ACC Finishes 4-6: Plus Today's Bowl Picks

Ben BombergerSenior Writer IJanuary 2, 2009

The ACC proved just how mediocre it really was—going 4-6 in its 10 bowl games.

Here are previews for today's games [all came directly from] and my predictions.

Cotton Bowl [Jan. 2, 2:00—Dallas, Texas]: No. 7 Texas Tech (11-1) vs. No. 25 Mississippi (8-4)

Graham Harrell should be recovered from surgery and will be throwing to Michael Crabtree for the last time in his Tech career as the Red Raiders hope to cap off the winningest season in school history. They will try to end the Rebels' five-game winning streak and spoil the Texas return of Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead, a one-time backup behind Colt McCoy at Texas. -- Tim Griffin

My Prediction: Texas Tech 45, Mississippi 21

AutoZone Liberty Bowl [Jan. 2, 5:00—Memphis, Tenn.]: East Carolina (9-4) vs. Kentucky (6-6)

The time off should be especially beneficial for Kentucky, which looked like it might be running out of gas toward the end of the season. The Wildcats (6-6) lost four of their last five games and go up against an East Carolina team that recovered from a three-game losing streak during the middle of the season. The Pirates (9-4) beat Tulsa 27-24 on Saturday to win the Conference USA championship game. -- Chris Low

My Prediction: East Carolina 24, Kentucky 17

Allstate Sugar Bowl [Jan. 2, 8:00—New Orleans, La.]: No. 4 Alabama (12-1) vs. No. 6 Utah (12-0)

Alabama (12-1) had hoped to spend its break in Miami at the BCS National Championship Game, but the Allstate Sugar Bowl isn't a shabby consolation prize. The Crimson Tide have fond memories of the Big Easy, too. Their last national championship, in 1992, came after they knocked off Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Nothing about Utah will be easy. The Utes (12-0) are looking to earn some more respect after mowing through their Mountain West Conference schedule. -- Chris Low

My Prediction: Alabama 42, Utah 17

Record last night: 4-1

Bowl Record Overall: 10-10


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