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College Football Bowl Picks 2012: Teams That Will Score Blowout Victories

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Seth Doege #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders passes during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2012

Bowl season got underway last weekend and there's already one blowout on the board. Utah State crushed Toledo, racking up 41 points and nearly 600 yards of total offense. Other teams will surely follow suit in the coming weeks.

In a perfect world, all the bowl matchups would be like last weekend's other game, which featured Arizona storming back with two touchdowns in the final minute to stun Nevada. But, as college football fans know, not every game can live up to that standard.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three teams that should storm past their opponents. While it would be a perfect end to their season, they likely won't be the most exciting games to watch.

 

1. Fresno State (vs. SMU)

Fresno State is very good team, but the Bulldogs weren't able to score the marquee victory it takes to get noticed on a national level. Their only losses came against Oregon, Boise State and an underrated Tulsa squad. They were actually within two scores of the Ducks in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs finished the regular season with the 12th-ranked offense, averaging just over 40 points a game. It's a unit led by quarterback Derek Carr and his favorite target Davante Adams, who connected for 13 touchdowns. Lead back Robbie Rouse is also a game-breaker.

SMU's defense just isn't ready to contain that type of multidimensional attack. The Mustangs are giving 27 points per game, which includes a total of 107 points to high-powered offenses from Baylor and Texas A&M. Fresno State should score at will en route to a big win.

 

2. Texas Tech (vs. Minnesota)

While Texas Tech fans are excited to begin the Kliff Kingsbury era, this year's team still has one more game to play before looking ahead to the future. The Red Raiders will surely be looking to impress their new coach, who will take over in full after the game.

Even though they finished with a sub-.500 record in Big 12 play, the Red Raiders feature the nation's second-ranked passing attack at more than 360 yards per game. Quarterback Seth Doege has been terrific, throwing 38 touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes.

On the flip side, Minnesota barely qualified for a bowl game with six wins and have one of the least fearsome passing games in the country at just 171 yards per game. The Golden Gophers' defense isn't good enough to make up the difference. Tech will roll.

 

3. Vanderbilt (vs. NC State)

The biggest advantage Vanderbilt has in its bowl game is having faced SEC opponents. The Commodores went 5-3 in the nation's toughest conference and managed to remain competitive against South Carolina and Florida—two elite teams.

Vanderbilt relies on a strong defense led by safety Javon Marshall and linebacker Chase Garnham. The unit allowed just 18 points per game—good for 15th in the nation—and should be able to contain NC State's 72nd-ranked offense.

On offense, the Commodores didn't put up gaudy numbers since they faced so many tough SEC defense, but they do have a couple playmakers. Running back Zac Stacy and top wideout Jordan Matthews will lead the blowout charge.

 

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