Little Caesar's Bowl:
Pittsburgh (6 - 6) 20 vs. Bowling Green (10 -3) 27: Pittsburgh has been pretty inconsistent this season, while Bowling Green won their last five games, including an upset over previously unbeaten Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game. It's an example of how little respect the MAC gets that their champion ends up in this bowl game, where they should be able to defeat the Panthers. However, if Pitt comes up big defensively, they could surprise the Falcons, who gave up just 17 points in their final four regular season games.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl:
Utah State (8 - 5) 30 vs. Northern Illinois (12 - 1) 29: The other participant in the MAC championship, Northern Illinois, will be looking to make amends for last year's bowl blowout loss to Florida State. Utah State is a worthy opponent, winners of five straight before losing a close one to Fresno State in the Mountain West championship game. This is a tough pick, because Utah State's other four losses came against Utah, USC, BYU and Boise State. The Huskies schedule doesn't compare with that lineup. I'm going to go with an upset here, considering what a good Bowling Green defense was able to do to slow down Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.