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Sid’s Bowl Picks

December 26, 2013

The tradition continues. The annual rite of passage that gives my readers a chance to match wits against the logic I use to pick winners of college football bowl games. I normally do quite well picking these games but know there are those out there who can pick them with more accuracy (and logic). I will begin with the games that start on December 26, the date the paper is circulated. Good luck.   

Little Caesars Pizza    Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green, Dec. 26, 6 p.m. ESPN - If I do choose to watch this game, Little Caesars will not be my pizza of choice. Actually, I doubt I will watch but I will go with the little school, Bowling Green, over the larger school, Pitt. 

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia    Utah State vs. Northern Illinois, Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m.  ESPN - I do think I will take a peek at this game. Northern Illinois has a quarterback who set all kinds of records and got some Heisman votes. I know nothing about Utah State except that it is somewhere in Utah. I will go with NIU.  

Military Bowl    Marshall vs. Maryland, Dec. 27, 2:30 p.m.     ESPN - I do not think the ACC is going to do well this Bowl season. But I will take them in this matchup as I believe the Terps are too much for Marshall. Fear the Turtle.  

Texas    Syracuse vs. Minnesota, Dec. 27, 6 p.m.     ESPN - I am not sure how Syracuse made it to a Bowl game. And I do know that Minnesota gave the top teams in the Big 10 trouble. For that reason, I will take the Golden Gophers in a close one.  

Fight Hunger    BYU vs. Washington, Dec. 27, 9:30 p.m.     ESPN - I am all for fighting hunger but I think I will find other ways to fight it over watching this game. That being said, I will go with Washington. The Huskies faced a tough schedule in 2013, one that makes BYU look like an easy opponent.  

New Era Pinstripe    Rutgers vs. Notre Dame, Dec. 28, Noon     ESPN - The Bowl Games gods are looking down on the Irish. Notre Dame, in recent years, has not fared well in Bowl games. To be fair to them, they usually enter the games as underdogs. Not this year as they will find easy pickings with Rutgers.  

Belk    Cincinnati vs. North Carolina, Dec. 28, 3:20 p.m.     ESPN - This will be a home game of sort for the Heels but I still like the Bearcats. They are the better team and UNC did not show much improvement, if any at all, as the season progressed.  

Russell Athletic    Miami vs. Louisville, Dec. 28, 6:45 p.m.     ESPN - I have to go against the ACC again in this one. Miami fades fast as the calendar moved this fall. Louisville has a high-powered offense, one that the Hurricanes did not see the likes of in the ACC.  

Buffalo Wild Wings    Michigan vs. Kansas State, Dec. 28, 10:15 p.m.     ESPN - This is a late kickoff on Saturday night. If I had some Buffalo Wild Wings, I would not mind staying up to watch this one. Michigan puts points on the board but it cannot stop anyone. Still, I think I will go with the Wolverines over a not very good KSU team out of the Big 12.  

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces    Middle Tennessee vs. Navy, Dec. 30, 11:45 a.m.     ESPN - When in doubt, and I am in doubt, go with the military schools. Actually, I think Navy will win this one quite handily.  

Franklin American Mortgage Music City    Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m.     ESPN - Another bowl game, another loss for the ACC. The two teams have similar records but Ole Miss plays in the much tougher SEC. Mississippi should be able to handle anything the Yellow Jackets throw at them.  

Valero Alamo    Oregon vs. Texas, Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m.     ESPN - This will be Mack Brown’s last game coaching the Longhorns. I do not like his chances of winning his finale. Oregon has too much offense and Texas has very little defense. Still, Mr. Brown had a Hall of Fame career.  

National University Holiday    Arizona State vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m.     ESPN - Another trend within my picks this year is that the teams out West will fare quite well. This is another one as Arizona State quietly put together a solid season and came within a few plays of having a great season. I see them winning this one big.  

AdvoCare V100    Arizona vs. Boston College, Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m.     ESPN - See above. Arizona will also win big against an overmatched Boston College team.  

Hyundai Sun    Virginia Tech vs. UCLA, Dec. 31, 2 p.m.     CBS - Remember to change the channel. This is the first non-ESPN bowl game of the season. Same result though. The school out west will come out on top. Remember when the Hokies used to be national title contenders? Not anymore.  

AutoZone Liberty    Rice vs. Mississippi State, Dec. 31, 4 p.m.     ESPN - Let’s see. Take a nap at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to prepare for the evening activities or watch this matchup? Easy decision for me. I love naps and I cannot find a reason to watch this boring game. However, I will go with Mississippi State.  

Chick-fil-A    Duke vs. Texas A&M, Dec. 31, 8 p.m.     ESPN - Okay, nap time is over and it is time to get ready for the evening. Will do so while watching Duke attempt to stop Johnny Manziel. Sadly so, I see a similar result as the ACC title game. Manziel will have a huge game. Gator    Nebraska vs. Georgia, Jan. 1, Noon   ESPN2 - Nothing like a bowl game on Jan. 1 to remind me that it is tax time. Depressing. But this is a good matchup. I like the SEC again in this one. Bulldogs win.  

Heart of Dallas    UNLV vs. North Texas, Jan. 1, Noon     ESPNU - I wonder how those living on the outskirts of Dallas feel about this bowl game name? I will stick with the home team here and go with North Texas.  

Capital One    Wisconsin vs. South Carolina, Jan. 1, 1 p.m.    ABC - Okay, now we are getting to the good ones. This will be entertaining and it will be close. I do think Steve Spurrier will find a way to bring a bowl game victory back to Columbia.  

Outback    Iowa vs. LSU, Jan. 1, 1 p.m.     ESPN - The SEC will triumph again over the Big 10. This one will not be pretty for the Hawkeyes.  

Rose Bowl    Stanford vs. Michigan State, Jan. 1, 5 p.m.     ESPN - For those who like old time physical football games, this one is for you. It will be like going back in time if you watch this one. I really like Stanford here but it would not surprise me if Michigan State pulls off the upset.  

Tostitos Fiesta    UCF vs. Baylor, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.     ESPN - Baylor may put up 70+ points in this one. UCF will take both the drubbing and the payoff of being in a BCS bowl game. This one will be over quickly.  

Allstate Sugar    Oklahoma vs. Alabama, Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.     ESPN - Poor Oklahoma. They will feel the wrath of a Crimson Tide football team that feels they are the best team in the nation. Will be fun to watch, at least for awhile.  

Discover Orange    Clemson vs. Ohio State, Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m.     ESPN - If you like offense, you will love this one. Look for 80+ points to be scored and look for the winner to be the last team possessing the ball. I am going with Ohio State primarily due to Clemson fading as the year progressed. Still, I love what the Tigers did to LSU last year during Bowl season.  

AT&T Cotton    Oklahoma State vs. Missouri, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.     FOX - See above. There will be little defense in this game. That will lead to a busy scoreboard. Let me try another old adage on you. The team that kicks the most field goals will lose this game. In other words, it will take touchdowns to win this game. I will go with Oklahoma State.  

BBVA Compass    Vanderbilt vs. Houston, Jan. 4, 1 p.m.     ESPN - I will go with Vanderbilt and the SEC in this one. I do not know much about either team but I keep hearing about how the Vandy head coach is in the running for a number of high profile coaching jobs.  

GoDaddy    Arkansas State vs. Ball State, Jan. 5, 9 p.m.     ESPN - I think people watch this one just to see the GoDaddy commercials. Flipping a coin on this one. Nah, when in doubt, go with the team from the South. Arkansas State.  

VIZIO BCS National Championship    Florida State vs. Auburn, Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m.     ESPN - I am bucking the trend on this one. Wisdom and past history tells me to go with the SEC and against the ACC. But I cannot do it this year. I like Florida State in a close one.




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