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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 three provided consensus -- Arizona State, Arizona and Ball State.

A number of games were near consensus, however. Nick Grays is the only backer of Colorado State over Washington State (-3) in the New Mexico Bowl, while Chris Morgan was the lone voice to say East Carolina would not cover the 13-point spread against Ohio in Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl. Chris Bennet is only writer picking Miami over Louisville (-3) in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Mario Puig took the points with Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl while Chris Winkler and Ethan Padway are confident enough that Baylor will cover the 16.5 spread to make the Bears their Best Bets. Padway is also the only writer to take Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri (-1.5).

Jason Thornbury is the lone believer in Syracuse, a 4.5-point underdog to Minnesota in the Texas Bowl. Greg Vara went the other way by making the Golden Gophers his Best Bet.

As for the BCS Championship, six of the eight writers went with Florida State to cover the 6.5-point spread while Morgan and Bennett went with Auburn.

Picks are against the spread. Best Bets are in bold. Losers are noted as such.

Happy Bowling.

(UPDATE: Tony Goldenstein, who covers the Big Ten, was a late entry.)

BOWL MATCHUP CHRIS
WINKLER
MARIO
PUIG
NICK
GRAYS
CHRIS
MORGAN
GREG
VARA
CHRIS
BENNETT
ETHAN
PADWAY
JASON
THORN-
BURY
TONY
GOLDEN-
STEIN
New Mexico
CSU vs.
WSU -3
WSU WSU CSU WSU WSU WSU WSU WSU WSU
Las Vegas
USC vs.
Fresno St. -6
USC USC USC FSU USC USC USC FSU USC
Potato
Buffalo vs.
SDSU +1
BUF SDSU BUF BUF SDSU BUF SDSU SDSU BUF
New Orleans
Lafayette vs.
Tulane -1
LAF TUL TUL TUL TUL LAF TUL TUL LAF
Beef 'O' Brady's
Ohio vs.
ECU -13
ECU ECU ECU OHIO ECU ECU ECU ECU ECU
Hawaii
Oregon St. vs.
Boise St. -4.5
OSU OSU BSU BSU BSU OSU OSU OSU OSU
Little Caesars
Pittsburgh vs.
Bowling Green -6
PIT PIT PIT PIT BG PIT PIT BG BG
Poinsettia
Utah St. vs.
N. Illinois -2.5
NIU USU USU NIU USU NIU NIU NIU NIU
Military
Marshall vs.
Maryland +3
MARSH MARY MARSH MARY MARY MARSH MARSH MARSH MARY
Texas
Syracuse vs.
Minnesota -4.5
MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN MIN SYR MIN
Fight Hunger
Washington vs.
BYU +3
BYU UW BYU BYU UW BYU UW UW UW
Pinstripe
Rutgers vs.
Notre Dame -17.5
RUT RUT RUT ND ND ND ND ND ND
Belk
Cincinnait vs.
UNC -2
CIN CIN CIN UNC UNC UNC CIN CIN CIN
Russell Athletic
Miami vs.
Louisville -3
LOU LOU LOU LOU LOU MIA LOU LOU LOU
Buff. Wild Wings
Michigan vs.
Kansas St. -3
MICH KSU KSU MICH KSU MICH KSU MICH MICH
Armed Forces
Mid. Tenn. vs.
Navy -7
NAVY NAVY MTSU NAVY NAVY NAVY NAVY MTSU MTSU
Music City
Mississippi vs.
Georgia Tech +4
MISS MISS MISS MISS MISS GT GT GT GT
Alamo
Texas vs.
Oregon -14
ORE ORE TEX ORE ORE ORE TEX ORE ORE
Holiday
Texas Tech vs.
ASU -13
ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU ASU
AdvoCare
Boston College vs.
Arizona -7
ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ ARZ
Sun
Virginia Tech vs.
UCLA -7
VT UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA VT UCLA UCLA UCLA
Liberty
Miss. St. vs.
Rice +7.5
MSU MSU MSU MSU RICE MSU RICE RICE RICE
Chick-fil-A
Duke vs.
Texas A&M -13
TA&M TA&M TA&M TA&M TA&M TA&M DUKE DUKE DUKE
Dallas
UNLV vs.
North Texas -6.5
UNLV N.TEX UNLV N.TEX UNLV N.TEX N.TEX N.TEX UNLV
Gator
Nebraska vs.
Georgia -9.5
NEB GEOR NEB NEB GEOR GEOR GEOR GEOR GEOR
Capital One
Wisconsin vs.
S. Carolina +2
SC SC WISC SC WISC SC WISC SC WISC
Outback
Iowa vs.
LSU -7.5
IOWA LSU LSU LSU LSU LSU IOWA LSU LSU
Rose
Michigan St. vs.
Stanford -3.5
STAN STAN MSU STAN STAN MSU STAN STAN MSU
Fiesta
C. Florida vs.
Baylor -16.5
BAY CFU BAY BAY BAY BAY BAY BAY BAY
Sugar
Oklahoma vs.
Alabama -16
ALA ALA ALA OKLA ALA ALA OKLA OKLA ALA
Cotton
Oklahoma St. vs.
Missouri -1.5
MIZZ MIZZ MIZZ MIZZ MIZZ MIZZ OSU MIZZ MIZZ
Orange
Clemson vs.
Ohio St. -4
OSU OSU OSU OSU CLEM OSU OSU CLEM OSU
Compass
Houston vs.
Vanderbilt -1.5
VAND VAND VAND VAND VAND HOU VAND HOU VAND
GoDaddy.com
Ark. St. vs.
Ball State -7.5
BSU BSU BSU BSU BSU BSU BSU BSU BSU
BCS Champ.
Auburn vs.
Florida St. -6.5
FSU FSU FSU AUB FSU AUB FSU FSU FSU
RECORD 18-17 21-14 17-18 16-19 16-19 16-19 17-18 16-19 13-22



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Chirs Winkler:
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Mario Puig: RotoWire College Football Editor; Writes Waiver Wire Watch; 2012 Bowl Picks champion
Nick Grays: Covers the Mountain West
Chris Morgan: Covers Conference USA; Writes Start vs. Sit
Greg Vara: RotoWire college football handicapper; 2008 Bowl Picks champion
Chris Bennett: Covers the ACC
Ethan Padway: Covers the Big 12
Jason Thornbury: RotoWire Senior Editor; 2011 Bowl Picks champion
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