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Monthly Archives: December, 2012

2012 Bowl Season: COLE’S BIG BOWL BOARD!

We’ve given things a few days to develop since our last update, and we have plenty more for you today. The picks have been rolling in, and with that being said, I hereby unveil COLE’S BIG BOWL BOARD!!!! This will be the official post for all of the picks, and will continue to be updated as more picks roll in. The format may be obvious, but I will explain it anyways. Where there are numbers, it is the expert’s confidence pick (for those of you in confidence leagues). 35 is the highest, 1 is the lowest confidence. All of the picks have their source listed with them, so if someone changes their mind between now and kickoff, the most up to date pick will count for the official record. Happy bowling (and holidays or whatever).

Barry Melrose:
Bama over Notre Dame (Sportscenter 12/18)

Colin Cowherd:
Bama over Notre Dame (The Herd 12/12)
Arizona over Nevada (ESPN Bowl Mania)
Utah St over Toledo
BYU over SDSU
Ball St over UCF
La Lafayette over ECU
Boise St over Washington
SMU over Fresno St
C.Mich over WKU
BGSU over SJSU
Duke over Cinci
Baylor over UCLA
LaMonroe over Ohio
VaTech over Rutgers
TTU over Minnesota
AF over Rice
WVU over Syracuse
Ariz St over Navy
Oregon St over Texas
TCu over Mich St
Vanderbilt over NC St
USC over GaTech
Tulsa over Iowa St
LSU over Clemson
NW over Miss St (Twitter 1/1)
Okla St over Purdue
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
Stanford over Wisconsin
FSU over NIU
KState over Oregon (The Herd 1/3)

David Pollack:
Oregon St over Texas (Twitter 12/5)
LSU over Clemson (Sportscenter 12/20)
Rutgers over VaTech
Florida over Louisville

Danny Kanell:
FSU over NIU (Sportsnation 12/9)

Desmond Howard:
FSU over NIU
NW over Miss St
Okla St over Purdue
Georgia over Nebraska
Michigan over S.Carolina
Florida over Louisville
Oregon over KState
TAMU over OU
Stanford over Wisconsin

Ed Cunningham: (ESPN Bowl Mania special 12/9):
35. Oregon over KState
33. Florida over Louisville
30. FSU over NIU
14. UCLA over Baylor
12. Mich St over TCU
10. S.Carolina over Michigan
9. Bama over Notre Dame
7. GaTech over USC
3. Miss St over NW
2. Georgia over Nebraska
1. Stanford over Wisconsin

Ivan Maisel:
Oregon over KState (espn.com preview 12/4)
LSU over Clemson (espn.com preview 12/4)
FSU over NIU (espn.com preview 12/4)
Bama over Notre Dame (espn.com preview 12/3)

Jennifer’s Picks:
Georgia over Nebraska
Ole Miss over Pitt
Stanford over Wisconsin
FSU over NIU
TAMU over OU
WVU over Syracuse
Lafayette over ECU
Clemson over LSU
GaTech over USC
Ariz St over Navy
LaMonroe over Ohio
Rice over AF
Boise St over Washington
Baylor over UCLA
UCF over Ball St
WKU over C.Michigan
Oregon over KState
Utah St over Toledo
Fresno St over SMU
S.Carolina over Michigan
Vanderbilt over NC St
TCU over Mich St
Iowa St over Tulsa
BYU over SDSU
Notre Dame over Bama (upset special)
Arizona over Nevada
SJSU over BGSU
Ark St over Kent St
Florida over Louisville
Miss St over NW
Cinci over Duke
Rutgers over VaTech
Texas over Oregon St
TTU over Minnesota
Okla St over Purdue

Jesse Palmer:
FSU over NIU (CFB Live 12/3)
Florida over Louisville

Kevin Carter: (ESPNU Bowl Preview Show 12/12)
Oregon St over Texas
LSU over Clemson
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
TAMU over OU
FSU over NIU (ESPNU BCS Bowl Preview 12/13)
Stanford over Wisconsin
Florida over Louisville
Oregon over KState
Bama over Notre Dame

Kirk Herbstreit:
Oregon over KState
FSU over NIU
NW over Miss St
Okla St over Purdue
Georgia over Nebraska
Michigan over S.Carolina
Florida over Louisville
OU over TAMU

Lee Corso:
NIU over FSU
Stanford over Wisconsin (headgear pick)
NW over Miss St
Okla St over Purdue
Georgia over Nebraska
Oregon over KState
S.Carolina over Michigan
Florida over Louisville
TAMU over OU

Lou Holtz:
Notre Dame over Bama (Final Verdict 12/3)

Mark May:
Bama over Notre Dame (Final Verdict 12/3)

Mark Schlabach: (espn.com 12/13)
Oregon over KState
LSU over Clemson
FSU over NIU
Bama over Notre Dame
Arizona over Nevada
Utah St over Toledo
BYU over SDSU
Ball St over UCF
La Lafayette over ECU
Boise St over Washington
Fresno St over SMU
WKU over C.Mich
SJSU over BGSU
Cinci over Duke
UCLA over Baylor
LaMonroe over Ohio
Rutgers over VaTech
TTU over Minnesota
AF over Rice
Syracuse over WVU
Ariz St over Navy
Oreg St over Texas
TCU over Mich St
Vanderbilt over NC St
USC over GaTech
Tulsa over Iowa St
NW over Miss St
Okla St over Purdue
Georgia over Nebraska
S.Carolina over Michigan
Stanford over Wisconsin
Florida over Louisville
TAMU over OU
Ole Miss over Pitt
Kent St over Ark St

Matt Stinchcomb:
Notre Dame over Bama (Final Verdict 12/3)

Mike Bellotti:
Oregon St over Texas (ESPNU Bowl Preview Show 12/12)
LSU over Clemson
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
OU over TAMU
FSU over NIU (Film Room 12/14)
Stanford over Wisconsin (ESPNU BCS Bowl Preview 12/13)
Florida over Louisville
Oregon over KState
Bama over Notre Dame

Mike Golic: (ESPN Bowl Mania)
Arizona over Nevada
Toledo over Utah St
BYU over SDSU
Ball St over UCF
La Lafayette over ECU
Boise St over Washington
Fresno St over SMU
C.Mich over WKU
SJSU over BGSU
Duke over Cinci
UCLA over Baylor
Ohio over LaMonroe
VaTech over Rutgers
TTU over Minnesota
Rice over AF
Syracuse over WVU
Ariz St over Navy
Texas over Oregon St
Mich St over TCU
NC St over Vanderbilt
USC over GaTech
Tulsa over Iowa St
LSU over Clemson
Miss St over NW
Purdue over Okla St
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
Stanford over Wisconsin
FSU over NIU

Mike Greenberg: (ESPN Bowl Mania)
Nevada over Arizona
Toledo over Utah St
BYU over SDSU
Ball St over UCF
ECU over La Lafayette
Washington over Boise St
Fresno St over SMU
WKU over C.Mich
SJSU over BGSU
Cinci over Duke
Baylor over UCLA
Ohio over LaMonroe
Rutgers over VaTech
Minnesota over TTU
Rice over AF
WVU over Syracuse
Navy over Ariz St
Texas over Oregon St
TCU over Mich St
NC St over Vanderbilt
USC over GaTech
Iowa St over Tulsa
LSU over Clemson
NW over Miss St
Purdue over Okla St
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
Wisconsin over Stanford
NIU over FSU

Michael Smith: (ESPN Bowl Mania)
Georgia over Nebraska
S.Carolina over Michigan
Vanderbilt over NC St
LSU over Clemson
Stanford over Wisconsin
Utah St over Toledo
Arizona over Nevada
SJSU over BGSU
Ball St over UCF
USC over GaTech
Boise St over Washington
FSU over NIU
WVU over Syracuse
AF over Rice
Okla St over Purdue
LaMonroe over Ohio
Mich St over TCU
UCLA over Baylor
Cinci over Duke
TTU over Minnesota
Oregon St over Texas
C.Mich over WKU
Ariz St over NAvy
Iowa St over Tulsa
Rutgers over VaTech
ECU over LaLafayette
Fresno St over SMU
SDSU over BYU
Miss St over NW

Pat Forde: (Forde Yard Dash 12/13)
Arizona over Nevada
Utah St over Toledo
SDSU over BYU
Ball St over UCF
La Lafayette over ECU
Boise St over Washington
Fresno St over SMU
WKU over C.Mich
SJSU over BGSU
Cinci over Duke
UCLA over Baylor
LaMonroe over Ohio
Rutgers over VaTech
TTU over Minnesota
AF over Rice
WVU over Syracuse
Ariz St over Navy
Oregon St over Texas
TCU over Mich St
Vanderbilt over NC St
USC over GaTech
Iowa St over Tulsa
LSU over Clemson
NW over Miss St
Okla St over Purdue
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
Stanford over Wisconsin
FSU over NIU
Florida over Louisville
Oregon over KState
TAMU over OU
Ole Miss over Pitt
Kent St over Ark St
ND over BAma

Robert Smith (ESPN Bowl Mania Special 12/9):
35. Georgia over Nebraska
34. Florida over Louisville
31. FSU over NIU
30. S.Carolina over Michigan
28. Stanford over Wisconsin
27. TCU over Mich St
26. LSU over Clemson
25. Bama over Notre Dame
20. TAMU over OU
16. Oregon over KState
8. USC over GaTech
6. Baylor over UCLA
3. NW over Miss ST
Duke over Cinci
SJSU over BGSU
WKU over C.Mich

Skip Bayless:
Notre Dame over Bama (First Take 12/14)

Stephen A. Smith:
Bama over Notre Dame (First Take 12/14)

Todd McShay (ESPN Bowl Mania Special 12/9):
35. Okla St over Purdue
34. TTU over Minnesota
33. Utah St over Toledo
32. Oregon over KState
31. Fresno St over SMU
30. Stanford over Wisconsin
29. S.Carolina over Michigan
28. Vanderbilt over NC St
27. Florida over Louisville
26. FSU over NIU
25. Ark St over Kent St
24. SJSU over BGSU
23. Arizona over Nevada
22. Bama over Notre Dame
21. Lafayette over ECU
20. WVU over Syracuse
19. TAMU over OU
18. Georgia over Nebraska
17. Ole Miss over Pitt
16. USC over GaTech
15. Ariz St over Navy
14. LaMonroe over Ohio
13. Rice over AF
12. Boise St over Washington
11. LSU over Clemson
10. Baylor over UCLA
9. Ball St over UCF
8. WKU over C.Michigan
7. BYU over SDSU
6. TCU over Mich St
5. Iowa St over Tulsa
4. Oregon St over Texas
3. Rutgers over VaTech
2. Duke over Cinci
1. NW over Miss St
Wisconsin over Stanford (College Gameday 1/1)

Tom Luginbill: (ESPNU Bowl Preview Show 12/12)
Oregon St over Texas
LSU over Clemson
S.Carolina over Michigan
Georgia over Nebraska
OU over TAMU
Florida over Louisville (ESPNU BCS Bowl Preview 12/13)
Stanford over Wisconsin
FSU over NIU
Oregon over KState
Bama over Notre Dame

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2012: Bowl Mania, Todd McShay and more!

Ladies and gentlemen, here is everything you came here to see.  Below you will find Todd McShay’s official bowl picks from the ESPN Bowl Mania special last night.  Along for the ride were Robert Smith and bowl expert Ed Cunningham who chimed in for some of the picks as well.  They do things by confidence points, so take note gamblers.  Ed Cunningham’s theme of the night was blindly picking the SEC over Big Ten in any matchup, while Robert Smith’s theme was shockingly high confidence one some big games that will likely be very close.  Todd McShay’s theme of the night was reminding everyone that he won the Bowl Mania contest between the three of them last year.  McShay didn’t have an official upset special, but his upset picks are pretty much towards the low confidence area for anyone who cares (and as a former Bowl Pick’em champion, I would say that the upsets are where you rack up the points).  Things will likely change before the kickoff of all of these games (they did last year), so if McShay, Smith or Cunningham change their minds, I will have them posted here.  Good luck bowling everyone.

McShay's bowl picks

McShay’s bowl picks

 

Todd McShay (ESPN Bowl Mania Special 12/9):
35. Okla St over Purdue
34. TTU over Minnesota
33. Utah St over Toledo
32. Oregon over KState
31. Fresno St over SMU
30. Stanford over Wisconsin
29. S.Carolina over Michigan
28. Vanderbilt over NC St
27. Florida over Louisville
26. FSU over NIU
25. Ark St over Kent St
24. SJSU over BGSU
23. Arizona over Nevada
22. Bama over Notre Dame
21. Lafayette over ECU
20. WVU over Syracuse
19. TAMU over OU
18. Georgia over Nebraska
17. Ole Miss over Pitt
16. USC over GaTech
15. Ariz St over Navy
14. LaMonroe over Ohio
13. Rice over AF
12. Boise St over Washington
11. LSU over Clemson
10. Baylor over UCLA
9. Ball St over UCF
8. WKU over C.Michigan
7. BYU over SDSU
6. TCU over Mich St
5. Iowa St over Tulsa
4. Oregon St over Texas
3. Rutgers over VaTech
2. Duke over Cinci
1. NW over Miss St

Robert Smith (ESPN Bowl Mania Special 12/9):
35. Georgia over Nebraska
34. Florida over Louisville
31. FSU over NIU
30. S.Carolina over Michigan
28. Stanford over Wisconsin
27. TCU over Mich St
26. LSU over Clemson
25. Bama over Notre Dame
20. TAMU over OU
16. Oregon over KState
8. USC over GaTech
6. Baylor over UCLA
3. NW over Miss ST

Ed Cunningham: (ESPN Bowl Mania special 12/9):
35. Oregon over KState
33. Florida over Louisville
30. FSU over NIU
14. UCLA over Baylor
12. Mich St over TCU
10. S.Carolina over Michigan
9. Bama over Notre Dame
7. GaTech over USC
3. Miss St over NW
2. Georgia over Nebraska
1. Stanford over Wisconsin

2012 Bowl Season: First picks are in!

The first bowl picks for 2012-13 are slowly starting to come in.  Later tonight we I will have a full recap posted of Todd McShay’s big board of bowl picks, and updates will come throughout the week as others like Pat Forde post their full slate of picks.  For each pick, I’ll also add when and where I saw it, that way if somebody changes their mind on a pick three weeks from now, you will know which one is going in the official record.

David Pollack:
Oregon St over Texas (Twitter 12/5)

Ivan Maisel:
Oregon over KState (espn.com preview 12/4)
LSU over Clemson (espn.com preview 12/4)
FSU over NIU (espn.com preview 12/4)

Jesse Palmer:
FSU over NIU (CFB Live 12/3)

Lou Holtz:
Notre Dame over Bama (Final Verdict 12/3)

Mark May:
Bama over Notre Dame (Final Verdict 12/3)

Mark Schlabach:
Oregon over KState (espn.com preview 12/4)
LSU over Clemson (espn.com preview 12/4)
FSU over NIU (espn.com preview 12/4)

Matt Stinchcomb:
Notre Dame over Bama (Final Verdict 12/3)

Mike Bellotti:
Bama over Notre Dame (Final Verdict 12/3)
Oregon St over Texas (The Experts 12/4)
Florida over Louisville (The Experts 12/4)