I'm once again going on the record with my Bowl Picks for 2012. What are your picks?
As the bowl season progresses I will update in bold the winner. Will I be better than 60% as in past years?
Dec 15 – Gildan New Mexico Bowl Arizona (W) over Nevada – Arizona is a class above Nevada
Dec 15 – Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah (W) over Toledo – Toledo’s porous defense will not be able to stop Utah’s aggressive offense.
Dec 20 – San Diego Co Credit Union Poinsettia BYU (W) over San Diego State – this is a toss-up
Dec 21 – Beef ‘O’ Brad’s Bowl Ball State over Central Florida (W) – Many tend to see CF as the victor but I’ll go with Ball State’s spunky style as a surprise win in my mix.
Dec 22 – R and L Carriers New Orleans La Lafayette (W) over East Carolina – the La Lafayette QB will have to have a strong game.
Dec 22 – Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Washington over Boise State (W) – Boise State does well in bowl games, but they are not as strong as in past years. Washington’s defense will be the key. If Washington defense must not surrender more than 18 or Boise will win.
Dec 24 – Sheraton Hawaii Bowl SMU (W) over Fresno State
Dec 26 – Little Caesars Bowl Central Michigan (W) over Western Kentucky – the game is in their backyard
Dec 27 – Military Bowl San Jose State (W) over BGU
Dec 27 – Belk Bowl Cincinnati (W) over Duke – Duke’s storybook season will not carry them over Cincinnati
Dec 27 – Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl UCLA over Baylor (W) – UCLA will be out to correct their let down in losing to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship.
Dec 28 – AdvoCare Bowl UL-Monro over Ohio (W)
Dec 28 – Russell Athletic Bowl Rutgers over VA Tech (W) – I hope that this is a growing up game for VA Tech but I’m not confident that will take place.
Dec 28 – Meineke Car Care Bowl Texas Tech (W) over Minnesota – Minnesota should not be in this game. Minnesota is only in this bowl because Ohio State and Penn State are not bowl eligible.
Dec 29 – Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Air Force over Rice (W) – Rice has overachieved this year and Air Force will be out to finish their year on a positive note rather than carry the baggage of losing four of its last five games.
Dec 29 – New Era Pinstripe Syracuse (W) vs West Virginia– WV offense has been inconsistent, and its defense underperforms. WV defense will have its hands full. The Syracuse defense will be challenged but I'm giving the nod to Syracuse in a high scoring game.
Dec 29 – Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Arizona St (W) over Navy – Arizona State is the stronger team. While Navy’s planning and discipline will serve them well, to win Navy's defense and offense will have to play far better than they did in the Army-Navy game. Navy does not have the power to win.
Dec 29 – Valero Alamo Bowl Oregon State over Texas (W) – Texas has QB consistency issues, something that does not miraculously change in a bowl game. Oregon's running game will be a key factor. Oregon by 3.
Dec 29 – Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Michigan State (W) over TCU – While TCU has been more consistent than Michigan State and they have a more diverse offense, I'm going with Michigan State as one of the few Big Ten wins.
Dec 31 – Franklin Am. Mortgage Music City Vanderbilt (W) over NC State - Here we will see that SEC teams are much stronger than AC teams.
Dec 31 – Hyundia Sun Bowl USC over Georgia Tech (W) – USC is too deep. GT’s offense will gain little traction and their defense will not be able to stop USC. Also GT has a history of underperforming in bowls. I can see USC winning by 17.
Dec 31 – AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa (W) over Iowa State – Iowa State will lose the rematch of their earlier game as Tulsa has matured over the season. I will still pull for Iowa State.
Dec 31 – Chick-Fil-A Bowl LSU over Clemson (W) – LSU’s offensive depth and D Line will overmatch Clemson’s defense.
Jan 1 – Taxslayer Gator Bowl Northwestern (W) over Mississippi State - This could be one of the few Big Ten games if it is close. Mississippi State while bigger I’ll give the nod to the pesky Northwestern.
Jan 1 – Heart of Dallas Bowl Oklahoma State (W) over Purdue – With Ohio State and Penn State not eligible, this is one of those games where a Big Ten team is matched up against a far superior team. As Purdue is overmatched at nearly every position, OSU should win this by 14 or more.
Jan 1 – Capital One Bowl Georgia (W) over Nebraska – Georgia is too strong and their pass game will challenge Nebraska’s secondary.
Jan 1 – Outback Bowl South Carolina (W) over Michigan – Michigan’s consistency this season was questionable. Steve Spurrier will have his team well prepped with a great game plan.
Jan 1 – Rose Bowl Wisconsin over Stanford (W) – If the Wisconsin team from the Big Ten Championship shows up, they will win over Wisconsin. Wisconsin will be want to have a different result from their prior two trips to Pasadena.
Jan 1 – Discover Orange Bowl Florida State (W) over Northern Illinois – Northern Illinois will put up a spirited valiant effort but by the second half FS’s strength will overwhelms them.
Jan 2 – Allstate Sugar Bowl Florida over Louisville (W) – Florida’s high quality defense will stagger Louisville’s O Line and QB
Jan 3 – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Oregon (W) over Kansas State – Oregon’s speed will be the deciding factor for an upset.
Jan 4 – ATT Cotton Bowl Texas AM (W) over Oklahoma – Texas AandM has a BSC quality team, a team that with a few breaks could have put them in the top five in the polls whereas Oklahoma is not a top ten team.
Jan 5 – BBVA Compass Bowl Ole Miss (W) over Pittsburg – Pittsburg will have issues handling Ole Miss’ speed.
Jan 6 – GoDaddy.com Bowl Kent State over Arkansas State (W) – I see this as an upset.
Jan 7 – BSC Championship Bowl Alabama (W) - though I will be pulling for Notre Dame, Bama has more balance and depth, and should win by at least 10.
I ended up 23 and 12 this year.