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Predictions 101 — Bowls


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.

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 (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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Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.

Video: There’s nothing wrong with Cardale Jones

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In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.

Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst.  Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.

Is that perception valid?  Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.

He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.  It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season.  When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.

He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts.  Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well.  During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.

So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right?  Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.