College football bowl predictions are treacherous forecasts to make. Theoretically, the teams should be well balanced and the games could go either way. So, it's tough. But, we have a good record of predicting college football games and will give it our best shot.
Below is a chart of all thirty-five 2010 - 2011 NCAA football bowl games and the 70 college football teams playing in them. We have bolded the SEC teams so you can find them easily. As they did last year, the SEC has tied its own record with ten bowl teams further cementing its position as the top college football bowl conference.
After the chart, you will find short previews of each game, including predicted scores and also giving you the point spread or odds that betters use (i.e. who is favored to win). You'll find previews of the bowl games SEC teams are in at SEC Bowl Previews and Auburn vs Oregon Preview and Review. You can find more reviews at 2010 - 2011 SEC Football Bowl Reviews.
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|New Mexico Bowl||BYU vs Texas-El Paso|
|uDrove Humanitarian Bowl||Northern Illinois vs Fresno State|
|R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl||Ohio vs Troy|
|Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl||Southern Miss. vs. Louisville|
|MAACO Bowl Las Vegas||Utah vs Boise State|
|San Diego County Creidit Union Poinsattia Bowl||San Diego State vs Navy|
|Sheraton Hawaii Bowl||Tulsa vs Hawaii|
|Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (formerly Motor City Bowl)||Florida International vs Toledo|
|AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl||Georgia Tech vs Air Force|
|Champs Sports Bowl||West Virginia vs NN State|
|Insight Bowl||Missouri vs Iowa|
|Military Bowl||Maryland vs East Carolina|
|Texas Bowl||Illinois vs Baylor|
|Valero Alamo Bowl||Arizona vs Oklahoma State|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl||SMU vs Army|
|New Era Pinstripe Bowl||Syracuse vs Kansas State|
|Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl||Tennessee vs North Carolina|
|Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl||Nebraska vs Washington|
|Meineke Car Care Bowl||Clemson vs Univ. of South Florida|
|Hyundai Sun Bowl||Notre Dame vs Miami (FL)|
|AutoZone Liberty Bowl||Georgia vs UCF|
|Chick-Fil-A Bowl||South Carolina vs Florida State|
|Ticket City Bowl||Northwestern vs Texas Tech|
|Outback Bowl||Florida vs Penn State|
|Capital One Bowl||Alabama vs Michigan State|
|Gator Bowl||Miss. State vs Michigan|
|Rose Bowl||Wisconsin vs TCU|
|Tostitos Fiesta Bowl||Oklahoma vs Connecticut|
|Fedex Orange Bowl||Virginia Tech vs Stanford|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl||Arkansas vs Ohio State|
|GoDaddy.com Bowl||Miami (OH) vs Middle Tennessee|
|AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic||LSU vs Texas A&M|
|BBVA Compass (formerly Birmingham) Bowl||Kentucky vs Pittsburgh|
|Kraft Fight Hunger||Nevada vs Boston College|
|Citi BCS National Championship Game||Auburn vs Oregon|
Now that you've seen who is going to which bowl, here is our Preview and Prediction for each 2010 - 2011 College Football Bowl Game. The point spread listed is as of December 8, 2010.
BYU vs. UTEP (BYU favored by 12)
BYU comes out of the MWC with a 6-6 record and UTEP comes from the C-USA with a 6-6 record. There's not a lot to say about this game. UTEP at least has an identity. They're ok on defense, probably good enough to stop BYU and can pass the ball around the field against this team. BYU does not have the identity it used to. It does not seem as pass happy and they simply don't have a lot of talent. I suppose this is why they are going independent. UTEP wins 21-7.
Northern Illinois vs. Fresno St. (N. Ill. favored by 3)
Norther Illinois comes from the MAC with a 10-3 recird and Fresno State from the WAC with an 8-4 record. Northern Illinois has an explosive offense with a lot of weapons and doesn't turn it over much. Fresno is good on offense and can move the ball. I find that Fresno is more close to giving up big plans and not able to stop a good offense. I see this one being won by N. Illinois throwing the ball. They will win 28-10.
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville (Louisville favored by 3.5)
Southern Miss comes from C-USA with an 8-4 record and Louisville from the Big East with a 6-6 record. This game may be one of the biggest blowouts of the bowl season. Louisville came out of what is a BCS conference, but a weak BCS conference. Southern Miss has high ranking offense and defense groups. They are really a tough group to defend and have an excellent Quarterback who turns it over rarely as well as a good runningback who can gobble up yards while having a good core of receivers. Louisville is just not one of the best teams that there is in the Big East this year and that's not even a good conference. Louisville can pass the ball from time to times, but don't have enough options nor the defense to keep Souther Miss off the field. 31-3 Souther Mississippi wins this one.
Utah vs. Boise St. (Boise favored by 17)
Utah brings a record of 10-2 from the MWC and Boise St. Comes out of the WAC with an 11-1 record. Boise State is going to have a lot of frustration and are going to blow out Utah. They are going to lay down a beat down big time. Utah has made a mistake with switching conferences and Boise State is going to show them. Boise is superior in every way. Utah showed weakness by the way they lost to a Notre Dame team that was as bad as they have been in decades this year. That game showed that they quit when they're down and they will get down against Boise and Boise will just keep putting it on them with one of the nation's best passers and a loaded receiving cores. This game won't be close. 48-3 Boise State.
Navy vs. San Diego State (not set yet)
Hawaii vs. Tulsa (HI favored by 12.5)
AU vs Georgia. Thanks to Victorie@flikr.com for this photo.
This may be one of the best games of the bowl season if you like to see offense.Hawaii is still throwing the ball all over the field and putting up big numbers. Tulsa does the same. These teams are throwing the ball to score and throw the intermediate game as well as anyone with Tulsa going up top as well as running more. I see Tulsa coming out on top 42-35.
Florida International vs. Toledo (Toledo favored by 1)
Florida International comes into this with a record of 6-6 out of the Sun Belt while Toledo has a record of 8-4 out of the MAC. Toledo is their usual self and will display an offensive power in this game. Florida International is a question of whether or not they should be in a bowl game. They lost some really bad games. I've seen it argued both ways, but I do know they will lose horribly bad. Toledo is a decent enough team with an identity. They will throw it around and play solid defense because they played a tough schedule. Toledo wins 42-0.
Air Force vs. Georgia Tech (Air Force favored by 2.5)
Air Force's attack comes from the MWC with an 8-4 record and Ga Tech has a 6-6 record out of the ACC. This will be a very high quality game with two very good teams. Air Force will play a great mix it up offense and Georgia Tech has an ability to run with that option that Air Force saw at Navy for years so it will be a good contest. This game will come down to defense and I think that Air Force will be outmatched on that end of the field by Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech has played a higher quality opponent in conference play this year and they will win in a close one 13-10.
West Virginia vs. NC State (West Va. favored by 2.5)
West Virginia comes out strong with an 9-3 record out of the Big East and will face a sturdy team in NC State who holds a 8-4 team out of the ACC. West Virginia can play very good and can play very bad. This game depends on which WV shows up. State is a steady team who will mix the run and pass. They can definately spread the ball if they need to and they have a good solid defense. West Virginia's quarterback is really good and diverse. He can run, but mostly pass the ball around accurately and use his vision. The defense needs to play the right way and they need to play the way they have been coached. They should win this game. West Virginia wins 28-14.
Missouri vs. Iowa (Missou favored by 1)
Missouri will be coming in with a 10-2 record out of the Big 12 and Iowa comes from the Big Ten with 7-5 as their record. This will be a good game with two really good offenses who can explode with quarterback play as well as other game changers. These teams can light you up on the offensive end, but can also play a bit of defensive. These teams are really going to put up a fight. I've watched them quite a bit this season and while they can throw up a high score they're not afraid to battle. This game is going to be awesome. This will be a true man's game. Break out the chips fellas, it's time to watch a really good game. This one goes into OT 42-35 in favor of Missouri.
East Carolina vs. Maryland (MD favored by 7.5)
East Carolina comes from Conference USA with a 6-6 record and faces of with Maryland with a record of 8-4 from the ACC. East Carolina can run the ball and has a good quarterback. Maryland is a team coming back from a bad year last year. They have a great coach. They have the experience there and will win because of that. Maryland can play in all aspects of the game and played a tougher schedule with more success. That tells a lot, but just the eye test tells me they're better. Maryland wins 28-17.
Illinois vs. Baylor (Baylor favored by 2)
Illinois comes out of the Big Ten with a 6-6 record and clashes with Baylor who finished 6-5 in the Big 12. Baylor and Illinois will be an offensive shootout that Baylor will win. Baylor has a high octane offense powered by their quarterback and even driven by a great running back. They have good receivers as well. They're not bad on defense, but for now their best defense is a good offense. As long as the ball is in that quarterback's hands they are good. The Illinois offense is on it's way to being that good, but they're not quite there yet. They will get there though. They don't have the athletes on defense to stop Baylor. Baylor wins 28-17.
Oklahoma State vs. Arizona (Ok. State by 6)
Oklahoma State comes out of the Big 12 with a 10-2 strong record. Arizona will be into this game with a 7-5 record out of the Pac-10. Oklahoma State is as good as any team in the country on any given day. Their timing is horrible. They can play with anyone. I think Arizona is solid, but they got a bad match-up. Oklahoma State has an awesome wide receiver and a great quarterback to get him that ball. Their offense is better than you could imagine and when their defense is playing right they could play with the big boys. They are explosive and could really challenge over the next few years. They are going to blow this team out. Oklahoma Stat wins 35-3.
Army vs. SMU (not set yet)
Army comes in as an Independent with a 6-5 record and SMU will have a record of 7-6 out of C-USA. I would like to say this game will be close, but I don't think so. Jones has already got this SMU team to play his way and it's starting to work. The run and shoot is alive and well. It's going to go all over Army who just won't have the team to keep up. Army is a fine team with good men and I hope they enjoy the expierience. SMU rolls 42-7.
Kansas State vs. Syracuse (K. State by 2.5)
Kansas St. has a record from the Big 12 of 7-5 and plays Syracuse with a 7-5 record from Big 12. Syracuse is going to make this team look silly. Syracuse has a weak offense, but Kansas State will not be able to move the ball on the 'Cuse. Syracuse will stop them at every turn. They have the 5th ranked D in the country. They will shut K State down. While it is true that Syracuse is lacking big play makers they will pound the ball down the throats of their opponents and play field position until they win it 10-3.
Nebraska vs. Washington (Nebraska by 13)
Nebraska will be strong with a record of 10-3 out of the Big 12 playing Washington who had a season of 6-6 out of the Pac-10. This will be a matchup worth watching. Nebraska has what can be an awesome team. When the defense is on they can stop anyone. They also have a quarterback and other players who can run with the ball, but they've got to get the job done up front to get this thing done. Washington has Jake Locker and they need him to close out his career with the game of his life. He needs to play better and he needs to do what we all know he is capable of, but the rest of the team around him needs to rally. I think Nebraska goes down to Locker and the Huskies 24-14.
South Florida vs. Clemson (Clemson by 4.5)
South Florida can bolster a record of 7-5 out of the Big East. South Florida faces off against Clemson who had a 6-6 record this season. While I thought Skip Holtz did a great job with South Florida coming into this situation this year, I don't think it's enough. It's hard to put your own stuff in through one year. I think Clemson played better teams and is more complete and has a more mature team at this point in the season. Clemson wins 17-21.
Notre Dame vs. Miami (Miami by 3)
The dissapointing Notre Dame team looks to save a 7-5 season as an Independent against a 7-5 Miami team from the ACC looking for a coach. Both teams come limping into this game for different reasons. Miami has a recently fired coach. They don't know where their program is headed, and it seems as though that their program doesn't know either. It's not like they've been great in a long time and they seem to expect quite a bit out of these coaches. They had a quarterback who was on Heismen watch at the beginning of the year, but not playing and now they simply have no real identity. They don't have anything to hang their hat on. They may have caught the right team at the right time for a bowl victory though. Notre Dame had a horrible season. I'm a Notre Dame fan so I'm holding back tears here, but this season was the worst I can remember. It's not just losses, it's the general attitude. I don't see a fire in the players and I haven't seen it in years. I don't expect it in the bowl game. I expect them to want to move on and get out. Miami in a boring game 14-10.
Northwestern vs. Texas Tech (Texas Tech by 9.5)
Northwestern has a record of 7-5 out of the Big Ten and faces off with a 7-5 Texas Tech team out of the Big 12. Northwestern has an excellent team that surprised a lot of people this year. Their offense is awesome and guided by a quarterback that just has no quit when it comes to talent. They were underestimated and beat a lot of big teams this year. This year may not be it, but there is promise for the future. Texas Tech is a high flying team that tears people apart on offense. They will out wing you by spreading the ball everywhere. They didn't miss too much by firing their coach. This will be one of the funnest games to watch, I see Tech winning in a shootout 31-28.
Wisconsin vs. TCU (TCU by 2.5)
Wisconsin comes in with a big time record of 11-1 out of the Big Ten and play a very game 12-0 and only undefeated team not in the championship game TCU team out of the MWC. This may be the most competitive and firey game of the entire bowl season. Wisconsin wants to pound the ball. They want to shove it down your throat and they want to punish you on defense. TCU is fast and they work hard on defense. They are explosive on offense. They are the kid brother and it's their time to shine. TCU wants validation and they know with a big win they can get it. They don't just want to win, they are out for blood. Don't think that's lost on Wisconsin. They will be ready to defend their honor. TCU wins and kills the giant, 35-31.
UConn vs. Oklahoma (OK by 17)
UConn tries to continue their push out of the Big East and play on their 8-4 record. Oklahoma had a strong season and was 11-2 coming out of the Big 12. Oklahoma may not have had the season we are used to, but they're still better than UConn. UConn got to this game from playing in a bad conference. They are well coached, but are still developing as a D1 team. Oklahoma has superior athletes and their quarterback has been on a real tear as of late. Oklahoma can run the ball down your throat as well. No need to break this down at all, it's all OU. OU dominates and wins 25-7.
Stanford vs. Virginia Tech (Stanford by 3)
Stanford had another strong season and continues to improve. They had an 11-1 record out of the Pac-10. Virginia Tech had a surprising late run with an 11-2 season out of the ACC. This game is going to be a blow out. I know a lot of you are thinking the Va Tech Defense will stand up and play up to what it has to in order to stop Luck and Stanford, but it's not happening. He's just that good. The Stanford defense will shut down a sub par Va Tech offense and it just won't be much of a game. Stanford is going to play hard so will Tech. There's just a huge talent gap to me. The coaching battle will be about even, special teams always to tech, but offense and defense to Stanford. Stanford wins, 35-14.
Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio) (Miami of Ohio by 2)
Middle Tennessee comes with a 6-6 record from the Sun Belt and Miami(Ohio) will be prepairing for this game with a 9-4 record. While neither of these teams will make your jaw drop I believe that Miami of Ohio will do just enough on defense to win this game. They had a better record against competetion that I feel was about the same and I think their offense can do just enough to keep them aheaad. They will do allright if their playmakers do one or two things and they don't turn it over. Miami of Ohio wins 10-0.
Nevada vs. Boston College (Nevada by 9.5)
Nevada comes in with a 12-1 record and Boston College comes from the ACC with a 7-5 record. Nevada has one of the most complete quarterbacks in the college ranks. He can throw the ball down the field and boy can he run. He dominates games on his own. Boston College is a good team and has a lot of experience playing good teams. The challenge for Nevada will be that they haven't played as many quality teams as B.C. Nevada needs to keep the ball out of the hands of the Boston College offense's hands. They need to pound their quarterback running all game. They will win 10-7.
Troy vs. Ohio (Troy by 1.5)
Troy comes in at 7-5 and Ohio at 8-4. The records are misleading on this one. Troy will definately come away with a victory on this one. They have a far superior offense than Ohio. Ohio played teams that where just not up to par with Troy's schedule and they didn't put up the stats that Troy did. Troy can play offense with anyone. They can really move the ball through the air and can do about anything on the ground as wwell. Troy comes away big 42-6.
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