It’s finally time for me to weigh in on the College Bowl season. This season my college choices have been a shiny, happy 35-25, with a plus 22 number on the star basis. They are listed in order of when they are played. They are 2-star selections, unless noted.
Florida St.(+4) UCLA
Okla St.(-2) Alabama
K-State(+7.5) Rutgers (3-star)
California(-3.5) Texas A$M
Hard to see Bowden having his first losing season while at Florida St. (**** The Griddle’s Bob Timmermann shares with me that Bobby’s first season in Tallahassee, the Sems had a losing record. ****)
Something you will notice here is that the 2006 SEC is overrated.
Another league that got way too much play is the Big East.
California is a better team than they showed much of the year.
Oregon St.(-3) Missouri
Minnesota(+6.5) Texas Tech (3-star)
Boston College(-6) Navy
The Pac-10 I think will have the best overall record in the bowl games.
Minnesota will run the ball successfully, winning the time of possession game.
The ACC sucked this year, while Purdue played a better level of competition.
Well coached BC will not look past Midshipmen.
Penn St.(+4) Tennessee
Auburn(1.5) Nebraska (3-star)
Wisconsin(+2) Arkansas (3-star)
While the game looks to be a mismatch, the Big 10 usually wins the Alamo Bowl.
As you can tell from my picks, I’m leaning heavily towards Big 10 teams to cover.
Talent and coaching levels don’t look good for the Huskers
The Badgers are the most underrated team in the country. They will smashmouth the Razorbacks.
Oklahoma(-7) Boise St. (3-star)
Wake Forest(+10) Louisville (4-star Bowl Game of the Year)
LSU(-9) Notre Dame
Best match-up of the bowl games. Don’t feel strongly about the Trojans, but the combination of it being a virtual home game, plus Carroll being a far superior coach to Carr has me leaning USC’s way.
Boise just hasn’t seen this type of talent. The Sooners were screwed out of the Top 5, with the Ducks debacle in Eugene.
Louisville is explosive, but the Demon Deacons will play a deliberate pace which will keep the game close.
Like many other recent Fighting Irish teams, they are playing a superior bowl opponent who will be inspired to kick them all over the field.
Ohio St.(-7) Florida
I think there are 5 or 6 better teams than Florida, but concerned that the Buckeyes already feel like they have played their national championship game versus Michigan. Not playing a game since Nov. 18, while the Gators played as recently as Dec. 2. Mild play on the Buckeyes.