College Football Predictions: Forecasting Every Bowl Game for the 2011 Season

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College Football Predictions: Forecasting Every Bowl Game for the 2011 Season
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It's almost that time of the year. College football is upon us, and that means 120 teams will begin a mad scramble to reach a bowl game.

Some teams, such as Western Kentucky or New Mexico State, will be satisfied simply to make a bowl.

Other teams, such as Iowa or Clemson, expect to make a bowl.

And other teams, such as Notre Dame or Alabama, not only expect to make a bowl, but expect to compete for conference championships and/or BCS bowl bids every single season.

There are 35 bowls to go around, which some say is far too many and serves to award mediocrity. After all, with 35 bowls and thus, 70 "bowling" teams, more than half of the available pool of institutions go bowling. On the other hand, a bowl is a nice reward for a hard-working team and a loyal fan base, and who could have a problem with that?

Within those 35 bowls, there are only five BCS bowls. These five bowls are rarefied territory and these are what every institution and fan base strives for.

In the next 35 slides, I will give my picks as to who will be in each bowl. This not only takes into consideration the records of each team, but also how the bowls in question will pick.

From the New Mexico Bowl on December 17 to the BCS National Championship on January 9, this is what college football is all about.

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