It’s time for the bowls. Here are the main ones we’re interested in and predictions:
Music City Bowl: Clemson (8-5) vs Kentucky (7-5), Sunday, 12-27, 7:30 p.m. ESPN.
Clemson has so much fire power with C.J. Spiller, but the way SC handled them, you gotta think KY has the edge. I’m going with the SEC in this one. Kentucky has a pretty good defense and a good offense. Randall Cobb is all world and Derrick Locke is right behind him for KY. KY a winner by three.
Independence Bowl: Georgia (7-5) vs. Texas A&M (6-6), Monday, 12-28, 4 p.m. ESPN.
LIke the Dogs. Richt will finish a tough year out with two big wins over his instate rival and in the bowl game. A&M has a good young quarterback, but the Dogs–from the best conference in the country–will prevail. Dogs by seven
Sun Bowl: Stanford (8-4) vs Oklahoma (7-5), Thursday, 12-31, 11 a.m. CBS.
Like the Cardinal. Toby Gerhart–secondplace finisher in Heisman–is awesome. Psyched to see him play. Harbaugh doing great things in Palo Alto. Oklahoma is a good team, but not near as good without Sam Bradford. I would love to see Gerhart play in the NFL next year. Stanford by three.
Texas Bowl: Missouri (8-4) vs. Navy (9-4), Thursday, 12-31, 2:30 p.m. ESPN.
Would love to see the Naval Academy do it. It’ll be tough stopping the Missouri offense, but I’ll go with the Academy for patriotism-sake. Navy by one.
Chick -Fil-A-Bowl: Virginia Tech (9-3) vs Tenn. (7-5), Thursday, 12-31, 6:30 p.m. ESPN.
Going with Va Tech in this one. Think they’re a pretty good football team and I’m not convinced Kiffin is that good, though his father is an excellent d coordinator. He has two coaches who have left: Eddie Gran, the former Auburn coach, being one of them, and Frank Wilson, who is going to LSU. Gran going to FSU. Just have a feeling those two don’t have much confidence in Kiffin. Beamer outcoaches Kiffin. Va Tech by seven.
Outback Bowl: Auburn (7-5) vs Northwestern (8-4), Friday, Jan 1, 10 a.m. ESPN.
LIke this matchup. Good game on New Year's Day to start out. I know AU fans are excited. Their effort against Alabama and their great fan base got them a New Year's Bowl. Northwestern is a pretty wide-open team offensively, and AU is exciting, as we’ve seen most of the season. Like AU in this one by a small margin. I think they'll outscore Northwestern with Fannin, Tate, Todd, Adams, Zachery, McCalebb and and ol having big games. Josh Bynes and Antonio Coleman will make their presence known on defense. Could be a good start to 2010 as Tigers can finish strong with recruiting and get ready for next season. Heard Auburn is in good shape for No.1 junior college quarterback in country. 6'6" guy who weighs probably 230. Supposedly has a cannon. Will keep you posted.
But this should be a close game. Northwestern knocked off Orange Bowl-bound Iowa this season, so they’re for real. Like a Wes Byron field goal to win it for Tigers. Should be a great Auburn crowd there.
Gator Bowl: Florida State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (9-3), Friday, Jan 1, noon. CBS.
Bobby Bowden’s last game. Class man, but it’s time. FSU could play with a passion, but West Virginia has good skilled players led by running back Noel Devine (1,297 yards rushing this year), quarterback Jarrett Brown and better personnel overall. Like WVA by 10..
Capital One Bowl: Penn State (10-2) vs LSU (9-3), Friday, Jan.1, noon. ABC.
Like the SEC here again. Penn State is not fast enough for LSU. LSU’s qb, Jordan Jefferson, if he can get the offense down, can be a fine qb in the next two years. The LSU offense is better than Penn State’s with rb Keiland Williams, and wideouts Terrence Tolliver, Brandon LaFell and Trindon Holliday as playmakers. The LSU defense can stop Penn State, too. LSU by seven.
Rose Bowl: Ohio State (10-2) vs Oregon (10-2), Friday, Jan 1, 4 p.m. ABC.
Isn’t everybody tired of Ohio State? They just never get it done. Like Oregon to beat them. Oregon is an exciting team. Too fast for Ohio State. Oregon by 10
Sugar Bowl: Florida (12-1) vs Cincinnati (12-0), Friday, Jan.1, 7:30, p.m. FOX.
Cincy has an amazing offense. Tony Pike brought his team back from a 31-10 deficit against Pitt to win 45-44. He is an amazing qb. Their offense has a ton of playmakers at wideout. New coach makes it interesting for Cincy. Florida may have the Alabama hangover. I like Cincy to upset the Gators by three.
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Ole Miss (8-4), Saturday, Jan. 2. 1 p.m. FOX.
If Ole Miss plays up to their potential, they should win. Just have too many weapons on offense with McCluster, wide out Hodge, rb Bolden and Snead at qb. Defense is pretty good, too. Like Ole Miss if they play way they’re capable of playing. Ole Miss by seven.
PapaJohns Bowl: South Carolina (7-5) vs Connecticut (7-5), Saturday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ESPN.
Good game for Bham. Last year’s NC State-Rutgers game was a good one with Rutgers pulling it out at the end. I’m going to go with the SEC in this one, again. UConn is playing inspired football after the death of one of its’ players this year but SC’s defense and enough offense will prevail. SC by three.
Liberty Bowl: East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), Saturday, Jan.2. 4:30 p.m. ESPN.
East Carolina is a pretty decent team. They blasted UAB and beat a pretty good Houston team to capture C-USA title, but Hogs have that SEC battle-tested edge. Hogs should have beaten LSU and Florida. Got robbed by the refs at Florida. Hogs have that explosive offense. That’s their edge. Hogs by seven.
The Fiesta Bowl: TCU (12-0) vs Boise State (13-0), Monday, Jan.4, 7 p.m. FOX.
Good game here. Would have rather seen TCU play Georgia Tech and Boise State play Iowa just to see how the non-BCS schools, the underdogs, would fare against those teams. I bet they’d do pretty well. TCU has it all. While I haven’t seen them play, I’ve read about them and seen highlights. Gary Patterson is a master at defense and his defense is very good. His offense is pretty special too, with a good quarterback in Andy Dalton.
Boise State has the prolific offense and an average defense.
Could be a shootout, or TCU could shut Boise down. See more of a shootout with TCU winning by 10.
Orange Bowl: Ga Tech (11-2) vs Iowa (10-2) Tuesday, Jan.5, 7 p.m. FOX.
The Tech offense is flat out near unstoppable with running back Jonathan Dwyer (1,350 rushing yards, 14 tds) and quarterback Josh Nesbitt (991 rushing yards, 18 tds). While Iowa is a solid team, Tech will just be too much offensively. Tech has an average defense, but Iowa’s offense just doesn’t have the explosiveness of Tech. If Tech can get Nesbitt and Dwyer to come back for their senior seasons, they'll be in the national championship hunt next year.
Like Tech to win by 10.
Merry Christmas and enjoy the bowls. Will go over National Championship game the day before the game.