Bowl games, round two

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 14, 2008

Here’s my second installment of bowl predictions.

The first week of bowls had several great games, and I hope that’s a sign that we’ve got more great ones on the way.

Autozone Liberty

UCF has had a great season (along with one of the best running backs in the country), but I give Mississippi State the edge in this one.

MSU 35, UCF 28

Valero Alamo

Texas A&M has been rocked with scandal, and I think there are too many distractions for the Aggies to overcome Joe Pa’s Penn State team.

PSU 17, TAMU 14

PetroSun Independence

Alabama has had a difficult end to the season, but I bet Saban’s going to have his troops ready for a tough one against Colorado.

Bama 28, CU 13

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces

California started out strong, but dropped six of its last seven games.

I think Air Force makes it seven out of eight losses for the Golden Bears.

Air Force 35, Cal 21

Roady’s Humanitarian

Georgia Tech has had a solid year, but so has Fresno.

The Tech coaching search hasn’t been too tumultuous, and I think new head coach Paul Johnson will use this game to make a statement.

Tech 24, Fresno 14

Brut Sun

This is a tough one.

South Florida got as high as number two in the nation before dropping out of the rankings, while Oregon hasn’t been the same since Dennis Dixon’s injury.

I think USF will pull it out for one more game.

USF 42, Oregon 24

Gaylord Hotels Music City

The Florida State roster has been ravaged by ineligibilities and injuries.

This gives a clear edge to the Kentucky Wildcats.

UK 45, FSU 28


Oklahoma State has been up and down this year, and Indiana is looking for its first bowl win in forever.

Advantage: Indiana.

IU 31, OSU 24


Auburn comes in on a high with a new offensive coordinator and a sixth win in a row over Bama.

Franklin will have the Tigers showing some new wrinkles that Clemson hasn’t seen yet, so it should be interesting.

AU 35, Clemson 31