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I was 9-3 the last week ofthe regular season, with a miss on my upset special. I'm now 100-47 overall, 4-11 on the upset picks. My upset special is a team that I am picking to win outright that is at least a TD underdog.
Time to pick the bowls. That's a crap-shoot because you never know what you're going to get. Well, I think I know, thus the picks.
Today's games posted first and early. Others to follow this morning.
* - home team.
LSU 17 Alabama 13
BCS Title Jan 9
This time, LSU should have the home crowd advantage. The Tigers will still have a huge special teams advantage, and that should be the difference again.
Stanford 35 Oklahoma St 34
Fiesta Jan 2
OSU thought it should have been playing for the title. Stanford brings a little more defense to what could be a shootout.
Michigan 34 Virginia Tech 23
Sugar Jan 3
Some people will watch this game thinking it could have been so much better. Some won't watch it because of that.
Clemson 37 West Virginia 30
The Tigers had a big late season swoon, but came back just in time to beat the Hokies to win the ACC.
Upset of the bowls
Wisconsin 45 Oregon 42 (-6)
Rose Jan 2
Wisconsin will be looking to make amends for last year. I will be looking forward to LaMichael James vs Montee Ball.
Temple 31 Wyoming 20
New Mexico Dec 17
Temple was left out after a good season a year ago. They're happy to be playing and the better team anyway.
Utah St 35 Ohio 32
Famous Idaoho Potato Dec 17
A virtual home game for the Aggies, which are just a short drive from Boise. Ohio isn't thrilled with this assignment.
UL Lafayette 30 San Diego St 21
New Orleans Dec 17
The Ragin' Cajuns had a good season and are better than you probably expect. SDSU is still trying to figure out why they are there.
FIU 34 Marshall 27
Beef O'Brady's Dec 20
FIU beat Big East champ Louisville this year. They should have a good shot against a middlin' C-USA team. TY Hilton is worth watching for the Panthers.
TCU 24 Louisiana Tech 23
Poinsettia Dec 21
TCU isn't excited to be here, and the Bulldogs are good enough to beat them, but TCU usually shows up well for its games, so I'll take the Frogs.
Boise St 41 Arizona St 35
Las Vegas Dec 22
This is the classic bowl trap for Boise St. Their coach has whined loudly about their lot in life, and that's rarely a good sign. ASU is in a coaching transition though, and Boise is just so much better anyway. If ASU wins, I'll be kicking myself for not pulling the trigger on this pick.
Southern Miss 30 Nevada 17
Hawaii Dec 24
The Conference USA champs got at trip to Hawaii for their efforts. Not a bad prize. If the Eagles show up to play, they'll win.
Missouri 27 North Carolina 20
Independence Dec 26
Missouri ended up here on a selection day deal with the Military Bowl to get Air Force. The Tigers should make the most of it.
Louisville 21 NC State 17
Belk Dec 27
If State fans care, this will be a road game for the Cards. I like the way they finished the year.
Purdue 37 Western Michigan 34
Pizza Pizza Dec 27
The Boilers will be without WR OJ Ross (suspension) and RB Ralph Bolden (ACL, natch), but they should still have enough weapons to win a shootout with the Broncos.
Cal 37 Texas 28
Holiday Dec 28
Not sure what to make of either of these teams, but Cal was playing better at the end of the year.
Air Force 60 Toledo 57
Military Dec 28
Toledo plays game with basketball scores. I can't imagine the departure of coach Tim Beckman to Illinois will help the defense.
Baylor 52 Washington 42
Alamo Dec 29
This is the first game on this list with some pizzazz. Heisman winner RG3 against Washington's porous defense. Should be fun. For Baylor, anyway.
Notre Dame 27 Florida St 21
Champs Sports Dec 29
The Irish finished strong, although they may have created a little QB controversy for themselves in the Stanford game. Either way, they should be able to handle FSU.
Tulsa 40 BYU 17
Armed Forces Dec 30
It's taken a lot better team than BYU to beat Tulsa this year.
Oklahoma 42 Iowa 13
Insight Dec 30
Oklahoma may not be excited about its fourth trip to Phoenix in six years, but the Sooners are just much better than Iowa.
Mississippi St 13 Wake Forest 10
Music City Dec 30
It was a disappointing year for MSU, but it should end on a high note.
Iowa St 28 Rutgers 21
Pinstripe Dec 30
Should be a home crowd for Rutgers, right? Because Rutgers is NYC's team. Iowa St coach Paul Rhodes just to a 10-year extension, so an overpriced dinner is on him.
Virginia 21 Auburn 20
Chick-Fil-A Dec 31
I like the way the Hoos played this year. Mike London had his team in the ACC hunt right to the end. Auburn had some highs and lows, and now has lost OC Gus Malzahn to Arkansas St.
Illinois 3 UCLA 0
Kraft Fight Hunger Dec 31
They should rename it the Kraft Fight Boredom bowl. Is there a way for both to lose? Watch it be the most exciting game of the bunch.
Vandy 25 Cinci 20
Liberty Dec 31
I'd probably go with Cinci if Zach Collaros was healthy. Cinci would probably be in the BCS if he were. This has to feel like a let down for them.
Utah 31 Georgia Tech 27
Sun Dec 31
This probably comes down to how well GT can execute. Utah is probably better equipped to face this offense after seeing it from Air Force all those years in the MWC.
Texas A&M 34 Northwestern 24
Meineke Texas Dec 31
SEC vs Big Ten. We know how that goes, right? ;)
Nebraska 10 South Carolina 9
Capitol One Jan 2
Not sure either team's offense will get much done. Nebraska's Rex Burkhead will be the difference maker.
Ohio St 28 Florida 24
Gator Jan 2
Oh, if only Charlie Weis had stayed. This will be a coming out party for Braxton Miller.
Georgia 24 Michigan St 20
Outback Jan 2
Both teams are disappointed to be here, but MSU more so.
Penn St 17 Houston 13
Ticket City Jan 2
Good defense beats good offense. Houston lost their coach, and that's never a good thing.
Arkansas 49 Kansas St 48
Cotton Jan 6
Kansas St isn't happy to be here, but I don't think that will matter much. Both teams should light up the scoreboard, but when it's time for a defense to make a play, it'll be Arkansas' that does.
SMU 38 Pitt 3
BBVA Compass Jan 7
Nobody has whined more about what game it got than Pitt. Then they lost coach Todd Graham to Arizona St. SMU coach June Jones was ready to take that job before the offer got pulled at the last minute.
Northern Illinois 52 Arkansas St 41
GoDaddy Jan 8
NIU QB Chandler Harnish leads a high-powered offense against Gus Malzahn's new team. Too bad Malzahn won't have his offense in yet.
This Week in the BCS
December 4, 10:00 PM
Oklahoma St came up .0086 short of catching Alabama. That is the closest #2 and #3 have been since the formula was changed for the 2004 season. In 2006, Florida beat out Michigan by .0101.
OSU ended up 74 points short of what it needed in the Harris poll to finish #2. That's a decent sized number. So, it's not like we were in a position where one or two voters could have impacted the outcome.
I am stunned by the selection of Virginia Tech for the Sugar Bowl. The Hokies haven't traveled especially well to the Orange Bowl in recent years. They aren't necessarily a great TV draw. They lost their conference championship game, which is usually frowned upon by the BCS bowls. I can't think of anything they have over Kansas St. Boise St might have traveled well too, although they are considerably farther away. Even Baylor, which was eligible to get picked, would have at least given us Denard vs RG3.
Virginia Tech's selection was a late change too. The Sugar seemed committed to Kansas St, then changed their mind.
TCU couldn't quite get over the hump. The Horned Frogs finished 18th, same as they were last week. I felt that three of the teams ahead of them that lost this week had to fall behind them, and that they couldn't get jumped by Clemson or Baylor in the polls. They got the first part. Houston, Georgia and Oklahoma did drop behind the Frogs, but Clemson jumped them. If TCU and Clemson switched point totals in the polls, TCU would have finished 16th.
Houston took a serious beating, dropping from sixth to 19th in this week's rankings. Michigan St fell out of the at-large pool, much to the chagrin of its fans.
December 4, 8:00 PM
Bowl page is complete. I'm still digesting the BCS ratings.
December 4, 6:30 PM
In a stunning development, the Sugar Bowl has taken Virginia Tech to face Michigan.
December 4, 4:30 PM
We haven't seen Harris, but a good source tells me it's official: LSU-Alabama in the title game.
There is still no word if TCU qualfied. I'm not optimistic.
December 4, Noon
The coaches poll is out (BCS chart to be updated shortly). It's bad news for both Oklahoma St and TCU.
The Cowboys closed to within 32 points of Alabama, but that's not close enough. It means that OSU must pass Alabama in the Harris poll, and lead by at least five points, in order to finish #2 overall. That isn't likely. The AP poll (an indicator, but it doesn't count) also has Alabama #2.
And that is if the computer projections are correct. Those are the best possible for Oklahoma St, so any discrepancy will favor Alabama.
TCU did have Houston, Georgia and Oklahoma fall behind them, which was good, but Clemson jumped them. They are also going to need some serious help from the voters in the Harris poll.
December 4, 9:30 AM
The media seems to be pushing to get Oklahoma St in the title game instead of Alabama. Obviously, voters can make that happen, but the kind of move we're talking about would be unprecedented and quite atypical.
With the current computer projections, OSU needs to get within the mathematical equivalent of 28 points in Harris and 15 in coaches. They started the week 342 and 166 points behind, respectively, but one team ahead of them, Virginia Tech, lost.
In 2006, Florida started the final week 86 points behind in Harris and 40 back in coaches, but had to actually pass Michigan in the polls due to the fact that they ended up tied in the computers. OSU will likely have a slight computer edge over Alabama.
The coaches poll should be out in a couple hours. We'll know a lot more then.
TCU back out. I don't think they'll get to 16. Maybe, but they will definitely need the voters help. Three of Georgia, Michigan St, Oklahoma and Houston have to fall behind them in both polls to give them a realistic shot. Also, they have to watch their backs for Baylor and Clemson.
There is a big gap between them and Michigan in the polls. That may end up being a good spot to slot some of those losing teams.
Houston out, TCU in. Bowl projections updated.
Oregon clinched the first BCS bid last night with a 49-31 win over UCLA. The Ducks are headed to the Rose Bowl.
Northern Illinois came from behind to beat Ohio 23-20 and win the MAC title.
West Virginia got a last second field goal to beat South Florida 30-27 last night, and for all intents and purposes, eliminate Cincinnati from the conference race. The Bearcats game with UConn will still decide the BCS bid though. If Cinci wins, West Virginia goes to the BCS, otherwise, Louisville does.
Player of the Week
Tyrann Mathieu put on another show for LSU last night against Georgia. He gave the team a spark with a punt return for touchdown in the second quarter, then recovered a fumble and had another long return to set up two more scores, in the Tigers' 42-10 win over Georgia.
Character and Work Ethic Award
Houston had a golden opportunity to make the BCS, but got run off its home field by Southern Miss 49-28. Case Keenum contributed directly to 14 points of that margin by throwing an interception in the end zone and having another one returned for a touchdown. Southern Miss also scored on a blocked punt. Houston receivers dropped several passes, missing out on big plays. It was a disaster all the way around, and will cost the league about $11M.
If I had a vote
Here is my vote, if I had one. Well, I do have one in the CollegeBCS.com poll. You can vote also by clicking here.