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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

College Football Bowl Season Picks and Previews

The last couple of weeks in the regular season once again proved that it is all a myth when people say the season represents 'one long Play Off'.

The Alabama-LSU rematch (something I actually wanted to see if I am honest) has been set as the National Championship Game, but I can't help but feel sorry for Oklahoma State- the Cowboys arguably had the tougher schedule than the Crimson Tide, and their sole loss can be put down to circumstances beyond their control as it came the night after the Women's basketball Coach and Assistant had passed away in an air crash.

It seems Oklahoma State got very close to overtaking Alabama after destroying Oklahoma at home in the final game of the regular season while the Crimson Tide had the week off, but alas it was not quite good enough.

The BCS Bowls have rightly been criticised in other areas, particularly setting up the Michigan Wolverines v Virginia Tech Hokies game in the Sugar Bowl, overlooking teams like Boise State and the Kansas State Wildcats. Personally I am happy Michigan got in to that game, but Virginia Tech should not have after their thorough beating at the hands of Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

We do have some interesting games to look forward to over the coming weeks, but be careful as motivation of teams is hard to gauge, while players can also be ineligible to play in these games depending on how their academics are going.

A couple of games I am looking forward to are Ohio State v Florida, Florida State v Notre Dame, Houston v Penn State, Stanford v Oklahoma State and, of course, the National Championship Game.


I would also like to take this time to congratulate Robert Griffin III who looks the most likely winner of the Heisman Trophy which will be presented on Saturday. By all accounts, he has a large enough lead over Andrew Luck and I think Griffin III is a deserving winner for everything he has done this season.


The Bowl season unofficially starts this week as Navy take on Army in Washington, while the first official games take place on December 17th.

I will post picks and previews throughout the next few weeks and will update this post and my twitter account (@DavAulak) whenever I do... I will not be playing EVERY Bowl game, but will look at the majority of them to round off what has been a successful year so far.

Utah State Aggies v Ohio University Bobcats Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12695-Ohio-University-at-Utah-State-Aggies.htm)

TCU Horned Frogs v Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12739-Louisiana-Tech-at-TCU-Horned-Frogs.htm)

Boise State Broncos v Arizona State Sun Devils Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12742-Arizona-State-at-Boise-State.htm)

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles v Nevada Wolf Pack Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12755-Nevada-Wolf-Pack-at-Southern-Mississippi.htm)

Air Force Falcons v Toledo Rockets Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12804-Toledo-Rockets-at-Air-Force-Falcons.htm)

Texas Longhorns v California Golden Bears Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12805-California-at-Texas-Longhorns.htm)

Florida State Seminoles v Notre Dame Fighting Irish Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12819-Notre-Dame-at-Florida-State.htm)

Baylor Bears v Washington Huskies Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12820-Washington-Huskies-at-Baylor-Bears.htm)

Kansas State Wildcats v Arkansas Razorbacks Pick and Preview (http://goonersguide.com/football-pick-12890-Arkansas-Razorbacks-at-Kansas-State.htm)


MY PICKS: Ohio University Bobcats @ 2.10 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs + 9.5 Points @ 1.92 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Boise State Broncos - 13.5 Points @ 1.92 Paddy Power (1 Unit)
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles - 8 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Toledo Rockets - 3 Points @ 1.92 Coral (1 Unit)
California Golden Bears + 3.5 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish + 3.5 Points @ 2.00 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Baylor Bears - 9.5 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)
Arkansas Razorbacks - 7.5 Points @ 1.95 Pinnacle (1 Unit)


WEEK 14: 2-3, - 1.16 Units
WEEK 13: 8-0, + 7.48 Units
WEEK 12: 3-5, - 2.21 Units
WEEK 114-5, - 1.21 Units
WEEK 105-3, + 1.74 Units
WEEK 94-2, + 1.82 Units
WEEK 82-4, - 2.16 Units
WEEK 75-3, + 1.8 Units
WEEK 66-1, + 4.66 Units
WEEK 53-3, - 0.21 Units
WEEK 44-2, + 1.80 Units
WEEK 3: 5-1, + 3.60 Units
WEEK 2: 3-0, + 2.82 Units
WEEK 1: 4-0, + 3.74 Units


SEASON UPDATE58-32, + 22.41 Units

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