2011-2012 NCAA Football Bowl Predictions Week 3

Each week we will make our picks for that week’s bowls with the winner in Bold.  The following week we will make our predictions and then give you a tally of how we have done so far.  As of right now, we are 11-7.

These little bowls continue to be exciting and it makes me think that there is growing pressure on the BCS Bowls.  If the Alamo Bowl is more fun to watch than Fiesta or Orange or even BCS Championship Game, people will get upset.

New Mexico Bowl
Temple vs Wyoming

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Ohio vs Utah State

New Orleans Bowl
San Diego State vs UL-Lafayette

Beef ‘O’Brady’s Bowl
Florida International vs Marshall

Poinsettia Bowl
TCU vs Louisiana Tech

Las Vegas Bowl
Boise State vs Arizona State

Hawaii
Nevada vs Southern Miss

Independence Bowl
Missouri vs North Carolina

Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl
Purdue vs Western Michigan

Belk Bowl
NC State vs Louisville

Military Bowl
Air Force vs Toledo

Holiday Bowl
Cal vs Texas

Champs Sports Bowl
Florida State vs Notre Dame

Alamo Bowl
Baylor vs Washington

Armed Forces Bowl
BYU vs Tulsa

Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs Iowa State

Music City Bowl
Mississippi State vs Wake Forest

Insight Bowl
Iowa vs Oklahoma

Texas Bowl/Meineke Car Care Bowl
Northwestern vs Texas A&M

I was torn on this one as it is essentially a home game for A&M, but they lost their head coach to firing and a teammate died in a car accident.  I don’t know where their heads are.  Northwestern put up a fight against some good teams this year.  I’m leaning ever so slightly to Northwestern.

Sun Bowl
Georgia Tech vs Utah

We are picking the Rambling Wreck.  Utah has been spotty this year.

Liberty Bowl
Cincinnati vs Vanderbilt

On paper this looks like it should clearly be Cincy.  But Vandy played some good games against big teams.  That said, I think Vanderbilt’s youth just isn’t ready enough for Cincy.  I think this will be decided by a field goal or less.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Illinois vs UCLA

Two teams with head coaching changes.  Two teams that started strong and finished weak.  I think UCLA can take down the Illini.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Auburn vs Virginia

Virginia was a team that played well but flew under the radar most of the season.  I have them winning in a close one.

Ticketcity Bowl
Houston vs Penn State

Missing a BCS game can leave a team hung over.  I think PSU worked out the kinks in the coaching change and I think some players want to win one for JoePa.

Capital One Bowl
Nebraska vs South Carolina

I don’t think Martinez can lead Nebraska past SC’s defense.

Gator Bowl
Ohio State vs Florida

The Urban Meyer Bowl.  Can we get Utah here somehow?  Two underperforming teams meet and we have Florida walking away a winner.  If the Gators lose the Gator Bowl, they deserve a one-year bowl suspension.

Outback Bowl
Michigan State vs Georgia

The Bulldogs have lost 3 games to teams with a combined 3 losses (BSU 1, South Carolina 2, LSU 0).  I think their D will be the edge in a close one vs MSU.

Rose Bowl
Oregon vs Wisconsin

This pick breaks my heart.  I honestly think it all comes down to tempo.  If Wisconsin can stop Oregon’s speed attack defensively and then have Ball and Wilson grind it out offensively they could win.  But I don’t know if the Ducks will get slowed down.  It will be another close Rose Bowl.

Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma State vs Stanford

Two high powered offenses.  I’m not sure about OK State’s defense.  I guess we will see.

Sugar Bowl
Michigan vs Virginia Tech

Does anyone other than VT or Michigan really care about this bowl?  When you have 2 teams get picked ranked at the bottom of the eligible teams and pass over some premier names, it is kind of sad.

Orange Bowl
Clemson vs West Virginia

Clemson in a close one.  Plus we want to see Clemson’s coach lose his mind again.  Seriously, dude talks crazy after wins.

Cotton Bowl
Arkansas vs Kansas State

The Cotton Bowl aka The BCS Reject Bowl is a better bowl than the Orange, in my opinion.  Arkansas was a dominant team left out of the BCS due to the 2 team per conference rule.  I think they will take care of K-State despite their high octane offense.

BBVA Compass Bowl
Pittsburgh vs SMU

I think the Mustangs show their are ready for Big East play.

GoDaddy.com Bowl
Northern Illinois vs Arkansas State

NIU looked good in the Humanitarian Bowl (now the Potato Bowl) last year in the midst of a coaching change.  I think it is Arkansas State’s turn.  Plus AS was pretty good and under the radar this year.

BCS Championship
LSU vs Alabama

The rematch happened.  People that aren’t fans of LSU and Bama will probably be as disappointed with the game as they were the first time around.  Missed field goals, sloppy offensive play and a craptastic score.  And we don’t like Saban.

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