As of today (Thursday), the college bowl season is well over half way over, and we’ve got 14 more bowl games to go between today and Monday, not to mention the National Championship Game on Mon., Jan. 9.
There are three bowl games on tap for later today. South Carolina and South Florida will play at 1 p.m. in the Birmingham Bowl (ESPN), and Arkansas will play Virginia Tech at 4:30 p.m. in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C. (ESPN). Oklahoma State and Colorado will face off at 8 p.m. in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas (ESPN) to wrap up the day.
I look for Virginia Tech and Colorado to win their bowls in what could be very close games, but I expect South Carolina to beat South Florida by double digits.
Tomorrow (Friday) we’ll have five pretty good bowls to look forward to. At 11 a.m., Georgia will play TCU in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. (ESPN), and North Carolina will play Stanford at 1 p.m. in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas (CBS). At 2:30 p.m., Tennessee will play Nebraska in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. (ESPN), and South Alabama will play Air Force at 4:30 p.m. in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson. The day’s games will wrap up with Michigan and Florida State at 7 p.m. in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla. (ESPN).
I look for all of these games to be close except for the Arizona Bowl. No offense to the South Alabama grads out there, but Air Force should win this one by a couple of touchdowns. I look for Georgia, Stanford, Tennessee and Michigan to win the other games tomorrow.
Saturday’s slate of games is arguably the best four of the entire bowl season. At 10 a.m., Kentucky will play Georgia Tech in the Taxslayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. (ESPN). Also starting at 10 a.m., LSU will play Louisville in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (ABC). At 2 p.m., Alabama will play Washington in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta (ESPN), and Clemson will play Ohio State at 6 p.m. in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Az. (ESPN).
I predict that LSU, Georgia Tech and Ohio State will win their respective bowl games, but like most fans my attention will be mostly on the Alabama-Washington game.
As of Monday morning, Alabama was a 14.5-point favorite over Washington, but I predict that this game will be a lot closer than some people think. I think Alabama will win, but I think they might have their hands full with Washington.
Washington’s got a good team, and it’s been a long time since they’ve been in the limelight with the likes of teams like Alabama and Ohio State. Washington will enter this game with their back against the wall, and I suspect they’ll be ready to lay it all on the line against the Crimson Tide. I don’t think this is a classic David v. Goliath match-up, but Alabama could be in for a long day if they suffer from turnovers and costly mistakes.
There are four bowl games set for Mon., Jan. 2. Auburn will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN), and Western Michigan will play Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas at 12 p.m. (ESPN). Florida will play Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. at 12 p.m. (ABC), and Southern Cal will play Penn State in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. at 4 p.m. I look for Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Florida and USC to win those four games.