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Predictions 101 — Bowls

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It’s time to go bowling!

While our record during the season — 121-43 — was far better than the .500 mark it takes to qualify for the postseason, the stakes are raised as the bowl season has arrived.

From the Alamo to the TicketCity — and some others with really bizarre names in between — we’ve got you covered here at CollegeFootballTalk with a look at all 35 (yikes!) bowl games.

BCS BOWLS
Championship (1/9): No. 2 Alabama 21, No. 1 LSU 0 (WIN)
Orange (1/4):
No. 23 West Virginia 70, No. 14 Clemson 33 (LOSS)
Sugar (1/3): No. 13 Michigan 23, No. 17 Virginia Tech 20, OT (WIN)
Fiesta (1/2): No. 3 Oklahoma State 41, No. 4 Stanford 38, OT (WIN)
Rose (1/2):
No. 6 Oregon 45, No. 9 Wisconsin 38 (LOSS)

OTHER BOWLS
GoDaddy.com (1/8): Northern Illinois 38, Arkansas State 20 (WIN)
BBVA Compass (1/7): SMU 28, Pittsburgh 6  (LOSS)
Cotton (1/6): No. 7 Arkansas 29, No. 11 Kansas State 16 (WIN)
Capital One (1/2):
 No. 10 South Carolina 30, No. 21 Nebraska 13 (WIN)
Gator (1/2):
Florida 24, Ohio State 17 (WIN)
Outback (1/2):
No. 12 Michigan State 33, No. 18 Georgia 30, 3OT (LOSS)
TicketCity (1/2):
No. 20 Houston 30, No. 24 Penn State 14 (LOSS)
Chick-fil-A (12/31):
Auburn 43, Virginia 24 (WIN)
Liberty (12/31): Cincinnati 31, Vanderbilt 24 (LOSS)
Fight Hunger (12/31): Illinois 20, UCLA 14 (WIN)
Sun (12/31):
Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27, OT (LOSS)
Meineke Car Care (12/31):
Texas A&M 33, Northwestern 22 (WIN)
Insight (12/30): No. 19 Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14 (WIN)
Music City (12/30): Mississippi State 23, Wake Forest 17 (WIN)
Pinstripe (12/30): Rutgers 27, Iowa State 13 (LOSS)
Armed Forces (12/30): BYU 24, Tulsa 21 (LOSS)
Alamo (12/29): No. 15 Baylor 67, Washington 56 (WIN)
Champs Sports (12/29): No. 25 Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14 (WIN)
Holiday (12/28): Texas 21, California 10 (LOSS)
Military (12/28): Toledo 42, Air Force 41 (LOSS)
Belk (12/27): North Carolina State 31, Louisville 24 (LOSS)
Little Caesars (12/27): Purdue 37, Western Michigan 32 (LOSS)
Independence (12/26): Missouri 41, North Carolina 24 (WIN)
Hawaii (12/24):
No. 22 Southern Miss 24, Nevada 17 (LOSS)
MAACO (12/22): No. 8 Boise State 56, Arizona State 24  (WIN)
Poinsettia (12/21): No. 16 TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24 (WIN)
Beef ‘O’ Brady (12/20): Marshall 20, Florida International 10 (WIN)
New Orleans (12/17): Louisiana-Lafayette 32, San Diego State 30 (LOSS)
Famous Idaho Potato (12/17): Ohio 24, Utah State 23 (WIN)
New Mexico (12/17): Temple 37, Wyoming 15 (WIN)

Bowl record: 20-15
Regular season record: 121-43

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ECU transfer Kurt Benkert wins Virginia’s starting QB job

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 East Carolina quarterback Kurt Benkert rolls out to pass during NCAA college football practice in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Four months ago, Kurt Benkert was one the losing end of a quarterback competition at East Carolina.  Fastforward to today, and he’s now the trigger man in a Power Five offense.

First-year Hoos head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Wednesday that Benkert will start the season opener against Richmond.  Benkert had been involved in a competition that included returning starter Matt Johns and Texas/Arizona transfer Connor Brewer.

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Benkert came to the Cavaliers as a graduate transfer, but is not a one-year stop-gap as he has two years of eligibility remaining.

Named the Pirates’ starter in early August of 2015, Benkert sustained a right knee injury a couple of weeks later that knocked him out for the entire season.  Blake Kemp took over and kept a stranglehold on the starting job through spring practice this year, triggering Benkert’s decision to move on.

Benkert has attempted 10 passes in his collegiate career, all in 2014.

In starting all 12 games for the Cavaliers last season, Johns’ 2,810 passing yards were third in school history while his 20 touchdowns were tied for fourth.  His 17 interceptions, though, were the most of any FBS quarterback in 2015.

Cassius Peat granted release by Mich. St., appears headed to JUCO

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  A Michigan State Spartans helmet on the bench during a college football game against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on November 15, 2014 in College Park, Maryland.  The Spartans won 37-15.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Earlier this month, Mark Dantonio stated that Michigan State was giving Cassius Peat “an opportunity to work on his academics and get himself in order” as his status with the program was “in flux.”

A week or so later?  He gone.

MSU confirmed Wednesday that Peat has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer from the Spartans.  And, in fact, the defensive lineman may have already found a new home, one at the junior college level.

Peat, initially a UCLA commit, was a three-star 2015 recruit who was rated as the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Arizona.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and had been listed as the No. tackle heading into summer camp.

However, according to mlive.com, Peat did not report for camp amidst his academic issues.

Ex-Oregon St. DB goes home to LaTech as grad transfer

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Running back Justin Davis #22 of the USC Trojans is defended by safety Cyril Noland-Lewis #17 of the Oregon State Beavers in the second half at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. USC defeated Oregon State 35-10.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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A week after transferring from Oregon State, Cyril Noland-Lewis has found a new home that happens to also double as his hometown.

The Ruston News Star, among others, has reported that Noland-Lewis is transferring into the Louisiana Tech football program.  As he is coming to Tech as a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play for the Bulldogs in 2016, his final season of eligibility.

The defensive back, who went to high school in Ruston, was at the Bulldogs’ practice Tuesday as Tech continues preparations for the season opener Sept. 3 against Arkansas.

Noland-Lewis started 10 games for the Beavers last season.  Six of those starts came as a safety, the others as the nickel corner.  OSU moved Noland-Lewis to cornerback this offseason, where he ultimately found himself buried on the depth chart in summer camp.

The 6-0, 198-pound fifth-year senior, who began his OSU career as a linebacker, played in a total of 37 games during his time in Corvallis.

Tyler Rodgers, NMSU’s starting QB, arrested on battery charge

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Tyler Rogers #18 of the New Mexico State Aggies drops back to pass against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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It’s not been a good day for a couple of starting quarterbacks at Group of Five programs.

The Las Cruces Sun-News has reported that New Mexico State’s Tyler Rogers turned himself in last Friday on a warrant that had been issued for him Aug. 14.  The junior was booked on one count of misdemeanor charge of battery against a household member.

The alleged victim is Rogers’ girlfriend. A verbal altercation at a party allegedly turned physical in a vehicle later on. When police arrived, the woman, who was initially crying, “downplayed the incident and said that it wasn’t really anything and that the altercation did not get physical and didn’t consider Mr. Rogers grabbing her arm as being a physical altercation.”

The woman decided against completing a domestic violence supplement report, and, according to the Sun-News, it’s unclear if the woman is cooperating with police.

“I was very disappointed in hearing the news but we are in the information gathering stage,” NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia said in a statement. “These are allegations that we take very seriously and we look forward to getting as much detail as possible so the university can be informed and the athletic department can make an informed decision moving forward.”

Because “it is a misdemeanor, there isn’t a suspension coming forth right now,” head coach Doug Martin said.

Rogers has started 15 games the past two seasons for the Aggies.