Bowl season gets in full swing over the next week, but don't expect any big games anytime soon. I guess it's still football, right? Meh, I guess. I started off 2-0 last week, but BYU ruined my perfect picks just last night, or that's what I heard. I definitely wasn't watching it.
Oh, if you're looking for a prediction of tonight's monumental matchup between Ball State and UCF in the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl it's in last week's post. Remember, these predictions go from Saturday to Friday. Confusing, I know. Actually, scratch that. I'm going to make them Friday to Thursday from now on, and post them on Friday like I am today. That's better. Got it? Good.
Bowl Season: 10-1 (90.9%)
Regular Season: 110-32 (77.5%)
Overall: 120-33 (78.4%)
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (11 a.m. ESPN)
East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - If you ever had an argument for there being too many bowl games, this game would be your best bet to win. From the name of the bowl, which is just ridiculous, to the two teams playing in it, it's just all stupid. I don't care or want to care who wins this game, but since I actually heard Louisiana-Lafayette's name this year because they almost beat Florida, I'll pick them to win.
Louisiana-Lafayette 34, East Carolina 24
Louisiana-Lafayette 43, East Carolina 34 - SUCCESS!
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (2:30 p.m. ESPN)
Washington vs. Boise State - Hey, it's two teams my Grandmother has probably heard of. It only took a week into a bowl season for that to happen. Boise wasn't the same ol' Boise this year, but they were still solid. Washington was the same ol' Washington this year, which means they played about as good as a wet husky smells. Broncs win and a get a free paint touch-up on all of their leased vehicles.
Boise State 34, Washington 20
Boise State 28, Washington 26 - SUCCESS!
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (7 p.m. ESPN)
Fresno State vs. SMU - Just when June Jones thought he was getting out of the hell-hole known as Hawaii, their bowl just drags him back in. Poor guy. Fresno State has scored many points all season, and will look at this game as a tune up for future seasons. What do I mean? Well, they are in talks with the Big East about joining. The Big East. Fresno, California. East. East? So they need to get used to flying 5-6 hours for a football game. This bowl game is just what they need.
It won't matter though, June knows all the hot spots on the big island and will have his team prepared to play.
SMU 38, Fresno State 31
SMU 43, Fresno State 10 - SUCCESS!
Little Caesars Bowl (6:30 p.m. ESPN)
Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan - I can't think of two better teams to play in the Pizza Bowl than two directional schools. Seriously, I mean, I've gotten the Little Caesars Hot N' Ready on many occasions, but how do you get up for a game named that?
Western Kentucky will be back to the same lovable loser Hilltoppers without head coach Willie Taggert -- at least until a hog-riding Bobby starts next season. Central Michigan big.
Central Michigan 42, Western Kentucky 17
Central Michigan 24, Western Kentucky 21 - SUCCESS!
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman (2:00 p.m. ESPN)
San Jose State vs. Bowling Green - I get really, really mad when I see small conference basketball teams make the NCAA tournament just because they won their crappy conference over teams who had less-than-stellar seasons in a big conference. We know the worst team in the SEC would beat these teams. That's how I feel about this slate of bowls, especially this one. Come on.
San Jose State is apparently decent though.
San Jose State 27, Bowling Green 10
San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20 - SUCCESS!
Belk Bowl (5:30 p.m. ESPN)
Cincinnati vs. Duke - Hey, did you know David Cutcliffe got more wins at Duke this year than Chizik did at Auburn? That was the fun stat at the middle of last season. It's the ACC. Shutup.
Cincinnati will do what it wants to do in basketball and beat Duke.
Cincinnati 20, Duke 14
Cincinnati 48, Duke 34 - SUCCESS!
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (8:45 p.m. ESPN)
Baylor vs. UCLA - Former Auburn-commit and Oregon running back, Lache Seastrunk really turned it on for Baylor later in the season. He was most of the reason that Kansas State is not playing the national championship game and Alabama is. Jim Mora has had UCLA playing pretty well all season. This one is a toss-up for me, but I'll go with Lache, since he still loves Auburn.
Baylor 38, UCLA 35
Baylor 49, UCLA 26 - SUCCESS!