Bowl Pickoff - 12/28  

Posted by Walter

Champs Sports Bowl

Frazier: BC -5 over Michigan St.

This will be an interesting one. If the eagles show up, they should win handily. Sparty isn't exactly terrifying this year, and Matt Ryan is playing well above any of the stiffs the big ten has been throwing out there. However, the Eagles went from a BCS game to the champs bowl in the blink of an eye, so there could be motivation issues. Still, I think Ryan goes nuts auditioning for the scouts, and BC cruises, 38-24.

Walter: Michigan St. +5 over BC

Well Frazier you head the nail right on the head....then you went and ignored it. BC will win this game, but they haven't exactly been the model of consistency this year. Add that to the HUGE letdown of going from #2 in the nation to the Champs Sports Bowl in a matter of weeks and you have a the making of a flat performance. The suspensions will hurt the Spartans, but they have the big play guys in Devin Thomas and Javon Ringer to keep this close. BC squeaks it out 31-28.

Emerald Bowl

Frazier: Maryland +5 over Oregon St.

I will probably live to regret this pick. The Beavers have been cruising, and the Pac-10 was certainly better than the ACC this year, but i just have a feeling about this one. When I don't know enough about the teams, I look at the coaches, and I hate picking against the Fridge with a month to prepare. Terps fall just short, 24-23.

Walter: Maryland +5 over Oregon St.

This line is real weird to me. Oregon State has the better record, but they haven't exactly been lighting teams up while the Terps have played a lot better with Turner at QB than they did with Steffy. On the Oregon State side, Lyle Moaevo might have a decent record, but they've been winning in spite of him, not because of him. Maryland can be sneaky good at times (witness the romp of BC and NC St.) and sneaky bad at others (losing to UNC). I say they bring their A-game and take it outright 31-14.

Texas Bowl

Frazier: TCU -6.5 over Houston

TCU was supposed to be the BCS-buster this season, but they completely imploded. That being said, I have to take the Frogs over a newly rudderless houston team. I think TCU has a chip on their shoulder, and they go turnover happy, winning 34-20.

Walter: Houston +6.5 over TCU

Talk about a lack of motivation, it won't be a new thing for TCU. Ever since they lost to Texas in the second week of the season the Frogs have been going through the motions. This is a talented team but the effort simply isn't there. Am I worried about Houston because Art Briles left the team right before the bowl? Well, both Southern Mississippi and UCLA were the proverbial "rudderless ships" before their games and they both covered. Let's make it 3 for 3. TCU in a close one 28-25.

Bowl Pickoff Records

Frazier: 1-7
Walter: 6-2


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