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College Football Bowl Picks: Part Three

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Ticketcity Bowl:                 Northwestern vs Texas Tech

This game pits an unstoppable force vs an easily movable object, with the Red Raider offense against the Wildcat defense. Northwestern can also put points on the board, butwithout their starting quarterback, they have almost 0 chance to win this one. Texas Tech 41 – Northwestern 23

Outback Bowl:                   Florida vs Penn St.

Having the Big 10 championship trophy named after you isn’t a bad thing, but beating Florida to save your season is something Joe Paterno has his trifocals firmly locked in on. Still with that said, and despite how brutally bad the Gators have been in stretches this year, there is no way they will lose Urban Meyer’s final game as head coach. Florida 31 – Penn State 17

Capital One Bowl:            #9 Michigan St. vs #16 Alabama

Michigan State may be the higher ranked team in this matchup, but you wouldn’t know it by the betting lines. Alabama is a heavy favorite, and I tend to agree with the sharps. It does smell like one of those games where Michigan State could rise up and shock, but I can’t justify picking them to win this one. Alabama 27 – Michigan State 23

Gator Bowl:                        #21 Mississippi St. vs Michigan

After Rich Rodriguez’s Josh Groban filled mental breakdown on stage last week, any thoughts of picking the Wolverines left my mind quickly. Michigan has the better offense, but the fact that Mississipi State will field 11 players on defense gives them the advantage on defense. In what has to be the swan song for DC Greg Robinson and maybe Rich-Rod, I’ll go with the Bulldogs Mississippi St. 31 – Michigan 30

Rose Bowl:                          #3 TCU vs #5 Wisconsin

The public is buying in heavily to the mid-major hype this year. TCU is currently a 3 point favorite against a Badger team that is better in just about every facet. The Horned Frogs bring in the nation’s best defense, but as Ohio State president said, they play the sisters of the poor. Wisconsin has named the score in their last few games, and I don’t see how TCU has any chance in this one, despite being favored. Wisconsin 40 – TCU 24

Fiesta Bowl:                        #7 Oklahoma vs Connecticut

Speaking of teams with no chance, Connecticut won the laughable Big East and earned the BCS nod. They will face off against an Oklahoma team that is far superior. This one could get out of hand like last year’s Florida-Cincinnati BCS bowl.  Oklahoma 45 – Connecticut 17

Monday, January 3rd

Orange Bowl:                     #4 Stanford vs #13 Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech opened the season with 2 very unHokielike performances against Boise State and James Madison won their last 11 coming into this Orange Bowl. Stanford on the other hand has been pretty steady aside from a bad half of football against Oregon. Andrew Luck is the best quarterback in the country (sorry Cam, I said quarterback), and he will be making a statement to go #1 overall in this one. Stanford 30 – Virginia Tech 24

Tuesday, January 4th

Sugar Bowl:                        #6 Ohio St. vs #8 Arkansas

Ohio State is one underestimation away from being in the National Championship game themselves. Unfortunately nothing good can be said about the Buckeyes loss to the Badgers. They get a chance to make a statement against an SEC opponent in this one, and I think they will do just that. The Buckeyes are playing as good as anyone in the country these days, and while Ryan Mallett may be able to light up a conference with no defense, he will have no such luck against the Bucks. Ohio State 34 – Arkansas 20

Thursday, January 6th

GoDaddy.com Bowl:       Miami (OH) vs Middle Tennesee St.

A win out of the Redskins Redhawks and they will match the largest turnaround in NCAA history. They were 0-12 last year, and a win would put them at 9-4. Middle Tennesee State is a directional school that you may not have heard of, but they play as a cohesive unit and are no pushover. When it comes down to it, I’ll go with the more talented squad in this one. Miami 28 – Middle Tennessee State 20

Friday, January 7th

Cotton Bowl:                      #11 LSU vs #17 Texas A&M

The Riverboat Gambler Les Miles on the sidelines ensures that it’s always entertaining; this one should be no different. The Tigers bring in a team trying to find itself, but they will have no easy task of that against a rejuvenated Aggie program. This one should be fun to watch, and in wild games, Miles has both the luck and experience to pull it out. LSU 31 – Texas A&M 27

Saturday, January 8th

BBVA Compass Bowl:     Pittsburgh vs Kentucky

Pitt is a program in flux with Dave Wannstedt coaching his last game and earthquake-shaky Tino Sunseri running the offense. Kentucky has their own issues as their quarterback is suspended after some recent run-ins with the law. Wannstedt may not be a great coach, or even a good coach, but the players love him, and will want to send him off in style. Pittsburgh 28 – Kentucky 13

Sunday, January 9th

Fight Hunger Bowl:          #15 Nevada vs. Boston College

Boston College is the bigger school in this one, but they certainly aren’t the better football team. Nevada led by Colin Kaepernick and the pistol offense are one of the best offensive teams in the land, but Boston College leads the nation in rushing defense. Something will have to give in this one, and I bet it will be the Eagles. Nevada 35 – Boston College 24

Monday, January 10th

BCS Championship:         #1 Auburn vs #2 Oregon

What makes this game fun is that no one knows exactly how this one will play out. Even Vegas is clueless, having Auburn as a nominal 3 point favorite. Oregon will have to keep Cam Newton guessing, but even when they do, he can make plays out of nothing. Oregon’s offense will be very difficult for Auburn to stop, and I don’t expect them to. This one should be high scoring, but I think the obvious special teams advantage that the Ducks have will make the difference.  Oregon 41 – Auburn 33

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One Response to “College Football Bowl Picks: Part Three”

  1. DON’T SLEEP ON NEVADA and “THE PISTOL” OFFENSE!!!

    Posted by Bobby Digital | December 17, 2010, 8:12 pm

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