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College Football Bowl Predictions

Posted: December 18, 2010 in Football, Sports


Here are this year’s predictions for 20 of the 35 college bowl games.
uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
Insight Bowl
Texas Bowl
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Chick-Fil-A Bowl
TicketCity Bowl
Outback Bowl
Capital One Bowl
Progressive Gator Bowl
Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Discover Orange Bowl
Allstate Sugar Bowl
AT&T Cotton Bowl
Tostitos BCS National Championship Game


Saturday, December 18

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
5:30 PM ET
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
Prediction: Fresno State
Back to Bowls


Wednesday, December 22

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
ESPN, ESPN3.com
8:00 PM ET
No. 19 Utah vs. No. 10 Boise State
Prediction: Boise State
Back to Bowls


Monday, December 27

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
ESPN2, ESPN3.com
5 PM ET
Air Force vs. Georgia Tech
Prediction: Air Force
Back to Bowls


Tuesday, December 28

Insight Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
10 PM ET
No. 12 Missouri vs. Iowa
Prediction: Missouri
Back to Bowls


Wednesday, December 29

Texas Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
6:00 PM ET
Illinois vs. Baylor
Prediction: Baylor
Back to Bowls


Thursday, December 30

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
3:20 PM ET
Kansas State vs. Syracuse
Prediction: Kansas State
Back to Bowls

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
6:40 PM ET
North Carolina vs. Tennessee
Prediction: Tennessee
Back to Bowls

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
10:00 PM ET
No. 18 Nebraska vs. Washington
Prediction: Nebraska
Back to Bowls


Friday, December 31

Hyundai Sun Bowl
CBS
2:00 PM ET
Notre Dame vs. Miami (FL)
Prediction: Miami (FL)
Back to Bowls

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
7:30 PM ET
No. 20 South Carolina vs. No. 23 Florida State
Prediction: South Carolina
Back to Bowls


Saturday, January 1

TicketCity Bowl
ESPNU
12:00 PM ET
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech
Prediction: Texas Tech
Back to Bowls

Outback Bowl
ABC
1:00 PM ET
Florida vs. Penn State
Prediction:Florida
Back to Bowls

Capital One Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
1:00 PM ET
No. 16 Alabama vs. No. 9 Michigan State
Prediction: Alabama
Back to Bowls

Progressive Gator Bowl
ESPN2, ESPN3.com
1:30 PM ET
No. 21 Mississippi State vs. Michigan
Prediction: Mississippi State
Back to Bowls

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio
ESPN, ESPN3.com
5:00 PM ET
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 3 TCU
Prediction: TCU
Back to Bowls

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
8:30 PM ET
Connecticut vs. No. 7 Oklahoma
Prediction: Oklahoma
Back to Bowls


Monday, January 3

Discover Orange Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
8:30 PM ET
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 Virginia Tech
Prediction: Stanford
Back to Bowls


Tuesday, January 4

Allstate Sugar Bowl
ESPN, ESPN3.com
8:30 PM ET
No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Arkansas
Prediction: Ohio State
Back to Bowls


Saturday, January 8

AT&T Cotton Bowl
FOX
8:00 PM ET
No. 11 LSU vs. No. 17 Texas A&M
Back to Bowls


Monday, January 10

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
ESPN, ESPN3.com
8:30 PM ET
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 1 Auburn
Prediction: Oregon
Back to Bowls

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When Reggie Bush was voted as the nation’s top collegiate football player in 2005, there was little doubt as to whether or not he deserved the honor.

Sure, there were questions surrounding Pete Carroll’s University of Southern California football program, but nothing had officially been proven that suggested Bush had violated any NCAA rules. And really, why did it matter? With apologies to Vince Young, Bush was clearly the nation’s best collegiate football player for that one season as determined by the Heisman Trophy Trust.

But after an investigation that lasted nearly five years, the Trust decided it no longer wanted Bush to represent the select fraternity of college football history. Bush violated perhaps one of the most crucial qualifications required to receive the award — Integrity. So the committee did the only thing it thought should be done and revoked the honor.

Despite discussions of whether or not the trophy should be redistributed, and in this case given to Young, the 2005 award has been vacated and will forever be vacant. From now into the future, the history for college football’s highest individual honor will read: “…2003, Jason White, QB – Oklahoma; 2004, Matt Leinart, QB – USC; 2005, vacated…”

This year a new controversy has its arms wrapped firmly around the nation’s top player. From academic issues of cheating and later his arrest for the theft of a laptop computer while attending the University of Florida, to a webcam scandal that was or wasn’t a big deal, and the most recent accusations of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton’s father requesting pay in exchange for his son’s talents, Newton has seen controversy follow him every step of the way throughout his college athletic career.
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It’s rather curious that the No. 5 overall pick is already getting much more coverage than the draft’s top selection.

It would seem that a team which failed to win a single game last season and drafted the top-rated quarterback in the draft would be the best story.

The Detroit Lions have been looking for a quality pick – any decent pick at all – for who knows how long, and have virtually an entirely new front office. They got that in Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Conventional wisdom might suggest that Detroit’s story would be headlining all sports shows, national print publications and Web sites.

Instead, the national sports media is showing the same bias it has been accused of for years.
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