Now I'm 11-4 thanks to the Colorado vs Alabama game. In the Independence Bowl, the Tide jumped out to a 27-0 lead after picking off Buffs QB Cody Hawkins on the first offensive play. Tide qb John Parker Wilson threw three touchdown passes in this time. Hawkins got CU on the board before the half with two scores to make it 27-14. The Buffs made it interesting in the second half getting a field goal in the third and another tochdown in the fourth but couldn't get over the hump as the Tide held on to win 30-24.
The New Years Eve Slate is full with six games today.
Armed Forces Bowl
Cal (6-6) vs Air Force (6-6)
There was a point in the season when Cal was being mentioned as a national title contender. They blew out Tennesse to open the season and even beat Oregon at Oregon. Then the wheels came off the bus. Cal receiver DeSean Jackson came into the season a Heisman Candidate but disappeared in too many games and qb Nate Longshore has not been consistent. Air Force is in their first bowl game since 2002 and doesn't mind spending New Years Eve at a lower bowl. Cal is just ready for the season to be over. As much as I want to pick Air Force and their triple option attack, Cal has too much talent. I hope it shows up and Cal wins.
USF (9-3) vs Oregon (8-4)
USF has had their most successful season in their short history while Oregon looked well on its way to playing for the title until losing Dennis Dixon. Take three weeks away from the Bulls season and they may be playing in the title game as well. I expect this game to be a thriller and whoever gets the run game working will get the win. Even though the Ducks have Jonathan Stewart I think the Bulls get it done in another close game.
Fresno St. (8-4) vs Georgia Tech (7-5)
This is another tale of which team shows up to play. Fresno St. will be pumped to have the chance to knock off a BCS opponent while Georgia Tech will be coached by defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. I think Fresno comes out pumped to play and takes the win after withstanding the GT emotional push at the beginning of the game.
Music City Bowl
What's left of Florida State (7-5) vs Kentucky (7-5)
So by now we have all heard that FSU suspended a third of their team. FSU has two options: they can use the suspensions as an excuse, or use them as motivation to win after being counted out. Kentucky is making a return trip to Nashville after beating Clemson last year. Andre Woodson will put on a show in his last auditon for the NFL scouts and as much as it pains me to say it, lead his team to victory.
Indiana (7-5) vs Oklahoma St. (6-6)
Former coach Terry Hoppener made it his team's goal to play "13" meaning they would make it to a bowl game. The Hoosiers made their late coach proud and did more than just squeak by winning their last game. OSU's biggest headline is coach Mike Gundy screaming at a reporter. IU wins by riding an emotional wave for the entire game.
Auburn (8-4) vs Clemson (9-3)
The commentators may get confused when talking about these Tigers. Finally Clemson didn't have their late season swoon while Auburn fired offensive coordinator Al Borges and replaced him with Tony Franklin. Franklin is from Troy and well versed in the spread but I don't know if Auburn's terrible offense can figure it out in time to beat Clemson. Clemson wins.
The last of the picks will come later.