College Football Bowl Preview

Will Henry double up with a National Championship to add to his Heisman?
Will Henry double up with a National Championship to add to his Heisman?

There are too many bowls and too many teams that don’t deserve to play in those bowls. But if you were offered several million dollars to play a game in some remote location with a small crowd and a random sponsor you’d likely do it too. And thus we have x-amount of ridiculous games. This is a look at what to expect from those games.

Celebration Bowl. Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A & T. I could waste time telling you about these two teams or I could just tell you that one team has a better record and they will win this game (I actually did some research too). NC A & T 23, Alcorn State 17

New Mexico Bowl. Arizona vs. New Mexico. Rich Rod has an offense that is built to lose to teams that actually have a clue what they are doing. New Mexico is not that team. Arizona 48, New Mexico 21

Las Vegas Bowl. Brigham Young vs. Utah. Besides this being a game between in-state rivals played a state away (why not just play at home?), there’s a reason BYU couldn’t get the Navy coach (whose son plays on the team). Utah was once a top 5 team in the rankings. Utah 38, BYU 24

Camellia Bowl. Ohio vs. Appalachian State. A tough, hard-working running style against an athletic upbeat upstart. Ohio is just south of Michigan and you know where you’ve heard of App State, right? Appalachian State 42, Ohio 24

Cure Bowl. San Jose State vs. Georgia State. SJSU wasn’t a powerhouse this year but they finished with a better record and showing against Power 6 conferences. Georgia State finished 4th in their conference. San Jose State 24, Georgia State 21

New Orleans Bowl. Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech. Two good teams that have produced some talent over recent years. Offense will be on display in this one. Who will show out? Louisiana Tech 31, Arkansas State 21

Miami Beach Bowl. Western Kentucky vs. South Florida. I don’t know much about WKU, but South Florida lost to my beloved Terps towards the beginning of the season. That’s all I need to know. Western Kentucky 34, South Florida 20

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Akron vs. Utah State. Contrasting styles and a little bit of flair will contribute to a fun game. Utah State 27, Akron 24

Boca Raton Bowl. Temple vs. Toledo. Two teams that were briefly in the same conference will meet in a matchup that might very well be the best pre-Christmas game on the slate. Toledo just missed a chance for a New Year’s Day game and Temple wasn’t that far off either. If you watch any game up until this point, make this that one. Toledo 30, Temple 24

Poinsettia Bowl. Boise State vs. Northern Illinois. Neither program is what they were a few years ago, but both are still quality. Boise will have less injuries to deal with while NIU has a freshmen QB. Boise State 38, Northern Illinois 24

GoDaddy Bowl. Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green. Completely different offensive schemes in play here. Lots of running against lots of passing. BG is also a really good running team, they just prefer to pass it. Bowling Green 56, Georgia Southern 31

Bahamas Bowl. Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan. In a battle of directional universities both teams have some bad losses on the schedule. But Western Michigan showed the most fight against BIG schools and thus we have a consensus. Western Michigan 35, Middle Tennessee 27

Hawaii Bowl. San Diego State vs. Cincinnati. Appearances can be deceiving and SDSU doesn’t have many good wins while Cincy doesn’t have many bad losses. Cincinnati 34, San Diego State 24

St. Petersburg Bowl. Connecticut vs. Marshall. Yawwwwwn. The Thundering Herd had a solid year and UConn went to a bowl when their former coach got fired. Boo, you whore (Randy Edsall). Marshall 37, Connecticut 31

Sun Bowl. Miami vs. Washington State. As soon as you started doubting Mike Leach he makes you reconsider. Miami ain’t what it used to be but they can be good when they try. Expect a close one, but the Cougars’ defense might surprise you. Washington State 38, Miami 35

Heart of Dallas Bowl. Washington vs. Southern Mississippi. Was the Pac-12 that good or will they be exposed for a middling team with an inability to put the ball in the endzone? Southern Mississippi 24, Washington 20

Pinstripe Bowl. Indiana vs. Duke. Not a glamorous matchup. It wasn’t great in basketball, but the game and the final score may be similar. Duke 34, Indiana 14

Independence Bowl. Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech. The Golden Hurricane are sneaky decent (if that even makes sense) but Frank Beamer deserves to go out in style. My money is on that happening. Virginia Tech 17, Tulsa 7

Foster Farms Bowl. UCLA vs. Nebraska. Remember when the Bruins were in serious talk about BCS games? Remember when Nebraska was relevant? Well, two good QBs (one young and one younger) get together to make this an interesting game even if it means nothing and one of the teams has a losing record. Yikes! UCLA 34, Nebraska 20

Military Bowl. Pittsburgh vs. Navy. Pitt could’ve been so good with James Conner (dude is unlucky, but he will come through). The Middies had an emotional win against Army and are more than equipped to win (especially now that they know their coach is staying). Navy 20, Pittsburgh 17

Quick Lane Bowl. Central Michigan vs. Minnesota. The Golden Gophers have had a tough year losing their head coach in the process, but they were legitimate division champ hopeful coming into the season. Don’t expect them to roll over this opponent either. Central Michigan 27, Minnesota 17

Armed Forces Bowl. California vs. Air Force. Another matchup of pass-first against run-first. Cal is too good to lose this. California 42, Air Force 14

Russell Athletic Bowl. North Carolina vs. Baylor. Very interesting one here. Baylor didn’t show up when they needed to and North Carolina was one play against Clemson and one fluke of a game to start the season against South Carolina from being just out of playoff talk. Seriously. North Carolina 44, Baylor 34

Arizona Bowl. Nevada vs. Colorado State. Because this one has to be played we will just call it. Colorado State 24, Nevada 16

Texas Bowl. LSU vs. Texas Tech. Kliff Kingsbury’s team is really getting better and the future looks bright. LSU might have had a “down year” but they are still a Top 10 team in terms of talent. If they come to play, this one won’t be close. LSU 41, Texas Tech 28

Birmingham Bowl. Auburn vs. Memphis. Not a game you can simply look over, but Auburn still had a solid season considering all the issues with the offense. Memphis has a great leader at QB and will make this a good game. Auburn 31, Memphis 27

Belk Bowl. NC State vs. Mississippi State. Two very good teams with the ability to have done much more than what they did. On paper, this is a pretty solid game. Might not come out that way, but it might be fun to watch. Dak Prescott is still a Bulldog. Mississippi State 38, NC State 31

Music City Bowl. Texas A & M vs. Louisville. Lots of players on their way out in College Station. Still, don’t think the Cards will have the talent to keep up. Texas A & M 23, Louisville 21

Holiday Bowl. USC vs. Wisconsin. Not sure how this one will turn out except that USC will turn the ball over. Here’s to some offense being displayed. USC 28, Wisconsin 20

Peach Bowl. Houston vs. Florida State. The Cougars might be better than you think. And while there’s not as much consistency at QB as in recent years, Florida State was a few poor showings away from relevance. Florida State 44, Houston 26

Capital One Orange Bowl. Oklahoma vs. Clemson. Two exciting teams and an promise for fireworks. Dabo Sweeney finally comes through after several years of terrific recruiting classes. Clemson 38, Oklahoma 28

Cotton Bowl. Michigan State vs. Alabama. If Connor Cook was completely healthy it might be a closer game, but the defense and solid running game will be too much to overcome. Alabama 24, Michigan State 21

Outback Bowl. Northwestern vs. Tennessee. Hard to believe these two teams were ranked to end the year. But Northwestern was very efficient and Tennessee has talented players that put enough decent games together. Defense will be what separates these two. Northwestern 21, Tennessee 13

Citrus Bowl. Michigan vs. Florida. Both are coming back from downfalls for programs with rich tradition. Who is further ahead right now? Michigan 27, Florida 10

Fiesta Bowl. Notre Dame vs. Ohio State. Very sexy game on paper. So was the ND-Alabama game. How did that end? Ohio State 52, Notre Dame 24

Rose Bowl. Stanford vs. Iowa. The Cardinal just continue to perform and the Hawkeyes’ Ferentz finally got it going after being on the hot seat prior to the year. Very good game coming. Stanford 33, Iowa 31

Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss. Lots of talent is this one. Don’t know where to start. Oklahoma State 35, Ole Miss 24

TaxSlayer Bowl. Penn State vs. Georgia. The Nittany Lions have the defense and solid QB play that the Bulldogs do not. Penn State 23, Georgia 13

Liberty Bowl. Kansas State vs. Arkansas. These two had different ends to their seasons. If the better coach won the game this might be different. Arkansas 31, Kansas State 13

Alamo Bowl. Oregon vs. TCU. Similar teams get together for a fun game. Perhaps my most anticipated matchup (maybe overall). If you like offense….. Oregon 48, TCU 45

Cactus Bowl. West Virginia vs. Arizona State. Average years for programs that will be better in the future. This one won’t be that great. Arizona State 26, West Virginia 23

National Championship Game. Clemson vs. Alabama. Both teams will be ready to go and something tells me that Clemson will be overly aggressive while Alabama will be opportunistic. The talent is even and the potential is there on both sides. Look for ball control to play a huge role here. Alabama 31, Clemson 24

Won’t see this come January…..

 

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