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College Football Bowl Picks: Part Two

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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 Two:

Wednesday, December 29th

Military Bowl:                    East Carolina vs Maryland

East Carolina has given up nearly 55 points in each of their past 5 games. Maryland is trying to reclaim their place among the perennial bowl participants and should be able to put up enough points against the porous Pirates D. Maryland 41 – East Carolina 30

Texas Bowl:                        Illinois vs Baylor

These teams strengths matchup with each other’s weaknesses quite well. Illinois should be able to run all day against Baylor, while the Bears should rip apart the Illini secondary. Expect a lot of points on the board. Last team with the ball may win this one. Baylor 35 – Illinois 31

Alamo Bowl:                       #14 Oklahoma St. vs Arizona

Plain and simple, Arizona just isn’t very good. Oklahoma State on the other hand should be able to light up the board and turn this into somewhat of a laugher. Weeden, Hunter, and Blackmon should enjoy themselves in San Antonio. Oklahoma St. 42 – Arizona 24

Thursday, December 30th

Armed Forces Bowl:       Army vs SMU

SMU will have a home game for this one and should be able to have their way through the air. A nice season for Army and the triple option, but unfortunately I don’t see them having the ability to come back, and they will need to. SMU 27 – Army 17

Pinstripe Bowl:                 Kansas St vs Syracuse

Syracuse and Kansas St. will play in new Yankees Stadium. Word is that any pass play headed toward right field will carry into the upper deck. That plays in to the hands of the Wildcats who don’t need to pass to be successful. They should be able to run at will, paired with the offensive ineptitude of the Orange, and I see a Kansas State victory. Kansas St. 27 – Syracuse 14

Music City Bowl:               North Carolina vs Tennessee

This game is a toss-up. Depending on which team shows up, either could rout the other, or it could be a hard fought game. Tennessee has played well as of late after inserting Freshman Tyler Bray in at QB. The Tarheels TJ Yates is no slouch either, and I’ll side with experience. North Carolina 27 – Tennessee 20

Holiday Bowl:                     #18 Nebraska vs Washington

In a matchup of two of the more exciting quarterbacks in college football, Nebraska will face off against Washington in a rematch of earlier this year. It was a blowout then, and it should be a blowout now. Nebraska should have no trouble with the Huskies. Nebraska 42 – Washington 20

Friday, December 31st

Meineke Car Care:          Clemson vs South Florida

This game will prove to be a test of patience for the viewer. Both teams bring anemic offenses and pressure defenses into the battle. The starters at quarterback are up for debate, but it looks as if Kyle Parker will get the nod for Clemson. I expect them to pull it out. Clemson 20 – South Florida 13

Sun Bowl:                            Notre Dame vs Miami (FL)

A rematch of Catholics vs Convicts, this time both teams are shells of their former selves. Notre Dame will have freshman Tommy Rees under center. He will be in for more than he can handle against a tough and aggressive Hurricane defense. Miami  28 – Notre Dame 20

Liberty Bowl:                      #25 UCF vs Georgia

UCF is a sneaky good team. They bring not only a talented quarterback in Jeff Godfrey, but also a talented defensive unit. Unfortunately, I think the Bulldogs simply have too much talent and will be able to hold off a game Knights squad. Georgia 26 – UCF 20

Chick-Fil-A Bowl:              #20 South Carolina vs #23 Florida St.

The Ol’ Ball Coach brings his best Gamecock team into the Chick-Fil-A bowl to take on a Seminole team who is having major defensive issues. It could turn into a long day for Florida State if they don’t get their struggles under wraps. South Carolina 31 – Florida St 20

Discussion

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

  1. “East Carolina has given up nearly 55 points in their past 5 games.” this is misleading, it sounds like they’ve ONLY given up 55 TOTAL points in their last 5 games, which is Stupendous! However, this is not the case, as they’ve given up nearly 55 points in EACH of it’s last 5 games, which is Horrendous!

    Posted by Bobby Digital | December 15, 2010, 1:37 pm

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