Cyclone Nation Bowl Picks: Part 2

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.

-Mark Hersom is a contributing writer to Cyclone Nation.

Wyndham New Orleans Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss

Pick: Southern Mississippi is going to win because of its defense 17-14.

Ponsetta Bowl

Colorado State vs. Navy

Pick: The Midshipmen's running attack will give them a quality win 27-17.

GMAC Bowl

UTEP vs. Toledo

Pick: I believe this could be the most entertaining game besides the Rose Bowl as both these teams can put up the points. Last one to have the ball wins. Toledo 38-35.

Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl

BYU vs. California

Pick: BYU shouldn't be in this game as the Cal Bears dominate as they played tougher competition. Bears 33-10.

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Kansas

Pick: Jayhawks win nailbiter, 23-20.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

UCF vs. Nevada

Pick: UCF 27-20.

Motor City Bowl

Akron vs. Memphis

Pick: I actually watched some of the MAC Championship and was on my seat for the end of the game when Akron came back to win. They do so here with another come from behind victory. Zips 30-28

Champ Sports Bowl

Clemson vs. Colorado

Pick: Unfortunately I really wanted to be in Orlando, just not a lower bowl but this "reward" goes to the Buffs. They won't get a "reward" as with the "firing of Barnett, Colorado is lost and the Clemson Tigers win this one 20-17. Crosby can't save CU in this one.

Insight Bowl

Arizona State vs. Rutgers

Pick: It's good to see a Rutgers team be successful and this is a great trip. ASU 27-17.

MPC Computers Bowl

Boise State vs. Boston College

Pick:Boston College thrown their own tea party and sends Hawkins packing. Eagles 31-24.

Mastercard Alamo Bowl

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Pick: Although it won't be this year as Michigan is upset they got sided in the Outback Bowl and play with a purpose and edge out the Cornhuskers 27-24. What happened to the "Blackshirts" turning grey.

Emerald Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Pick: Picking Georgia Tech because, as Chad likes to say, "Quite frankly" don't know jack about Utah this year except not as good as last. Yellow Jackets 28-16.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Pick: My office pools go every other team. I guess it's the Sooners time as the Ducks feel they were slided by the BCS and are still update. Sooners are upset at themselves for not beating Tech. OU 31-30.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Minnesota vs. Virgina

Pick: Minnesota will win because of their ground game. 24-20.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Northwestern vs. UCLA

Pick: Another shoot out game as would really love to see the Wildcats pull this one out but the Bruins come away victorious. 35-31.

Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. South Carolina

Pick: Mizzou, another team that shouldn't be in a bowl because of ISU. Gamecocks win 28-21.

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Miami vs. LSU

Pick: Very tough matchup as both teams have speed. Believe LSU wants this one more. Tigers 24-20.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

NC State vs. South Florida

(don't really care about this one at all. Let's have South Florida knock off an ACC team. Bad news for Cyclones as be that much tougher to get Florida recruits. Bulls 24-23.)

Autozone Liberty Bowl

Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Pick: Again, two teams could care less about but have to make a pick. Fresno's play much tougher schedule an win 28-17.

Ev1.Net Houston Bowl

Iowa State vs. TCU

Pick: TCU has only lost one game, a bad one to SMU. Iowa State has lost four games, all bad as they should've won them all. Do the math 4-1=3. Too many "give aways". ISU will need lots of takeaways as onhly way to defeat the Horned Frogs is to take the ball away from them. Sorry Cyclone fans, I didn't want this matchup as TCU feels they have more to prove than ISU does and are licking their chops to beat a BCS conference team. TCU 31….ISU 17.

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida

Pick: Again, as I've said earlier, two teams I could care less about…..oh they are Iowa kids you say, so what. Do you think Michigan fans root for the Spartans? Cavaliers root for Hokies? Bruins root for Trojans? I guess in this case I actually want Iowa to win as hate Florida more and the "golden boy" Urban Meyer is an urban legend. Hawks win, not on a last second play 27-18.

 

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Pick: Alabama's lack of offense has slowed them down the stretch. They won't be able to score more points against the Red Raiders who are in heaven to play in the Cotton Bowl. Tech wins 27-16.

Toyota Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Pick: First one to 50 wins right? No Hokies have a better defense and first one to 30 wins. Hokies 33-28.

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Pick: Barry's official last game doesn't end like he wishes. With a loss 27-14 as Badgers lost their offense.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Pick: AJ Hawk has a huge game and the Buckeyes like playing in the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio St. wins 27-24.

Nokia Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Pick: SEC is better than Big East so will take the Bulldogs 23-17.

Fedex Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Penn State

Pick: I have grown to like Joe Pa as he has gotten funnier than in the past. You have to admire at his age what he has done and what he means to college football. In the late 80's and early 90's I liked this up & coming football team and even considered enrolling there because of a good business school. No it wasn't Iowa St., it was Florida St. Bobby Bowden needs to go faster than Joe Pa and the only reason he's not is he wants to go out with the record and as long as Joe Pa coaches, so will Bowden. Nittany Lions were seconds away from causing major controversy in the BCS title game. Win this 30-16.

Rose Bowl

USC vs. Texas

Pick: What a match up on paper. I hope this is better than advertised but somehow feel may be a let down. Just hope it's not on the Longhorns side. I respect both of these coaches and with Carroll coming back to college was a great thing. Can the curse of the Heisman play out and allow Texas to win? It will be tough but hard to stop a train. Until they lose gotta pick the Trojans 31-30.

 

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Wyndham New Orleans Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss

Pick:  Southern Miss will start the bowl season off by pounding Arkansas State.

Poinsettia Bowl

Colorado State vs. Navy

Pick:  Colorado State won't be able to stop Navy's running game and Navy will pull this one out.

GMAC Bowl

UTEP vs. Toledo

Pick:  Mike Price has done a great job since taking over the UTEP program and that success will continue when they beat Toledo.

Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl

BYU vs. California

Pick:  The Mountain West was weak this year and that will show, as California will win by double digits.

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Kansas

Pick:  Whenever there is a good offense taking on a good defense, I'll take the defense.  Kansas will win this game proving the Big 12 North is better than people think.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

UCF vs. Nevada

Pick:  I know nothing about either team so I will take a stab in the dark and say Nevada will win.

Motor City Bowl

Akron vs. Memphis

Pick:  DeAngelo Williams will run all over Akron leading Memphis to victory.

Champ Sports Bowl

Clemson vs. Colorado

Pick:  Colorado has been horrible in their last few games and this will continue as Clemson takes this one easily.

Insight Bowl

Arizona State vs. Rutgers

Pick:  I still enjoy the thoughts of the whooping Arizona State put on the Hawks a few years ago so in honor of that beating I'll take Arizona State in this one.

MPC Computers Bowl

Boise State vs. Boston College

Pick:  Boston College will be mad about getting sent to Boise and with Dan Hawkins leaving for Colorado, Boston College will pull this one out.

MasterCard Alamo Bowl

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Pick: I really hate to pick the Big 11 over the Big 12 but my gut tells me Michigan will win this one.

Emerald Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Pick:  Since I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan I have to take Chan Gailey and Georgia Tech to win this one.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Pick:  With Oregon's quarterback out and Adrian Peterson running the way he did at the end of the season I have to take Oklahoma in this one.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Minnesota vs. Virginia

Pick:  Virginia has three assistants leaving for head coaching jobs so you have to figure they won't be ready for this game.  Minnesota will run the ball well enough to win.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Northwestern vs. UCLA

Pick:  Even though I love Northwestern for what they did to Iowa I will have to take UCLA in this one.

Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. South Carolina

Pick:  I think it is clear which team has the better coach so without hesitation I'll take South Carolina in this one.

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Miami vs. LSU

Pick:  Since LSU doesn't know how to defend a deep pass at the end of a game, I'll take Miami.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

NC State vs. South Florida

Pick:  South Florida will be sky high making their first ever bowl trip but that won't be enough as NC State will win this one.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Pick:  This game will come down to which team has the ball last but I'll take Fresno State.

Ev1.Net Houston Bowl

Iowa State vs. TCU

Pick: Iowa State will still be ticked at losing that Kansas game and will take their frustrations out on a very good TCU team.  I look for Bret Meyer and Todd Blythe to have big games leading the Cyclones to victory.

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida

Pick:  I'm confident the Florida coaches will know that Nate Kaeding isn't Iowa's running back this year plus Iowa only had one quality win which was against Wisconsin so I'll take Florida to win this game.

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Pick: If you don't see their offense very often it is very hard to prepare for them so I'll take Texas Tech.

Toyota Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Pick: Virginia Tech is the better team so I'll take them to win the Gator Bowl.

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Pick:  If Wisconsin wouldn't beat an average Iowa team in Barry Alvarez's last home game they sure won't beat an Auburn team which might be the best team in the SEC.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Pick:  Again, I hate to pick Big 11 teams but I have to take Ohio State to win this one.

Nokia Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Pick:  West Virginia runs the ball well but I just don't think it will be enough to beat Georgia.  Georgia wins this one but it will be a close game.

FedEx Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Penn State

Pick:  Penn State will win this game easily.

Rose Bowl

USC vs. Texas

Pick:  I'm still not convinced that Mack Brown can win the big game and until he does I'm going to have to pick against the Longhorns.  USC and Reggie Bush win it again.

Score:  USC 31 Texas 28

 

-Scott Fuller is representing the subscribers of Cyclone Nation. Scott can be seen on the message boards as Clizone. He's a knowledgeable fan so we'll see how he stacks up against the staff.

Wyndham New Orleans Bowl

Arkansas State vs. Southern Miss

Comments: Arkansas State lost to Mizzou 44-17 and Army 38-10, Enough said.

Poinsettia Bowl

Colorado State vs. Navy

Comments: Navy has the #1 rushing offense; CSU has the 104th ranked rushing defense.

GMAC Bowl

UTEP vs. Toledo

Comments: Jordan Palmer (Carson's brother) will bounce back after 2 lousy performances.

Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl

BYU vs. California

Comments: BYU won't be able to stop the Bears rushing attack.

Fort Worth Bowl

Houston vs. Kansas

Comments: The Jayhawks D will slow down Houston's high powered offense.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

UCF vs. Nevada

Comments: Central Florida will be motivated to win their first bowl game ever.

Motor City Bowl

Akron vs. Memphis

Comments:  The Zips won't be able to handle DeAngelo Williams.

Champ Sports Bowl

Clemson vs. Colorado

Comments: Clemson will beat up on the battered Buffaloes.

 

Insight Bowl

Arizona State vs. Rutgers

Comments: Freshman QB Rudy Carpenter will have a big day.

MPC Computers Bowl

Boise State vs. Boston College

Comments:  It is tough to win in sunny Boise, Idaho in December.

Mastercard Alamo Bowl

Nebraska vs. Michigan

Comments: The Wolverines will bring Husker fans back down to earth.

Emerald Bowl

Utah vs. Georgia Tech

Comments: GT will shut down the potent Utes offensive attack.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Comments: Oregon will prove why they should have received a BCS bid.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

Minnesota vs. Virginia

Comments: A healthy Maroney will run wild.

Vitalis Sun Bowl

Northwestern vs. UCLA

Comments: This will be a fun game to watch; 2 great offenses & 2 terrible defenses.

Independence Bowl

Missouri vs. South Carolina

Comments: The Gamecocks have a SLIGHT coaching advantage.

 

 

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

Miami vs. LSU

Comments: Randy Shannon's defense will come up big and win it for the Canes.

Meineke Car Care Bowl

NC State vs. South Florida

Comments: The Wolfpack are the hotter team and have a better defense.

Autozone Liberty Bowl

Tulsa vs. Fresno State

Comments: With a month to prepare, I will take Pat Hill's team.

Ev1.Net Houston Bowl

Iowa State vs. TCU

Comments:  I think you will see a much more aggressive Iowa State team in Houston.  The Cyclones should have some success through the air against TCU's 62nd ranked pass defense.  I predict an Iowa State victory in overtime on a field goal by Bret Culbertson, which will end the overtime jinx for Iowa State and McCarney.

Outback Bowl

Iowa vs. Florida

Comments: Chris Leak made the right decision.

SBC Cotton Bowl Classic

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Comments: The Red Raiders offense will cause the Tide's top rated defense all kinds of problems.

Toyota Gator Bowl

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Comments: No Brian Brohm.  VT will put the heat on the walk-on frosh QB.

Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Comments: Alvarez is 7-3 in bowl games but Auburn is just too good.

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Comments: The Fighting Irish prove they are ready for their return to prominence.

Nokia Sugar Bowl

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Comments: Healthy Shockley + Home Field Advantage = blowout

Fedex Orange Bowl

Florida State vs. Penn State

Comments: I am still not sold on the Nittany Lions and they will be exposed by the resurgent Seminoles.

Rose Bowl

USC vs. Texas

Score: USC 38 Texas 28

Comments:  I am really looking forward to this match-up between these two powerhouses.  Vince Young will be out to prove he is the best player in the nation, but with all eyes on Young and Bush it will be Matt Leinart who will have the big day in Pasadena.  This game will be decided by turnovers and USC leads the nation in turnover margin.  If Texas takes care of the ball they have the ability to put an end to the Trojans winning streak, but I predict an interception late in the game by Vince Young will cost the Longhorns the national championship.


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