An Exhaustive Bowl Games Preview, Part II: Dec. 29-31

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An Exhaustive Bowl Games Preview, Part II: Dec. 29-31

Welcome to Part II of my series of bowl game previews; to read Part I, click here.

Let's quickly review how the first 11 games of the bowl season played out, along with a glance at how my picks succeeded (or didn't). I'll keep these short, just one sentence each, so we can get to the next slate of games.

New Mexico Bowl: Wyoming showed some surprising offense and sent Fresno State to its second straight loss in New Mexico, this time in double OT. (My pick: Wrong)

St. Petersburg Bowl: Rutgers dominated from the start, denying UCF its first bowl win. (Right)

New Orleans Bowl: Simply a showcase for QB Dwight Dasher, who carried Middle Tennessee over Southern Miss. (Right)

Las Vegas Bowl: BYU jumped all over placid Oregon State in a rout. (Wrong)

Poinsettia Bowl: Utah rallied from 14-0 to take Cal down. (Right)

Hawaii Bowl: SMU's big pass plays shredded the Nevada defense and without its two best running backs, the Wolf Pack couldn't keep up. (Dead wrong)

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Marshall scored 21 straight and then held on for a tight victory over Ohio. (Wrong)

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Pitt used a last second field goal to edge North Carolina. (Right)

Emerald Bowl: USC pulled away in the fourth for a hard-fought 24-13 victory over Boston College. (Quite right—I had USC 25-16.)

Music City Bowl: Clemson pulled away in the fourth quarter, topping Kentucky. (Right)

Independence Bowl: The Texas A&M offense forgot to show up for the shootout, but Georgia remembered, triumphing 44-20. (Wrong)

For those of you keeping score, I went 6-5 in my predictions—not great, but still bowl eligible. Let's move on to the next nine bowls.

As I mentioned previously, unlike voters in the coaches' poll, I can't magically watch every single game during the season and be aware of every team's detailed strengths and weaknesses. Because of that, I expect to be corrected by teams' fans on my predictions and write-ups. Let me know what I'm missing.

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