PODCAST: Christmas Eve surprises, must-see bowl picks ahead

Margus Hunt was all smiles after forcing two fumbles and recording a safety in SMU's Hawaii Bowl win. (US Presswire)

Why did anyone doubt June Jones in Hawaii? What happened to Ball State Cardinals against UCF Knights ? Is a delayed Christmas gift for your spouse forgiven when he/she also has your gift en route because of a late online order? The Eye On College Football Podcast has all those answers and more in this pre-New Year's edition of the show.

Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) and Jerry Hinnen (@JerryHinnen) join me again to reflect on the long weekend of holiday games, debating the biggest surprises and highlighting the best performances. SMU's defense, led by 6-foot-8 senior Margus Hunt , stole the show by sacking Derek Carr seven times. Hunt also forced two fumbles and registered a safety in one of the biggest surprises of the bowl season to date.

Tune in as I get Tom and Jerry to break down their most and least confident against-the-spread picks leading up to New Year's Eve. The stretch -- which features 11 bowl games in three days -- is loaded with head-scratching matchups as well as some of the most enticing bowl games of the entire 2012-13 postseason.

In a hurry? Check the contents below for specific game picks and topics

0:00 -- Happy Holidays from the Eye On College Football Podcast
3:15 -- Summarizing a surprising string of bowl results through Christmas
3:45 -- Tom picks the Hawaii Bowl as his most surprising result
5:45 -- UCF's effortless beatdown of Ball State in the Beef 'O' Brady's bowl is Jerry's surprise of the week
7:15 -- Bonus Surprise Pick! Boise State Broncos making a game-winning field goal
9:30 -- Quick summary of the pre-New Year's bowl slate
10:15 -- Jerry's Must-See Pick before New Year's: The Holiday Bowl
11:30 -- Tom's Must-See Pick before New Year's: The Belk Bowl
12:00 -- Virginia Cavaliers Tech and Rutgers Scarlet Knights : What's your read on this game?
13:30 -- Give Me a Reason to Watch: Air Force Falcons vs. Rice Owls
16:30 -- Tom's most confident ATS pick: Arizona State Sun Devils (-14.5) vs. Navy Midshipmen
17:10 -- Jerry's most confident ATS pick: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (-7.5) vs. Ohio Bobcats
19:00 -- Tom's least confident ATS pick: Texas Longhorns (+2.5) vs. Oregon Ducks State
20:00 -- Jerry's least confident ATS pick: Rice (+1.5) vs. Air Force
22:00 -- More faith in Ryan Nassib or lack of West Virginia Mountaineers defense in Pinstripe Bowl?
25:15 -- Why would an entire Buffalo Wild Wings bar want the game to go to overtime? Shouldn't some/half of them want their team to win? We discuss.

Got questions you want answered on a future podcast? Let me know on Twitter (@cnpatterson3) or send them to podcast@cbsinteractive.com. Feedback -- both love and hate -- is encouraged as well.

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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