2008 BCS Bowl / Non-BCS Bowl Picks
I still say that the BCS needs to have a playoff. This year it should be Ohio State versus Alabama for the title. Want to know how I came about that idea? Read my blog about "The BCS needs a damn playoff!"
At any rate, the current bowl games should suffice, since we have no other option. Here are my picks for this year.
Florida 41, Oklahoma 31
Decent defenses and great offenses should be a great game, but Brandon James and some long field goals could be the difference in this game. Oklahoma just won't be able to perform against Florida's defense as the game wears on, while Tebow shows why he should have won his second Heisman in a row.
Ohio State 21, Texas 20
Ohio State is pissed about the last two years, and Texas is pissed that they aren't playing for a title. What's the difference? Easy. Big Ten kids are going to be mentally prepared, and Texas will be sulking over not being in the title game. Terrelle Pryor shows why Ohio State is the team to watch next season. My upset pick for this bowl season has Ohio State winning with a last minute walk down the field down six to win the game.
Alabama 31, Utah 16
Utah can't match Alabama's physical style of smashmouth. Alabama's defense holds Utah to under 20 points, and the offense racks up two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown, a defensive touchdown, and a field goal.
USC 31, Penn State 17
USC has probably the best defense playing this bowl season, and the offense is just disgustingly good. Penn State's defense is good, but remember what Ohio State's defense did to Penn State's offense. Two turnovers and 80 yards in penalties and Ohio State is playing USC in a rematch.
Pete Carroll vs. Joe Paterno—outcome: Pete Carroll is younger, better, walks without assistance, and fires up his USC kids on the sidelines, while Joe Pa lets his son and the rest of the REAL coaching staff throw away a chance to be ranked in the top five to start next season.
Oklahoma State 44, Oregon 41
This game will be what everyone thinks it will be: a lot of scoring, not a lot of defense, and a come from behind win. Oklahoma State comes back in the fourth quarter with two big touchdowns and forces some turnovers to win the game.
Texas Tech 41, Mississippi 27
Mississippi hangs around in the first half and scores first in the second half until the middle of the third quarter, when Texas Tech scores three unanswered touchdowns to win the game.
Virginia Tech 31, Cincinnati 17
Virginia Tech, who trounced Boston College and is clicking on all cylinders, comes out with a fury and shuts down Cincy, even when Cincy tries to make a comeback in the fourth quarter. The key to this game is Virginia Tech's defense under Bud Foster and the always strong special teams play.
TCU 24, Boise State 20
Boise State falters early and fights its way back into a tough and physical smashmouth game, but TCU's amazingly staunch defense wins out. TCU kicks a late field goal to put the game out of reach, with Boise State not being able to score a needed touchdown when a field goal is not enough.
Northwestern 30, Missouri 23
Northwestern might, might have the best defense in the Big Ten, and we'll find out against a Missouri offense that couldn't stay consistent against the Sooners. After a 20-20 tie in regulation, Northwestern wins a close game in double overtime when Missouri falters and fails to score a touchdown on fourth and goal.
Pitt 27, Oregon State 21
Pitt dominates the clock and forces turnovers to win over an Oregon State team that should have beaten Penn State but played like Iowa should have played against Penn State.
Michigan State 31, Georgia 23
Georgia barely beat Kentucky and Auburn, two teams I think the Spartans could handle easily. Georgia also lost to Georgia Tech, while Michigan State beat Notre Dame, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Michigan State shocks everyone by shutting down Georgia's running game, making them one-dimensional, and helps the Big Ten go four for six in bowl games.
Big Ten Winners
Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Northwestern
Big Ten Losers
Penn State, Wisconsin
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