With snow on the ground and a chill in the air, it's time for college football bowls. There are 35 bowls this year, with the teams ranging from UTEP to championship bound Auburn and Oregon. So lets begin with the first bowl game.
New Mexico Bowl
•BYU 6-6 vs UTEP 6-6
•BYU played a much tougher schedule than UTEP and narrowly lost to Utah 17-16. I like BYU to start the bowl season with a victory.
•Prediction BYU 23 UTEP 17
Northern Illinois 10-3 vs Fresno State 8-4
•Fresno State barely lost to Boise State slayer Nevada 35-34. Look for them to beat Northern Illinois. •
• Prediction Fresno State 30 Northern Illinois 21
New Orleans Bowl
Ohio 8-4 vs Troy 7-5
•Troy is 12th in the NCAA in passing and only lost to Oklahoma State 41-38. I like them to take down Ohio.
•Prediction Troy 34 Ohio 30
St. Petersburg Bowl
Southern Miss 8-4 vs Louisville 6-6 •Southern Miss has the 15th best scoring offense in the NCAA while Louisville has the 15th best defense in points allowed. Louisville also beat BCS bound Uconn 26-0. I like defense to prevail in this one.
•Prediction Louisville 28 Southern Miss 17
Las Vegas Bowl
Utah 10-2 vs Boise State 11-1
•Boise State should easily be undefeated. That Nevada vs Boise State game was great to watch and turned into an ESPN classic. Utah had a very ugly loss this season to TCU 47-7. I don’t believe this game will come down to Kyle Brotzman’s leg. You have forgiven Kyle Brotzman right Boise State fans?
Prediction Boise State 44 Utah 20
Navy 8-3 vs San Diego State 8-4
•I’ve watched Navy a few times this year and their rushing attack ranked 5th in the NCAA is very exciting to watch. San Diego State meanwhile is ranked 11th in passing. Expect an exciting high scoring game.
•Prediction Navy 41 San Diego State 40
•Hawaii 10-3 vs Tulsa 9-3
•This is a home game for Hawaii and they are ranked 1st in the NCAA in passing.
•Prediction Hawaii 45 Tulsa 28
Little Caesars Bowl
Florida International 6-6 vs Toledo 8-4
•I don’t really have much reasoning for picking this one except Toledo has played a tougher schedule.
•Prediction Toledo 27 Florida International 23
Air Force 8-4 vs Georgia Tech 6-6
•Georgia Tech started the season off to a good start but has lost 4 of 5 since then. Air Force has played well all season.
• Prediction Air Force 31 Georgia Tech 28
Champs Sports Bowl
West Virginia 9-3 vs N.C. State 8-4
•West Virginia is usually known for its offense but this season their defense is taking care of business. They are ranked 2nd in the NCAA for points allowed.
• Prediction West Virginia 37 N.C. State 13
Missouri 10-2 vs Iowa 7-5
•Missouri had a terrific season while Iowa’s was a disaster. Iowa’s star running back Adam Robinson is suspended for this game and Iowa’s all time leading receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos has thrown away his life after being involved in a huge drug bust. If you like defense you will love this game. Missouri is ranked 6th in points allowed while Iowa is ranked 7th.
•Prediction Missouri 17 Iowa 6
East Carolina 6-6 vs Maryland 8-4
•While East Carolina is 7th in passing and 12th in scoring, I still believe Maryland will find a way to win.
•Prediction Maryland 38 East Carolina 34
Illinois 6-6 vs Baylor 7-5
•Baylor has lost 3 straight games but all to ranked opponents. Illinois has lost 3 out of 4 with their only win coming against a Northwestern team without star QB Dan Persa. I’ll take Baylor.
•Prediction Baylor 34 Illinois 24
Oklahoma State 10-2 vs Arizona 7-5
•Oklahoma State has been in every game this season and has an exciting victory against BCS bound Oklahoma. Arizona has lost 4 straight.
•Prediction Oklahoma State 48 Arizona 31
Armed Forces Bowl
Army 6-5 vs SMU 7-6
•Army is ranked 10th in the NCAA in rushing. I like Army to go for the military bowl sweep.
•Prediction Army 26 SMU 23 OT
Kansas State 7-5 vs Syracuse 7-5
•Syracuse has seven wins this year but two of them came against Colgate and Maine.
•Prediction Kansas State 20 Syracuse 10
Music City Bowl
North Carolina 7-5 vs Tennessee 6-6
•North Carolina had a ton of NFL talent coming into this season but that hasn’t turned into success. Tennessee started 2-6 but has won four in a row to become bowl eligible.
•Prediction Tennessee 24 North Carolina 23
Nebraska 10-3 vs Washington 6-6
•Nebraska is great on both sides of the ball. They are 9th in rushing and 8th in points allowed. This will be Nebraska’s last game as a member of the Big 12 before joining the Big 10. QB Jake Locker should of turned pro last year, he and Washington have looked lost at times this year.
•Prediction Nebraska 41 Washington 10
Meineke Car Care Bowl
South Florida 7-5 vs Clemson 6-6
•Earlier in the season Clemson lost to championship bound Auburn 27-24 in OT. They also have the 9th ranked defense.
•Prediction Clemson 27 South Florida 24
Norte Dame 7-5 vs Miami 7-5
•How far have these two programs fallen? Both teams have issues at quarterback. This is a toss up.
•Prediction Norte Dame 34 Miami 28
Georgia 6-6 vs Central Florida 10-3
•Central Florida has the 24th best offense and 12th ranked defense. Georgia has had a disappointing season to say the least.
•Prediction Central Florida 28 Georgia 20
South Carolina 9-4 vs Florida State 9-4 •
Florida State is not as good as its record says they are. Their best win came against #13 Miami which turned out to be a dud.
•Prediction South Carolina 34 Florida State 17
Ticket City Bowl
Northwestern 7-5 vs Texas Tech 7-5
•I would pick Northwestern to destroy Texas Tech if they had Dan Persa. The problem is they don’t. Texas Tech has the 8th best passing attack in the NCAA.
•Prediction Texas Tech 44 Northwestern 38
Florida 7-5 vs Penn State 7-5
•Neither team has beat anyone relevant this season. Barring death in the offseason Joe Pa will be back next season. The same can’t be said about Urban Meyer who announced retirement again.
•Prediction Florida 23 Penn State 14
Mississippi State 8-4 vs 7-5 Michigan
•Mississippi State’s offense is preparing to play Michigan’s defense by practicing against stationary traffic cones. That’s how bad Michigan’s defense is. Michigan’s savior Denard Robinson is explosive and a threat whenever he touches the ball. Robinson is also a threat to be knocked out of the game whenever anyone touches him. All of Mississippi State’s losses have come to ranked opponents.
•Prediction Mississippi State 35 Michigan 21
Capital One Bowl
Alabama 9-3 vs Michigan State 11-1
•After a magical season the Spartans were snubbed from the BCS even though they beat Rose Bowl bound Wisconsin. LB Greg Jones is a beast and it should be fun to watch him try and stop Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Coach Mark Dantonio should win coach of the year. I believe there is a little magic left for Michigan State.
•Prediction Michigan State 34 Alabama 31 2OT
Wisconsin 11-1 vs TCU 12-0
•Wisconsin and TCU are tied at 4th in the NCAA in scoring. TCU has the number 1 defense in the NCAA. I just don’t believe it will be good enough to stop Wisconsin’s stable of running backs.
•Prediction Wisconsin 31 TCU 24
•Uconn 8-4 vs Oklahoma 11-2
Uconn has lost to Michigan, Rutgers, Temple, and Louisville. They should not be in a BCS bowl.
Prediction Oklahoma 37 Uconn 14
Stanford 11-1 vs Virginia Tech 11-2 •Stanford’s only loss came to championship bound Oregon. They are ranked 8th in scoring and 11th in points allowed.
•Prediction Stanford 31 Virginia Tech 20
Ohio State 11-1 vs Arkansas 10-2
•Ohio State is ranked 3rd in points allowed and 11th in scoring. Arkansas can throw the ball though and they are ranked 3rd in passing yards. This could be QB Pryor’s last game as a Buckeye. •
•Prediction Ohio State 21 Arkansas 20
Middle Tennessee 6-6 vs Miami Ohio 9-4
•Middle Tennessee has lost to North Texas and Arkansas State this year.
Prediction Miami Ohio 46 Middle Tennessee 24
LSU 10-2 vs Texas AM 9-3 •LSU has looked very erratic at times this year and have gotten lucky on a few occasions. Texas AM has had a terrific season.
•Prediction LSU 17 Texas AM 14 OT
Pittsburgh 7-5 vs Kentucky 6-6
•Three of Kentucky’s six wins have come against Akron, Western Kentucky and Charleston Southern.
•Prediction Pittsburgh 24 Kentucky 10
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Nevada 11-1 vs Boston College 7-5
•Nevada is 3rd in rushing and 7th in points scored not to mention that impressive victory over Boise State.
•Prediction Nevada 40 Boston College 30
BCS Championship Bowl
Oregon 12-0 vs Auburn 13-0
•Auburn this year has played down to its opponents level. They have three, three point wins over Clemson, Kentucky, and Mississippi State. I think Cam Newton will get his points but Oregon has just looked dominant the whole season.
• Prediction Oregon 45 Auburn 38