College Football

Well, it’s about time. Bowl predictions! And please don’t compare me to Jerry Palm…I’m much better looking.

Alright here we go.  Now we put all this crap together into one giant heap known as college football BOWL SEASON!  I love bowl games despite the fact most people hate how many there are.  Just means more college football!  Then again, even I have to admit that it is getting to the point of insanity and if more bowls are introduced you will start to see teams with losing records playing an extra game.  “Hey, UTEP, you just finished 3-9.  But we here at the Middle of Montana Bowl(also known as the Buttfuck Nowhere Bowl) would like to invite you to play winless Eastern Michigan.  How about it?”  Yeah, that looks stupid to me too.  So here are the predictions:

December 21, 2013 2:00 PM New Mexico Bowl Pac-12 #7 MWC #4 Washington Air Force
December 21, 2013 3:30 PM Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 #5 MWC #1 UCLA Utah State
December 21, 2013 5:30 PM Idaho Potato Bowl MWC #6 MAC #3 Wyoming Bowling Green
December 21, 2013 9:00 PM New Orleans Bowl Sun Belt #1 C-USA #5 UL-Lafayette North Texas
December 23, 2013 2:00 PM Beef O’Brady’s Bowl American #6 C-USA #3 Toledo Marshall
December 24, 2013 8:00 PM Hawaii Bowl MWC #5* C-USA #2 *Hawaii, if eligible San Diego State Tulsa
December 26, 2013 6:00 PM Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl Big Ten #8 MAC #2 Arkansas State Western Michigan
December 26, 2013 9:30 PM Poinsettia Bowl MWC #2 Army/at-large San Jose State Ball State
December 27, 2013 2:30 PM Military Bowl ACC #8 C-USA #4/MAC #4 Syracuse East Carolina
December 27, 2013 6:00 PM Texas Bowl Big Ten #6 Big XII #6 Minnesota Baylor
December 27, 2013 9:30 PM Fight Hunger Bowl Pac-12 #6 BYU/ACC #9 Oregon State BYU
December 28, 2013 12:00 PM Pinstripe Bowl Big XII #7 American #4 Texas Tech Rutgers
December 28, 2013 3:20 PM Belk Bowl ACC #5 American #3 North Carolina Cincinnati
December 28, 2013 6:45 PM Russell Athletic Bowl ACC #3 American #2 Miami UCF
December 28, 2013 10:15 PM Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Big Ten #5 Big XII #4 Michigan Oklahoma
December 30, 2013 11:45 AM Armed Forces Bowl MWC #3 Navy/C-USA #6 Boise State Navy
December 30, 2013 3:15 PM Music City Bowl SEC #7 ACC #6 Vanderbilt Georgia Tech
December 30, 2013 6:45 PM Alamo Bowl Big XII #3 Pac-12 #2 Oklahoma State Oregon
December 30, 2013 10:15 PM Holiday Bowl Big XII #5 Pac-12 #3 Kansas State USC
December 31, 2013 12:30 PM AdvoCare Bowl SEC #10 ACC #7 Ohio NC State
December 31, 2013 2:00 PM Sun Bowl Pac-12 #4 ACC #4 Arizona State Virginia Tech
December 31, 2013 4:00 PM Liberty Bowl SEC #8/9 C-USA #1 New Mexico Louisiana Tech
December 31, 2013 8:00 PM Chick-fil-A Bowl SEC #5 ACC #2 LSU Florida State
January 1, 2014 12:00 PM Gator Bowl SEC #6 Big Ten #4 Ole Miss Michigan State
January 1, 2014 12:00 PM Heart of Dallas Bowl Big Ten #7 Big XII #8 Arizona Rice
January 1, 2014 1:00 PM Capital One Bowl SEC #2 Big Ten #2 Alabama Nebraska
January 1, 2014 1:00 PM Outback Bowl SEC #3/4* Big Ten #3 *SEC East pick Florida Wisconsin
January 1, 2014 5:00 PM Rose Bowl Big Ten #1 Pac-12 #1 Northwestern Stanford
January 1, 2014 8:30 PM Fiesta Bowl Big XII #1 BCS at-large #3 Texas Fresno State
January 2, 2014 8:30 PM Sugar Bowl SEC #1 BCS at-large #2 South Carolina Notre Dame
January 3, 2014 7:30 PM Cotton Bowl SEC #3/4* Big XII #2 *SEC West pick Texas A&M TCU
January 3, 2014 8:30 PM Orange Bowl ACC #1 BCS at-large #1 Clemson Louisville
January 4, 2014 1:00 PM BBVA Compass Bowl SEC #8/9 American #5 Mississippi State Connecticut
January 5, 2014 9:00 PM GoDaddy Bowl MAC #1 Sun Belt #2 Northern Illinois Troy
January 6, 2014 7:30 PM BCS National Championship BCS #1 BCS #2 Ohio State Georgia

What’s a year without a BCS controversy?  Of course the last one will be no different as Louisville, the undefeated champion of the American, will be left out of the BCS title game.  In their place will be Georgia (the SEC champion).  Unless the Cardinals win their games by wide margins this year, their schedule will hurt them in the end.  Plus, it is still tough to keep a 1-loss SEC champ out of the championship.  The other team will be a no-doubter in Ohio State, who will also run the table.

This means Louisville will drop into the other BCS bowls.  First pick goes to the Orange Bowl and they will gladly snatch up the undefeated Cards again to face Clemson this year.  The Rose Bowl will get the Big Ten runner-up.  Even though Nebraska will win their division, I think a big conference championship game loss will make it so Rose Bowl officials select Northwestern as the Big Ten rep (their first Rose Bowl appearance in almost two decades!).  They will face Pac-12 champ Stanford who will outlast Oregon and USC to claim the crown.  I see Alabama’s loss to Georgia for the SEC title dropping them below possibly the best team not to play for their conference title, South Carolina.  Spurrier gets his Gamecocks to the BCS and the Sugar Bowl.  The next at-large pick goes to the Sugar and they will select Notre Dame who will just squeak into the top 12.  Finally, the Fiesta Bowl gets Big 12 champ Texas and gets the final at-large selection which is forced on them as Fresno State does what they need to do and gets into the top 16 (#8).

Other interesting notes on my predictions for the bowls:

  • Alabama will not be in the BCS for the first time since 2010.
  • Interstate battles will occur in the Cotton Bowl (Texas A&M vs. TCU) and the Russell Athletic Bowl (Miami vs. UCF)
  • The best team not to get into the BCS (in terms of rankings before the bowl games) will be USC at #10.  They will fall to the Holiday Bowl.
  • Navy (Armed Forces Bowl) and BYU (Fight Hunger Bowl) will qualify for the bowls they are tied-in to.  Army (Poinsettia Bowl) will not at 3-9.
  • Four teams will be bowl-eligible but will not be invited to a bowl.  These teams are Central Michigan and Kent State from the MAC and UL-Monroe and Western Kentucky from the Sun Belt (Bobby Petrino will be crushed).  Unfortunately, this gives some people reason to believe that there should still be more bowl games.
  • If next year’s playoffs happened this season, the semi-final matchups would be Georgia vs. Louisville and Ohio State vs. Texas.  Stanford and Clemson would have their reasons to bitch and complain about not being in the final four.

So there you go.  All the predictions, done.  Let’s see how close I get.  Why do I have a feeling that at least one of the teams I have selected to make the BCS won’t even be .500 this season?  Just a feeling I have.


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