Day 10 of the 2007 Bowl season brings us the most active day yet. Football aplenty for your viewing pleasure.
First up today is the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl featuring California (6-6, 3-6 Pac-10) vs. Air Force (9-3, 6-2 MWC). I normally would not pick against the Pac-10 against a Mountain West Conference team, but this is the Falcons’ first Bowl game in forever, and I just do not see a team going 3-6 in conference play getting motivated to get up for this one. Falcons over the Bears.
The Sun Bowl gives us #21 South Florida (9-3, 4-3 Big East) vs. Oregon (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10). If Dixon did not have a bum knee, the Ducks would be the clear favorite. Then again, if Dixon was playing, Oregon would be in a BCS bowl. South Florida is the pick.
Oh boy, what would another Bowl season be without Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl? Seriously, I know every kid in American dreams about being in the Humanitarian Bowl. In Boise, ID. In the freaking cold of December. I digress.
The game features Georgia Tech (7-5, 4-4 ACC) vs. Fresno St (8-4, 6-2 WAC). I came close to picking the WAC team in this one, but did not. I do not think the bumble bees are excited about being in Boise on New Year’s Eve, but they still have some pride. Right? Tech over Fresno State.
The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl pits Kentucky (7-5, 3-5 SEC) against Florida St (7-5, 4-4 ACC). Even without all the suspended Seminoles, I expected the Andre Woodson led Wildcats to take down another average Florida State team.
The Insight Bowl is another NFL Network game that I started not to pick since I cannot watch the game. Indiana (7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. Oklahoma St (6-6, 4-4 Big 12). I still do not think the Big 10 is very good; not that I think the Big 12 is that much better. The last time I went with the Big 12 over the Big 10, it cost me one in the lost column, so maybe I will never learn. The Cowboys over Hoosiers.
Saving the best game for last, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl features two top ranked, but under achieving teams. #15 Clemson (9-3, 5-3 ACC) vs. #23 Auburn (8-4, 5-3 SEC). Clemson is the favorite, but no way do the ACC Tigers take down the SEC Tigers.
2007 Bowl predictions: 12 – 3.