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NCAA Football Thoughts – 12-13 Bowl Season Preview

Dustin James checks in with his preview of the bowl season. Make sure to check out his season preview from earlier in the year to check out how he did.

Welcome everybody to Dustin James’ 2012 College Football Bowl Predictions. As most of the “MAN-CAVE” readers should know by now, I’m a good friend of Jeremy Lambert’s who also happens to be a gigantic fan of college football. It’s easily my favorite sport in the world as I live and breath for college football Saturdays. A few months ago, I wrote a special college football preview for the “MAN-CAVE” and since we have come to the end of the year and bowl season is in full effect, I figured it was high time I got off of my couch and previewed every bowl game that is headed our way in the next few weeks. It was a big task, but it’s not like I have a good NFL team or a a good NBA team to root on while I wait for the Oregon Ducks to smash Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Now, as for what you can look forward to, it’s pretty simple. I take a look at each bowl game, list every win and loss by each bowl team, and then I show you where I had originally predicted that team to finish and then predict the score and winner of the game. Pretty simple, right?

So without any further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, it’s……

Dustin James’ 2012 College Football Bowl Predictions!!!!

NEW MEXICO BOWL

Nevada Wolfpack (MOUNTAIN WEST):

Record: 7-5 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: California, Northwestern State, Hawaii, Texas State, Wyoming, UNLV, New Mexico
Losses: South Florida, San Diego State, Air Force, Fresno State, Boise State
My Prediction: 10-2 (8-0 in conference)

Arizona Wildcats (PAC 12):

Record: 7-5 (4-5 in conference)
Wins: Toledo, Oklahoma State, South Carolina State, Washington, USC, Colorado, Utah
Losses: Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona State
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-5 in conference)

Prediction: Arizona: 48 – Nevada: 41


IDAHO POTATO BOWL

Utah State Aggies (WAC):

Record: 10-2 (6-0 in conference)
Wins: Southern Utah, Utah, Colorado State, UNLV, San Jose State, New Mexico State, UTSA, Texas State, Louisiana Tech, Idaho
Losses: Wisconsin, BYU
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-2 in conference)

Toledo Rockets (MAC):

Record: 9-3 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Wyoming, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Akron
Losses: Arizona, Ball State, Northern Illinois
My Prediction: 7-5 (6-2 in conference)

Prediction: Toledo: 34 – Utah State: 31


POINSETTIA BOWL

BYU Cougars (INDEPENDENT):

Record: 7-5
Wins: Washington State, Weber State, Hawaii, Utah State, Georgia Tech, Idaho, New Mexico State
Losses: Utah, Boise State, Oregon State, Notre Dame, San Jose State
My Prediction: 8-4

San Diego State Aztecs (MOUNTAIN WEST):

Record: 9-3 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Army, North Dakota, Hawaii, Colorado State, Nevada, UNLV, Boise State, Air Force, Wyoming
Losses: Washington, San Jose State, Fresno State
My Prediction: 7-5 (4-4 in conference)

Prediction: San Diego State: 24 – BYU: 13


BEEF O’BRADY BOWL

Ball State Cardinals (MAC):

Record: 9-3 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Eastern Michigan, Indiana, South Florida, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Army, Toledo, Ohio, Miami (OH)
Losses: Clemson, Kent State, Northern Illinois
My Prediction: 1-11 (1-7 in conference)

UCF Knights (C-USA):

Record: 9-4 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Akron, FIU, East Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, Marshall, SMU, UTEP, UAB
Losses: Ohio State, Missouri, Tulsa, Tulsa
My Prediction: 9-4 (7-1 in conference)

Prediction: Ball State: 34 – UCF: 27


NEW ORLEANS BOWL

East Carolina Pirates (C-USA):

Record: 8-4 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi, UTEP, Memphis, UAB, Houston, Tulane, Marshall
Losses: South Carolina, North Carolina, UCF, Navy
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3 in conference)

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns (SUN BELT):

Record: 8-4 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Lamar, Troy, FIU, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, Western Kentucky, South Alabama, Florida Atlantic
Losses: Oklahoma State, North Texas, Arkansas State, Florida
My Prediction: 6-6 (5-3 in conference)

Prediction: East Carolina: 28 – Louisiana-Lafayette: 21


MAACO BOWL

Washington Huskies (PAC 12):

Record: 7-5 (5-4 in conference)
Wins: San Diego State, Portland State, Stanford, Oregon State, California, Utah, Colorado
Losses: LSU, Oregon, USC, Arizona, Washington State
My Prediction: 6-6 (4-5 in conference)

Boise State Broncos (MOUNTAIN WEST):

Record: 10-2 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Miami (OH), BYU, New Mexico, Southern Mississippi, Fresno State, UNLV, Wyoming, Hawaii, Colorado State, Nevada
Losses: Michigan State, San Diego State
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-1 in conference)

Prediction: Boise State: 27 – Washington: 21


HAWAII BOWL

Fresno State Bulldogs (MOUNTAIN WEST):

Record: 9-3 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Weber State, Colorado, San Diego State, Colorado State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii, Nevada, Air Force
Losses: Oregon, Tulsa, Boise State
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3 in conference)

SMU Mustangs (C-USA):

Record: 6-6 (5-3 in conference)
Wins: Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Houston, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa
Losses: Baylor, Texas A&M, TCU, Tulane, UCF, Rice
My Prediction: 8-4 (7-1 in conference)

Prediction: Fresno State: 45 – SMU: 17


LITTLE CAESARS BOWL

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (SUN BELT):

Record: 7-5 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Austin Peay, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State, Troy, FIU, North Texas
Losses: Alabama, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette
My Prediction: 5-7 (4-4 in conference)

Central Michigan Chippewas (MAC):

Record: 6-6 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Southeast Missouri State, Iowa, Akron, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), UMass
Losses: Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Navy, Ball State, Western Michigan
My Prediction: 5-7 (3-5 in conference)

Prediction: Central Michigan: 41 – Western Kentucky: 28


MILITARY BOWL

San Jose State Spartans (WAC):

Record: 10-2 (5-1 in conference)
Wins: UC Davis, Colorado State, San Diego State, Navy, UTSA, Texas State, Idaho, New Mexico State, BYU, Louisiana Tech
Losses: Stanford, Utah State
My Prediction: 5-7 (4-2 in conference)

Bowling Green Falcons (MAC):

Record: 8-4 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Idaho, Rhode Island, Akron, Miami (OH), UMass, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Buffalo
Losses: Florida, Toledo, Virginia Tech, Kent State
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3 in conference)

Prediction: San Jose State: 31 – Bowling Green: 20


BELK BOWL

Cincinnati Bearcats (BIG EAST):

Record: 9-3 (5-2 in conference)
Wins: Pittsburgh, Delaware State, Virginia Tech, Miami (OH), Fordham, Syracuse, Temple, South Florida, UConn
Losses: Toledo, Louisville, Rutgers
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-2 in conference)

Duke Blue Devils (ACC):

Record: 6-6 (3-5 in conference)
Wins: FIU, North Carolina Central, Memphis, Wake Forest, Virginia, North Carolina
Losses: Stanford, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL)
My Prediction: 3-9 (0-8 in conference)

Prediction: Cincinnati: 28 – Duke: 20


HOLIDAY BOWL

UCLA Bruins (PAC 12):

Record: 9-4 (6-3 in conference)
Wins: Rice, Nebraska, Houston, Colorado, Utah, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State, USC
Losses: Oregon State, California, Stanford, Stanford
My Prediction: 9-3 (7-2 in conference)

Baylor Bears (BIG 12):

Record: 7-5 (4-5 in conference)
Wins: SMU, Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State
Losses: West Virginia, TCU, Texas, Iowa State, Oklahoma
My Prediction: 5-7 (2-7 in conference)

Prediction: UCLA: 44 – Baylor: 34


INDEPENDENCE BOWL

Ohio Bobcats (MAC):

Record: 8-4 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Penn State, New Mexico State, Marshall, Norfolk State, UMass, Buffalo, Akron, Eastern Michigan
Losses: Miami (OH), Bowling Green, Ball State, Kent State
My Prediction: 9-4 (7-2 in conference)

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (SUN BELT):

Record: 8-4 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Arkansas, Tulane, Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky, South Alabama, North Texas, FIU
Losses: Auburn, Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas State
My Prediction: 4-8 (4-4 in conference)

Prediction: Ohio: 34 – Louisiana-Monroe: 31


RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL

Virginia Tech Hokies (ACC):

Record: 6-6 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Georgia Tech, Austin Peay, Bowling Green, Duke, Boston College, Virginia
Losses: Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Clemson, Miami (FL), Florida State
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3 in conference)

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (BIG EAST):

Record: 9-3 (5-2 in conference)
Wins: Tulane, Howard, South Florida, Arkansas, UConn, Syracuse, Temple, Army, Cincinnati
Losses: Kent State, Pittsburgh, Louisville
My Prediction: 8-4 (4-3 in conference)

Prediction: Rutgers: 24 – Virginia Tech: 17


MEINEKE CAR CARE BOWL

Texas Tech Red Raiders (BIG 12):

Record: 7-5 (4-5 in conference)
Wins: Northwestern State, Texas State, New Mexico, Iowa State, West Virginia, TCU, Kansas
Losses: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-6 in conference)

Minnesota Golden Gophers (BIG 10):

Record: 6-6 (2-6 in conference)
Wins: UNLV, New Hampshire, Western Michigan, Syracuse, Purdue, Illinois
Losses: Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Michigan State
My Prediction: 4-8 (0-8 in conference)

Prediction: Texas Tech: 38 – Minnesota: 13


ARMED FORCES BOWL

Air Force Falcons (MOUNTAIN WEST):

Record: 6-6 (5-3 in conference)
Wins: Idaho State, Colorado State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, Hawaii
Losses: Michigan, UNLV, Navy, Army, San Diego State, Fresno State
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3 in conference)

Rice Owls (C-USA):

Record: 6-6 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Kansas, UTSA, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, SMU, UTEP
Losses: UCLA, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Houston, Memphis, Tulsa
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-7 in conference)

Prediction: Air Force: 28 – Rice: 24


PINSTRIPE BOWL

West Virginia Mountaineers (BIG 12):

Record: 7-5 (4-5 in conference)
Wins: Marshall, James Madison, Maryland, Baylor, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas
Losses: Texas Tech, Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-2 in conference)

Syracuse Orange (BIG EAST):

Record: 7-5 (5-2 in conference)
Wins: Stony Brook, Pittsburgh, UConn, South Florida, Louisville, Missouri, Temple
Losses: Northwestern, USC, Minnesota, Rutgers, Cincinnati
My Prediction: 2-10 (0-7 in conference)

Prediction: West Virginia: 42 – Syracuse: 28


FIGHT HUNGER BOWL

Arizona State Sun Devils (PAC 12):

Record: 7-5 (5-4 in conference)
Wins: Northern Arizona, Illinois, Utah, California, Colorado, Washington State, Arizona
Losses: Missouri, Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, USC
My Prediction: 3-9 (2-7 in conference)

Navy Midshipmen (INDEPENDENT):

Record: 8-4
Wins: Virginia Military, Air Force, Central Michigan, Indiana, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Texas State, Army
Losses: Notre Dame, Penn State, San Jose State, Troy
My Prediction: 5-7

Prediction: Arizona State: 37 – Navy: 10


ALAMO BOWL

Texas Longhorns (BIG 12):

Record: 8-4 (5-4 in conference)
Wins: Wyoming, New Mexico, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech, Iowa State
Losses: West Virginia, Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State
My Prediction: 11-1 (8-1 in conference)

Oregon State Beavers (PAC 12):

Record: 9-3 (6-3 in conference)
Wins: Wisconsin, UCLA, Arizona, Washington State, BYU, Utah, Arizona State, California, Nicholls State
Losses: Washington, Stanford, Oregon
My Prediction: 4-8 (3-6 in conference)

Prediction: Oregon State: 20 – Texas: 13


BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL

TCU Horned Frogs (BIG 12):

Record: 7-5 (4-5 in conference)
Wins: Grambling State, Kansas, Virginia, SMU, Baylor, West Virginia, Texas
Losses: Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Oklahoma
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-4 in conference)

Michigan State Spartans (BIG 10):

Record: 6-6 (3-5 in conference)
Wins: Boise State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota
Losses: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern
My Prediction: 9-3 (5-3 in conference)

Prediction: TCU: 20 – Michigan State: 17


MUSIC CITY BOWL

N.C. State Wolfpack (ACC):

Record: 7-5 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: UConn, South Alabama, Citadel, Florida State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Boston College
Losses: Tennessee, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3 in conference)

Vanderbilt Commodores (SEC):

Record: 8-4 (5-3 in conference)
Wins: Presbyterian, Missouri, Auburn, UMass, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Losses: South Carolina, Northwestern, Georgia, Florida
My Prediction: 4-8 (1-7 in conference)

Prediction: Vanderbilt: 24 – N.C. State: 20


SUN BOWL

USC Trojans (PAC 12):

Record: 7-5 (5-4 in conference)
Wins: Hawaii, Syracuse, California, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Arizona State
Losses: Stanford, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame
My Prediction: 13-0 (10-0 in conference)

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (ACC):

Record: 6-7 (5-3 in conference)
Wins: Presbyterian, Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Duke
Losses: Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), Middle Tennessee, Clemson, BYU, Georgia, Florida State
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-3 in conference)

Prediction: USC: 42 – Georgia Tech: 17


LIBERTY BOWL

Iowa State Cyclones (BIG 12):

Record: 6-6 (3-6 in conference)
Wins: Tulsa, Iowa, Western Illinois, TCU, Baylor, Kansas
Losses: Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia
My Prediction: 3-9 (1-8 in conference)

Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (C-USA):

Record: 10-3 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Tulane, Nicholls State, Fresno State, UAB, Marshall, UTEP, Rice, Houston, UCF, UCF
Losses: Iowa State, Arkansas, SMU
My Prediction: 7-5 (5-3 in conference)

Prediction: Iowa State: 35 – Tulane: 28


CHICK-FIL-A BOWL

LSU Tigers (SEC):

Record: 10-2 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: North Texas, Washington, Idaho, Auburn, Towson, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas
Losses: Florida, Alabama
My Prediction: 13-0 (8-0 in conference)

Clemson Tigers (ACC):

Record: 10-2 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Auburn, Ball State, Furman, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Maryland, N.C. State
Losses: Florida State, South Carolina
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-1 in conference)

Prediction: LSU: 30 – Clemson: 17


HEART OF DALLAS BOWL

Oklahoma State Cowboys (BIG 12):

Record: 7-5 (5-4 in conference)
Wins: Savannah State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kansas, Iowa State, TCU, West Virginia, Texas Tech
Losses: Arizona, Texas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-2 in conference)

Purdue Boilermakers (BIG 10):

Record: 6-6 (3-5 in conference)
Wins: Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana
Losses: Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State
My Prediction: 6-6 (3-5 in conference)

Prediction: Oklahoma State: 44 – Purdue: 21


GATOR BOWL

Northwestern Wildcats (BIG 10):

Record: 9-3 (5-3 in conference)
Wins: Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Boston College, South Dakota, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois
Losses: Penn State, Nebraska, Michigan
My Prediction: 5-7 (2-6 in conference)

Mississippi State Bulldogs (SEC):

Record: 8-4 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Jackson State, Auburn, Troy, South Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas
Losses: Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss
My Prediction: 10-2 (6-2 in conference)

Prediction: Mississippi State: 23 – Northwestern: 20


CAPITAL ONE BOWL

Georgia Bulldogs (SEC):

Record: 11-2 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Buffalo, Missouri, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech
Losses: South Carolina, Alabama
My Prediction: 10-2 (6-2 in conference)

Nebraska Cornhuskers (BIG 10):

Record: 10-3 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State, Idaho State, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa
Losses: UCLA, Ohio State, Wisconsin
My Prediction: 11-2 (7-2 in conference)

Prediction: Georgia: 41 – Nebraska: 28


OUTBACK BOWL

South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC):

Record: 10-2 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Vanderbilt, East Carolina, UAB, Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Wofford, Clemson
Losses: LSU, Florida
My Prediction: 10-2 (6-2 in conference)

Michigan Wolverines (BIG 10):

Record: 8-4 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: Air Force, UMass, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Iowa
Losses: Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State
My Prediction: 9-3 (6-2 in conference)

Prediction: South Carolina: 38 – Michigan: 17


ROSE BOWL

Stanford Cardinal (PAC 12):

Record: 11-2 (8-1 in conference)
Wins: San Jose State, Duke, USC, Arizona, California, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, UCLA
Losses: Washington, Notre Dame
My Prediction: 10-2 (7-2 in conference)

Wisconsin Badgers (BIG 10):

Record: 8-5 (4-4 in conference)
Wins: Northern Iowa, Utah State, UTEP, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana, Nebraska
Losses: Oregon State, Nebraska, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State
My Prediction: 12-1 (8-1 in conference)

Prediction: Stanford: 24 – Wisconsin: 14


ORANGE BOWL

Florida State Seminoles (ACC):

Record: 11-2 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Murray State, Savannah State, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Florida, Boston College, Miami (FL), Duke, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia Tech
Losses: N.C. State, Florida
My Prediction: 13-0 (9-0 in conference)

Northern Illinois Huskies (MAC):

Record: 12-1 (8-0 in conference)
Wins: Tennessee-Martin, Army, Kansas, Central Michigan, Ball State, Buffalo, Akron, Western Michigan, UMass, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Kent State
Losses: Iowa
My Prediction: 9-3 (7-1 in conference)

Prediction: Florida State: 41 – Northern Illinois: 24


SUGAR BOWL

Florida Gators (SEC):

Record: 11-1 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Bowling Green, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Missouri, Louisiana-Lafeyette, Jacksonville State, Florida State
Losses: Georgia
My Prediction: 10-3 (7-1 in conference)

Louisville Cardinals (BIG EAST):

Record: 10-2 (5-2 in conference)
Wins: Kentucky, Missouri State, North Carolina, FIU, Southern Mississippi, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Cincinnati, Temple, Rutgers
Losses: Syracuse, UConn
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-2 in conference)

Prediction: Florida: 27 – Louisville: 17


FIESTA BOWL

Oregon Ducks (PAC 12):

Record: 11-1 (8-1 in conference)
Wins: Arkansas State, Fresno State, Tennessee Tech, Arizona, Washington State, Washington, Arizona State, Colorado, USC, California, Oregon State
Losses: Stanford
My Prediction: 11-2 (8-2 in conference)

Kansas State Wildcats (BIG 12):

Record: 11-1 (8-1 in conference)
Wins: Missouri State, Miami (FL), North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas
Losses: Baylor
My Prediction: 7-5 (4-5 in conference)

Prediction: Oregon: 59 – Kansas State: 44


COTTON BOWL

Texas A&M Aggies (SEC):

Record: 10-2 (6-2 in conference)
Wins: SMU, South Carolina State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, Alabama, Sam Houston State, Missouri
Losses: Florida, LSU
My Prediction: 5-7 (1-7 in conference)

Oklahoma Sooners (BIG 12):

Record: 10-2 (8-1 in conference)
Wins: UTEP, Florida A&M, Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, TCU
Losses: Kansas State, Notre Dame
My Prediction: 11-1 (8-1 in conference)

Prediction: Texas A&M: 24 – Oklahoma: 16


BBVA COMPASS BOWL

Pittsburgh Panthers (BIG EAST):

Record: 6-6 (3-4 in conference)
Wins: Virginia Tech, Gardner-Webb, Buffalo, Temple, Rutgers, South Florida
Losses: Youngstown State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame, UConn
My Prediction: 8-4 (5-2 in conference)

Ole Miss Rebels (SEC):

Record: 6-6 (3-5 in conference)
Wins: Central Arkansas, UTEP, Tulane, Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State
Losses: Texas, Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU
My Prediction: 4-8 (1-7 in conference)

Prediction: Ole Miss: 30 – Pittsburgh: 27


GODADDY.COM BOWL

Kent State Golden Flashes (MAC):

Record: 11-2 (8-1 in conference)
Wins: Towson, Buffalo, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Army, Western Michigan, Rutgers, Akron, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, Ohio
Losses: Kentucky, Northern Illinois
My Prediction: 4-8 (3-5 in conference)

Arkansas State Red Wolves (SUN BELT):

Record: 9-3 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Memphis, Alcorn State, FIU, South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafeyette, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, Middle Tennessee
Losses: Oregon, Nebraska, Western Kentucky
My Prediction: 8-4 (6-2 in conference)

Prediction: Kent State: 35 – Arkansas State: 31


BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC):

Record: 12-1 (7-1 in conference)
Wins: Michigan, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi State, LSU, Western Carolina, Auburn, Georgia
Losses: Texas A&M
My Prediction: 11-1 (7-1 in conference)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (INDEPENDENT):

Record: 12-0
Wins: Navy, Purdue, Michigan State, Michigan, Miami (FL), Stanford, BYU, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Wake Forest, USC
Losses: None
My Prediction: 7-5

Prediction: Alabama: 24 – Notre Dame: 20

And that’s that! College football bowl season is easily one of the best times of the year and even though the Oregon Ducks won’t be playing for a National Championship, I’m still stupidly excited to see what will happen over the course of the next few weeks. I’ll likely be back once bowl season has wrapped up with a special “Year-End” college football column so that will give at least three of you something to look forward to.

ENJOY THE GAMES!!!!

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