Posted by: mdegeorge | January 12, 2011

Bowl Bonanza Picks: Final Verdict

The dust from “The Run”, “The Kick”, and “The Brent Musberger overindulgence” has settled, bidding a long-awaited farewell to the Bowl season.

So without further adieu, here’s the final verdict on the bowl picking bonanza. Drum roll please…

22-13

The winners:

BYU, Troy, Boise State, San Diego State, Air Force, Maryland, Illinois, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, UCF, Texas Tech, Alabama, Penn State, Mississippi State, TCU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Ohio State, Miami (OH), Pittsburgh, Nevada, Auburn

The losers:

Fresno State, Southern Miss, Hawaii, Toledo, West Virginia, Missouri, SMU, Kansas State, Nebraska, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, Texas A&M

It should be noted before going into the best and worst that I stood at 10-12 at the end of 2010 before putting down blistering 12-1 record, which should have been blemish-free were it not for the LSU-Texas A&M brain blunder.

Best pick: I can’t say there were any major, Bucknell-over-Kansas, hang-your-hat-on-this-one upsets to be found, though I did perform well in BCS game toss-ups like TCU-Wisconsin, Stanford-Va. Tech, and Ohio State-Arkansas. The latter may stand out since it followed a week of Big Ten bashing and SEC exultation, making it an easy trap to fall into.

Worst pick: Plenty of candidates here. I’ll go with Clemson-South Florida. The Bulls are a BCS conference team, but still small enough to qualify in that “happy to get to a bowl and ready to prove they belong there against a limping big conference team category”. Ask Boston College and Georgia about that. I broke my own cardinal rule of not picking a middling BCS conference team, and I lost.

Biggest shot in the dark: That I picked right? Not too many of those. Maybe Illinois going into Texas and beating Baylor. Overall, the honors would probably go to Army toppling SMU at the latter’s home stadium, but then again, I wasn’t on that bandwagon.

Biggest disappointment: Oh were to begin. There’s Stephen Garcia’s colorblindness in forgetting what color his team was wearing, Hawaii’s whatever that was on home turf, and Missouri’s implosion against a crumbling Iowa team. But the honor goes to Nebraska, who saw Washington orchestrate a 42-point turnaround from their September meeting to shut them down in the Holiday Bowl and send them back to the Cornhusker state with their collective tails between their legs.

Biggest luck-out: Without a doubt the Pittsburgh-Kentucky pick. Made before Mike Haywood’s hiring, arrest, and firing, this was an example of the less information, the better. I guess knowing Kentucky was without its starting quarterback was more important than whoever was calling the plays for Pitt.

Ugliest game: Plenty of candidates. The Pitt-Kentucky tussle was up there, as was BYU-Georgia Tech and Clemson-USF. But the win goes to the snoozefest between UCF and Georgia that produced 16 totals points and three naps from me on my couch.

Best game: That last one was pretty good, as was the Rose Bowl matchup. I’m calling it a tie between the chaotic ending to Tennessee and North Carolina’s Music City Bowl and the Little Caesars Bowl between Florida International and Toledo. Two bowls off the beaten path featuring teams most believe don’t deserve the honor of postseason football turned out to be among the best offerings of the season.

Next season’s bold prediction: Les Miles is back, the Tigers are a young team that will soon mature into a national title contender, and the three teams they were looking up at in the standings this season will all be breaking in new quarterbacks. Ohio State’s trip to the tattoo parlor dampens their chances, and seems to have taken up permanent residence in the SEC, LSU looks as good a candidate as any to end next season on top.

The dust from “The Run”, “The Kick”, and “The Brent Musberger overindulgence” has settled, bidding a long-awaited farewell to the Bowl season.

So without further adieu, here’s the final verdict on the bowl picking bonanza. Drum roll please…

22-13

The winners:

BYU, Troy, Boise State, San Diego State, Air Force, Maryland, Illinois, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, UCF, Texas Tech, Alabama, Penn State, Mississippi State, TCU, Oklahoma, Stanford, Ohio State, Miami (OH), Pittsburgh, Nevada, Auburn

The losers:

Fresno State, Southern Miss, Hawaii, Toledo, West Virginia, Missouri, SMU, Kansas State, Nebraska, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, Texas A&M

It should be noted before going into the best and worst that I stood at 10-12 at the end of 2010 before putting down blistering 12-1 record, which should have been blemish-free were it not for the LSU-Texas A&M brain blunder.

Best pick: I can’t say there were any major upsets that I found, though I did perform well in BCS game toss-ups like TCU-Wisconsin, Stanford-Va. Tech, and Ohio State-Arkansas. The latter may stand out since it followed a week of Big Ten bashing and SEC exultation, making it an easy trap to fall into.

Worst pick: Plenty of candidates here. I’ll go with Clemson-South Florida. The Bulls are a BCS conference team, but still small enough to qualify in that “happy to get to a bowl and ready to prove they belong there against a limping big conference team category”. Ask Boston College and Georgia about that. I broke my own cardinal rule of not picking a middling BCS conference team, and I lost.

Biggest shot in the dark: That I picked right? Not too many of those. Maybe Illinois going into Texas and beating Baylor. Overall, the honors would probably go to Army toppling SMU at the latter’s home stadium, but then again, I wasn’t on that bandwagon.

Biggest disappointment: Oh were to begin. There’s Stephen Garcia’s colorblindness in forgetting what color his team was wearing, Hawaii’s whatever that was on home turf, and Missouri’s implosion against a crumbling Iowa team. But the honor goes to Nebraska, who saw Washington orchestrate a 42-point turnaround from their September meeting to shut them down in the Holiday Bowl and send them back to the Cornhusker state with their collective tails between their legs.

Biggest luck-out: Without a doubt the Pittsburgh-Kentucky pick. Made before Mike Haywood’s hiring, arrest, and firing, this was an example of the less information, the better. I guess knowing Kentucky was without its starting quarterback was more important than whoever was calling the plays for Pitt.

Ugliest game: Plenty of candidates. The Pitt-Kentucky tussle was up there, as was BYU-Georgia Tech and Clemson-USF. But the win goes to the snoozefest between UCF and Georgia that produced 16 totals points and three naps from me on my couch.

Best game: That last one was pretty good, as was the Rose Bowl matchup. I’m calling it a tie between the chaotic ending to Tennessee and North Carolina’s Music City Bowl and the Little Caesars Bowl between Florida International and Toledo. Two bowls off the beaten path featuring teams most believe don’t deserve the honor of postseason football turned out to be among the best offerings of the season.

Next season’s bold prediction: Les Miles is back, the Tigers are a young team that will soon mature into a national title contender, and the three teams they were looking up at in the standings this season will all be breaking in new quarterbacks. Ohio State’s trip to the tattoo parlor dampens their chances, and seems to have taken up permanent residence in the SEC, LSU looks as good a candidate as any to end next season on top.

 

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