Let's pick bowls

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Sat., Dec. 15

1 p.m.

New Mexico


Nevada vs. Arizona        Ariz 9.5

Sat., Dec. 15

4:30 p.m.

Idaho Potato

Boise, Idaho

                  Utah State vs. Toledo     US 10

Thu., Dec. 20

8 p.m.


San Diego

San Diego State vs. BYU          BYU 3

Fri., Dec. 21

7:30 p.m.

Beef 'O' Brady's

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Central Florida vs. Ball State      UCF 8

Sat., Dec. 22


New Orleans

New Orleans

Louisiana-Lafayette vs. East Carolina     ULL 5.5

Sat., Dec. 22

3:30 p.m.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Boise State vs. Washington    Boise 5.5

Mon., Dec. 24

8 p.m.



SMU vs. Fresno State     Fresno 11.5

Wed., Dec. 26

7:30 p.m.

Little Caesars


Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky   WK 6

Thu., Dec. 27

3 p.m.


Washington, D.C.

San Jose State vs. Bowling Green   SJS 7.5

Thu., Dec. 27

6:30 p.m.


Charlotte, N.C.

Duke vs. Cincinnati    Cincy 7.5

Thu., Dec. 27

9:45 p.m.


San Diego

Baylor vs. UCLA     UCLA 1

Fri., Dec. 28

2 p.m.


Shreveport, La.

Louisiana-Monroe vs. Ohio     ULM 7

Fri., Dec. 28

5:30 p.m.

Russell Athletic

Orlando, Fla.

Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers     VT 2

Fri., Dec. 28

9 p.m.

Meinke Car Care


Minnesota vs. Texas Tech   TT 13

Sat., Dec. 29

11:45 a.m.

Armed Forces

Fort Worth, Texas

Air Force vs. Rice     AF 1

Sat., Dec. 29

3:15 p.m.

Kraft Fight Hunger

San Francisco

Navy vs. Arizona State     ASU 10

Sat., Dec. 29

3:15 p.m.


Bronx, N.Y.

Syracuse vs. West Virginia    WV 3.5

Sat., Dec. 29

6:45 p.m.


San Antonio, Texas

Texas vs. Oregon State     OreSt 2

Sat., Dec. 29

10:15 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Tempe, Ariz.

Michigan State vs. TCU     TCU 2.5

Mon., Dec. 31


Music City

Nashville, Tenn.

N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt     Vandy 6.5

Mon, Dec. 31

2 p.m.


El Paso, Texas

Georgia Tech vs. USC    USC 10

Mon, Dec. 31

3:30 p.m.


Memphis, Tenn.

Tulsa vs. Iowa State     Pick ‘em

Mon, Dec. 31

7:30 p.m.



Clemson vs. LSU     LSU 4

Tue., Jan. 1


Heart of Dallas


Purdue vs. Oklahoma State     OklaSt 17

Tue., Jan. 1



Jacksonville, Fla.

Northwestern vs. Mississippi State    MS 2

Tue., Jan. 1

1 p.m.


Tampa, Fla.

Michigan vs. South Carolina     SC 4.5

Tue., Jan. 1

1 p.m.

Capital One

Orlando, Fla.

Georgia vs. Nebraska     Ga 10

Tue., Jan. 1

5 p.m.


Pasadena, Calif.

Stanford vs. Wisconsin    Stan 7

Tue., Jan. 1

8:30 p.m.


Miami Gardens, Fla.

Florida State vs. Northern Illinois     FSU 13.5

Wed., Jan. 2

8:30 p.m.


New Orleans

Florida vs. Louisville     Fla 14

Thu., Jan. 3

8:30 p.m.


Glendale, Ariz.

Kansas State vs. Oregon     Ore 8.5

Fri., Jan. 4

8 p.m.


Arlington, Texas

Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M    A&M 4.5

Sat., Jan. 5

1 p.m.

BBVA Compass

Birmingham, Ala.

Mississippi vs. Pittsburgh    Miss 3

Sun., Jan. 6

8 p.m.

Go Daddy

Mobile, Ala.

Arkansas State vs. Kent State     ArkSt 4.5

Mon., Jan. 7

8:30 p.m.

BCS title game

Miami Gardens, Fla.

Notre Dame vs. Alabama    Bama 9

OK, we're going against the spread because we are rebels here. The spreads are in the chart.

(Note: Very little thought went into this, as you'll soon discover. I really just wanted to run that picture of Hayden.)

New Mexico Bowl -- I've been to Tucson. Really bright sunset, really nutty fans. Arizona

Idaho Potato -- A battle of coaches who are going places, but who also are in Boise. Utah State

Poinsettia -- Home game for San Diego State, but no one can win against Cougars. BYU

Beef O'Brady's -- It's in St. Petersburg, Fla., if that helps. Going underdog. Ball State

New Orleans -- I think it's in New Orleans. Louisiana-Lafayette

Las Vegas -- Skipping location joke. Boise State

Hawaii -- The big island? I don't know which one is the big island. I need to brush up on my Hawaii geography. SMU

Little Caesars -- This bowl is in Detroit. Would you have gone, Hawkeye fans? I know you would've. Western Kentucky

Military -- It feels sort of contradictory to pick a team from California in the Military Bowl. San Jose State

Belk -- Excuse you! (Kidding, it's a department store in the south, I think, and not a bodily function.) Cincinnati

Holiday -- Big Ten, please, please, please, bring San Diego back into the fold. UCLA

Independence -- This is where the Poulan Weed Eater Bowl used to be. La-Monroe

Russell Athletic -- This bowl is in Orlando. Shreveport > Orlando. Va Tech

Meineke Car Care -- Is this good goal for the Hawkeyes next year? It won't excite you, but the answer is yes. Texas Tech

Armed Forces -- Pretty interesting piece by USA Today's Dan Wolken on how the elimination of cut blocks would affect the service academies. Air Force

Kraft Fight Hunger -- I like where this bowl's heart is, but I don't know why it exists. Arizona State

Pinstripe -- No, Big Ten. Just say no. Aw, never mind. The Big Ten is so gonna grab this one after next year (the last year of the conference's current bowl configuration). West Virginia

Alamo -- Great bowl. If you've been, you know. I like the matchup up, too. Oregon State

Buffalo Wild Wings -- I am picking the Big Ten. Now, Le'Veon Bell, please rush for 350 yards. Michigan State

Music City -- There's great music in Nashville and I'm not talking about that hotdog crap. N.C. State

Sun -- Soft spot for the Sun. I imagine it's a much different trip (security-wise) than when the Hawkeyes last made it in '97. USC

Liberty -- Hlas is driving to this. Iowa State

Chick-fil-A -- And now I am hungry. LSU

Heart of Dallas -- And now I'm not. Big Ten, let's pretend this bowl never happened. Oklahoma State

Gator -- F-minus on this one, too, Big Ten. (Everyone knows the Holiday Bowl and San Diego is where it's at.) Mississippi State

Outback -- OK, love this one, Big Ten. Love Tampa. I once did a "hammer drop" in one of the WWI bi-planes. It was fantastic. Michigan

Capital One -- I saw Paris Hilton in '04. She drove by in the back of a limo, smoking a cigarette. BORLANDO. Georgia

Rose -- I have no Pasadena experience. Wisconsin

Orange -- Love Northern being there. Not sure I'm going to love watching it. Northern Illinois

Sugar -- After watching "Treme," I know New Orleans needs my tourist dollars. And I know I need some Crawfish Etouffee. Florida

Fiesta -- Phoenix is a fantastic bowl setting. If Iowa ends up with the Insight/Buffalo Wild Wings hat trick, highly recommend. Oregon

Cotton -- Love this matchup. Might be the best of the bowl season. I also voted for Johnny Football for the Heisman. Oklahoma

BBVA Compass -- As you know, BBVA is my all-time favorite compass. Mississippi

Go Daddy -- With Iowa home for the holidays, I've made it a goal to watch at least one quarter of every bowl game. This one might be the toughest. Arkansas State

BCS title game -- Nick Saban won't go to Cleveland just like he didn't go to Miami and Alabama and . . . Hey, the guy wins. Pay the man. Alabama

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