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Bowl Game Pick 'Em: The Writers Pick the Games

Bowl season is upon us, so we polled our college football writers for their picks. Of the 35 bowls, none provided consensus.

Dustin Choy, Edward Kensik, Greg Vara and Jason Thornbury proved the contrarians in the group, preventing consensus in four bowls. Choy is the only writer picking Lousiana-Lafayette over San Diego State in the New Orleans Bowl, while Kensik is the lone backer of Arizona State over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Vara is the lone holdout for Marshall over Florida International in the St. Petersburg Bowl, and Thornbury is the only handicapper who thinks Washington can stay within nine points of Baylor in the Alamo Bowl.

Not only did Chris Morgan disagree with that Alamo Bowl upset, he tabbed Baylor as his best bet. Jesse Siegel took an underdog as his best bet with Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl.

And finally, Andrew Martinez and Vince Russo sided with the majority in the BCS Championship, picking LSU to down Alabama.

(UPDATE: Mario Puig was a late entry but submitted picks before kickoff of the first game.)

Picks are against the spread. Best bets are CAPITALIZED/UNDERLINED. Winners are noted in blue, losers in red, pushes in black.

Happy Bowling.

BOWL MATCHUP ANDREW
MARTINEZ
VINCE
RUSSO
DUSTIN
CHOY
JESSE
SIEGEL
CHRIS
MORGAN
EDWARD
KENSIK
JASON
THORNBURY
GREG
VARA
MARIO
PUIG
New Mexico Bowl
Temple vs.
Wyoming +6.5
Temple Wyoming Temple Temple Wyoming Wyoming Wyoming Temple Temple
Potato Bowl
Utah St. vs.
Ohio +2.5
Ohio Ohio Ohio Utah St. Utah St. Ohio Ohio Utah St. Utah St.
New Orleans Bowl
Lafayette vs.
San Diego St. -4.5
SDSU SDSU LA-Laf SDSU SDSU SDSU SDSU SDSU LA-Laf
St. Petersburg Bowl
FIU vs.
Marshall +4
FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU FIU Marshall FIU
Poinsettia Bowl
LA Tech vs.
TCU -10.5
TCU TCU LA Tech TCU LA Tech LA Tech LA Tech LA Tech LA Tech
Las Vegas Bowl
Arizona St. vs.
Boise St. -14
BOISE ST. Boise St. Boise St. Boise St. Boise St. Arizona St. Boise St. Boise St. Boise St.
Hawaii Bowl
Nevada vs.
So. Miss -6
Nevada Nevada Nevada So. Miss So. Miss Nevada So. Miss Nevada So. Miss
Independence Bowl
N. Carolina vs.
Missouri -5
N.C. N.C. Missouri Missouri N.C. Missouri N.C. Missouri Missouri
Little Caesars Bowl
W. Michigan vs.
Purdue -2.5
W. Michigan Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue Purdue W. Michigan Purdue W. Michigan
Belk Bowl
Louisville vs.
NC St. -3
Louisville NC St. Louisville Louisville NC St. NC St. NC St. Louisville Louisville
Military Bowl
Toledo vs.
Air Force +3
Toledo Air Force Air Force Toledo Toledo Air Force Air Force Air Force TOLEDO
Holiday Bowl
California vs.
Texas -3
California California Texas Texas Texas California California Texas Texas
Champs Sports Bowl
Notre Dame vs.
Florida St. -3
N.D. Florida St. N.D. N.D. Florida St. N.D. Florida St. N.D. Florida St.
Alamo Bowl
Washington vs.
Baylor -9
Baylor Baylor Baylor Baylor BAYLOR Baylor Washington Baylor Washington
Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa vs.
BYU -2.5
BYU BYU Tulsa BYU BYU BYU Tulsa Tulsa BYU
Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs.
Iowa St. +1.5
Rutgers Iowa St. Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Iowa St. Rutgers IOWA ST. Iowa St.
Music City Bowl
Wake Forest vs.
Miss. St. -7
Miss. St. Miss. St. W. Forest W. Forest Miss. St. W. Forest W. Forest Miss. St. Miss. St.
Insight Bowl
Iowa vs.
Oklahoma -14
Oklahoma Iowa Oklahoma Oklahoma Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa
Texas Bowl
Texas A&M vs.
Northwestern +10
Texas AM Texas AM Nrthwstrn Texas AM Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn
Sun Bowl
Utah vs.
Georgia Tech -3.5
Utah Utah GA Tech GA Tech Utah Utah GA Tech Utah GA Tech
Fight Hunger Bowl
UCLA vs.
Illinois -2.5
Illinois UCLA Illinois UCLA UCLA Illinois UCLA UCLA UCLA
Liberty Bowl
Cincinnati vs.
Vanderbilt -2.5
Cincy Cincy Vandy Vandy Cincy Vandy Vandy Vandy Vandy
Chick fil-A Bowl
Virginia vs.
Auburn -1.5
Virginia Auburn Virginia Virginia Auburn Virginia Virginia Virginia Auburn
Ticket City Bowl
Penn St. vs.
Houston -5.5
Houston Houston Penn St. Houston Houston Houston Houston Penn St. Penn St.
Capital One Bowl
Nebraska vs.
S. Carolina -2.5
S.C. S.C. Nebraska S.C. S.C. Nebraska S.C. S.C. S.C.
Gator Bowl
Florida vs.
Ohio St. +2
Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Florida Ohio State Florida Florida Ohio State Ohio State
Outback Bowl
Michigan St. vs.
Georgia -4
MSU Georgia MSU MSU Georgia MSU MSU MSU MSU
Rose Bowl
Wisconsin vs.
Oregon -6
Wisconsin Wisconsin Wisconsin Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Wisconsin Oregon
Fiesta Bowl
Stanford vs.
Oklahoma St. -3.5
Stanford OK State OK STATE OK State OK State Stanford Stanford Stanford OK State
Sugar Bowl
Michigan vs.
Virginia Tech +2.5
Michigan Michigan Michigan VA Tech VA Tech Michigan VA Tech Michigan VA Tech
Orange Bowl
W. Virginia vs.
Clemson -3.5
W. Virginia Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson W. Virginia W. Virginia Clemson
Cotton Bowl
Kansas St. vs.
Arkansas -7.5
KSU Arkansas KSU KSU Arkansas KSU Arkansas KSU KSU
Compass Bowl
SMU vs.
Pittsburgh -4.5
Pitt Pitt SMU Pitt SMU PITT SMU Pitt Pitt
Go Daddy.com Bowl
Arkansas St. vs.
N. Illinois +1.5
Ark. St. Ark. St. Ark. St. N. Illinois N. Illinois N. Illinois N. Illinois N. Illinois Ark. St.
BCS Championship
Alabama vs.
LSU PK
LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama
RECORD 17-18 16-19 17-18 18-17 18-17 19-16 20-15 18-17 14-21


The Players

Andrew Martinez: Covers Conference-USA
Vince Russo: Covers the Mountain West
Dustin Choy: Covers the Big 12
Jesse Siegel: Covers the Big East; Writes College Football Barometer
Chris Morgan: Covers the WAC
Edward Kensik: Covers the NHL Chicago Blackhawks; roots for Notre Dame
Jason Thornbury: RotoWire Senior Editor; 2011 Staff CFB League Champion
Greg Vara: RotoWire college football handicapper. 2008 Bowl Picks Champion
Mario Puig: Wrote 2011 player outlooks for College Football Draft Kit

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