College Football Bowl Games Predictions
Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Wyoming vs. Temple)
Wyoming would have had a much better record if not for their tough schedule; they suffered losses against Nebraska, TCU and Boise St. Wyoming’s defense should be able to slow down Bernard Pierce to win the game.
Winner: Wyoming Player to Watch: Bernard Pierce, Temple HB
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Ohio vs. Utah St.)
Ohio will rebound from a close loss to Northern Illinois and win in a close game.
Winner: Ohio Player to Watch: Tyler Tettleton, Ohio QB
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (San Diego St. vs. Louisiana-Lafayette)
Louisiana-Lafayette has struggled lately, but a virtual home game should help them snap their losing streak.
Winner: Louisiana-Lafayette Player to Watch: Ronnie Hillman, SDSU RB
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St Petersburg Bowl (Florida International vs. Marshall)
Marshall’s win over Southern Miss early in the season proves that they are capable of winning a big game, and I think that they will prove it once again.
Winner: Marshall Player to Watch: Wesley Carroll, FIU QB
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (TCU vs. Louisiana Tech)
After their huge win at Boise, TCU is an obvious choice for the win. But don’t be surprised if Tech keeps to very close.
Winner: TCU Player to Watch: Casey Pachall, TCU QB
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (Arizona St. vs. Boise St.)
If not for a missed field goal, Boise St. could be playing for the National Championship. Arizona State on the other hand has lost 4 straight games coming into this game. Expect a blowout.
Winner: Boise St. Player to Watch: Kellen Moore, Boise QB
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Nevada vs. Southern Miss)
Southern Miss comes into the bowl season with momentum after a huge win at Houston to win the C-USA Title.
Winner: Southern Miss Player to Watch: Austin Davis, Southern Miss QB
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (Missouri vs. UNC)
Missouri was competitive in the deep Big 12 this season, which is more than UNC can say in the less than stellar ACC this year.
Winner: Missouri Player to Watch: Quinton Coples, UNC DE
Little Caesars Bowl (Western Michigan vs. Purdue)
Purdue didn’t become eligible until its last game, but they shouldn’t have any problems defeating a Western Michigan team whose best win this season is against UConn…
Winner: Purdue Player to Watch: Alex Carder, WMU QB
Belk Bowl (Louisville vs. NC State)
Louisville has won 5 of their last 6 games, including a win at Big East Champion West Virginia. Expect them to win this one.
Winner: Louisville Player to Watch: Audie Cole, NC State LB
Military Bowl (Toledo vs. Air Force)
Air Force going below .500 in the Mountain West is not very impressive. But Toledo winning 7 out of their last 8 games is.
Winner: Toledo Player to Watch: Asher Clark, Air Force RB
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (California vs. Texas)
Texas has not played well against good teams this year. Cal is not a great team, but if they play like they did in their 3 point loss at Stanford then they can win this game.
Winner: Cal Player to Watch: Kennan Robinson, Texas LB
Champs Sports Bowl (Florida State vs. Notre Dame)
After a rough start to the season, Florida State has bounced back, and they should be able to beat Norte Dame in a close game.
Winner: Florida State Player to Watch: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame RB
Valero Alamo Bowl (Washington vs. Baylor)
Washington shocked Nebraska last year in their bowl game. Sadly they won’t shock Baylor. Baylor should and will big.
Winner: Baylor Player to Watch: Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (BYU vs. Tulsa)
Tulsa may not be able to compete with the top teams in the country. They have losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Houston and Boise St. But they have beaten every other team that they have played. And trust me; BYU is not one of the top teams in the country.
Winner: Tulsa Player to Watch: G.J. Kinne, Tulsa QB
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Rutgers vs. Iowa State)
Rutgers ended their season with a big win over Cincy, but then a bad loss to UConn. Which team will show up? Considering the game will be played in New York, Rutgers fans should be the majority of the stadium.
Winner: Rutgers Player to Watch: Jared Barnett, Iowa State QB
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest)
Wake Forest went 5-3 in the ACC, which is respectable. But considering that the ACC is very bad and that they went 1-3 out of conference doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in them.
Winner: Mississippi St. Player to Watch: Tanner Price, Wake Forest QB
Insight Bowl (Iowa vs. Oklahoma)
Oklahoma did not live up to its preseason ranking, but the season is not over. A loss to Iowa would make this season a huge failure. On the other hand, Iowa has a well balanced offense, which may cause some problems for the shaky Oklahoma defense.
Winner: Oklahoma Player to Watch: Marcus Coker, Iowa RB
Meineke Car Care of Texas (Texas A&M vs. Northwestern)
Texas A&M can definitely put up the offensive numbers, but they are having difficulty winning consistently. Northwestern has caused a few upsets in the Big 10, and they hope to pull off another with Dan Persa at the helm.
Winner: Northwestern Player to Watch: Ryan Tannehill, A&M QB
Hyundai Sun Bowl (Georgia Tech vs. Utah)
Utah had won 4 straight games before a home loss to Colorado. Georgia Tech has not played great this year, but its running game should be able to wear down the Utah defense.
Winner: Georgia Tech Player to Watch: John White IV, Utah RB
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt)
This should be a close game, but being played in Tennessee gives Vanderbilt the slight advantage.
Winner: Vanderbilt Player to Watch: Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati RB
Kraft Fight Hunger (Illinois vs. UCLA)
Who should be the favorite in this game, a team who has lost 6 games straight, or a team who is below .500? This should be an ugly game, and be prepared to be disgusted if you decide to watch this game.
Winner: UCLA Player to Watch: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois DE
Chick-fil-A Bowl (Virginia vs. Auburn)
Virgina has been a great surprise this season, but they have not been able to stop the run. Michael Dyer will make them pay if they don’t prepare well enough.
Winner: Virginia Player to Watch: Michael Dyer, Auburn RB
TicketCity Bowl (Houston vs. Penn State)
Houston did not play a decent team until the C-USA Title game against Southern Miss, and we saw how that game turned out. Penn State certainly won’t stop Case Keenum, but they should be able to force enough pressure so that Keenum will make a few mistakes.
Winner: Penn State Player to Watch: Devon Still, Penn State DT
Outback Bowl (Michigan State vs. Georgia)
Georgia is a great team, but Michigan State should win this game. Georgia has not been a great team yet this year, and I think Michigan State will pass on Georgia all day.
Winner: Michigan State Player to Watch: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State QB
Capital One Bowl (Nebraska vs. South Carolina)
Considering that South Carolina has lost their starting Quarterback and Runningback they should not be able to win this game. But their defense has been so good this year that they will shut down this Nebraska offense.
Winner: South Carolina Player to Watch: Melvin Ingram, USC DE
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl (Ohio State vs. Florida)
We are not accustomed to seeing these two teams at 6-6 records, but here they are. Ohio State has shown that they can beat the good teams, but will they show up in Jacksonville?
Winner: Ohio State Player to Watch: Braxton Miller, Ohio State QB
Rose Bowl (Wisconsin vs. Oregon)
Oregon is back at full form, and their offense will certainly wear down that Wisconsin defense. Oregon’s no-huddle is unmatched by any team in the country. Keep an eye on Montee Ball, who is on the verge of breaking Barry Sanders’ record for most touchdowns in a season (39).
Winner: Oregon Player to Watch: Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Stanford vs. Oklahoma State)
Oregon showed that a great offense can beat Stanford. Well Oklahoma State has a pretty good offense, and they were a field goal away from being undefeated.
Winner: Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Justin Blackmon, Ok. State WR
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Michigan vs. Virginia Tech)
I’m just going to come right out with it. Neither of these teams deserves a BCS Bowl game, but here they are. The difference between these two teams is that Michigan has actually beaten a good team. Virginia Tech has only played one good team, Clemson, and they lost to them twice.
Winner: Michigan Player to Watch: Denard Robinson, Michigan QB
Discover Orange Bowl (West Virginia vs. Clemson)
Geno Smith is a good quarterback, and he will show the country that the Big East is not a terrible conference. They will want to prove that the Big East deserves an automatic qualifier.
Winner: West Virginia Player to Watch: Sammy Watkins, Clemson WR
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Kansas State vs. Arkansas)
This is going to be the best non-BCS Bowl Game. Both of these teams deserved a BCS bid, but neither got one. Arkansas may be the third best team in the country; unfortunately the two best teams are in their division. Kansas State lost to two good teams also, and they will keep this game close.
Winner: Arkansas Player to Watch: Collin Klein, Kansas State QB
BBVA Compass Bowl (SMU vs. Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh has not been great, and SMU will play their best to play like they did when they defeated TCU in an away game.
Winner: SMU Player to Watch: Zach Line, SMU RB
GoDaddy.com Bowl (Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois)
Both teams have long winning streaks coming into this game. But Arkansas State will have difficulty stopping the dual-threat quarterback Chandler Harnish.
Winner: Northern Illinois Player to Watch: Chandler Harnish, NIU QB
Allstate BCS National Championship Game (LSU vs. Alabama)
You may not be happy to see a rematch as the national championship, but it is hard to deny that these are the two best teams in the country. They were only separated by one field goal in overtime the first game, and it should be interesting to see them play each other for a second time in one season. LSU went into Alabama last time and won, and I think at a neutral site the result will be the same.
Winner: LSU Player to Watch: Foster/Shelley, Bama’s Kickers