Remember when yesterday, New Year’s Day, was the day for all the major Bowl games? This stringing everything along for an extra week for the sake of TV ratings rather sucks.
Yesterday I went 2-1 against the spread. I knew I should not have picked Auburn to cover; while the Tigers won they almost threw away the Outback Bowl multiple times, finally defeating Northwestern 38-35. WTF happened to LSU? A sloppy Capital One Bowl field neutralized LSU’s superior speed, and thus the SEC’s other Tigers fell to the Nittany Lions 19-17. Lucky I took the points and those 2.5 LSU received from Penn St. put me over the hump. Finally, the Florida Gators were giving up 12.5, but they easily whipped the Cincinnati Bearcats 51-24 last night in the Sugar Bowl.
Papajohns.com Bowl: South Carolina vs. UConn
This one is almost unwatchable. Two run of the mill teams in their respective conferences. The fighting chickens are giving up 4, and while I should not give away that many points, South Carolina is the pick.
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma St. vs. Ole Miss
Ole Miss should represent the SEC well today. Both teams are entering today’s match up after losing out to their end of year rivals, but I expect Ole Miss to bounce back and cover the 3 they are laying to the Cowboys.
Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina
The Pirates come into this game on a roll, winning their last four games, while the Razorbacks lost a heart-breaker in OT to LSU. With that, Conference USA gets no respect in this one; Arkansas is giving up 7.5, which to me seems like too damn much, but I have yet to pick against the SEC this Bowl season, so why start now? The hogs cover the 7.5 in a high scoring shootout.
Regular Season Record: 46-41
SEC Championship: 0-1
SEC Bowl Record: 3-3
Final Record: 49-45
SEC Bowl Record: 3-3 *Actual, not my predictions