The Big Games
Ticket City Bowl
20 Houston - 28
24 Penn State - 24
Penn State is still a program in disarray due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Houston is still a program with something to prove. Even though they will be in the Big East next season, Houston still has to be hungry to beat a perennial power like Penn State. Penn State will have the better athletes, but their offense is not very good. Houston might not light up the score board in this game, but they should have enough fire power to out score Penn State.
Capital One Bowl
21 Nebraska - 17
10 South Carolina - 20
This will be a close hard-fought game. Neither team is an offensive juggernaut, so the defensive play will be key in this game. Both teams like to run the ball, limit turnovers, and rely on their defenses to create them. South Carolina’s defense is one of the best in the country, and it will be hard for Nebraska to score enough point to win.
12 Michigan State - 24
18 Georgia - 27
Both of these teams were runners-up in their conference championship games. Both of these teams went 10-2 in the regular season, so this will be one of the more intriguing match ups of the bowl season. There are a lot of similarities between the two teams. They are both led by good QB’s, and like to run the ball. But at the end of the day, I think Georgia has the better athletes, and by seeing LSU up close, will be a little more battle tested for this big game, and should come out on top.
9 Wisconsin - 28
6 Oregon - 35
Offensive fire power is the name of this game. And both teams have no problem lighting up the score board, so this should be a very entertaining match up. Both teams are led by explosive QB/RB combos. Russell Wilson and Montee Ball for Wisconsin and Darron Thomas and LaMichael James for Oregon. But even though both of these teams are good offensively, I believe Oregon has more fire power than Wisconsin, and are used to playing a much faster tempo. Wisconsin will keep it close, but in the end The Ducks will have a little too much for the Badgers.
4 Stanford - 31
3 Oklahoma State - 42
This is another game where the offenses will take center stage. Andrew Luck is the best QB in the nation and he has led Stanford to many victories. However, many people think Oklahoma State should be in the National Championship game, and it’s for good reason. Mike Gundy has built the program into a power house, and they are nearly unstoppable offensively. I expect Luck to keep Stanford in the game initially, but Oklahoma State will pull away in the second half. they just have too many weapons for Stanford to keep up.
13 Michigan - 24
17 Virginia Tech - 21
Virginia Tech has had trouble this season with a team that runs a spread offense like Michigan, and that’s Clemson. However Clemson is much more of a passing team than Michigan. But Michigan QB Denard Robinson can pass the ball when he needs to, and Michigan is a much more explosive offense than Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech may not be explosive as an offense, but they have the explosive David Wilson at Running Back, and he can take it the distance at any time. QB Logan Thomas has had a big year, and he run a little as well. But in the end, I think Michigan will win a close game.
23 West Virginia - 21
14 Clemson - 35
In the first half of the season many people were saying that Clemson had a legitimate shot at the National Championship, but then they began to stumble and it appeared as though the wouldn’t even win the ACC. But the Tigers eventually got back on track and did win the ACC Championship by blowing out Virginia Tech. West Virginia won the Big East by the skin of their teeth, winning three close games down the stretch to secure the championship. But many question if they deserve to be in a BCS game? I think West Virginia will play Clemson hard initially, but Clemson will pull away late to get the victory.
Week 14 review:
I went 3-1 in week 14. It’s been three weeks since I predicted a college game, so hopefully I still know what I’m talking about.
Year to Date Record: 28-15, which translates to 65% correct.