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Predictions 101 — Bowls

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It’s time to go bowling!

While our record during the season at Predictions 101 was far better than the .500 mark it takes to qualify for the postseason (unless you’re Georgia Tech at 6-7!?) the stakes are raised as the bowl season has arrived.

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

BCS BOWLS
Championship (1/7): No. 2 Alabama 42, No. 1 Notre Dame 14 (WIN)
Fiesta (1/3): No. 5 Oregon 35, No. 7 Kansas State 17 (WIN)
Sugar (1/2): No. 22 Louisville 33, No. 4 Florida 23 (LOSS)
Orange (1/1):
No. 13 Florida State 31, No. 16 Northern Illinois 10 (WIN)
Rose (1/1):
No. 8 Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14 (WIN)

OTHER BOWLS
GoDaddy.com (1/6): Arkansas State 17, No. 25 Kent State 13 (LOSS)
BBVA Compass (1/5): Mississippi 38, Pittsburgh 17 (LOSS)
Cotton (1/4): No. 10 Texas A&M 41, No. 12 Oklahoma 13 (WIN)
Capital One (1/1):
No. 6 Georgia 45, No. 23 Nebraska 31 (WIN)
Outback (1/1): No. 11 South Carolina 33, No. 19 Michigan 28 (WIN)
Gator (1/1): No. 21 Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20 (WIN)
Heart of Dallas (1/1): Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14 (WIN)
Chick-fil-A (12/31):  No. 14 Clemson 25, No. 9 LSU 24 (LOSS)
Liberty (12/31): Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17 (WIN)
Sun (12/31): Georgia Tech 21, USC 7 (WIN)
Music City (12/31): Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24 (WIN)
Buffalo Wild Wings (12/29): Michigan State 17, TCU 16 (LOSS)
Alamo (12/29): Texas 31, No. 15 Oregon State 27 (LOSS)
Pinstripe (12/29): Syracuse 38, West Virginia 14 (WIN)
Kraft Fight Hunger (12/29): Arizona State 62, Navy 28 (WIN)
Armed Forces (12/29): Rice 33, Air Force 14 (LOSS)
Meineke Car Care Bowl (12/28): Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 (WIN)
Russell Athletic (12/28): Virginia Tech 13, Rutgers 10, OT (WIN)
Independence (12/28): Ohio 45, Louisiana-Monroe (LOSS)
Holiday (12/27): Baylor 49, No. 17 UCLA 26 (LOSS)
Belk (12/27): Cincinnati 48, Duke 34 (WIN)
Military (12/27): No. 24 San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20 (LOSS)
Little Caesars Pizza (12/26): Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21 (LOSS)
Hawaii (12/24): SMU 43, Fresno State 10 (LOSS)
MAACO Las Vegas (12/22): No. 20 Boise State 28, Washington 26 (WIN)
New Orleans (12/22): Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34 (LOSS)
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s (12/21): Central Florida 38, Ball State 17 (LOSS)
Poinsettia (12/20): BYU 23, San Diego State 6 (WIN)
Famous Idaho Potato (12/15): No. 18 Utah State 41, Toledo 15 (WIN)
New Mexico (12/15): Arizona 49, Nevada 48 (WIN)

Bowl record (overall): 21-14

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27 Responses to “Predictions 101 — Bowls”
  1. tubaplayingprof says: Dec 3, 2012 5:15 AM

    Louisiana-Monroe is in the independence bowl. Congrats to both UL schools. (LSU and La Tech). Good times down there.

  2. wabbitslayer says: Dec 3, 2012 6:16 AM

    AT LEAST two, and really 3 or 4, of the “other” bowls will offer a better game, better players and just plain out better football than at least two of the BCS bowls.

    Good grief.

  3. blitz4848 says: Dec 3, 2012 7:35 AM

    What a lousy bowl schedule.
    How about this one for US FANS thay pay the freight!!!!!

    BCS–Notre Dame – Bama
    Rose–Stanford – Georgia
    Sugar–Florida – Oregon
    Fiesta–K-State – LSU
    Orange Bowl–South Carolina – FSU
    Cotton Bowl–Texas A&M – Texas (The Aggies hate UT)
    Capital One–Oklahoma – Nebraska (for old time sake)

    These would be more watchable, even matches and a bonus for all the SEC and SEC haters is 6 head to head matchups that would give the fans lots to debate, blog and bitch about.

    I say screw the conference alignments and how many per conference restrictions!!! The above matchups would fill the stadiums, pack the local hotels, have great TV ratings and all the host chamber of commerce people would be smiling.

    Hell, the Oklahoma-Nebraska would pack Orlando to the gills and renew that old Thanksgiving Friday rivalry we all used to have on our “must see TV list………

    We need a a BOWL CZAR to appease us fans…..

  4. polegojim says: Dec 3, 2012 8:47 AM

    @blitz – Texas will lose the Alamo Bowl, just as they’d lose the Cotton Bowl. So it’s all good.

    Nebraska is going to get BOMBED against Georgia. Bo don’t know Big Games. TVs off after first half.

  5. mgavin78 says: Dec 3, 2012 8:48 AM

    Who really cares and bunch of crap games. NIu in bacs was enough. KSU and OU not in is a joke

  6. whdreed says: Dec 3, 2012 9:05 AM

    What a joke these matchups are. Once again the cameras will pan the stadiums of the “who cares” games and you’ll see no one in the stands… Once again the top rated SEC teams will be playing a bunch of sister teams while Oregon and K-state play each other. How about a Florida/Oregon matchup and a K-State/LSU matchup, at least these would be a little more challenging for the SEC, maybe even be exciting thru the 1st half…
    There could have been some great matchups but somebody left their brain at home when they came up with this garbage schedule… there has to be a lot more money to be made using the nothing bowls for playoffs to get to a real champion. Georgia must be a 30-point favorite over Nebraska after Wisconsin undressed that nothing team…

  7. xtremesportsmaniac says: Dec 3, 2012 9:11 AM

    I live in South Florida but it is time to get rid of the Orange Bowl. This bowl game always has the worst match ups.

  8. olskool711 says: Dec 3, 2012 10:48 AM

    I clicked on this thread planning on ripping the match-ups as the worst I can ever remember.

    Then I read the comments and realized I’m not alone.

    Lately there has been a lot of talk that the really stupid decisions that have been made over the past few years, are being made now, and are sure to be made in the near future is really screwing the pooch.

    I think they are right.

    College Football was absolutely thriving 3-5 years ago.

    Now….

    Now I have to listen to the talking head disinformation specialists tell me how great things are in order to not be disgusted on what these pot bellied, bald blowhards are doing to the game.

    On the other hand, if you are the owner of a strip club, golf course, or extremely expensive steak house there is good news! The bcs administrators are coming to town with their limitless budgets!

  9. pricecube says: Dec 3, 2012 11:21 AM

    When Boise State, Utah and TCU were BCS busters in years past they had to go undefeated and beat some ranked teams along the way to do it. A playoff cannot come soon enough. If SEC or ACC fans want to brag about their bowl record next year, they should consider not including the Sugar and Orange bowl results… win or lose.

  10. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2012 11:27 AM

    @jonkybon

    If you thought SC defense is goo, expect more of the same from LSU! Not gonna be pretty and LSU O-line will dominate Tiger “D”…..anything less than letting up 70 points will be improvement for Clemson. Did you know Clemson has one of the top APR scores of all the colleges and universities. Now that is something I would be proud of. Congratulations to Clemson for that outstanding academic performance. Well done! The Gamecocker

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2012 11:35 AM

    Cotton Bowl seems to be best non BCS bowl…

    LSU v Clemson looks pretty good.

    NIU v FSU in the Orange…. what a joke

  12. kiopta1 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:45 PM

    Fav non BCS match-ups are the Cotton bowl, Outback bowl, and Chick-fil-le bowl. Fav BCS non champ is Oregon vs KSU.

    Here Come the Irish!

  13. thegamecocker says: Dec 3, 2012 1:49 PM

    Fighting Gamecocks v Michigan Wolverines = good match-up. Jan 1, 1PM, ESPN.

  14. kiopta1 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:58 PM

    I agree gamecock. I know Hoke will have to game plan around Clowney and it will be a fun match up with 2 highly mobile QB/RB/WR since DR and Gardner play both.

  15. florida727 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:03 PM

    I’m with #blitz4848 on this. Whether you love the SEC or hate the SEC, the lineup of games #blitz proposed gives the blog sites and fans a lot to chatter about. Isn’t that what college football should be about? Don’t get me wrong, I’m genuinely happy for Northern Illinois fans. This is a HUGE deal for them. They’ve had a great year and they should be incredibly excited they ‘busted’ the BCS proverbial glass ceiling. But outside of DeKalb, IL, who’s excited to see them play FSU? Same for Florida. Louisville? Really? They weren’t even ranked as recently as last week!

    I’m voting for the lineup #blitz4848 suggested. Of course, that and 50-cents and I can get a copy of USA Today :(

  16. southernpatriots says: Dec 3, 2012 2:52 PM

    florida727 (and blitz4848): I agree.

    What happened to the matchups? Who chose this strange grouping of opponents. Like one poster asked what happened to the other 20 teams which ranked above the one chosen? Why wasn’t one of those teams available for some of the more prominent bowls?

  17. millersirish1986 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:25 PM

    The ncaa thinks they make money now. Im all for keeping the integrity of the bowls but make the sugar, rose, orange and fiesta the quarterfinals. Instead of putting conference champs that dont belong they need to take the top eight teams in the country and let them battle it out. I dont even care if they use the bcs to find the top eight teams.

  18. florida727 says: Dec 3, 2012 5:20 PM

    #southernpatriots, I know some of the rules of the BCS but not all of them. I know certain bowls still have conference tie-ins. For example, the Sugar Bowl gets the SEC champion, unless said champion qualifies for the national championship game, in which case the next highest rated SEC team gets the invite. In years when the Rose Bowl is NOT the site of the national championship game, the Pac12 and Big10 champions go. The ACC champion always gets an Orange Bowl invite. Etc. Don’t remember the specifics of the non-AQ (in this case NIU) having to be ranked 16th or higher in the final poll to get into a game. There’s a second condition that has to apply for them to get a BCS bid, I think.

    Bottom line: there’s virtually no flexibility in the current system, and accordingly, you get a few ‘dog’ matchups. For example: Georgia deserved better. Actually, they deserved a BCS spot ahead of us. They beat us, and they came within 4 yards of playing for the title. It’s like they got penalized for playing in the SEC Championship game, despite how well they played. That’s not right.

  19. southernpatriots says: Dec 3, 2012 5:50 PM

    florida727:

    I know you are right about the conference tie-ups. That is where things start getting confusing for me. Some of these matches I cannot explain. When others ask me questions, I realize how ignorant I am about some of these tie-ins and why some teams were chosen over others.

    You are correct about what appears to be a penalty against UGA and some other teams for playing the eventual SEC champion and barely losing or losing to a top ranked team. We can’t do anything about this since the decisions were made so I guess it is moot, but I sure hope the upcoming playoffs choose better teams and opponents and all. It may be get much more confusing once that playoff system starts, at least in the beginning. If you get better understanding of it all, please post. Maybe then I can have a rudimentary knowledge to answer simple questions other fans ask me….ha.

  20. sssjim7 says: Dec 3, 2012 9:47 PM

    @Southernpatriots

    The LSU-Clemson game looks like it could be a good one… the first half should be really exciting:)
    Hopefully Clemson will show up and play in the second half, too…

    ~Jim

  21. southernpatriots says: Dec 3, 2012 10:15 PM

    Dear Jim:

    Thank you for the encouragement. Maybe as my wife is telling me, I just have too much on my plate and these pairings for the bowls look very strange.

    Coach Miles seems happy to be playing Clemson (the other “Tigers” with the other “Death Valley”, etc. ha.). LSU started the season with the expulsion of its most celebrated player (Tyrann Mathieu, “the Honey Badger”) and then with numerous injuries to key starting and veteran players, to where our OL looked like a patchwork with several of the 4 playing out of position. It took to the Gamecock game when the OL seemed to gel. It was a entertaining (or hair-raising) season so far…ha.

    Thank you again Jim.

  22. madtownthrowdown says: Dec 5, 2012 6:04 PM

    blitz4848 says:
    Dec 3, 2012 7:35 AM
    What a lousy bowl schedule.
    How about this one for US FANS thay pay the freight!!!!!

    BCS–Notre Dame – Bama
    Rose–Stanford – Georgia
    Sugar–Florida – Oregon
    Fiesta–K-State – LSU
    Orange Bowl–South Carolina – FSU
    Cotton Bowl–Texas A&M – Texas (The Aggies hate UT)
    Capital One–Oklahoma – Nebraska (for old time sake)

    These would be more watchable, even matches and a bonus for all the SEC and SEC haters is 6 head to head matchups that would give the fans lots to debate, blog and bitch about.

    I say screw the conference alignments and how many per conference restrictions!!! The above matchups would fill the stadiums, pack the local hotels, have great TV ratings and all the host chamber of commerce people would be smiling.

    Hell, the Oklahoma-Nebraska would pack Orlando to the gills and renew that old Thanksgiving Friday rivalry we all used to have on our “must see TV list………

    We need a a BOWL CZAR to appease us fans…..

    Hmmmm…… I bet the above guy is not from the SEC. pause. Not. Fact of the matter is the SEC may be the power conference but their fans don’t travel as well as other schools. If they do go to the bowl games it’s because all the bowls they play in are from Texas to Florida. So again in the end it is all about the money. If SEC fans could back up all there talk with traveling to the games then you’d probably see the rules change quicker. Now I gotta go bang my sister. Roll Tide!

  23. theseaward says: Dec 10, 2012 2:13 PM

    Bowl games are an outdated concept. Only the championship game is meaningful the rest are just another game.

  24. connectionsnlp says: Dec 13, 2012 9:35 AM

    John, I think you’re an idiot…you have Big 12 losing six of nine games post-season…are you serious? The only winners being Okla State, TCU, and Texas Tech…you need to go into some serious therapy…

  25. texasboy10 says: Dec 30, 2012 1:23 AM

    If Texas vs A&M in the cotton bowl Texas would win just like we spanked them last year

  26. florida727 says: Jan 2, 2013 2:17 PM

    Wow. I’m just now realizing how bad this bowl season is. Do you realize there are already FIVE teams that have participated in bowl games that are finishing their respective seasons with LOSING records?

    Purdue, Duke, Air Force, Minnesota, and Iowa State, all finished their seasons with 6-7 records. And we’re guaranteed one more because Pitt plays Ole Miss on January 5, and both teams are 6-6 entering that game. That’ll make SIX losing record teams in bowl games this year.

    The criteria needs to change to SEVEN wins to qualify. Why reward mediocrity? I thought we stopped giving out little trophies to each kid that participates back in, like, the 3rd grade. And then we hear complaints about how teams that go to anything but a BCS bowl actually LOSE money? This is pathetic.

  27. rcali says: Jan 2, 2013 4:18 PM

    What, nobody had Florida State -14?

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