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.

The Associated Press

Why watch? It’s the Rose Bowl.

Pick: Stanford 27-21.


Fiesta Bowl

Why watch? The record for most points scored by a team in a bowl game is 70, a total the Bears reached four times this season.

Baylor (minus 16½) vs. UCF

Pick: Baylor 65-35.


Sugar Bowl

Alabama (minus 15) vs. Oklahoma

Why watch? The last time Alabama lost to Auburn, the Crimson Tide took it out on Michigan State in a bowl game. The Sooners could be headed toward a similar fate.

Pick: Alabama 38-14.


Orange Bowl

Ohio State (minus 2½) vs. Clemson

Why watch? Sammy Watkins’ speed. Carlos Hyde’s power. Tajh Boyd’s throws. Braxton Miller’s moves.

Pick: Ohio State 35-28.


Cotton Bowl

Missouri (minus 1) vs. Oklahoma State

Why watch? It’s just like a BCS game, except it’s on Fox and Gus Johnson is screaming on every play that gains more than 10 yards.

Pick: Oklahoma State 28-26.


BBVA Compass Bowl

Vanderbilt (minus 2) vs. Houston

Why watch? Vanderbilt’s James Franklin could be the next Texas coach.

Pick: Houston 27-23.

Sunday, Jan. 5 Bowl

Arkansas State (plus 8½) vs. Ball State

Why watch? To find out who is coaching Arkansas State, which has had three straight one-and-done coaches.

Pick: Ball State 37-20.


BCS National Championship

Florida State (minus 8½) vs. Auburn

Why watch? Say goodbye to the BCS and see if Jameis Winston and the Seminoles can end the SEC’s national title streak at seven games.

Pick: Florida State 48-35

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