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December 29, 2013

Diving Deeper Into Bowl Season

The New Year is approaching which means we are finally getting into the meat of bowl season. There are some intriguing matchups over the next few days so let's take a look at some of them.

Valero Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. Texas
Mack Brown's last ride as the Longhorns coach will most likely not be a good one. The Ducks offense will prove to be too much for the Texas defense which gives up over 25 points per game. I see Oregon winning by 14-17 points.

National University Holiday Bowl: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders closed out their season by losing five straight games which isn't easy to do. I see that trend continuing against an Arizona State team that puts up an average of 41 points per game. Texas Tech will finish the season with six straight losses and it will be glorious.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Duke vs. Texas A&M
The only fan base besides Baylor that should be really upset about their bowl matchup is the Aggies. I don't care if Duke did win 10 games this season, I don't think they are that good of a team. I see Texas A&M rolling with no problems at all. Will this be the last time we see Johnny Football in an Aggies uniform?

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: UCF vs. Baylor
If nobody is there to watch it, does that mean we still have to acknowledge it? As much as I hate to say it, I think Baylor thumps UCF by at least 21 points to win their first ever BCS game. Although it would look bad for the Big 12 if the Bears lost, I hope UCF can shock the world.

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
The only shot Oklahoma has at winning this game is if Alabama shows up uninspired because they aren't playing for a national championship. Alabama is the better team and if they play up to their standards this game won't even be close.

AT&T Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
Out of all the bowl games that the Big 12 has a team in, this one intrigues me the most. I think both teams are very good and this game should be close the whole way. The Cowboys offense will do what they do but I think the OSU defense will be the difference maker. I see Oklahoma State pulling out the win in the final minutes of the game.

VIZIO BCS National Championship: Auburn vs. Florida State
This is the year that the SEC championship streak finally comes to an end. I think Jameis Winston will put the Seminoles on his back and lead them to the promise land. Auburn's offense won't be able to move the ball well enough against the FSU defense and Florida State will pull out at 10 point victory.

I am really intrigued by these games and I think all of them will be competitive except for the Fiesta Bowl. Hopefully I am wrong on some of these predictions and the Big 12 ends up having a good bowl season but I am skeptical.

What I do know is that is sucks not having the Frogs in a bowl game. Hopefully this is the last year it happens for a very long time.


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