Sports chooses this year’s college football bowling games

Here are the consensus bowl picks from the staff.

Tuesday December 14

New Orleans Bowl

North Texas vs South Mississippi

SG Pick: North Texas

If the So. Miss Defense can stop Jamario Thomas from adding to their flashy stats, they should be able to keep this close.

7:30 pm

Tuesday December 21

Champions Sports Bowl

Georgia Tech vs Syracuse

SG Pick: Georgia Tech

7:45 pm

Wednesday December 22

GMAC bowl

Memphis vs Bowling Green

SG’s Pick: Bowling Green

I want to pick Memphis to win this battle, but the Falcon’s scoring offense, the fourth in the nation, will simply surpass Memphis no matter how well they play.

8:00 pm

Thursday, December 23

PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl

Cincinnati vs. Marshall

SG’s Pick: Marshall

Marshall has appeared to play in big games this year. I consider a bowling game to be a “big” game, right?

6:30 pm

Las Vegas Bowl

Wyoming vs UCLA

SG’s choice: UCLA

UCLA should burn Wyoming with its passing and passing game. Although Wyoming is playing its first bowling game in 11 years … that’s certainly motivating.

9:45 pm

Friday, December 24

Hawaii bowl

UAB vs Hawaii

SG’s pick: Hawaii

The all-time NCAA leader should have a day off against this no-show UAB defense

7:00 pm

Monday December 27

Bowl MPC Computers

Fresno State vs. 18 Virginia

SG’s choice: Virginia

Fresno State couldn’t play the big dogs this season and Virginia is on the horizon to become one.

2:00 pm

Motor City Bowl

Toledo vs Connecticut

SG election: Toledo

Does Connecticut have a soccer team? Well that’s what we would have said last season, but they have a quarterback who can destroy the secondary. You probably haven’t heard of him, but NFL scouts know him all too well. Connecticut has a chance if it captures the mindset it had when it met with Pittsburgh earlier in the year.

5:30 pm

Tuesday December 28

Independence Bowl

Iowa State vs Miami (Ohio)

SG Pick: Iowa State

Iowa state’s explosive offense will give Miami everything they want … plus something.

6:30 pm

Insight bowl

Oregon State vs Notre Dame

SG’s pick: Notre Dame

Notre Dame will fight with all its heart in defense of Tyrone Willingham. Oh, did we mention they’re a pretty good soccer team anyway?

9:45 pm

Wednesday, December 29

Houston bowl

Texas-El Paso vs Colorado

SG Pick: Texas-El Paso

Jordan Carson (does the name sound familiar?) Will finally get a chance to showcase his talents on national television. Colorado still wonders what happened in the Big 12 championship …

4:30 pm

Alamo bowl

24 State of Ohio vs State of Oklahoma

SG Pick: Ohio State

The state of Oklahoma is no stranger to big games. Unfortunately, they have not learned how to win them.

8:00 pm

Thursday December 30

Continental Tire Bowl

25 Boston College vs North Carolina

SG’s Choice: Boston College

North Carolina has a lack of experience in “big games”, while Boston College has the “secret of success” to win bowling games, they have won 4 in a row.


Emerald bowl

New Mexico vs Marina

SG’s choice: Marina

Did we say Marina? That’s how it is! These guys finally learned to play soccer.

4:30 pm

Holiday bowl

4 California vs 23 Texas Tech

SG Pick: California

Cal will punish Texas Tech for being kicked out of the BCS landscape.

8:00 pm

Silicon Valley bowl

Troy vs. Northern Illinois

SG Pick: Northern Illinois

Troy has never been to a bowling game and he’s not ready to win one, either. N. Illinois has a running offense that will outplay this Troy defense.

11.00 pm

Friday December 31st

Music City Bowl

Alabama vs Minnesota

SG Pick: Alabama

This is not because we like the SEC. Minnesota doesn’t play at home …

12:00 pm

Bowl of the sun

Purdue vs 21 state of Arizona

SG’s Pick: Purdue

Arizona State comes with its second quarterback that Purdue’s young but very good defense should contain. Wait for Purdue to light up the scoreboard on this one!

2:00 pm

Liberty bowl

10 Boise State vs. 7 Louisville

SG’s pick: Louisville

This may be the bowling game of the year. If you like fast attacks and aggressive scoring, this game is for you! Vegas will explode with “total points” bets in this case.

3:30 pm

14 Miami (FLA.) Vs 20 Florida

Peach bowl

SG Pick: Florida

If Chris Leak (Gators) isn’t the best quarterback in the country, he will be. When the Gators are running full steam ahead, I’d pick them to beat anyone in the country. Keep an eye out for this one because it should be a money maker!

7:30 pm

Saturday, January 1

Cotton bowl

15 Tennessee vs. 22 Texas A&M

SG Pick: Tennessee

The Vols simply ran out of time in the SEC championship. I suspect they will pick up where they left off. Neither team “should” be here, so it will definitely be one of the best games to watch.


Outback bowl

16 Wisconsin goes 8 Georgia

SG election: Georgia

Wisconsin can play offense, but GA’s quick defense will stop the run and force Wisconsin to pitch, resulting in too many mistakes to overcome. Georgia wins.


Gator bowl

17 The state of Florida passes to West Virginia

SG Election: State of Florida

Florida State has outgrown Florida’s loss. Bowden’s ability to master bowling games has a “W” written all over it.

12:30 pm

Capital One Bowl

11 Iowa vs 12 LSU

SG choice: LSU (restrictions apply …)

LSU is young, but he managed to fight his way to a good game of bowling this year. If the LSU defense can keep the score close, they can do it.


Flower vase

13 Michigan vs 6 Texas

SG Pick: Texas

If Mack can persuade his players that they are as good as he is, the coaches of the nations, Texas, will outperform a solid Michigan team.

4:30 pm

Party Bowl

5 Utah vs 19 Pittsburgh

SG Pick: Utah

Pittsburgh slipped out the back door to win the Big East, but I’m afraid Utah will show Pitt what it’s like to play for the Big Boys.

8:30 pm

Monday, January 3

Sugar bowl

3 Auburn vs 9 Virginia Tech

SG’s Pick: Auburn

Auburn should play for the national title. Look for Auburn to win big for the small chance of title sharing.

8:00 pm

Tue, Jan 4

Orange bowl

1 Southern California vs 2 Oklahoma

SG Pick: Oklahoma

This should be reduced to the last trimester. Oklahoma should prevail with vigor.

8:00 pm

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