BCS Across ESPN Platforms; ESPN Studio Presence at BCS; Bowls by the Numbers 

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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