Dec 18

Bowl Predictions - Round 1

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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Well fans, bowl season has rolled around once again, and I have split the games into two rounds for our Pick'em Contest. The first round of games starts tomorrow afternoon as Fresno State and Wyoming get us going in the New Mexico Bowl....Get your picks in today! All pickers tied for the win will recieve a fans25 t-shirt, and if there is a clear-cut winner overall, that person will receive a team jersey of their choice!

New Mexico Bowl - Fresno State (8-4) vs. Wyoming (6-6) - Dec. 19, 4:30 - ESPN - I like Fresno State in this game. I have seen the Bulldogs play a few times this season, and they are a fun team to watch. With a loss, Wyoming, a bowl-team, will finish 2009 with a losing record. And the bowls are so special, why? Fresno State, 32-20.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl -Southern Mississippi (7-5) vs. Middle Tennessee (9-3) - Dec. 20, 8:30 - ESPN - I saw Middle Tennessee play at home against Clemson, and I thought they had a pretty decent team. They are well-coached, and, in my opinion, a program on the rise. Let's see if they can end 2009 on a positive note. I think they can. Middle Tennessee, 27-21.

St. Petersburg Bowl - Central Florida (8-4) vs. Rutgers (8-4) - Dec. 19, 8:00 - ESPN - There are many good games in this first of two rounds of bowl matchups, and this one is one of them. I really find this one as a toss-up, but will take the Knights with basically a home-field type game. UCF, 31-28.

Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl - Houston (10-3) vs. Air Force (7-5) - Dec. 31, noon - ESPN - I have to go with the Cougars of Houston in this game. After a season that saw them get back on the college foootball map, I cannot see them taking a defeat to end the season. Air Force can play, but I think the Cougars win. Houston, 28-22.

Texas Bowl - Navy (8-4) vs. Missouri (8-4) - Dec. 31, 3:30 - ESPN - I hate to admit some things out loud as a self-desrcibed know-it-all of college football, but I really haven't seen either of these teams in action much in 2009. With identical records, this one is tough to call. I will pull for the military guys, and take Navy, 29-26.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl - #16 Oregon State (8-4) vs. #15 BYU (10-2) - Dec. 22, 8:00 - ESPN - This is a solid matchup. Both teams played well in their respective conferences, coming in second place. Now, they will square off to see who will finish right at the edge of the national top-10. In a game I am looking forward to watching, I will go with the Cowboys, 37-31.

SD County CU Poinsettia Bowl - #23 Utah (9-3) vs. California (8-4) - Dec. 23, 8:00, ESPN - Did this bowl really choose that for its name? Two fairly good teams in this game in Cal and Utah, and I expect to see some points scored. I am glad to see Utah play a school from one of the six BCS conferences. I would also like to see them play well, but I think Cal is going to win. California, 33-24.

Meinike Car Care - #17 Pittsburgh (9-3) vs. North Carolina (8-4) Dec. 26, 4:30 - ESPN - Pitt was in the top-10 just last month, but now instead of BCS, they are in Charlotte. UNC was in this same bowl a year ago and lost in an instant-classic to West Virginia. This year, with the help of basically a home crowd again, I expect the Heels to win. Pitt had a solid year, but is slipping coming down the stretch. UNC, 27-23.

Emerald Bowl - Boston College (8-4) vs. USC (8-4) - Dec. 26, 8:00 - ESPN - For the first time in many seasons Southern Cal will not be playing in a postseason BCS game. Instead, they will head north to Seattle to face the Eagles of BC. In a close game, I think the Trojans are still the better and more talented team. USC, 37-27.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl - Kentucky (7-5) vs. Clemson (8-5) - Dec. 27, 8:30 - ESPN - Clemson limps into this game after two straight losses to South Carolina and Georgia Tech. Kentucky, meanwhile, is excited to be here. I know Dabo will have the Tigers ready, but I feel UK may want this more. The Tigers aren't good enough to win if they aren't focused as the Wildcats are not that bad of a team. To break the skid, I'm reversing my trend and picking the bad guys. Kentucky, 31-29.

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl - Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Georgia (7-5) - Dec. 28, 5:00, ESPN2 - Georgia is looking to make something good out of this nasty 2009 season by beating a very average Texas A&M team. Honestly, this is what Georgia needs, though. The Dawgs can and should and will beat Texas A&M, and a win in a bowl, following the defeat of their rival, would be a nice boost for UGA. Georgia, 31-22.

Champs Sports Bowl - #14 Miami (9-3) vs. #24 Wisconsin (9-3) - Dec. 29, 8:00 - ESPN. The Hurricanes get basically a home game for their bowl after a solid nine win season. What they also get is a pretty good, physical Wisconsin team to play against. This will be a good inter-regional game to watch, and is one the U needs if they are to begin to be "back." Miami, 30-23.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl - #22 Arizona (8-4) vs. #20 Nebraska (9-4) - Dec. 30, 8:00, ESPN - Nebraska was one second and one play away from being in the BCS, but so it is. This will be an interesting game, and the spread reflects that as it is just two points in the Huskers favor. Both teams have endured late-season heartbreak, and this is a toss-up. Nebraska, 24-16.

Insight Bowl - Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6) - Dec 31, 6:00 - NFL Network - In a game of barely qualifying teams, this is a case where there just may in fact be too many bowls. Six losses gets you in a bowl game? I personally think we could do without this game. But I suppose when it rolls around I will watch it anyway because it is college football. Iowa State, 22-21.

Brut Sun Bowl - Oklahoma (7-5) vs. #19 Stanford (8-4) - Dec. 31, 2:00, CBS - Featuring Toby Gerhart and his 26 (yes, 26) 2009 touchdowns, the Cardinal look to improve on their national ranking. OU just isn't the same team without injured quarterback Bradford's leadership, and I see Stanford winning this one. Stanford, 31-19.

So there you have 'em, folks - my bowl picks for round one...please discuss here:

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