New Year’s Day bowls and beyond

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 14, 2008

Well, we’re down to the last set of bowl games, and I’m pleased to say that the ones so far haven’t disappointed.

A great season has led to a great set of bowls so far, and that trend should continue with this batch on New Year’s Day and beyond.


In past years, Wisconsin has given the SEC fits in bowl games, but the Vols have turned it up in the late part of the season.

Tennessee 35, Wisconsin 17

AT&T Cotton

Missouri has been one of the top teams in the country this year and was only a win away from the national championship game.

With all the turmoil at Arkansas, I give Mizzou the advantage.

Mizzou 42, Arkansas 31

Konica Minolta Gator

Texas Tech is one of the nation’s premier offenses, and they almost took out several top Big 12 teams.

We’ll have to see if Virginia’s offense can keep them in check.

Tech 45, Virginia 28

Capital One

Another year, another Big 10 opponent for Florida.

I expect this outcome to be much the same as the national championship last year.

Florida 42, Michigan 24

Rose Bowl presented by Citi

Illinois has had a great season, but do they have enough in them to be giant-killers again?

I’m not sure.

USC 28, Illinois 24

Allstate Sugar

This one has the potential to be as good as Oklahoma-Boise State was last year.

However, I think Georgia will just be too dominant for Hawaii.

Georgia 35, Hawaii 24

Tostitos Fiesta

At the end of the season, Oklahoma was playing football as well as anyone in the country, and I don’t think West Virginia will be prepared for the Sooners.

Oklahoma 38, WVU 21

FedEx Orange

Call me na•ve, but I think Kansas is a better team than people give them credit for.

Kansas 35, Virginia Tech 31


Rutgers hasn’t had as good a season as last year, but they’ve still been solid.

I give them the edge over Ball State.

Rutgers 21, Ball State 13


Tulsa has one of the top offenses in the country, and I don’t think Bowling Green will be able to contain the Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa 31, Bowling Green 17

Allstate BCS Championship Game

It’s Ohio State’s second straight shot at a national championship and the second straight time they’re playing an SEC school.

I think LSU is good enough to win, and they’re also lucky enough to win even if OSU plays better.

It’ll be closer than last year’s national championship, but it’ll still be a clear victory for the SEC.

LSU 35, OSU 24