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Monday, December 30, 2013

DECEMBER 30 COLLEGE BOWL PICKS

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl:

Middle Tennessee (8 - 4) 30 vs. Navy (8 - 4) 31: Well, just the name of this bowl itself indicates that the Midshipmen should win, so that's what I'll go with. Actually, Navy is a pretty decent team that plays a competitive schedule. Middle Tennessee has won its last five games by an average of over 20 points per game. That streak began with a win over Marshall, already a winner in their bowl game. But I'll stick with the service academy to win a close one.  

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:

Ole Miss (7 - 5) 28 vs. Georgia Tech (7 - 5) 27: This game will probably hinge on how well Ole Miss can defend the run option that Georgia Tech runs so effectively. In addition, the Rebels will need to figure out how to get their offense back in gear after finishing the season with just 20 points in their last two games. I think they will, handing the Yellow Jackets a close loss.

Valero Alamo Bowl:

(10) Oregon (10 - 2) 34 vs. Texas (8 - 4) 27: This will be Mack Brown's final game at Texas and will be played in the Longhorns' home state. Oregon will be trying to put a positive end on an otherwise disappointing season, despite getting ten wins. Texas rebounded nicely from a tough start, but I think Oregon has too much speed for them, much like Oklahoma State did. I'll take the Ducks to get their eleventh win and send Mack Brown out with a disappointing loss.

National University Holiday Bowl:


(14) Arizona State 37 vs. Texas Tech (7 - 5) 26: I see this one as somewhat of mismatch, with Texas Tech coming off consecutive losses to the top five teams in the Big 12. I would put Arizona State in a class at least as good as most of those teams, so if this one goes as it should, the Sun Devils should have an easy time with the Red Raiders.