That being said, today I am back to give my extremely scientific, highly thorough, all-picks-guaranteed-or-your-money-back predictions for college football bowl season, the most wonderful time of the year. (Some would argue it has something to do w/ Christmas, I prefer to believe it's the confluence of great football, food, and time off work to enjoy both that actually causes such joy and merriment.)
And with that...here we go... (picks in all caps)
Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Sat., Dec. 21, 2 pm EST, ESPN
Washington State vs. COLORADO STATE
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Sat., Dec. 21, 3:30 pm EST, ABC
FRESNO STATE vs. Southern Cal
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Sat., Dec. 21, 5:30 pm EST, ESPN
BUFFALO vs. San Diego State
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Sat., Dec. 21, 9 pm, ESPN
Tulane vs. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE. Ragin Cajuns, baby!
Beef O’Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, Mon., Dec. 23, 2 pm EST, ESPN
EAST CAROLINA vs. Ohio. The Pirates score points in bunches...
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Tue., Dec. 24, 8 pm EST, ESPN
Boise State vs. OREGON STATE. If anybody is on Oahu and wants to come along, let me know!
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Thu., Dec. 26, 6 pm EST ESPN
Pittsburgh vs. BOWLING GREEN. AFter seeing what they did to NIU, Im all in.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Thu., Dec. 26, 9:30 pm EST, ESPN
Utah State vs. NORTHERN ILLINOIS. Lot of love going around USU, but I don't see it.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, Fri., Dec. 27, 2:30 pm EST, ESPN
MARSHALL vs. Maryland. This is basically a home game for the Terps...it won't matter.
Texas Bowl, Fri., Dec. 27, 6 pm EST, ESPN
Syracuse vs. MINNESOTA. Simply put...The Cuse is awful this year.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Fri., Dec. 27, 9:30 pm EST, ESPN
Brigham Young vs. WASHINGTON. Complete toss-up...
New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Sat., Dec. 28, Noon EST, ESPN
Rutgers vs. NOTRE DAME. I feel dirty even writing that...
Belk Bowl, Sat., Dec. 28, 3:20 pm EST, ESPN
CINCINNATI vs. North Carolina. Gotta better than 6-6 in the ACC to get my vote Heels.
Russell Athletic Bowl, Sat., Dec. 28, 6:45 pm EST, ESPN
Miami vs. LOUISVILLE. In mid-October these teams would have met in the Orange Bowl. Alas...
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Sat., Dec. 28, 10:15 pm EST, ESPN
MICHIGAN vs. Kansas State. Both of these teams are Jeckyl & Hyde...depends on who shows up.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Mon., Dec. 30, 11:45 am EST, ESPN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE vs. Navy. In a shootout, Ill take the team that actually, ya know, passes the ball.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Mon., Dec. 30, 3:15 pm EST, ESPN
OLE MISS vs. Georgia Tech. Good chance we'll be at this one too, if anybody is around.
Valero Alamo Bowl, Mon., Dec. 30, 6:45 pm EST, ESPN
OREGON vs. Texas. So long Mack Brown. As a Sooners fan, you will be missed...
National University Holiday Bowl, Mon., Dec. 30, 10:15 pm EST, ESPN
ARIZONA STATE vs. Texas Tech. Oof...things are looking rough for the Big 12.
AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Tue., Dec. 31, 12:30 pm EST, ESPN
ARIZONA vs. Boston College . This game features the two best RBs in the country. Seriously.
Hyundai Sun Bowl, Tue., Dec. 31, 2 pm EST, CBS
Virginia Tech vs. UCLA. When in doubt, take the team that plays a much tougher schedule.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Tue., Dec. 31, 4 pm EST, ESPN
Rice vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE. Conference USA over SEC? I dont think so.
Chick-fil-A Bowl, Tue., Dec. 31, 8 pm EST, ESPN
Duke vs. TEXAS A&M. Good ridd...I mean farewell, Johnny Football.
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Wed., Jan. 1, Noon EST, ESPN2
Nebraska vs. GEORGIA. Even depleted, the Dawgs should end the Bo Pelini era in Lincoln.
Heart of Dallas Bowl, Wed., Jan. 1, Noon EST, ESPNU
University of Nevada Las-Vegas vs. NORTH TEXAS. I watched UNLV's coach for two years in Montana. Not impressed.
Capital One Bowl, Wed., Jan. 1, 1 pm EST, ABC
Wisconsin vs. SOUTH CAROLINA. What can I say, I have no faith in the Big Ten.
Outback Bowl, Wed., Jan. 1, 1 pm EST, ESPN
Iowa vs. LSU. See above.
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio, Wed., Jan. 1, 5 pm EST, ESPN
Stanford vs. MICHIGAN STATE. UNLESS they actually play defense, a la the Spartans.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Wed., Jan. 1, 8:30 pm EST, ESPN
Central Florida vs. BAYLOR. A rare bright spot for the Big 12.
Allstate Sugar Bowl, Thu., Jan. 2, 8:30 pm EST, ESPN
OKLAHOMA vs. Alabama.*** Okay, we all know how this is really gonna end, I just can't bring myself to type it.
Discover Orange Bowl, Fri., Jan. 3, Time TBD, ESPN
CLEMSON vs. Ohio State. OSU was getting worked by Big 10 offenses the last few games. Imagine Boyd and Watkins...
AT&T Cotton Bowl, Fri., Jan. 3, 7:30 pm EST, FOX
Oklahoma State vs. MISSOURI. The SEC chipper convinced me...the tigers are for real.
BBVA Compass Bowl, Sat., Jan. 4, 1 pm EST, ESPN
VANDERBILT vs. Houston. Hometown team or not, the Commodores earned this pick.
GoDaddy Bowl, Sun., Jan. 5, 9 pm EST, ESPN
Arkansas State vs. BALL STATE. They lost three fewer games...has to count for something.
Vizio BCS National Championship, Mon., Jan. 6, 8:30 pm EST, ESPN
Florida State vs. AUBURN. And the SEC's streak of dominance extends to eight years and counting...