2013-2014 #NCAA #BowlPredictions – Week 1

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 […]

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. Here is our first week of picks.

New Mexico Bowl
Colorado State (7-6) vs. Washington State (6-6)
Analysis: Washington State’s record may look bad on paper, but you have to remember that the PAC-12 was pretty dominant this year with great performances by Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, and Arizona State. Someone had to lose. Wazzu gave plenty of ranked teams a run for their money. C-State is improved over years past, but they still have a way to go.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State (11-1) vs. USC (9-4)
Analysis: Fresno State went from BCS Buster to playing on Day 1 of the bowl season because of one hiccup late in the season. (This is my beef with the BCS, although this year there were a lot more 1 loss teams so I’m not as angry). I am picking Fresno State to be one of the few bright spots for the Mountain West in the bowl season. The only way I see USC winning is if the players find some extra motivation to win for their interim coach who will not be back next season. They came alive after Kiffin got kicked to the curb.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
San Diego State (7-5) vs. Buffalo (8-4)
Analysis: There is a good chance that SDSU could win this. However, as I type this in Boise, I am looking at the fresh pack of snow that fell last night. I think the elements will help Buffalo, plus with Boise folks going to fill the seats that Buffalo and SDSU weren’t able to, you will see more Blue on the Blue. SDSU upset a few teams that had high hopes this season. I’m rooting for Buffalo because of how far they came to play and I have a soft spot for their conference.

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Tulane (7-5) vs. La.-Lafayette (8-4)
Analysis: I like it when bowls that have specific place names feature two teams from that place. This year we get close to it with two Lousiana teams playing in the NOLA Bowl. Though it is being played in New Orleans, where Tulane is based, I’m going with the Ragin Cajuns. I think this will be a close one, but I am going with the better record here.

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl
East Carolina (9-3) vs. Ohio (7-5)
Analysis: This is one of the tougher picks of the first week. But after looking a little more carefully at the games these two teams have recently played, ECU has had bigger wins with bigger win margins. That is what tips the scale to ECU for me.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Boise State (8-4) vs. Oregon State (6-6)
Analysis: This would have been a BSU pick if Chris Petersen were still around. But since he has left and the coaching staff has been picked to the bone I’m leading towards OSU by a narrow margin. OSU started the season strong and ended week, but they almost beat Oregon in the Civil War at the end of the season. BSU also sent home its QB who started the season until injury. Thankfully for BSU, they have the QB who finished the season for them still playing. This game will come down to two things – passing and defense. Both teams can run like mad. It will come down to which defense can stop the run and which team can get a little passing game to compliment the run. Despite picking OSU, I wouldn’t be surprised if BSU does pull it off.

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. Bowling Green (10-3)
Analysis: Some how Bowling Green flew under my radar this season. After knocking off NIU, I am even more impressed with BG. Pitt hasn’t looked great all season and I think they will not have enough for the win.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Utah State (8-5) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1)
Analysis: This is the toughest pick of Week 1 for me. Utah State is another team that looks lesser than their opponent when you look at paper. What the paper doesn’t tell you is that an injury to their starting QB wrecked a great season for them. Utah State has had an impressive offense this season, but I am going to go with NIU, who will hopefully bounce back from their hangover.

Military Bowl
Maryland (7-5) vs. Marshall (9-4)
Analysis: This game is being played in Maryland’s back yard, but I am going to pick Marshall. They had some nice wins this year and I think they will win in a close one.

Texas Bowl
Syracuse (6-6) vs. Minnesota (8-4)
Analysis: If you told me in the preseason that I would be picking Minnesota to win a bowl with a winning record I would have laughed at you. Minnesota really turned things around this year. I think they will hand Syracuse a losing season in Texas.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Washington (8-4) vs. BYU (8-4)
Analysis: Matchup of near neighbors. Prior to Sark’s departure, I would have leaned Washington by a point. History does not favor teams in the midst of coaching changes when it comes to bowls. I think BYU’s defense will be the difference.

Future Games:

Dec. 28, New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6)

Dec. 28, Belk Bowl
North Carolina (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3)

Dec. 28, Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1)

Dec. 28, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5)

Dec. 30, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs. Navy (7-4)

Dec. 30, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Georgia Tech (7-5) vs. Ole Miss (7-5)

Dec. 30, Valero Alamo Bowl
Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon (10-2)

Dec. 30, National University Holiday Bowl
Texas Tech (7-5) vs. Arizona State (10-3)

Dec. 31, AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Boston College (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5)

Dec. 31, Hyundai Sun Bowl
Virginia Tech (8-4) vs. UCLA (9-3)

Dec. 31, AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Rice (10-3) vs. Miss. State (6-6)

Dec. 31, Chick-fil-A Bowl
Duke (10-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4)

Jan. 1, TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
Nebraska (8-4) vs. Georgia (8-4)

Jan. 1, Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNLV (7-5) vs. North Texas (8-4)

Jan. 1, Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2)

Jan. 1, Outback Bowl
Iowa (8-4) vs. LSU (9-3)

Jan. 1, Rose Bowl
Michigan State (12-1) vs. Stanford (11-2)

Jan. 1, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Baylor (11-1) vs. UCF (11-1)

Jan. 2, Allstate Sugar Bowl
Alabama (11-1) vs. Oklahoma (10-2)

Jan. 3, AT&T Cotton Bowl
Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Missouri (11-2)

Jan. 3, Discover Orange Bowl
Clemson (10-2) vs. Ohio State (12-1)

Jan. 4, BBVA Compass Bowl
Houston (8-4) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4)

Jan. 5, GoDaddy Bowl
Ball State (10-2) vs. Arkansas State (7-5)

Jan. 6, Vizio BCS National Championship
Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1)

 

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