Posted by Walter
Las Vegas Bowl
Frazier: BYU -5.5 over UCLA
UCLA won in the early matchup of these two, but since then BYU has blown up (in the good way) by winning nine straight since. UCLA, on the other hand, has blown up (in the bad way) by losing four of five. The Bruins got obliterated in their bowl last year by a weak FSU, and this year they don't have a coach. Ugly all around. Give me BYU 31-24.
Walter: BYU -5.5 over UCLA
Quietly Bronco Mendenhall has done a fantastic job of restoring the Cougars to their past glory. And while Karl Dorrell maybe deserved at least one more year in LA, the bottom line is that he was NOT able to restore anything to a Bruin program that still doesn't live up to its potential. Dorrell was nothing special so losing him won't hurt too much. What will hurt the Bruins will be Max Hall, Harvey Unga, and the rest of the Cougars trying to make it 11 straight wins. BYU big, 42-21.
Frazier: Cincinnati -11 over Southern Mississippi
I cannot give a team any support when they fire a coaching legend at the school for no reason. Jeff Bower turned that team around, consistently won at a no-name school, and got fired because his team isn't Auburn. Southern Miss is annually in the running for the best college football team in the state of Mississippi, and two of the others are in the friggin SEC. It was a gutless, thoughtless firing of a man who once again put together a winning team and made a bowl. I wish Bower the best, but i can't imagine that team has its' head on straight right now. Cincy wins, 30-13.
Walter: Southern Mississippi +11 over Cincinnati
Frazier makes an excellent point about Bower. He really got the short end of the stick. Still, 11 is too much to lay when Damion Fletcher, one of the best backs you've never heard of, is lining up in the opposing backfield. Cincinnati is good, but are they that good? After making their name by beating creampuffs in the first six games (6-0), the Bearcats have dropped 3 of 6, including losses to unranked Pitt and Louisville teams. Southern Miss keeps it close, but loses in the end 28-21.
The New Mexico Bowl
Frazier: Nevada +2.5 over New Mexico
Well, I liked this Nevada team, and their gutsy QB, Colin Kaepernik, BEFORE the Lobos lost their leading rusher for this one. It's Wolfpack time, 24-17.
Walter: New Mexico -2.5 over Nevada
Admittedly, I have no idea what to do with this game. I mean is anyone in the entire fucking world excited to watch this shit? Fuck it, I'm going with the home team. New Mexico wins it on a last second field goal, covering by half a point. Fuck the score.
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