Cyclone Nation Bowl Picks: Part 1

The Cyclone Nation Staff and one subscriber pick the winners of bowl games. The competition is simple. One point goes for every bowl game picked right and two points to BCS games. One subscriber was asked to take on the so called "experts." Check out the picks in part one of the competition here. Part two will be up later in the day with picks from two other staff members and one subscriber.

-Chris Williams is Cyclone Nation's recruiting coordinator and is the head of content at Cyclone Nation. He is also an Iowa State student majoring in journalism.

Wyndham New Orleans Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss

Pick: Southern Miss in a route.

Ponsetta Bowl

Colorado State vs. Navy

Pick: I like Colorado State in a slight upset.

GMAC Bowl

UTEP vs. Toledo

Pick. Gotta go with UTEP in this one. Why? I'm not sure yet but I'll get back to you.

Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl

BYU vs. California

Pick: I'm going with Cal because they're in a better conference.

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Kansas

Pick: KU by two touchdowns

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

UCF vs. Nevada

Pick: UCF just because I want them to win and I'm east coast biased.

Motor City Bowl

Akron vs. Memphis

Pick: I like the Zips in a blowout.

Champ Sports Bowl

Clemson vs. Colorado

Pick: This is the easiest pick in bowl week. Colorado blows.

Insight Bowl

Arizona State vs. Rutgers

Pick: ASU in a route. Who is Rutgers?

MPC Computers Bowl

Boise State vs. Boston College

Pick: Boise doesn't lose in Boise.

Mastercard Alamo Bowl

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Pick: Sorry Cornsuckers. Michigan by 20.

Emerald Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Pick: Tech has too many athletes. Utah's players are from Utah.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Pick: I like the Sooners in an upset.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Minnesota vs. Virginia

Pick: Scott Stephenson is my roommate. I probably wouldn't live to see next year if I'd pick Minnesota.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Northwestern vs. UCLA

Pick: Great game, but UCLA pulls it out by a touchdown.

Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. South Carolina

Pick: I like the Gamecocks in a route. Gary Pinkel is my nemesis.

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Miami vs. LSU

Pick: Miami wins by two touchdowns.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

NC State vs. South Florida

Pick: NC State is in the ACC. That's why they win.

Autozone Liberty Bowl

Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Pick: Did you see Fresno play USC? How can I pick against that.

Ev1.Net Houston Bowl

Iowa State vs. TCU

Pick: I like the Cyclones by two touchdowns in this. Iowa State has the best defense that TCU has seen all year. Todd Blythe will score two touchdowns and Stevie Hicks will be the game's MVP.

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida

Pick: I like Iowa in this. Chad Greenway eats pieces of you know what like Chris Leak for breakfast. Gross.

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Pick: Defense vs. Offense. I'm going to go with offense. Tech wins in a nail biter.

Toyota Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Pick: Marcus Vick will have like 1000 all-purpose yards. Va Tech.

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Pick: I like Auburn's defense.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Pick: Ohio State just because nobody likes Notre Dame.

Nokia Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Pick: I can't believe the Big East gets a BCS bid. Georgia.

Fedex Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Penn State

Pick: I like the Seminoles in a home game. Sorry Joe Pa.

Rose Bowl

USC vs. Texas

Pick: USC will win this game by two touchdowns. This game won'te be nearly as close as people think. It will be another surprise by Bush and that one guy who plays quarterback for the Trojans. Reggie Bush is the best player I've ever seen. USC's defense has gotten criticism but they are good enough to get the job done. If this game turns into a shootout, USC rolls. Nobody will beat USC in a shootout.

Score: USC 41 Texas 28

 

 

-Brent Blum is a Cyclone Nation Columnist and Iowa State Student majoring in journalism. You can read Brent's work every Wednesday here at Cyclone Nation.

Wyndham New Orleans Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss

Pick: Southern Miss. Here's hoping Larry Eustachy makes a cameo: "The girls in Hattiesburg are much hotter."

Ponsetta Bowl

Colorado State vs. Navy

Pick: Colorado State- I love watching Navy's offense. It's like I'm back in the 1940's. I put on some Big Band music for added nostalgia.

GMAC Bowl

UTEP vs. Toledo

Pick: Toledo. I'm uncomfortable trusting a QB named Bruce. But, Mike Price in Alabama never ends well.

Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl

BYU vs. California

Pick: California. The Conservatives vs. The Liberals. With the game in Las Vegas, it leaves one obvious choice.

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Kansas

Pick: Kansas. Anybody else wonder why Houston is playing a bowl game in Ft. Worth and TCU is in Houston?

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

UCF vs. Nevada

Pick: Nevada- UCF wins the award for highest travel bill.

Motor City Bowl

Akron vs. Memphis

Pick: Memphis. I think the Lions will kidnap Memphis' RB DeAngelo Williams and give him Kevin Jones' jersey for the rest of the year.

Champ Sports Bowl

Clemson vs. Colorado

Pick: Clemson. Worse choke job? Colorado or Spreewell vs. Carlesimo?

Insight Bowl

Arizona State vs. Rutgers

Pick: Arizona State. Rutgers is in a bowl game? Good for them.

MPC Computers Bowl

Boise State vs. Boston College

Pick: Boston College. If I hear the term "smurf turf" any more, I'm going Antwan Allen on somebody. I'm just kidding Antwan. We're cool right?

Mastercard Alamo Bowl

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Pick: Michigan. The Huskers need to bring back Frazier and Phillips for this one.

Emerald Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Pick: Georgia Tech. I like Reggie Ball.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Pick: Oklahoma. A-Pete for 200+. Watch.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Minnesota vs. Virgina

Pick: Virgina. What will Chris Berman nickname UVA's D'Brickashaw Ferguson? My guess is Da Brick Wall. Lame.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Northwestern vs. UCLA

Pick: UCLA- UCLA takes a lead late…meanwhile, Chad Greenway celebrates. However UCLA doesn't explode like the Hawks.

Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. South Carolina

Pick: South Carolina. Pinkel vs. Spurrier. Who ya got?

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Miami vs. LSU

Pick: Miami. I bet we see 5-10 scuffles.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

NC State vs. South Florida

Pick: South Florida. NC State couldn't score on Paris Hilton. I mean it, she makes one heck of a safety. She delivers some serious blows… I'll stop.

Autozone Liberty Bowl

Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Pick: Fresno State. Pat Hill has the 2nd best mustache in sports. Adam Morrison gets the crown, Martina Navratilova a distant 3rd.

Ev1.Net Houston Bowl

Iowa State vs. TCU

Pick: Iowa State. Here's my prediction: Jason Harris replaces a fatigued Stevie Hicks. Meyer hands him the ball, he loses it in the exchange. The ball bounces toward tackle-eligible Brent Curvey. He leaps over a Horned Frog into the endzone, to end it in OT.

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida

Pick: Florida. Match-up of over-hyped QB's with four letters in their last names.

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Pick: Texas Tech. I'm not sold on Alabama's offense. They make NC State look like Nebraska's offense in '97.

Toyota Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Pick: Virginia Tech. If L'ville can't win the Big East, how do they compete with an ACC powerhouse? They don't.

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Pick: Auburn. Alvarez should have some time to think back on all the Rose bowl wins, because Auburn will win easily.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Pick: Ohio State. Ted Ginn apparently didn't like the year 2005. He forgot to play. 2006 is the year of the Ginn.

Nokia Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Pick: Georgia. This will be a cute match-up until WVA remembers they are in a BCS bowl and self-destructs.

Fedex Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Penn State

Pick: Florida State. FSU linebacker Ernie Sims owns snakes. My #1 rule in life: "Never bet against someone with snakes."

Rose Bowl

USC vs. Texas

Pick: USC- Two words: Reginald Bush. In honor of Reg (we're tight) I have been wearing eye black inscribed with "515" for the past two weeks. Every superstar needs an accessory.

Score: 42-31

 

-Steve Deace is the Cyclone Nation Publisher.

Wyndham New Orleans Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss

 Pick: Southern Miss here in a rout.

Ponsetta Bowl

Colorado State vs. Navy   

Pick: Can you pick against the Navy in San Diego?

GMAC Bowl

UTEP vs. Toledo

Pick: The Miners in a slight upset.

Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl

BYU vs. California

Pick: The Mormons won't get distracted by the strip.

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Kansas

Pick: Defense wins bowl games.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

UCF vs. Nevada

Pick: Wolfpack played in a better league.

Motor City Bowl

Akron vs. Memphis

Pick: The Zips will essentially have the home field.

Champ Sports Bowl

Clemson vs. Colorado

Pick: If Charlie Whitehurst plays the Tigers win.

Insight Bowl

Arizona State vs. Rutgers

Pick: Basically a home game for the Sun Devils.

MPC Computers Bowl

Boise State vs. Boston College

Pick: A real home game for the Broncos. 

Mastercard Alamo Bowl

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Pick: Wolverines win, but closer than most think.

Emerald Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Pick: Yellow Jackets just have much better players. 

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Pick: Still don't believe in Rhett Bomar.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Minnesota vs. Virginia

Pick: Cavaliers are overdue to win a bowl game.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Northwestern vs. UCLA

Pick: Would you want to spend New Year's in El Paso if you were from Los Angeles?

Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. South Carolina

Pick: Gamecocks have better team, better coach, and more fans in Shreveport.

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Miami vs. LSU

Pick: The ‘Canes just don't lose games like this.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

NC State vs. South Florida

Pick: Minor upset here.

Autozone Liberty Bowl

Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Pick: This should be a blowout.

Ev1.Net Houston Bowl

Iowa State vs. TCU

Pick: With Stevie Hicks healthy the Cyclones don't lose.

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida

Pick: No Zooker, but Hawkeyes still better.

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Pick: Defense wins bowl games.

Toyota Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Pick: This should be a woodshed beating.

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Pickl: This should also be a woodshed beating.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Pick: Buckeyes have more balance and better players.

Nokia Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Pick: Mountaineers are better than you think, but this is a home game for the ‘Dawgs.

Fedex Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Penn State

Pick: JoePa gets it done, but closer than you think.

Rose Bowl

USC vs. Texas

Pick: I'm not falling for the banana in my tailpipe again.

Score: Trojans 35, Longhorns 24


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