DEC. 18 OFF THE MARK COLUMN — MARK SPENSLEY, CO-PUBLISHER
The college football postseason is here and as usual, a bit watered down. And with that Pete and I are throwing out our projections and partaking in our usual bowl season bet.
So here are my picks: New Mexico Bowl sees Washington State victorious over Colorado State. I’m picking USC over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Here’s proof there are too many bowls, Buffalo will win over San Diego State in the Idaho Potato Bowl.
And then you have the prestigious New Orleans Bowl (cough, cough). I’m going with Louisiana-Lafayette over Tulane. And the popular St. Petersburg Bowl: I’m picking East Carolina over Ohio.
Now here’s a potential good game, the Hawaii Bowl featuring Oregon State vs. Boise State. Let’s go with Boise State in a shootout. Neither team has a defense to speak of. The Little Caesars Bowl will go to Bowling Green, the Poinsettia Bowl to Northern Illinois and the Military Bowl to “We are Marshall!”
The Texas Bowl features two programs on the rise. I’m going with a hot Minnesota team over Syracuse. Washington will win the Fight Hunger Bowl, which is another of those bowls I’ve never heard of, under their interim coach. And the luck of the Irish will prevail in the Pinstripe Bowl.
And here we go again, the Belk Bowl, another one on my infamous list, features North Carolina and Cincinnati. I’m picking North Carolina. The Russell Athletic Bowl will be a Louisville victory over Miami. Michigan will win the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl over KSU and enjoy a post game meal of spicy wings!
The Armed Forces Bowl will go to Navy, deservedly so. The Georgia Tech option attack will tie up Ole Miss and the best team to not be playing in a more prestigious bowl, Oregon, will send retiring Texas coach, Mack Brown out a loser.
Another bowl that will see little defense features ASU verses Texas Tech. I’m going with Arizona State. Both teams will put 40+ points on the scoreboard. Conversely, the AdvoCare Bowl will be about two star running backs, BC’s Andre Williams and Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey. I like Arizona in this one.
The Sun Bowl, located in sunny El Paso, features UCLA against Virginia Tech. I’m taking sun soaked UCLA. The Liberty Bowl will see a Rice team knocking off Mississippi State.
A matchup of two ranked teams, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 24 Duke will go to Texas A&M., led by last years Heisman winner, “Johnny Football.” Isn’t Duke a basketball school? Two teams facing off in the Gator Bowl, Georgia and Nebraska, feature teams playing without their starting QB. Nebraska’s Achilles heel will be their idiot coach, Bo Pelini. I’m taking Georgia.
Another on my “why is this a bowl” list, the Heart of Dallas Bowl, goes to North Texas over UNLV. Too bad UNLV couldn’t stay closer to home and play in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The bowl I’m most looking forward to, the Outback Bowl, goes to LSU over my beloved Hawks. I’m taking South Carolina over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl and Stanford over Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
Then Baylor will upend UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, Alabama will win the Sugar Bowl, and Missouri will be victorious over Okie State in the Cotton Bowl.
Look for Ohio State to get the Big Ten back on track by beating Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Vanderbilt will edge Houston in the Compass Bowl and Arkansas State knocks off Ball State in the Godaddy Bowl. Godaddy Bowl?
And the game we are all waiting for, the Vizio BCS National Championship game, will see Florida State victorious over Auburn.