(Note, all picks are listed/made on a strictly head-to-head basis. I will not be picking against the spread here (1) b/c gambling is still technically illegal and (2) my degenerate buddies that ask me advice on their bets wouldn’t much appreciate me giving away trade secrets for free.
That being said, here they are, in chronological order… (my picks are in bold)
New Mexico Nevada vs. Arizona
Potato Toledo vs. Utah State
Poinsietta San Diego State vs. BYU
St. Petersburg Ball State vs. UCF
New Orleans East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Las Vegas Boise State vs. Washington
Hawaii SMU vs. Fresno State
Little Caesars Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
Military San Jose State vs. Bowling Green
Belk Duke vs. Cincinnati
Holiday UCLA vs. Baylor
Independence Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio
Russell Athletic Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers
Texas Minnesota vs. Texas Tech
Armed Forces Rice vs. Air Force
Fight Hunger Arizona State vs. Navy
Pinstripe Syracuse vs. West Virginia
Alamo Texas vs. Oregon State
Buffalo Wild Wings Michigan State vs. TCU
Music City Vanderbilt vs. NC State
Sun Georgia Tech vs. USC
Liberty Iowa State vs. Tulsa
Chick-fil-A Clemson vs. LSU
Heart of Dallas Purdue vs. Oklahoma State
Gator Mississippi State vs. Northwestern
Capital One Georgia vs. Nebraska
Outback South Carolina vs. Michigan
Rose Wisconsin vs. Stanford
Orange Northern Illinois vs. Florida State
Sugar Florida vs. Louisville
Fiesta Oregon vs. Kansas State
Cotton Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma
Compass Pittsburgh vs. Mississippi
GoDaddy.com Kent State vs. Arkansas State
BCS Champ Notre Dame vs. Alabama
Some random thoughts while we’re here…
--Toledo v Utah State could be the sneaky good game of the early ones. Lots of points scored here, I almost guarantee it. And it’s played on the Smurf Turf, which is always entertaining.
--For the first time since I’ve live on Oahu, I’m legitimately excited for the Hawaii Bowl. June Jones makes his return to Hawaii against a solid Fresno team, all for $5! Merry Christmas Eve!
--Also quite sad that I won’t be back in Nashville this year for the Music City Bowl. In what is basically a home game for Vandy, the atmosphere should be pretty electric.
--If you notice my picking against the Big Ten and Big East pretty much across the board, there’s a reason for that. Both conferences are awful. The only one I didn’t pick was Minnesota, and that’s b/c Texas Tech is in shambles right now.
--I am a Sooners fan, and will always pick them no matter what. That being said, they’re going to have their hands full w/ Manziel. Running QBs have always given them fits. The loss of A&M’s O-coordinator yesterday should help though…
--The only thing worse than the SEC’s air of superiority is how insufferable Notre Dame fans would be if they somehow pulled this off. No way, no how.
--Oklahoma, LSU, A&M and even Clemson all belong in the BCS. Cinderella stories such as Northern Illinois are for March Madness, not in college football bowl season.