Bold, Fresh College Bowl Predictions for 2011-2012

AJ Olivieri@olivieriajContributor IDecember 15, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 07:  The coaches trophy is displayed during Media Day for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 7, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The cool crisp air, holiday songs and annual discussion of an NCAA football playoff must mean one thing: It’s time to make some bowl game predictions.  Here are my predictions for all of the upcoming bowls this year.


Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Temple vs. Wyoming: With Wyoming’s only two conference losses coming from Boise State and TCU, the Cowboys look too strong.  Cowboys 27-13.


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Ohio vs. Utah State: Utah State almost pulled off the ultimate upset earlier this year against Auburn.  That’s good enough reason for me to pick them in this bowl.  Aggies 24-17.


R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette: San Diego State has an awesome runner in Ronnie Hillman.  Aztecs run wild over the Cajuns, 35-10.


Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 12:  The TCU Horned Frogs celebrate their 36-35 win against the Boise State Broncos at Bronco Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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Florida International vs. Marshall: Florida International has some close losses this season which helped them become a more mentally tough team overall.  Golden Panthers 17-13.


S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

TCU vs. Louisiana Tech: TCU is a powerhouse that ended Boise State’s hope at a national championship and is playing with something to prove.  Horned Frogs win big 42-9.


MAACO Las Vegas Bowl

Arizona State vs. Boise State: Boise State had aspirations at making a run at the national championship this year.  Unfortunately, that dream was stopped short, and now the Broncos get to play in a much smaller profile bowl game.  Broncos annihilate the Sun Devils 56-23.


Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Nevada vs. Southern Miss: Southern Miss may have bowl experience, but Nevada has a high-powered, pistol toting offense.  Pack in a close one, 27-25.

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 17: Dwight Jones #83 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dives with the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Ge
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AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. North Carolina: Bryn Renner and Dwight Jones will provide all the offense North Carolina needs.  Heels 37-31.


Little Caesers Bowl

Western Michigan vs. Purdue: In their first bowl game since 2007, which was at the same bowl against Western Michigan, the Boilermakers are looking to make a statement.  It’s déjà vu all over again, Boilermakers 28-24.


Belk Bowl

Louisville vs. N.C. State: N.C. State showed great perseverance against Maryland, rallying from down 27 to come back and win.  The Wolfpack will have an easier time with the Cardinals, 35-20.


Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Toledo vs. Air Force: Air Force’s experience, discipline and running game will prove too much for the Rockets to handle.  Zoomies 35-14.

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 18:  Quarterback Tim Jefferson Jr. #7 of the Air Force Falcons looks to hand the ball off during a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 18, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Air Force won 35-20.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/G
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Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl

California vs. Texas: The Longhorns have a ton of bowl game experience, but Mychal Kendricks and the Golden Bears are on upset alert.  Cal 37-35.


Champs Sports Bowl

Florida State vs. Norte Dame: Jimbo Fisher and the ‘Noles have a determination to return Florida State to the powerhouse status it once was.  The Irish will be just another stepping-stone on that path.  Seminoles 43-29.


Valero Alamo Bowl

Washington vs. Baylor: Robert Griffin III will be a major factor in the victory for Baylor.  Bears 42-32.


Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

BYU vs. Tulsa: BYU is a more tested team, which will help them win this bowl.  Cougars 24-6.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  Members of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrate after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats 20-3 at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Rutgers vs. Iowa State: Time to go to work for the Scarlet Knights.  With a game close to home and a tenacious defense, Rutgers wins easily, 28-7.


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest: The SEC is the toughest conference in college football.  Aside from that, Mississippi State has better all-around athletes than Wake.  Bulldogs 42-30.


Insight Bowl

Iowa vs. Oklahoma: Bob Stoops has a “schooner” load of bowl experience.  Coupled with the fact that Iowa bolstered the lowest-ranked defense in the Big Ten this year, the Sooners walk away with this one, 35-17.


Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl

Texas A&M vs. Northwestern: With a competitive schedule in its favor, A&M is battle tested and its athletes should outlast Northwestern’s.  Aggies 28-22.

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 29:  Stephen Hill #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Clemson Tigers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Hyundai Sun Bowl

Georgia Tech vs. Utah: The quarterback position will take center stage in this contest, but the Georgia Tech option game will be running more than the Utes.  Yellow Jackets 24-19.


AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt: Vandy’s defense and tough SEC schedule help the Commodores win this one, 31-28.


Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illinois vs. UCLA: Jonathan Brown will lead the Illini defense to a victory by the bay.  Fighting Illini, 31-17.


Chick-fil-A Bowl

Virginia vs. Auburn: Auburn is too powerful and coming off of its BCS National Title Game a year ago will have its way with Virginia.  Tigers 35-21.


TULSA, OK - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars yells a play at the line of scrimmage in the second half against the Tulsa Hurricanes November 25, 2011 at H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Houston defeated Tulsa 48-16.
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TicketCity Bowl

Houston vs. Penn State: Case Keenum will shred the Nittany Lions’ defense apart.  Cougars 48-23.


Outback Bowl

Michigan State vs. Georgia: Michigan State’s high-powered offense will prove too much for the Bulldogs to handle.  Spartans 35-27.


Capital One Bowl

Nebraska vs. South Carolina: The hog mollies up front for Nebraska will have their way with the Gamecocks’ defensive front.  Huskers 32-17. Gator Bowl

Ohio State vs. Florida: With Urban Meyer watching the program he once ran facing off against his future program, he should feel honored to be such an integral part of this game.  Meyer’s former team will come away with a victory in the bowl that bears its mascot’s name.  Gators 28-27.


GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 26:  Linebacker Telvin Smith #22 of the Florida State Seminoles breaks through a block of center Jonotthan Harrison #72 to tackle running back Chris Rainey #1 of the Florida Gators November 26, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium i
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Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio

Wisconsin vs. Oregon: Speed is a very dangerous weapon to have, and the Ducks have plenty of team speed to spare.  Ducks fly by the Badgers, 42-24.


Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State: The old saying is, “Better 'Luck'y than good.”  However, in a rare occasion, air beats ground.  Cowboys 21-17.


Allstate Sugar Bowl

Michigan vs. Virginia Tech: Denard Robinson engineers a spectacular showing by the Wolverines.  Blue wins 34-31.


Discover Orange Bowl

West Virginia vs. Clemson: Clemson is clearly the stronger team in the power game, running game and on the defensive side of the ball.  Tigers 24-10.


AT&T Cotton Bowl

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 5:  Running back John Hubert of the Kansas State Wildcats runs upfield during the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 5, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma State defeated Kansa
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Kansas State vs. Arkansas: Clearly not the matchup of the century, but it will be a good game nonetheless.  Wildcats edge the Hogs, 37-30.


BBVA Compass Bowl

SMU vs. Pittsburgh: I can’t really pick against June Jones in a bowl game.  The Mustangs should pull away late, 31-21. Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois: The scoreboard may need to be replaced after this one with all the offense Northern Illinois has.  Huskies win 63-48.


Allstate BCS National Championship Game

LSU vs. Alabama: The saying is, “It’s hard to beat a team twice.”  Well, that may be true, unless you are talking about LSU.  Les Miles and his grass eating ways will prove to drive ‘Bama “mad” once again.  There'll be a bit more points than the last time these two met. LSU 17-14.


Well, there you have it—every game looked at and closely analyzed.  So fill out your prediction sheets, good luck, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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