College Bowl Picks: Projecting Postseason's Biggest Winners

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College Bowl Picks: Projecting Postseason's Biggest Winners
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College football's bowl season will kick off on Dec. 21 with four games and continue for more than two weeks before concluding with the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6.

With a seemingly endless amount of matchups for fans to enjoy, there are sure to be plenty of breakout performers and surprises along the way.

Here's an early look at my picks for every bowl game this winter as well as three notable teams poised to emerge victorious.

College Bowl Picks
Bowl Teams Date Time (ET) TV Pick
Gildan New Mexico Washington St. vs. Colorado St. Dec. 21 2 p.m. ESPN Colorado St.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Fresno State vs. USC Dec. 21 3:30 p.m. ABC Fresno State
Famous Idaho Potato Buffalo vs. San Diego St. Dec. 21 5:30 p.m. ESPN San Diego St.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Dec. 21 9 p.m. ESPN Louisiana-Lafayette
Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg East Carolina vs. Ohio Dec. 23 2 p.m. ESPN East Carolina
Sheraton Hawaii Boise St. vs. Oregon St. Dec. 24 8 p.m. ESPN Boise St.
Little Caesars Pizza Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green Dec. 26 6 p.m. ESPN Bowling Green
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Utah St. vs. Northern Illinois Dec. 26 9:30 p.m. ESPN Northern Illinois
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman Marshall vs. Maryland Dec. 27 2:30 p.m. ESPN Maryland
Texas Syracuse vs. Minnesota Dec. 27 6 p.m. ESPN Minnesota
Fight Hunger BYU vs. Washington Dec. 27 9:30 p.m. ESPN Washington
New Era Pinstripe Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Dec. 28 Noon ESPN Notre Dame
Belk Cincinnati vs. North Carolina Dec. 28 3:20 p.m. ESPN North Carolina
Russell Athletic Louisville vs. Miami Dec. 28 6:45 p.m. ESPN Louisville
Buffalo Wild Wings Kansas St. vs. Michigan Dec. 28 10:15 p.m. ESPN Michigan
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Middle Tennessee vs. Navy Dec. 30 11:45 a.m. ESPN Navy
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 30 3:15 p.m. ESPN Ole Miss
Valero Alamo Texas vs. Oregon Dec. 30 6:45 p.m. ESPN Oregon
National University Holiday Texas Tech vs. Arizona St. Dec. 30 10:15 p.m. ESPN Arizona State
AdvoCare V100 Boston College vs. Arizona Dec. 31 12:30 p.m. ESPN Arizona
Hyundai Sun Virginia Tech vs. UCLA Dec. 31 2 p.m. CBS UCLA
AutoZone Liberty Rice vs. Mississippi St. Dec. 31 4 p.m. ESPN Mississippi State
Chick-fil-A Duke vs. Texas A&M Dec. 31 8 p.m. ESPN Texas A&M
TaxSlayer.com Gator Georgia vs. Nebraska Jan. 1 Noon ESPN2 Georgia
Heart of Dallas North Texas vs. UNLV Jan. 1 Noon ESPNU UNLV
Capital One Wisconsin vs. South Carolina Jan. 1 1 p.m. ABC South Carolina
Outback LSU vs. Iowa Jan. 1 1 p.m. ESPN LSU
Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Michigan St. vs. Stanford Jan. 1 5 p.m. ESPN Stanford
Tostitos Fiesta Baylor vs. UCF Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. ESPN Baylor
Allstate Sugar Alabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2 8:30 p.m. ESPN Alabama
Discover Orange Clemson vs. Ohio St. Jan. 3 TBD ESPN Ohio State
AT&T Cotton Missouri vs. Oklahoma St. Jan. 3 7:30 p.m. FOX Missouri
BBVA Compass Houston vs. Vanderbilt Jan. 4 1 p.m. ESPN Vanderbilt
GoDaddy Arkansas St. vs. Ball St. Jan. 5 9 p.m. ESPN Ball St.
VIZIO BCS National Championship Florida St. vs. Auburn Jan. 6 8:30 p.m. ESPN Florida St.

Schedule info via ESPN.com.

 

Texas A&M Aggies

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Texas A&M's season began with high hopes but wound up ending in disappointing fashion as the Aggies closed out the year with back-to-back losses at LSU and Missouri. Fortunately, Johnny Manziel and company will get one last opportunity to shine in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Duke.

The Blue Devils are coming off a 38-point loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship Game and will struggle mightily to keep pace with A&M's explosive offense.

Keep in mind that the Aggies rank fourth in the country in total yards per game and sixth in scoring offense, averaging more than 538 yards and nearly 44 points per game. Plus, Manziel is one of only nine quarterbacks in the FBS averaging more than 300 passing yards per game in 2013.

Seeing as Florida State was able to rack up 569 total yards and 45 points against this Duke defense, the Blue Devils don't stand much of a chance against the high-powered Aggies in Atlanta on New Year's Eve.

 

Baylor Bears

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Prior to Oklahoma's wild upset win over Oklahoma State in Bedlam, Baylor was poised to miss out on the BCS again. But thanks to the Sooners, and the Bears' season-ending win over Texas, Baylor is headed to the Fiesta Bowl (its first-ever BCS bowl) as the Big 12 champion.

Art Briles' squad will be a heavy favorite against American Conference champion Central Florida in Glendale, Ariz., and for good reason.

While the Bears and Knights both finished the regular season with identical 11-1 records, it's Baylor that sports the nation's most explosive offense in 2013. Ranking first in total offense and scoring offense this season, the Bryce Petty-led unit is averaging 623.8 yards and 53.3 points per game.

Therefore, don't be surprised if Baylor scores 60 or more points for the seventh time this season en route to a blowout win in the desert. 

 

Florida State Seminoles

Jameis Winston and undefeated Florida State will play for the BCS National Championship on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. And although their opponent, SEC champion Auburn, is no joke, you'd be hard-pressed to bet against the mighty 'Noles.

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Sure, both teams boast prolific offenses that rank toward the top of FBS in terms of yards and points. But the difference is on defense, where championships are won.

While the Seminoles rank third in the nation in total defense and tops in scoring defense, the Tigers rank 90th and 38th, respectively. Remember, Auburn surrendered 42 points its last time out against Missouri. Florida State has allowed just 34 total over its past five games.

Of course, this game is sure to feature plenty of offense. But at some point, someone's going to have to earn a stop, and Florida State is clearly better suited to stand up tall on defense. 

 

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