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College Football Bowl Picks: Part One

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With New Years just around the corner, that means college football bowl season has arrived. This year there are 70 teams that will be finishing up their season. The biggest snub is 8-4 Temple, who beat BCS participant Connecticut by 2 touchdowns, but was inexplicably left out of one of the 35 games. Take a look at some quick takes on the teams that did make it and picks for each of the matchups.

Part One:

Saturday, December 18th

New Mexico Bowl :         BYU vs UTEP

This will mark the last game for BYU in the Mountain West. They should go out in style despite a passing attack that makes the Jake Delhomme led Browns jealous. UTEP’s defense might find a way to make the Cougars look good.   BYU 27 – UTEP 14

Humanitarian Bowl:        Northern Illinois vs Fresno St.

In a two-day span, Northern Illinois not only lost the MAC Championship game, but also their coach who is headed to Minnesota. The slumped down the stretch and won’t be able to stop the Fresno St. aerial attack or pass rush.  Fresno St 31 – Northern Illinois 28

New Orleans Bowl:         Ohio vs Troy

In what was voted last week as the least consequential bowl Ohio faces Troy. Troy has a ton of firepower, but no defense. Ohio is more balanced, but have spent the last month pouting and not playing after getting blown out by Kent. The fact that they have a defense should be the difference in this one though. Ohio 30 – Troy 24

Tuesday, December 21st

St. Petersburg Bowl:       Southern Miss vs Louisville

Southern Miss Quarterback Austin Davis has been playing incredibly as of late, but the Golden Eagles defense on the other hand has been doing their best Michigan impression. I don’t see Louisville being able to keep up on the scoreboard. Southern Miss 30 – Louisville 24

Wednesday, December 22nd

Las Vegas Bowl:                #10 Boise St vs Utah

Once again Boise St. gets bailed out with an opponent of similar stature. Since defeating Oklahoma in 2007, they have been matched up with East Carolina, TCU, TCU, and now Utah. The Broncos are talented and well-coached, but actually playing and defeating a big time team in a bowl would lend credence to their National Title argument. That said, they will smoke Utah. Boise State 42 – Utah 17

Thursday, December 23rd

Poinsettia Bowl:               Navy vs San Diego St.

Navy came into the season with high hopes, but has gone on to disappoint. San Diego State on the other hand had a nice rebound season notching 8 wins for the first time this decade. Navy can score, but I think the Aztecs are too balanced, and take this one in a thrille. San Diego State 30 – Navy 28

Friday, December 24th

Hawaii Bowl:                      #24 Hawaii vs Tulsa

Gotta love the Hawaii Bowl. After being spurned from a bowl game despite being bowl eligible, Hawaii invented their own, and this will mark the 8th time in 9 Hawaii Bowls that the Warriors will be featured.  I don’t see a way that Tulsa can compete in what will surely be a track meet. Hawaii 45 – Tulsa 31

Sunday, December 26th

Little Caesars Bowl:         FIU vs Toledo

Nothing says bowl season like Florida International taking on Toledo; great seats still available! If FIU loses, and I think they will, that will give the Sun Belt Champion a losing record on the season.  In what may be the least watched bowl game, I’m going with the Rockets. Toledo 30 – FIU 23

Monday, December 27th

Independence Bowl:      Air Force vs Georgia Tech

Neither of these two squads have anything even closely resembling a passing game, so if either jumps out to a lead, it might be a boat race. With a loss Georgia Tech will have 6 straight bowl game losses, and I think the triple option will be too much for them to handle. Air Force 27 – Georgia Tech 20

Tuesday, December 28th

Champs Sports Bowl:     #22 West Virgina vs. North Carolina St.

The Mountaineers are playing with a lot of confidence and momentum right now, but it will be interesting to see if they bring it after not making a BCS game. They had better step up or NC State quarterback Russell Wilson will tear them apart. West Virginia 27 – North Carolina State 23

Insight Bowl:                      #12 Missouri vs Iowa

Earlier in the year the Hawkeyes were riding high gunning for the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately reality stepped in somewhere along the way and Iowa really struggled down the stretch. On the other hand, Missouri seemed to find itself and is playing its best football of the season. Missouri 23 – Iowa 20


2 Responses to “College Football Bowl Picks: Part One”

  1. I Dissagree on the TROY-OHIO Matchup…Troy takes that one.

    “been doing their best Michigan impression”….and that was a CHEAP SHOT!!! LOL

    Do you get free pizza all game at the Little Caesars Bowl? That will fill the seats!

    Air Force vs GT….Triple Option vs Option…hope you like negative play potential!!!

    And now Iowa loses two key offensive weapons in a non-potent offense…Stanzi must be estatic!

    Posted by Bobby Digital | December 15, 2010, 1:30 pm
  2. From the rumors that are swirling the Hawkeyes have a major drug issue in and around the program. Ferentz had a presser earlier in the week denying it, but what is he supposed to do? Should be interesting to see if anything else comes out of this.

    Posted by Jason Marlo | December 15, 2010, 1:33 pm

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