29 December 2007

NCAAF Bowl Picks: Pre-New Year Edition

Wow, this is going well. The bowl season is well underway now, and my picks are falling, one by one, like the townspeople in "30 Days of Night"... or the victims in any other horror movie, ever.

On to the picks, you say? I agree. Enough of this witty banter.

Meineke Car Care Bowl (Dec. 29)
Wake Forest -2 against Connecticut
Two bad offenses, two good defenses. Wake has just a bit more experience, which should give them the slight edge.

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 29)
UCF -3 against Mississippi State
Kevin Smith, UCF's running back, needs 181 yards to break Barry Sanders' single season rushing record. He ran well in almost every game this year, and the Bulldogs don't have the D to slow him down.

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29)
Texas A&M +5.5 against Penn State
TAMU is a team with a powerful rushing attack; Penn State is a team with a rock-solid rush defense. Both teams have inconsistent quarterbacks. Look for a close, low-scoring game.

Independence Bowl (Dec. 30)
Colorado +3.5 against Alabama
There is no way that I'm picking the Saban Tide in this game. It's a gut feeling, but it's also backed up by fact: Bama has lost their last four, and haven't shown signs of life in any of them.

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 31)
Air Force +3.5 against California
The Falcons aren't as talented as the Bears. But Cal, at this point, is a team that is in complete disarray.

Humanitarian Bowl (Dec. 31)
Fresno State +6 against Georgia Tech
Smurf Turf! Always a fun sight for mid-majors looking to knock off BCS-conference foes. Also, the Yellow Jackets are playing this bowl game with an interim head coach, since Chan Gailey was fired.

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)
South Florida -6.5 against Oregon
Before Dennis Dixon was hurt, I would have taken Oregon giving a touchdown. Now, it's the other way around. It's really a shame - he made watching the Ducks a lot of fun.

Music City Bowl (Dec. 31)
Kentucky -10 against Florida State
Ten points is a big number, especially in a bowl game. But 36 is an even bigger number.

Insight Bowl (Dec. 31)
Indiana +4 against Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State's porous defense and exciting (if erratic) offense will combine to make this a high-scoring game, but Indiana, playing in a bowl for the first time in a long time, should pull it out.

Chik-Fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31)
Auburn +2.5 against Clemson
Davis and Spiller are the hot topic coming in; Tuberville's mad coaching skillz (note the z, which means that Tuberville is considered "hip") will be the hot topic coming out.

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