I've decided to get all my predictions down on paper, umm, screen, and here are my thoughts on who will win these bowl games, including the silly ones such as the Eaglebank Bowl along with better ones like the Poinsettia Bowl.
I have my quick thoughts first, and a (sort-of) in-depth analysis in the second paragraphs.
Leave comments if you agree or disagree, and come back for the next round of bowl games!
New Mexico Bowl
(6-6)Colorado St. 16 (7-5)Fresno St. 24
Both of these are mediocre teams, Fresno State needs to salvage something from their lost season
Fresno State has flaked in the marquee games this season, including the one with a weak Wisconsin, but Colorado State has not beaten anyone of quality. Fresno should have star RB Ryan Matthews back from injury for this game.
St. Petersburg Bowl
(6-6)Memphis 13 (7-5)South Florida 49
As much as I think USF is overrated, Memphis doesn't even deserve to be on the same field...now let them play basketball
Memphis from C-USA barely reached bowl eligibility, and doesn't stand out in anything but mediocrity. USF should be able to dominate with their star QB Matt Grothe.
Las Vegas Bowl
#17 (10-2)BYU 38 (7-5)Arizona 41
BYU nearly lost to Washington, yes that Washington, and doesn't show up for big games. Zona creates a nice start toward next season.
The Cougars have been quite vulnerable having to make comebacks in many of their wins, including ones with teams such as Colorado State and UNLV. They haven't been dominating in many, and had that "win" against Washington with the Jake Locker "excessive celebration" affair. Arizona is not really in the top tier of teams yet, but they have a great quarterback in Tuitama and a more than solid running game, and should be able to put away BYU.
(7-5) Wake Forest 17 (8-4)Navy 23
Did I mention how many times I picked Wake to win this season and got burned?
Navy has a great running game with their triple option offense run to perfection by new starter QB Jarod Bryant, and with Wake's frequent implosions of turnovers and defensive lapses, this rematch of a midseason Navy win should have a similar result.
New Orleans Bowl
(6-6)Southern Miss 10 vs. (8-4) Troy 28
SMU doesn't deserve to be here...the JV Trojans take this
I don't know much about either of these teams, except that Troy was up 28-3? on LSU and gave up that big lead in the 4th quarter to lose. That may say more about LSU's weakness than the Trojans' strength, but that has to account for something.
#9 (12-0)Boise St. 35 #11 (10-2)TCU 27
Undefeated Boise State is ranked #9 in the BCS, but was passed over by the "people" of the BCS for #10 Ohio State that has two losses to Rose Bowl teams merely based on the fact that Ohio State has more fans, and therefore will bring more people, which is revenue, which is money to the NCAA!
This actually should be one of the best games of all the bowls, including the BCS games. Two highpowered "midmajors" meet in a battle for Western supremacy, and if Boise wins, this will be more gravy on the fact that they believe they deserve a Fiesta Bowl spot, along with many others. Some will be pigheaded enough to say Boise State wouldn't stand a chance with any good team, but here is another proving ground for them in this undefeated season. They have more on the line and more to prove, and therefore more desire to win this game.
(7-6)Hawaii 34 (6-6)Notre Dame - 21
ND has a horrible season, one of the worst in their history, and their postseason prize is a trip to Hawaii???
I certainly don't like Notre Dame, nothing hiding here, but Hawaii is still the pick. They improved as the season progressed, and this will be a home game for them. Notre Dame certainly could be distracted by the hula dancers and beaches, but more importantly the turmoil surrounding the school's football program and the failure of the team to live up to high expectations. And did I mention they haven't won a bowl game in over 10 years?