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New Year's Day
Finally some quality bowl games. No more Monday Night or Thursday Night Jags-Jets games (MY GOD I CANNOT TAKE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE GAMES MY GOD)...There is a great race for the title, as a 3-way tie approaches this final week. I, however, am no where close to it. Just playing for my pride at this point (and the last 7 weeks).
Bowl week is always hard, like the first week, due to a few factors.
1 - Everyone is healthy
2 - Everyone is rested, which allows a hot team to cool off and an underachieving team to kick off next year
3 - Mental states. Is a team really happy to be bowling, and is their opponent disappointed by their bowl? How about their coach (if they have one)? A lot of psychos show up around the New Year.
Those are major major major factors that make a seemingly sure-handed blowout become a potential upset. The worst thing I fall into is taking a huge big-time program favorite and have them completely not show up (see: Oklahoma every year). Therefore, I have leaned in my TOTAL BOWL BLOWOUT PICKEM SPECIAL to the underdogs (and by underdogs I mean teams that are favored by less than double digits...old habits die hard y'all). These picks, however, are pretty standard for yours truly. TO THE BOWL WEEK PICKS...
HOLIDAY BOWL - 9:45 ESPN
Baylor Pick vs. UCLA
My favorite non-major bowl because the Big Ten is out of the Alamo and usually involves top teams that had a few bad losses. Baylor has been a surprise and I like them against Jim Mora
PINSTRIPE BOWL - 3:15 ESPN2
West Virginia -4 vs. Syracuse
Dub V gets their bowl on and runs away in Yankee Stadium
ALAMO BOWL - 6:45 ESPN
Oregon State -2 vs. Texas
Texas has been overrated the entire year. Oregon State has been underrated the entire year. I would take the Beavers up to -6 here.
BW3 BOWL - 10:15 ESPN
TCU -2.5 vs. Michigan State
Very close to being the money game. TCU can handle Sparty's pound-n-ground and could easily run away against the very disappointing green and white crew in the 3rd.
LSU -3.5 vs. Clemson
Oh man, this game could go either way. Except you know, it's Clemson against a national SEC power. I'm taking LSU all day on this one. A great way to end the year.
HEART OF DALLAS BOWL - Noon ESPNU
$$$ Oklahoma State -17 vs. Purdue $$$
Purdue is f8cking awful and Okie State can put up some points like men. It's going to be 24-0 after the 1st quarter.
GATOR BOWL - Noon ESPN2
Northwestern +2 vs. Mississippi State
The only reason why Miss. State is a favorite is because they play in the big bad SEC and any team would lose 5 in a row in that gauntlet. F8ck that. The Wildcats are for real. They should win by at least 10, or at least be up by 10 in the 4th until they give up the lead and lose by 3.