2009/2010 Bowl Predictions – Week 1

Let’s see if my regular season success spills over into the post-season. I doubt it. Quick…who’s going to win? UCF or Rutgers? See, it’s not so easy is it?

Regular Season: 102-30 (77.3%)
Bowl Games: 2-4 (33.3%)
Overall: 104-34 (75.4%)

12/19

New Mexico Bowl (3:30 p.m. ESPN)
Fresno State vs. Wyoming – Hmm…well thanks for starting with an easy one. Fresno State has hung around with some big boys over the course of the season. Wyoming probably hasn’t played in a bowl before have they? How many people will start to watch this one with much excitement because it’s the first bowl game and then flip it over to Home Alone on ABC Family?

Fresno has the “we’ve been pretty decent in the last decade” advantage. ‘Dawgs win.

Fresno State 33, Wyoming 14

Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28FAILURE

St. Petersburg Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN)
UCF vs. Rutgers– I mainly just dislike Rutgers because they got so much love a few years ago for being good in a bad conference. Little-man-love I call it. Ray Rice graduated and so did their dreams of being a good football consistently.

UCF’s mascot is the Golden Knights and their coach may or may not still be George O’Leary. They will have to travel two hours or so to their bowl game, which has to be extra exciting. Yep, that’s about all I know.

UCF 28, Rutgers 23

Rutgers 45, UCF 24 FAILURE

12/20

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (7:30 p.m. ESPN)
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee State – We’ll we’ve got a contender for the “Dumbest Bowl Sponsor Award” in this one don’t we? I don’t know about you, but now that I’ve seen their name attached to the New Orleans Bowl it makes me want to call R or L and see if they can carry my stuff for me.

Southern Miss is always pretty decent. Middle Tennessee State has Tony Franklin as their OC. He still hasn’t shaved.

Southern Miss 34, Middle Tennessee State 9

Middle Tennessee State 42, Southern Miss 32 FAILURE

12/22

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN)
Oregon State vs. BYU – Finally, a game you would be caught dead watching, AND it’s on a Tuesday night too? Here we go.

Mormons in Las Vegas? That’s a recipe for disaster, but BYU has been pretty good all year. Oregon State did their customary slide into the polls during the last two or three weeks of the season thing that we’ve all gotten used to. They had their chance at the Pac-10 title, but lost to Oregon in their season finale and got sent to Las Vegas. I don’t think they’ll mind.

BYU does sneak up on a lot of people though, and they’ll surprise the Beavers.

BYU 27, Oregon State 17

BYU 44, Oregon State 20SUCCESS!

12/23

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN)
Utah vs. Cal – The king of worst bowl names returns. Thank you San Diego County Credit Union. I’m sure the other 99.9% of the country watching this game is going to do all of their business with you.

Cal will be without their running back. Utah beat Alabama really bad in the Sugar Bowl last year. On that fact alone, they win.

Utah 17, Cal 10

Utah 37, Cal 27SUCCESS!

12/24

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN)
Nevada vs. SMU – Oh the irony. June Jones spends all those years in Hawaii, leaves or gets fired (I don’t remember), and what’s his reward for somewhat revitalizing the SMU football team? A trip back to Hawaii. How many leis do you think he has? Don’t answer that.

SMU might be in a bowl game, but they aren’t back to paying players fully yet. Nevada runs the pistol formation and runs it well. SMU get’s pistol-whipped.

Nevada 38, SMU 16

SMU 45, Nevada 10 FAILURE

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