Leblog James Official College Football Bowl Predictions

There are WAY too many bowls and The BCS is a corrupted, greed filled system.  I couldn’t care less about 90% of these games, but I’ll do my best to put in my two pennies.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl  (Wyoming v Temple)–  Wyoming is much improved from last year, but Temple’s balanced offensive attack will win them the game. Pick – Temple.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Utah State v Ohio) – Congrats to coach Gary Andersen for getting his team to their first bowl game this century.  I loved him when he was Utah and he’s done amazing things up in Logan.  Robert Turbin runs wild in this game.  Pick – Utah State.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (San Diego State v Louisiana Lafayette) – Louisiana obviously has the home field advantage in this match up, but  SDSU’s offensive firepower will prove too much for the Cajuns. Pick – San Diego State.

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl  (Florida International v Marshall) – Marshall, at 6-6, barely squeaked into this game playing in a weak conference.  Meanwhile the FIU defense holds opponents to the 16th fewest points in the nation. Pick – FIU

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (TCU v Louisiana Tech) -LTU is riding a 7 game win streak.  TCU has lost 2 games in the last 2 years.  TCU has steadily improved all year and will prove to be strong in all aspects of the game.  Pick – TCU

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas (Arizona State v Boise State) –  The Sun Devils looked poised to take the Pac-12 South early in the season, and then their season took a fast and hard nose dive including a 4 game losing streak that cost Dennis Erikson his job.  Boise State is another missed field goal away from the BCS and are offended and insulted that they received this bowl invite.  I fully expect them to take out that anger on the field the same way they did against Utah last year.  Pick- Boise State.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Nevada v Southern Mississippi) – Colin Kaepernick is not walking through the door for Nevada.  Southern Miss won their first C-USA title since 2003.  The party doesn’t stop there.  Pick – Southern Miss.

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl  (Missouri v North Carolina) -Both team were disappointing throughout the season.  UNC rode a weak schedule, while Missouri posted impressive wins over ranked opponents.  The Tiger are the better, more talented team and that should manifest itself in this game.  Pick – Missouri.

Little Caesars Bowl  (Purdue v Western Michigan) – I would rather watch a Toddlers and Tiaras marathon than this game.  Purdue is a better team playing in a better conference.  Pick – Purdue.

Belk Bowl (Louisville v North Carolina State) –  After starting 2-4, Louisville won 5 of their last 6 games.  NC State posted it’s first back to back winning seasons since 2002-2003.  However, they have never been able to recover from Russell Wilson jetting to Wisconsin.  Pick – Louisville.

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Toledo v Air Force) – Toledo will score early and often in this game, like they have all season (avg 42.3 ppg).  Air Force’s run game will put up yards and points, but they won’t be able to keep up.  Pick – Toledo.

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Texas v California) – Texas still isn’t back to their perennial powerhouse status, though they have improved from last year.  Cal has a lot of weapons on both sides of the ball, but they still don’t stack up to the Longhorns.  Pick – Texas.

Champs Sports Bowl  (Florida State v Notre Dame) -The QB carousel at Notre Dame will not go well against Florida State’s 4th ranked defense.  Notre Dame has been plagued by turnovers all season and I don’t expect that to change in this game.  Pick – Florida State

Valero Alamo Bowl (Baylor v Washington) –  Heisman winner Robert Griffin will continue his incredible season by shredding the Washington defense.  However, The Huskies will be able to keep this game close and interesting led by All-American running back Chris Polk.  I’m very excited for this game.  Pick- Baylor.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Tulsa v BYU) – BYU had a very weak schedule, but did win 9 games this year.  Since Riley Nelsen became the full time QB, BYU has played a more inspired and clean brand of football.  Boasting a steady offense and stout defense, I expect BYU to be able to handle Tulsa’s balanced ground attack.  Pick – BYU.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Iowa State v Rutgers) – I know nothing of these two teams, and I don’t care to.  Iowa State beat OK State so I assume they can beat Rutgers.  Pick – Iowa State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Mississippi State v Wake Forest) – Both teams have 6-6 records. One team plays in the SEC and has losses to Auburn, LSU and Alabama.  Pick – Mississippi State.

Insight Bowl (Iowa v Oklahoma) – Both teams have been up and down this season.  Iowa lose to Minnesota one week, then beats Michigan.  Oklahoma was once in contention for a national title shot, but a rash of injuries left the team depleted.  The Sooners still have the #4 offense in the country and I expect them to roll in this game.  Pick- Oklahoma.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Texas A&M v Northwestern) – A&M was ranked as high as #8 in the polls before falling to a 6-6 record.  Northwestern had a mid season 5 game losing streak before bouncing back with a win over #10 Nebraska.  However, NW’s one-dimensional offense will prove to be their downfall. Pick – Texas A&M.

Hyundai Sun Bowl (Utah v Georgia Tech) – Georgia Tech continues their mastery of the run game, leading a balanced attack (3 players posted 600+ rushing yards this season).  The Utes have a very strong run defense, but they have sputtered at times throughout the season (versus Washington and Colorado).  The true Achilles’s Heel for the Utes, as it has been all season, will be their offense, which has been nothing short of anemic.  Although, Utah Coaches Kyle Whittingam and Norm Chow are masters of preparation and schematics and have posted impressive bowl records respectively.  Pick – Utah

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Cincinnati v Vanderbilt) – Cincinnati lost their QB Zach Collaros, and were still able to post a 9-3 record.  Vandy is an improving team, but still don’t have what it takes to win a bowl game.  Pick – Cincinnati

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (UCLA v Illinois) – You couldn’t pay me to watch this suck fest. UCLA won the Pac-12 South in embarrassing fashion and shouldn’t even be playing in a bowl game (6-7 record).  Illinois started the season 6-0 and ended up tail spinning- losing their next six to finish the season at .500.  The Illini’s losing streak doesn’t end here.  Pick – Illinois.

Chick-fil-A Bowl (Auburn v Virginia) – Losing Cam Newton as well as having to play in SEC West proved problematic for Auburn this year.  The Tigers will also be without RB Michael Dyer, who has been suspended for the game.  Virginia beat ranked foes Georgia Tech and Florida State while posting their first winning season in four years.  However, SEC > ACC.  Pick – Auburn

TicketCity Bowl (Penn State v Houston) – Quite possibly the most intriguing match up this bowl season.  Amidst the Sandusky scandal, Penn St. boasts an absolutely suffocating pass defense. Houston QB Case Keenum etched his name in the record books, passing for over 5,000 for the third time in his college career.  The Cougars fell one game short of a perfect season and a BCS bid.  This is classic clash of offense vs defense. Pick- Houston

Outback Bowl (Georgia v Michigan State) – The match up between the BCS’s 16th and 17th-ranked teams proves to be incredibly compelling.  Both teams played and lost in their conference championship games.  Both have elite quarterbacks and an arsenal of weapons making them very evenly matched.  Pick – Michigan State.

Capital One Bowl (Nebraska v South Carolina) – South survived the dismissal of QB Stephen Garcia and a season-ending injury to RB Marcus Lattimore to maintain a 10-2 record.  The Cornhuskers competed in the Big Ten for the first time this season.  At 9-3 they sit one win behind their record from last year in the Big 12.  Resiliency  shines the brightest in this game.  Pick – South Carolina.

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl (Florida v Ohio State) –  This rematch of the 2007 title game will post much different teams and results.  Florida is still rebuilding and Ohio State is still recovering from the scandal that rocked their program significantly.  Florida had a brutal schedule, which can account for the majority of their losses.  Home field advantage will play a big part in this game.  Pick – Florida.

Rose Bowl Game (Wisconsin v Oregon) – This game will be a shootout!  Both teams bring in top-flight offenses led by Heisman candidate running backs.  Montee Ball and company will prove to be big and strong for the Ducks as they lose their third straight BCS game.  Pick – Wisconsin.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Stanford v Oklahoma State) –  Both teams were oh-so-close to making the national title game.  Both teams have explosive offenses and much like the Rose Bowl, this game will be a high scoring affair.  I have no idea how this game will pan out because both teams are so evenly matched, but I have a feeling it will go down to the wire and have a score similar to an Arena League game.  Pick- Stanford (only because I want to see Andrew Luck win one more game before replacing Peyton Manning).

Allstate Sugar Bowl (Michigan v Virginia Tech) – The Wolverines are officially back!  Michigan averaged 34.2 points per game on offense and both teams allow 17.2 ppg.  Virginia Tech’s two losses this season came at the hands of Clemson.  This will be a defensive battle, but I feel that Michigan has the offensive firepower to prevail.  Pick – Michigan.
Discover Orange Bowl (Clemson v West Virginia) – Clemson won their first ACC title since 1991 behind solid QB play and defense.  West Virginia won the incredibly overrated Big East with one of the best passing attacks in College Football.  However, The Mountaineers have a terrible run offense that will prove to be problematic in this game.  Pick – Clemson.

AT&T Cotton Bowl (Arkansas v Kansas State) – Arkansas is one of the best teams in the nation, but has the misfortune of playing in the SEC West.  Their only losses on the season come to Alabama and LSU.  Kansas State has a strong offense led by dual threat QB Collin Klein.  Oklahoma and Oklahoma State collectively exposed the weaknesses of the Wildcats and I expect the Razorbacks to do the same thing.  Pick – Arkansas.

BBVA Compass Bowl (SMU v Pittsburgh) – Pitt sucks.  Their offense is terrible (Utah held them scoreless) and they are without their star RB Ray Graham.  SMU has sputtered through the second half of their season, but they did beat TCU.  Pick – SMU.

GoDaddy.com Bowl (Northern Illinois v Arkansas State) – Huh?  I care more about the crumbs collected in my truck than this game.  Pick – Northern Illinois.

BCS  National Championship Game (LSU v Alabama): I hate this game.  These two teams have already played (and the game sucked).  Time to let someone else have a chance ‘Bama, you had yours and lost at home.   I sincerely hope that these teams can actually score a touchdown or two.  However, I feel that the Tigers are flat out the better team and I loathe Nick Saban.  Pick- LSU.

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