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College Football Bowl Picks 2012: Predicting Every New Year's Day Game

STILLWATER, OK - DECEMBER 03:  Oklahoma State Cowboys fans hang on the goal post after a 44-10 win against the Oklahoma Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2012

With the 2012 college football regular season a thing of the past, it’s time to predict the winner for every bowl that is being played on New Year’s Day.

New Year's Day is all about recovery from the previous night and enjoying the last chance to spend time with the family and friends, and everyone should be watching football to make the special day even better.

All of the following New Year’s Day classics will make the holiday even better than it already is.


Mississippi State vs. No. 20 Northwestern: Gator Bowl

Despite coming into this matchup as the ranked team, the Northwestern Wildcats will succumb to the superior defense of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and lose in the Gator Bowl.

While the Bulldogs' offensive unit isn’t all that impressive, they will have enough in the tank to exploit Northwestern’s inefficiencies.

Prediction: Mississippi State 31, Northwestern 21


Purdue vs. Oklahoma State: Heart of Texas Bowl

While the Oklahoma State Cowboys weren’t all that impressive this season, they are still light years better than the Purdue Boilermakers in 2012.

In one of the bigger routs of the day, OK State comes out with a huge win in the Heart of Texas Bowl.

Prediction: Oklahoma State 44, Purdue 24


No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 16 Nebraska: Capital One Bowl

After watching Nebraska Cornhuskers get destroyed by an unranked Wisconsin and seeing the Georgia Bulldogs take the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide to their very limit, this is one of the locks of New Year’s Day.

Georgia will destroy Nebraska in spectacular fashion.

Prediction: Georgia 41, Nebraska 14


No. 10 South Carolina vs. No. 18 Michigan: Outback Bowl

As much as the Michigan Wolverines' fans will claim they have a fighting chance against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback bowl, the strong SEC defense of SC will pulverize the mediocre offense of the Wolverines.

While both teams are ranked, these teams aren’t in the same weight class.

Prediction: South Carolina 27, Michigan 17


Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Stanford: Rose Bowl presented by Vizio

After the Wisconsin Badgers shocked Nebraska and cashed in their chance to play in the Rose Bowl, the Stanford Cardinal also won their conference championship game and sealed the Badgers' fate.

Stanford wins big on the power of their superior defense.

Prediction: Stanford 33, Wisconsin 17


No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State: Discover Orange Bowl

While the Northern Illinois Huskies deserve immense credit for an amazing season, they are overmatched by an ACC juggernaut, the Florida State Seminoles.

While FSU hasn’t had the best season in 2012, a New Year will open the door for a huge win on a grand stage.

Prediction: Florida State 40, Northern Illinois 21


Check back for more on the NCAA Football as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s College Football page to get your fill of college football.

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