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Bowl projections 2012: UCLA could matchup with West Virginia in Alamo Bowl

The Bruins could face one of the top offenses in the country in the Mountaineers.

Jeff Gross

With a lot of teams preparing for their final games of the season, the bowl season is shaping up and some intriguing matchups are possible. According to CBS Sports, they predict that the UCLA Bruins will face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

The Bruins are 9-2 overall, 6-2 in the Pac-12 and are coming off a win over the USC Trojans on Saturday, 38-28. They finish the season against the Stanford Cardinal, who just finished knocking off the Oregon Ducks. UCLA puts up 37.7 points per game and gives up 25, which creates an interesting matchup with the ever-explosive Mountaineers' offense.

At 5-5, the Mountaineers still need to win one of their last two games at Iowa State or against Kansas in order to become bowl eligible. But if they accomplish that, they will present plenty of problems for the Bruins' defense. The Mountaineers average 40.9 points per game and are fourth in the country with 344.8 passing yards behind the arm of quarterback Geno Smith. But their defense gives up 42.3 points, so they always seem to find themselves in a shootout. This game could be a high-scoring affair.