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CF Experts Pick’Em: Bowl Games

CURRENT STANDINGS

Adam Gray, 49-34
Brent Blum, 47-36
Chris Williams, 46-37
Austen Arnaud, 44-39
Adam Carper, 44-39
Trevor Enerson, 44-39
Chris Hassel, 40-43
Bret Meyer, 40-43
Dave Zawilinski, 39-42

ADAM GRAY – ADAM GRAY INSURANCE AGENCY

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – Rhoads and Burnham get weeks to prepare for Rutgers with this defense?  I think the defense plays lights out.  I’m saying ISU 24-10

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California –  Neither team is any good.  I will go with the team with the better defense.  Texas 23-17

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina –  I need to knock on wood but I think this is the easiest pick on this list.  South Carolina’s defense is going to smother the one dimensional Huskers. USC wins 23-6

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – MSU has faced 4 defenses with a pulse.  In those 4 games, their offense has scored 11 points per game.  Georgia’s defense is going to get after Cousins and we have seen over his career that he becomes average with pressure in his face.  I like Georgia to win this 31-17

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – I honestly have no clue.  Both teams stink.  When you don’t know, go SEC over Big 10 every time.  Florida 13-10

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – Worst BCS Bowl game of all time?  Sure there have been worse teams but BOTH of these teams are undeserving.  Do I really have to pick?  Ok.  Give me the team with the best player.  Michigan 24-20

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – Which Clemson team shows up?  I’m going to say the one that dominated Virginia Tech twice.  This the biggest bowl Clemson has been in, in the last 31 years.  They have better speed than WV at every position and I think they come out with a 38-24 win.

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – My second favorite team vs Williams’ second favorite.  Both offenses are "meh" to say the least but the defenses have been solid as of late.  I’ll take the better coach and Brian Kelly.  Notre Dame 20-13

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford –  Game with two great QB’s make for a fun one to watch.  In the end, Oklahoma State has the better options at WR and a better/faster defense than Stanford.  I look for this game to go a lot like the Oregon/Stanford game went.  OSU wins 48-38

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama –  Bama lost at home to LSU.  How are they going to win on a neutral field?  I dislike both coaches but Saban is the bigger slimeball so give me LSU and Miles to win 6-4.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – I hate picking A&M games.  They are the #1 reason I’m not winning this pickem league by 10 games.  I can’t get them right.  Talent wise they should beat Northwestern by 30.  But with Sherman out, who knows?  It’s been a disappointing season for them.  Still Tannenhill is a senior and I think he leads them to a 47-28 win over Northwestern.

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – If this game was played in October I would have bet a lot of money on OU to cover.  Due to injuries, transfers, and just some bad mo jo in Norman I have to take the Hawks to cover.  Norm Parker’s last game will provide a spark for the Hawks as well.  OU 31-30

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – I don’t know why but I really like Wisconsin in this game.  I think they can run all over Oregon and keep that offense off the field.  They are going to have to.  Give me Wisky in a great game 35-34

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – Arkansas is horribly overrated.  They don’t have a defense and their offense is good but not unstoppable.  I look for Kansas State to win the TOP and not only cover but win this game outright.  KSU 27-24

 Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – Washington has the 99th ranked scoring defense in the country.  And they are going up against RGIII and Baylor down in Texas.  Baylor 55-31

BRENT BLUM – CYCLONE RADIO NETWORK

Last year I picked all the bowl games based on pop songs. I managed to win comfortably. I figured I can’t stray from what’s worked in the past. I’m coming for you Adam Gray.

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – Cyclones will be amped to be here. And I believe are more talented than the Scarlet Knights. Rhoads will be saying, "Make me Proud." Cyclones 27 Rutgers 20.

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California – The Longhorns are "Young, Wild and Free" but can they muster any semblance of offense? They get just enough. Horns 24 Bears 23.

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina – Bo Pelini will need his fair share of "Red Solo Cups" after his lackluster offense tries to get on the board against the Gamecocks. Tough task. South Carolina 23 Huskers 10.

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – It rains a lot in Tampa and fireworks are legal in Florida, so who will "Set fire to the rain"? That sounds dangerous. Georgia 27 Spartans 24.

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – This one will be all about "Mr. Know it All" Urban Meyer. Good thing because this has the chance to be very boring. Buckeyes 20 Gators 14.

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – Denard Robinson has been known to not ties his shoes. His "Pumped Up Kicks" will be the difference here. Michigan 28 Virgina Tech 24.

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – Two entertaining teams with suspect defenses. According to reports, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen can get after it in the clubs. Win or lose, South Beach could be dangerous with him at "5 O’ Clock" the next morning. Clemson 35 West Virginia 28.

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – These two used to say , "We Owned the Night." Not so much anymore. Florida State 27 Notre Dame 23.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford – Cowboys still festering about "The One that Got Away" in Ames. Not an awful consolation prize for them and America. This one will be fun. Pokes 37 Cardinal 31.

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama – Not a huge fan of this rematch. "Without You" I’d be fine. Still fun to watch these ridiculous defenses. I will take Saban to get revenge. He is an angry little man. Bama 17 LSU 14.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – Texas A&M thinks they are "Sexy and I know it." But fact is they have won only one bowl since 1996. Enjoy the SEC dudes! A&M 34 Northwestern 27.

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa –  Not sure how motivated OU will be to play this game. Sounds as if they have quite a bit of unrest in that program. That said, don’t expect Iowa’s offense to make many "Headlines." OU too much. Sooners 31 Hawkeyes 14.

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Oregon’s offense is certain to give the Wisconsin front seven a "Work Out." Too much speed. Oregon 35 Wisconsin 24.

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – Old man Snyder still has "Moves like Jagger." (Jagger is 68 by the way). Unfortunately, Snyder’s scheming can’t make up for the Razorbacks superior athleticism. This one has potential to get out of hand I’m afraid. Arkansas 37 K-State 17.

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – Last game for RGIII in a Baylor uniform. Bears fans have been saying "You da One" to Mr. Griffin for years. Nine points is a lot. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is one of the best minds in football. Give him a month to prepare and beware of the upset. Baylor 31 Washington 30.

CHRIS WILLIAMS – CYCLONEFANATIC.COM’S PUBLISHER

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – Iowa State

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California – Texas

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina – South Carolina

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – Georgia

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – Ohio State

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – Michigan

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – Clemson

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – Florida State

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford – Oklahoma State

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama – Alabama

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – Northwestern

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – Oklahoma

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Oregon

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – Kansas State

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – Baylor

AUSTEN ARNAUD – FORMER IOWA STATE QUARTERBACK

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State 24 vs. Rutgers 19 – Rutgers is ranked 100th in total yard and 115th in rush yards per game.  Our defense will carry us once again, playing an average offense.  You can read more with my 5 keys to victory.  I just don’t see Rutgers doing a lot on offense, as long as the Clones take care of the ball they will finish with it’s second 7 win season in 3 years.

Holiday Bowl: Texas 26  vs. California 21 – Texas will have great preparation for this game and Cal is inexperienced and young as a team.  Advantage UT

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska 10 vs. South Carolina 19 – Battle of two good defense here, I don’t see how Nebraska moves the ball consistently against this Gamecock defense.

Outback Bowl: Michigan State 33 vs. Georgia 30 – Not sure why but I like Sparty in this game, but I do.

Gator Bowl: Florida 13 vs. Ohio State 24 – What a disappointing year for both teams, however it was somewhat expected in Columbus.  Ohio State is playing for the future and Florida doesn’t have a lot to play for.

Sugar Bowl: Michigan 24 vs. Virginia Tech 27 – I’m sticking with my guns, the Hokies! Even though they are awful in recent BCS games…Another weird pick. Oh well.

Orange Bowl: West Virginia 26 vs. Clemson 34 – What an outstanding year for Clemson. They will flex their muscle in this game.  I don’t see this West Virginia defense being able to stop the Taj Boyd to Sammy Watkins connection.

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State 26 vs. Notre Dame 23 – Florida State’s defense is filthy and Notre Dame has had consistency issues with their offense all year.  The Noles find a way.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State 47 vs. Stanford 35 – Oklahoma State is in their first BCS under Mike Gundy and I believe they will show up, despite being snubbed by the BCS committee and computers.  Weeden and this OK State offense is too much for an over-matched Stanford team.

BCS Title Game: LSU 16 vs. Alabama 22 – It’s simple. It is hard to beat a great team twice.  Alabama had a terrible day kicking and had a few missed opportunities late in the game and couldn’t capitalize.  However, this time should be different for Nick Saban’s Tide and they will be prepared to win this game.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – A&M’s seniors have one thing to play for: Respect.  It is unreal how many leads they gave up in the second half of games, they buckle down here and show up for a whole four quarters.

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – Oklahoma message boards are exploding with rumors, coaching changes, players transferring… sets up well for the Hawks, I don’t think they win but I believe they compete/cover.   Iowa is always one of the best prepared teams in the post-season and to add to that they will be laying for Norm Parker, these kids will be ready to go.

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Oregon pace is too frenetic for  an average Wisconsin defense.  Oregon scores early and often and covers by a Chip Kelly 2 Pt conversion call (8).

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – K-State covers in this game for a few reasons.  The old man will slow this game down and play Wildcat football… run, run, and run some more.  No one beside Oklahoma has bottled up Collin Klein all year, it will be interesting to see this "SEC Defense" and how they scheme against Klein.  Also, I don’t know how much Arkansas wants to be in this game. They believe they should be in a BCS game (I, concur).

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – This game shouldn’t be much of a challenge for the Bears. Washington had trouble stopping average offenses in the Pac-12, which makes for a very rough night in San Antonio against the Heisman Trophy winner and company.  Baylor and RG III go out on a high note and the first 10 win year in a long time in Waco.

ADAM CARPER – FORMER IOWA STATE LINEBACKER

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – ISU

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California – Texas

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina – South Carolina

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – Georgia

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – Ohio State

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – Michigan

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – Clemson

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – Florida State

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford – Oklahoma State

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama – Alabama

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – Northwestern

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – Iowa

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Wisconsin

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – Kansas State

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – Washington

TREVOR ENERSON – THE VOICE OF THE FAN (YAMAN3)

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – Gotta take ISU of course. I don’t think Rutgers will be able to do much offensively. As long as we don’t give them easy points we should win by multiple scores. ISU 35-21

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California – Cal is not very good. The Texas defense is a pretty good unit. I think Texas wins easy 31-14

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina – Nebraska somehow won some games. They are going to get beat here, however. USC 28-17

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – Georgia is going to manhandle MSU. Georgia 42-17

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – If Charlie Wies was still there this would have been a wider margin. I still think OSU wins. It looks like Posey is starting to get going and Braxton Miller has come along. OSU 27-17

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – This is the game I have trouble with. On these controversial BCS selections, I wish they wouldn’t put both controversial teams together. I’m taking Michigan. It looks like Denard finally feels comfortable and that defense is pretty solid. UM 38-24

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – There is not a team that is as hard to pick as Clemson. I’m going to take them to win easily but I won’t be surprised if they get clobbered. Clemson 35-21

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – It looks like FSU is at least working toward being a power again. I am going to take them in a nailbiter over Notre Dame. FSU-27-24

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford – OSU is pissed. I think they win this one fairly easily. OSU-38-21

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama – Stupid rematches. I’m taking LSU in another snoozer but I think there is a touchdown involved. LSU 24-21

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – I just think aTm has too much talent here. I think they cover. aTm 27-14

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – Oklahoma covers in the first quarter.

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Oregon wins this one but barely. Ducks 42-41

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – I have picked against KSU all year. They just don’t lose games. Having said that, I don’t think they can keep up with Arkansas. I’ll take Arkansas to cover.

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – RG3 goes ham. Baylor by way more than 9.

CHRIS HASSEL – WHO TV 13 SPORTS

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers: I don’t know much about Rutgers, but I do know the Big East is a disaster. Rhoads gets his second bowl win in three years, 21-13.

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California: I think Texas flexes its muscle and wins, 31-17.

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina: The Huskers get shucked by the ‘Cocks, 24-20.

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia: Michigan State never seems to play well in these Florida bowl games. Georgia wins, 21-10.

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State: Ohio State is better than its record indicates. Can’t say the same for Florida. Buckeyes, 28-17.

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech: This one should be high-scoring and entertaining. Michigan takes it, 42-32.

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson: Yuck. I’ll go Clemson, 24-21.

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame: FSU spanks Touchdown Jesus, 31-14.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford: Oklahoma State has a very more weapons. Pokes, 38-27.

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama: Bama couldn’t even beat LSU at home. Tigers win 2-0.

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern: A&M wins big, 42-24.

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa: Both teams have major issues. Very tough to call. I don’t see how Iowa wins, but there’s a good chance the Hawks will cover. OU, 27-17.

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin: Wisconsin straight up, 35-27.

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State: Hogs cover, 28-17.

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington: No Heisman hangover here. RG3 wins, 47-27.

BRET MEYER – FORMER IOWA STATE QUARTERBACK

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – ISU

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California – Cal

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina – S. Carolina

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – Georgia

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – Ohio State

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – Va Tech

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – Clemson

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – FSU

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford – Okie State

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama – LSU

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – A&M by 10

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – OU by 7

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Oregon by 7

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – Arkansas by 10

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – Washington

DAVE ZAWILINSKI – ABC 5 SPORTS

Pinstripe Bowl: Iowa State vs. Rutgers – Iowa State

Holiday Bowl: Texas vs. California – Texas

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs. South Carolina – South Carolina

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs. Georgia – Georgia

Gator Bowl: Florida vs. Ohio State – Ohio state

Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech – Michigan

Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson – Clemson

Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State vs. Notre Dame – Notre Dame

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford – Oklahoma state

BCS Title Game: LSU vs. Alabama – Alabama

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: Texas A&M (-10) vs. Northwestern – Texas A&M

Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-14) vs. Iowa – Oklahoma

Rose Bowl: Oregon (-6) vs. Wisconsin – Wisconsin

Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-7.5) vs. Kansas State – K-State

Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-9) vs. Washington – Baylor