It is OFFICIALLY Bowl Season and I for one am really EXCITED about it. The first Bowl game in LESS than TWENTY FOUR hours from now and I already have GOOSEBUMPS. There are a BUNCH of Bowl games, so I have divided my picks into TWO blogs. The FIRST blog is the one you are reading RIGHT NOW, which has the games from NOW till December 28th, and the next blog, which will be RELEASED on December 29th, will have the games from Dec 29th till the TWO College Football Playoff Matchups on January 1st.
None of the teams that I USUALLY pick (Towson, Texas A&M, Oklahoma) are playing in the time frame of this blog, so instead I have TWO Locks of the Week, TWO Upsets of the Week and a Marquee game, which will be TCU AGAINST Stanford. As always, I have the RECAP of last week’s pick which in this case was Conference Championship weekend FOLLOWED by my picks for THIS week.
Championship Weekend Recap-
Pac-12 Championship game- My Pick- USC outright, Actual- USC won but did not cover
AAC Championship game- My Pick- UCF outright, Actual- UCF won but did not cover
Big 12 Championship game- My Pick- Oklahoma outright, Actual- Oklahoma outright
SEC Championship game- My Pick- Georgia outright, Actual- Georgia outright
Big Ten Championship game- My Pick- Wisconsin outright, Actual- Ohio State outright
ACC Championship game- My Pick- Miami outright, Actual- Clemson outright
Record for Championship Weekend- 2-4, Overall Record before Bowl Mania- 36-40
The games for this week are Oregon vs Boise State, Southern Mississippi vs Florida State, Utah vs West Virginia, Missouri vs Texas, TCU vs Stanford
Lock of the Week 1- Saturday, Dec 16th Late Afternoon, Las Vegas Bowl, Oregon vs Boise State (Las Vegas) (Line- Oregon -6.5)
Oregon has a new coach and they NEED to win a Bowl game to RESTORE some confidence in their fans. Boise State was very FUN to watch a couple of years ago, BUT they are now just a team with a Blue Turf. I will take Oregon in this game and I think they will WIN for their new coach.
Lock of the Week 2- Wednesday, Dec 27th, Afternoon, Walk On’s Independence Bowl, Southern Mississippi vs Florida State (Shreveport, LA) (Line- Florida State -15.5)
Florida State has had a terrible season, but they would LOVE to beat up on an inferior opponent and start a NEW ERA of Seminole Football. This game will be the first Bowl game in FOREVER that Jimbo Fisher will not be on the sidelines, as he left to coach Texas A&M. Florida State was TERRIBLE this season, and like Oregon they NEED to win their Bowl game for the MORALE of their fanbase.
Upset of the Week 1- Tuesday, Dec 26th, Afternoon, Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Utah vs West Virginia (Dallas) (Line- Utah -7.5)
I LOVE West Virginia and do not think Utah is BETTER than them. I am saying that as a person who has not watched ONE down of Utah this season, so what do I know? I am going to take a GAMBLE and go with West Virginia to cause the upset and WIN in the Heart of Dallas.
Upset of the Week 2- Wednesday, Dec 27th, Night, Academy Sports + Outdoors Bowl, Missouri vs Texas (Houston) (Line- Missouri -3.5)
Texas is ONE of the only teams that will have a “HOME” Bowl game, as Austin is only a couple of hours drive AWAY from where the Longhorns will be playing on December 27th. The crowd will be pro-Texas and that will cause PROBLEMS for Missouri, which will result in them losing this game.
National Marquee game- Thursday, Dec 28th, Night, Valero Alamo Bowl, TCU vs Stanford (San Antonio) (Line- TCU -2.5)
These two teams are the HIGHEST ranked teams in the games for this part of Bowl Mania and BOTH teams LOST the conference Championship games in their respective conferences. Stanford gave its LAST fight of the season, against USC but could not get the win in the Pac 12 Championship game and I think they will just FALL OVER in this game and TCU will win this game and cover EASILY.
My picks for this part of Bowl Mania are Oregon, Florida State, West Virginia, Texas, and TCU. Check back on the 29th to see how I did on this part of Bowl Mania and also to get my picks for the College Football Playoff.