This year, I made my bowl picks based on the first random thought that floated through my brain when I read the matchup. This is partly because I've been busy with pre-Christmas stuff and finals, partly because my dad needed my picks right away to get them into a bowl pool, and partly because there's a good chance that my arbitrary picks will do me better than if I had spent more time thinking about the games.
Here's who I have winning, and why. You can skip around, just look at your team's game, or the big games, or whatever. Here we go:
Poinsettia Bowl Tonight, 9 pm Utah vs. Navy
I picked Navy
because I just got a feeling.
Actual result: Utah 35 - Navy 32. I'm 0-1
New Orleans Bowl Dec. 21, 8 pm Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis
I picked Florida Atlantic
because ...well? I don't know. I think it's because the last person I met from Memphis was kind of a jerk.
Actual result: Florida Atlantic 44, Memphis 27. Back at .500!
Papajohns.com Bowl Dec. 22, 1 pm Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss
I picked Cincinnati
because I finally know how to spell it. (What? Don't judge me.)
New Mexico Bowl Dec. 22, 4:30 New Mexico vs. Nevada
I picked Nevada
because I felt like rooting for the away team
Las Vegas Bowl Dec. 22, 8 pm BYU vs. UCLA
I picked UCLA
because I reeeeeally hate BYU. I mean, I hate them both, but I begrudgingly went with the Bruins because I see them as the (slightly) lesser of two evils.
Hawaii Bowl Dec. 23, 8 pm East Carolina vs. Boise State
I picked Boise State
because we all know they can make the bowl game magic happen.
Motor City Bowl Dec. 26, 7:30 Purdue vs. Central Michigan
I picked Purdue
because the voices told me it was the right pick.
Holiday Bowl Dec. 27, 8 pm Texas vs. Arizona State
I picked Texas
because Nebraska played so well against them. Better for the Huskers if the 'Horns see some success. Plus I typically root for the Big XII. However, I don't totally hate ASU, so I wouldn't mind being wrong here.
Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 28, 5 pm Boston College vs. Michigan State
I picked Boston College
because go Catholics!
Texas Bowl Dec. 28, 8 pm TCU vs. Houston
I picked TCU
because how could I pick against the Horned Frogs??
Emerald Bowl Dec. 28, 8:30 Maryland vs. Oregon State
I picked Oregon State
because I like their baseball team.
Meineke Car Care Dec. 29, 1 pm Wake Forest vs. Connecticut
I picked Wake Forest
because they were a Nebraska opponent early in the season.
Liberty Bowl Dec. 29, 4:30 UCF vs. Mississippi State
I picked Mississippi State
because I like the letter 'S'.
Alamo Bowl Dec. 29, 8 pm Penn State vs. Texas A&M
I picked Texas A&M
because go Big XII!
Independence Dec. 30, 8 pm Colorado vs. Alabama
I picked Colorado
because ...Again, Husker opponent, conference, yadda yadda...
Armed Forces Bowl Dec. 31, 12:30 Air Force vs. California
I picked Cal
because I already picked Navy to win their game, and I can't pick more than one branch of the military to win a bowl game.
Sun Bowl Dec. 31, 2 pm South Florida vs. Oregon
I picked Oregon
because I have a friend or two who are genuine Ducks fans.
Humanitarian Bowl Dec. 31, 2 pm Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State
I picked Georgia Tech
because I felt like it, gosh!
Music City Bowl Dec. 31, 4 pm Kentucky vs. Florida State
I picked Kentucky
because as my dad said, "Do you think ANYONE picked Florida State?" (Hi, Dad!)
Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31, 7:30 Auburn vs. Clemson
I picked Clemson
because ...can't I just say "The Tigers" so I know I'll be right?
Insight Dec. 31, TBA Indiana vs. Oklahoma State
I picked Okie State!
because Mike Gundy is a MAN, and he's FORTY!
Outback Bowl Jan. 1, 11 am Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
I picked Tennessee
because I know a bunch of Vols fans.
Cotton Bowl Jan. 1, 11:30 Missouri vs. Arkansas
I picked Mizzou
because Husker opponent, nose-picking QB, Big XII team, all that jazz.
Gator Bowl Jan. 1, 1 pm Virginia vs. Texas Tech
I picked Texas Tech
because Conference, etc. Sorry, nothing witty here.
Capital One Bowl Jan. 1, 1 pm Michigan vs. Florida
I picked Florida
because I hate Michigan, I love seeing them lose. I also hate Florida, but I think Mr. Heisman Tebow should be able to take the Gators to one more win.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1, 4:30 USC vs. Illinois
I picked USC
because Illinois might be out of hilarious upsets. I'd love to be wrong though.
Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 8:30 Hawaii vs. Georgia
I picked Hawaii
because it's the last chance for these guys to "prove" they belong in a big bowl. They've got a fire under their bellies.
Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2, 8 pm Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
I picked West Virginia
because I had to go against my "pick the Big XII rule one of these days. It's 2007; anyone could win any game.
Orange Bowl Jan. 3, 8 pm Virginia Tech vs. Kansas
I picked Kansas
because I want to believe that the team that so horribly destroyed my Huskers is good enough to pull off a bowl win.
International Bowl Jan. 5, 12pm Rutgers vs. Ball State
I picked Ball(s) State
because I'm still bitter about how they almost beat Nebraska. See my bias coming through?
GMAC Jan. 6, 8 pm Tulsa vs. Bowling Green
I picked Tulsa
because ...I have no idea. I don't know much about either team, honestly.
BCS "National Championship" Jan. 7, 8 pm Ohio State vs. LSU
I picked LSU
because screw OSU!!
So there you have it. If I'm wrong, you can laugh at me.
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