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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, just two provided consensus.

UCLA and Oklahoma State received unanimous approval with Chris Morgan liking UCLA so much, he made the Bruins his best bet. Tony Goldenstein did the same with Oklahoma State.

Nick Grays proved the contrarian in the group, preventing consensus in the Outback Bowl where he's the only backer of Michigan over South Carolina and in the Russell Athletic Bowl where he's the only writer to pick Virginia Tech to beat Rutgers.

Jessie Siegel, Mario Puig and Chris Bennett also zagged where the group zigged. Siegel is the only writer picking Clemson over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, while Puig is the only one who thinks Louisville has a chance against Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Bennett is the lone backer of Arkansas State over Kent state in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

Finally, Greg Vara leads the majority in picking Notre Dame in BCS Championship, while Perry Missner joined the minority in backing Alabama.

(UPDATE: Ethan Padway, who covers the Big Ten, was a late entry.)

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 CHRIS
BENNETT
TONY
GOLDEN-
STEIN
NICK
GRAYS
ETHAN
PADWAY
JESSE
SIEGEL
CHRIS
MORGAN
PERRY
MISSNER
JASON
THORNBURY
GREG
VARA
MARIO
PUIG
New Mexico
Bowl

Nevada vs.
Arizona -10
Arizona Nevada Arizona Nevada Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Nevada
Potato
Bowl

Toledo vs.
Utah St. -9
Utah St. Utah St. Toledo Utah St. Toledo Utah St. Toledo Toledo Toledo Toledo
Poinsettia
Bowl

BYU vs.
San Diego St. +3
BYU SDSU SDSU BYU BYU SDSU SDSU SDSU BYU BYU
Beef O Brady's
Bowl

Ball St. vs.
UCF -7.5
UCF Ball St. UCF UCF UCF Ball St. UCF Ball St. Ball St. UCF
New Orleans
Bowl

E. Carolina vs.
LA-Lafayette -6
LA-Laf LA-Laf LA-Laf LA-Laf ECU LA-Laf LA-LAF LA-Laf ECU LA-Laf
MAACO
Bowl

Washington vs.
Boise St. -5.5
Wash. BSU Wash. BSU BSU Wash. BSU Wash. Wash. BSU
Hawaii
Bowl

Fresno St. vs.
SMU +12.5
SMU SMU FSU FSU SMU SMU FSU FSU FSU FSU
Little Caesars
Bowl

W. Kentucky vs.
C. Michigan +5.5
WKU WKU CMU CMU CMU CMU CMU CMU CMU WKU
Military
Bowl

San Jose St. vs.
Bowling Green +7
BGU SJSU SJSU SJSU SJSU SJSU BGU BGU BGU BGU
Belk
Bowl

Cincinnati vs.
Duke +7
Cinci. Cinci. Duke Cinci. Cinci. Duke Cinci. Duke Duke Cinci.
Holiday
Bowl

Baylor vs.
UCLA PK
UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA
Independence
Bowl

Ohio vs.
LA-Monroe -7
Ohio Ohio Ohio Ohio Ohio Ohio LA-Mon Ohio LA-Mon LA-Mon
Russell Athletic
Bowl

Virginia Tech vs.
Rutgers +2.5
Rutgers Rutgers VA Tech Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers Rutgers
Car Care
Bowl

Minnesota vs.
Texas Tech -13
T. Tech Minn. Minn. T. Tech T. Tech T. Tech T. Tech T. Tech T. Tech T. Tech
Armed Forces
Bowl

Rice vs.
Air Force -1.5
Air Force Air Force Air Force Rice Rice Air Force Rice Rice Air Force Rice
Pinstripe
Bowl

W. Virginia vs.
Syracuse +4
Syracuse WVU WVU WVU Syracuse WVU WVU Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse
Fight Hunger
Bowl

Navy vs.
Arizona St. -14.5
ASU Navy ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU Navy ASU ASU
Alamo
Bowl

Texas vs.
Oregon St. -2
Texas Texas OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU Texas OSU
Wild Wings
Bowl

TCU vs.
Michigan St. +2.5
MSU TCU TCU TCU MSU TCU TCU MSU TCU TCU
Music City
Bowl

NC St. vs.
Vanderbilt -7
NC St. Vandy NC St. Vandy NC St. Vandy Vandy Vandy Vandy Vandy
Sun
Bowl

USC vs.
Georgia Tech +10
G. Tech USC G. Tech USC USC USC G. Tech G. Tech USC G. Tech
Liberty
Bowl

Iowa St. vs.
Tulsa -1
Iowa St. Tulsa Iowa St. Iowa St. Tulsa Iowa St. Iowa St. Iowa St. Iowa St. Iowa St.
Chick-fil-A
Bowl

LSU vs.
Clemson +4
LSU LSU Clemson LSU Clemson LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU
Gator
Bowl

Miss. St. vs.
Northwestern +2
Miss. St. Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn Miss. St. Miss. St. Miss. St. Nrthwstrn Nrthwstrn Miss. St.
Dallas
Bowl

Purdue vs.
Okla. St. -16.5
OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU OSU
Outback
Bowl

S. Carolina vs.
Michigan +5
USC USC Michigan Michigan USC USC USC USC USC USC
Capital One
Bowl

Georgia vs.
Nebraska +10
Georgia Georgia Nebraska Georgia Georgia Nebraska Georgia Nebraska Georgia Georgia
Rose
Bowl

Wisconsin vs.
Stanford -6.5
Stanford Stanford Stanford Wisconsin STANFORD Stanford Wisconsin Stanford Stanford Stanford
Orange
Bowl

N. Illinois vs.
Florida St. -13
FSU N. Illinois N. Illinois FSU FSU N. Illinois FSU N. Illinois FSU FSU
Sugar
Bowl

Louisville vs.
Florida -13.5
Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Louisville
Fiesta
Bowl

Oregon vs.
Kansas St. +9
Oregon KSU KSU KSU KSU Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon
Cotton
Bowl

Texas A&M vs.
Oklahoma +4.5
Okla. Okla. Tex. AM Okla. Tex. AM Okla. Tex. AM Okla. Okla. Tex. AM
Compass
Bowl

Pittsburgh vs.
Mississippi -3.5
Miss. Miss. Pitt. Miss. Pitt. Miss. Pitt. Miss. Miss. Miss.
GoDaddy.com
Bowl

Kent St. vs.
Arkansas St. -4
Ark. St. Kent St. Ark. St. Kent St. Kent St. Kent St. Kent St. Kent St. Kent St. Kent St.
BCS Champ.
Notre Dame vs.
Alabama -10
N.D. Alabama N.D. N.D. Alabama N.D. Alabama N.D. N.D. Alabama
RECORD 18-15-2 16-17-2 14-19-2 18-15-2 18-15-2 12-21-2 15-18-2 13-20-2 13-20-2 18-15-2



THE PLAYERS

Chris Bennett:
Covers the ACC
Tony Goldenstein: Covers the Big 12
Nick Grays: Covers the Mountain West
Ethan Padway: Covers the Big Ten
Jesse Siegel: Covers the SEC; Writes College Football Barometer
Chris Morgan: Covers the WAC; Writes Start vs. Sit
Perry Missner: Covers the Big East
Jason Thornbury: RotoWire Senior Editor; 2011 Bowl Picks champion
Greg Vara: RotoWire college football handicapper. 2008 Bowl Picks champion
Mario Puig: RotoWire College Football Editor; Writes Waiver Wire Watch
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