December 20, 2013

35 bowl games and 35 reasons to watch

Here’s the point spread for each, why you should watch, and a prediction of who will win . . .

By Ralph D. Russo
The Associated Press

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Boston College running back Andre Williams jogs into the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of a game against Maryland in College Park, Md. Williams was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Expect to see a lot of him as Boston College plays Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.

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Why watch? To see that Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater is most certainly ready for the NFL. But, hey, Teddy, if you want to give college another year we’re all for it.

Pick: Louisville 28-27.


Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Kansas State (minus 3½) vs. Michigan

Why watch? Gronk is playing! Glenn Gronkowski II is Kansas State’s starting fullback and the brother of New England Patriots star tight end Rob, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Glenn has one rushing attempt for no yards, but has caught four passes for 148 yards (37 per catch) and three touchdowns.

Pick: Michigan 28-23.


Armed Forces Bowl


Middle Tennessee (plus 6½) vs. Navy


Why watch? Navy QB Keenan Reynolds is a record-breaker. He tied an NCAA record with seven touchdowns in an overtime victory against San Jose State and set a record for a quarterback with 29 rushing TDs this season.


Pick: Navy 37-35.


Music City Bowl


Mississippi (minus 3) vs. Georgia Tech


Why watch? Fan angst should be palpable. Both teams lost their final two regular-season games against FBS opponents, including overtime losses to in-state rivals. The loser will stumble into the offseason with a disappointing 7-6 record.


Pick: Ole Miss 31-21.


Alamo Bowl


Oregon (minus 13½) vs. Texas


Why watch? Listening to speculation about who will be the new Longhorns coach never gets old.


Pick: OREGON 42-24.


Holiday Bowl

At San Diego

Arizona State (minus 14) vs. Texas Tech

Why watch? To see the Sun Devils score 60. How do we know they will? Three of the past four times Todd Graham has coached in a bowl game his team has scored more than 60 points.

Pick: ARIZONA STATE 62-35.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

AdvoCare V100 Bowl

Arizona (minus 7½) vs. Boston College

Why watch? Two All-America running backs and the nation’s top two rushers in Boston College Heisman Trophy finalist Andre Williams and Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey.

Pick: Arizona 31-27.


Sun Bowl

Virginia Tech (plus 7½) vs. UCLA

Why watch? Two reasons: Myles Jack, linebacker. Myles Jack, running back.

Pick: UCLA 23-10.


Liberty Bowl

Rice (plus 7) vs. Mississippi State

Why watch? If the New Year’s Eve party starts at 4 p.m. ET, you might not make it to midnight. Think of Owls-Bulldogs as a way to pace yourself.

Pick: Mississippi State 24-20.


Chick-fil-A Bowl

Texas A&M (minus 12½) vs. Duke

Why watch? Yes, it might be more fun to watch Johnny Football ring in the New Year after the game, but what could be Johnny Manziel’s last college game is must-see TV, too.

Pick: TEXAS A&M 52-30.


Heart of Dallas Bowl

UNLV (plus 6½) vs. North Texas

Why watch? It goes perfectly with the seven-layer dip that’s been sitting out all night that you’ll be having for “breakfast” at noon ET.

Pick: North Texas 31-21.


Gator Bowl

Nebraska (plus 9) vs. Georgia

Why watch? Because you missed the Huskers and Bulldogs play last year in the Capital One Bowl.

Pick: Georgia 35-24.


Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin (minus 1) vs. South Carolina

Why watch? We’ve been overanalyzing Jadeveon Clowney all season. No need to stop now.

Pick: Wisconsin 27-24.


Outback Bowl

Iowa (plus 7½) vs. LSU

Why watch? The last time the Hawkeyes and Tigers played in a New Year’s Day bowl in Florida, Iowa won on a long TD pass on the last play of the game. There is precedent for madness.

Pick: LSU 24-21.


Rose Bowl

Stanford (minus 4½) vs. Michigan State

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