College Bowl picks: Games played December 28-30

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A brief overview of the six state title games on tap at the UNI-Dome.

Monday, Dec. 28
Military Bowl (Annapolis, Md), 1:30 p.m. ESPN2
THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY (9-2) vs. PITTSBURGH (8-4)
A chance for those who have not seen Midshipman quarterback Keenan Reynolds to see just what this great player can do … GO NAVY! 24-20.

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit), 4 p.m. ESPN
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (7-5) vs. MINNESOTA (5-7)
The Chippewa’s would love to skin the Gophers and add a win over a Big Ten team to their season … CENTRAL MICHIGAN 23-21.

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Armed Forces Bowl (Ft. Worth, Tx), 1 p.m. ESPN
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY (8-5) vs. CALIFORNIA (7-5)
Cal should have more talent, but I am siding with the Falcons … AIR FORCE 27-20.

Russell Athletic Bowl (Orlando), 4:30 p.m. ESPN
NORTH CAROLINA (11-2) vs. BAYLOR (9-3)
There could be 100 points scored in this one. Everything is telling me ‘Baylor’ but I think the Tar Heels might want to make a point … NORTH CAROLINA 48-45.

Arizona Bowl (Tucson), 6:30 p.m. Am. Sprts Network
COLORADO STATE (7-5) vs. NEVADA (6-6)
No one will be able to find this on their set — of course, that would imply there actually is an interested audience outside the alumni of both schools … COLORADO STATE 34-21.

Texas Bowl (Houston), 8 p.m. ESPN
LSU (8-3) vs. TEXAS TECH (7-5)
Leornard Fournette will run wild in this one, and the Tiger defense is better than anything Tech has seen … LSU 33-20.

Wednesday, Dec. 30
Birmingham Bowl (Legion Field, Birmingham, Al), 11 a.m. ESPN
auburn (6-6) vs. MEMPHIS (9-3)
Some school from down Montgomery way returns to Legion Field, where I saw them lose on a 52-yard Van Tiffin field goal as time expired in the 1985 Iron Bowl, one week before Bo stole the Heisman from Chuck Long. Please, please, please let it be … MEMPHIS 32-22.

Belk Bowl (Charlotte, NC), 2:30 p.m. ESPN
MISSISSIPPI STATE (8-4) vs. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (7-5)
Dak Prescott will fill the highlight reel in this one … MISSISSIPPI STATE 41-21.

Music City Bowl (Nashville), 6 p.m. ESPN
LOUISVILLE (7-5) vs. TEXAS A&M (8-4)
There has been no shortage of turmoil in College Station this year, but I think the Aggies will get it together well enough to prevail … TEXAS A&M 30-24.

Holiday Bowl (San Diego), 9:30 p.m. ESPN
USC (8-5) vs. WISCONSIN (9-3)
Iowa fans brag about what they did to Wisconsin. Did they overlook what happened to the Badgers in their season opener against Alabama? USC is nowhere near as good as the Hawks — and certainly not the Tide — but they will not need to be … SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 25-17.

 

 

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