As the college football bowl season continues, I hope each and every one of you had a Merry Christmas. Today we’re lucky to have a total of six games to be played, which if you’re lucky, you can just sit in front of the TV and watch football. I’m not one of those guys because I’ll be visiting in-laws and have a million things to do, but let’s see how things turned and hopefully I can continue my little winning streak. My post for the two games on Christmas Eve got me a 2-0 record, making my overall bowl record to 9-3 and my overall record to 58-26. My overall winning percentage jumps from 68.3% to 69.1% and now let’s get started!!
This first game of the day is being played at 11 in the morning in St. Petersburgh, Florida between the Connecticut Huskies and the Marshall Thundering Herd in the St. Petersburgh Bowl. The Huskies had a very up-and-down season that saw them have a three game winning and losing streak, with the winning streak coming at the end before losing to Temple in their final game. The Thundering Herd finished the season losing two of their final three games, but still finished the season with a 9-3 record while finishing second in the Eastern division of Conference USA. I’m going with the Herd to win!
Thundering Herd Win 31-21
We head to El Paso, TX for the Hyundai Sun Bowl being played between the Miami Hurricanes and the Washington State Cougars. The Hurricanes finished the season winning their final two games to finish 8-4. They will look to build for next year and impress their new coach Mark Richt as he tries to help the Hurricane program return to prominence like it was back when he played there. The Cougars also finished with an 8-4 record, but they had a few bug wins along the way against Oregon, UCLA and almost upsetting Stanford. They finished the year being blown out by their rival Huskies and believe they’ll lose this one also.
Hurricanes Win 41-38
We head to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX for the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl as the Washington Huskies face the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. This Huskies team showed potential this season, which was the first for Coach Gary Peterson and they finished with a 6-6 record. They finished the season winning their final two games, which were blowouts over Oregon State and Washington State. The Golden Eagles finished the season with a 9-4 record, which saw them finish on a 6-game winning streak before being beat in the Conference USA title game. I’m going with the Huskies!!
Huskies Win 30-21
We head to New York and Yankee Stadium for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl between the Indiana Hoosiers and the Duke Blue Devils. When you think about Indiana-Duke usually you’re thinking about their basketball programs. The Hoosiers finished the season with a 6-6 record and it included starting the season with four wins in a row, then losing their next six games and winning their final two. The Blue Devils finished the season with a 7-5 record, but one of those losses against Miami should’ve been a win, but the referees screwed up the end of the game. I’m going with the Blue Devils!!
Blue Devils Win 34-24
We head to Shreveport, Louisiana for the Camping World Independence Bowl between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane facing the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Golden Hurricane finished the season with a 6-6 record and had one of the worse defenses in the nation as they gave up almost 39 points a game. Can the defense do enough to stay in contention against the Hokies? On the other hand, this is the final game for Coach Frank Beamer and you know that Virginia Tech want to send him off with a win. The Hokies finished the season winning three of their final four games and will win this one.
Hokies Win 45-24
The final game of the day takes place in Santa Clara, CA in Levi Stadium as the UCLA Bruins face the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Foster Farms Bowl. The Bruins had so much potential coming into the season and even reaching the top-10 in rankings. Can the Bruins finish the season on a positive note after losing their final game against the USC Trojans? The Cornhuskers finished the season with a 5-7 record, but we all know they were the ones that handed Michigan State their only loss of the season. Can Nebraska stop the offense of the Bruins? I’m going with the Bruins to win in a close game!