TSD bowl picks, part two

Rosetta, Dixon and Villere predict winners of the January bowl games.


Randy Rosetta



Randy Rosetta
Dec. 21-31:
9-1 (.900)
Season: 214-66 (.764)

LSU vs. Alabama: Never have been the stakes been higher when these two old rivals have collided. Very little separates the two teams and the differences are so subtle that strengths in other areas offset where a link might be weak. The Tigers have a different look with Jordan Jefferson installed as the quarterback instead of part of a two-QB system, and there is more depth across the board for LSU. Alabama has plenty of motivation and will undoubtedly be prepared. But in games of this magnitude, the more talented team almost always prevails. … LSU 23, Alabama 16

Wisconsin vs. Oregon:
With a few bounces here and there, the Badgers and Ducks could be playing in a game with much higher stakes. But the Rose Bowl is where they wound up and that is usually plenty of motivation for teams. That makes this one of the best matchups of the bowl season and it could wind up with Washington-Baylor type numbers, so buckle up. … Oregon 38, Wisconsin 34

Justin Blackmon and the Oklahoma State offense are poised for a big day against Stanford

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State: For the Cowboys, this game boils down to how motivated they are after missing out on a chance to play for the national championship. Just spit-balling here, but I'd guess the OSU players will be plenty fired up for their first BCS bowl appearance and will have too much firepower for the Cardinal. … Oklahoma State 41, Stanford 28

Michigan vs. Virginia Tech:
Except for Clemson, the Hokies have had a really solid season. Problem for them is that Michigan is similar in style to the Tigers and have a more explosive quarterback running the show and a stingier defense. This breakthrough season for the Wolverines needs a spectacular finish and the Sugar Bowl is a perfect setting for that. … Michigan 28, Virginia Tech 17

West Virginia vs. Clemson:
Ought to be no shortage of offense in Miami with these two colliding. The key will be which team can come up with a few stops or one at the key time, perhaps with a turnover to stem the tide. That hasn't exactly been the Mountaineers' strength. … Clemson 35, West Virginia 31

Kansas State vs. Arkansas:
A grind-it-out, option-based offense should come in handy for the Wildcats against the Razorbacks explosive scheme. If K-State can control the clock and keep the Hogs frustrated, this game could stay close. Not sure that happens, though. … Arkansas 31, Kansas State 20

Nebraska vs. South Carolina:
If you went by head coach's reputations, you'd figure this is a matchup of a great Cornhuskers' defense squaring off against an explosive Gamecocks' offense. Well … not quite. Instead this one will feature a high-powered Nebraska team against a Carolina team that has won more with defense than anything else this season. This is where the Huskers need to assert themselves as a Big Ten team to watch in 2012. … Nebraska 28, South Carolina 21

Michigan State vs. Georgia:
It took a dominant second half by LSU to stem Georgia's two-month head of steam, but the Bulldogs fixed a lot of problems during their winning streak. Can they re-discover that rythmn against a Spartans team making a second trip in a row for bowl season? State is looking to end a five-game bowl losing streak and win a January game for the first time after Nick Saban departed for LSU in 1999. … Georgia 24, Michigan State 19

Ohio State vs. Florida:
The Urban Meyer Bowl features two teams that limped to the finish line looking like they were ready to transition into spring ball. They got picked to play, though, so they'll suit up and try to get a jump on 2012. That means a lot of auditioning – the Buckeyes for their new coach and the Gators for a cranky Will Muschamp, who can't be real thrilled about 6-6. … Ohio State 20, Florida 17

SMU vs. Pittsburgh:
One team is playing for a coach, June Jones, who spurned an offer to go elsewhere and the other was jilted by a coach after just one season for the job Jones turned down. Just who do you think will play harder for their coach? … SMU 38, Pittsburgh 28


Shea Dixon



Shea Dixon
Dec. 21-31:
8-2 (.800)
Season: 204-76 (.729)

LSU vs. Alabama: A magical season comes to a poetic end for LSU a the Tigers grab the crystal ball in the Big Easy for the third time – and first as an undefeated team. It will be close, but special teams and a couple trick plays tip the scale the Tigers' way. … LSU 17, Alabama 14

Wisconsin vs. Oregon:
Both teams can score a bunch of points, and both teams have a QB-RB combo as good as any in the nation. By late in the second half, the spread attack from the Ducks becomes too much speed for the Badgers. … Oregon 38, Wisconsin 31

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State:
A Cowboys team that probably feels like it should have been in New Orleans on Jan. 9 spoils Stanford QB Andrew Luck's final stand. … Oklahoma State 35, Stanford 34

Michigan vs. Virginia Tech:
This one will be tight until the final minute. In games like these, special teams are usually the difference. Beamer Ball will show after a month of preparation. … Virginia Tech 28, Michigan 27

West Virginia vs. Clemson:
There was a moment in mid-October when it appeared the Tigers might go undefeated. Then they lost games to Georgia Tech, N.C. State and South Carolina. The skid stops here. … Clemson 24, West Virginia 21

Kansas State vs. Arkansas:
Much like Clemson, the season was perfect for Kansas State until late October when the Wildcats lost to top-10 foes Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in back-to-back weeks. The Wildcats came back to win their last three games, but the Razorbacks should deal K-State one final loss. … Arkansas 38, Kansas State 31

Montee Ball and Wisconsin face the task of keeping pace with Oregon's offense in the Rose Bowl.

Nebraska vs. South Carolina: The cards are lining up right for South Carolina. Despite missing out wining the SEC East Division, the Gamecocks – sitting at 10-2 – are a victory away from the winningest season in school history. … South Carolina 28, Nebraska 17

Michigan State vs. Georgia:
After being run out of the Georgia Dome in the SEC Championship Game, the Bulldogs bounce back and score one for the nation's elite conference. … Georgia 27, Michigan State 24

Ohio State vs. Florida:
Ohio State lost its final three games and was recently hit with a bowl ban, but this year's Urban Meyer Bowl (better known as the Gator Bowl in any other year) might have a little extra spark in store for the Buckeyes given the recent hire. … Ohio State 24, Florida 21

Pittsburgh vs. SMU:
The Panthers were left high and dry by their head man when Todd Grantham bolted for Arizona State, but a tough offseason is washed away with a big bowl win. ... Pitt 28, SMU 24


Emily Villere



Emily Villere
Dec. 21-31:
9-1 (.900)
Season: 211-69 (.754)

LSU vs. Alabama: The Tigers have been through off-field issues, coaching changes and a tough schedule and are still 13-0. It's only fitting they have to play Alabama again to win a championship. It's in New Orleans and that's where the Tigers win. …LSU 24, Alabama 17

Wisconsin vs. Oregon:
This year's Rose Bowl is an offensive showdown between two top-10 ranked teams. After back-to-back losses, the Badgers have won five straight, while the Ducks finished the season with two wins in a row. However, Oregon is ranked No. 5 for a reason. …Oregon 37, Wisconsin 31

Stanford vs. Oklahoma State:
The Cowboys are out to show everyone that they should have been in the BCS National Championship Game after winning their conference championship. With a whooping of Oklahoma to end the regular season, the Cowboys are still riding high, but a No. 3 vs. No. 4 matchup will still be close. …Oklahoma State 38, Stanford 34

Michigan vs. Virginia Tech:
New Orleans is a very busy city at the beginning of the month including the Sugar Bowl. Brady Hoke has brought the Michigan this far and looks to finish out his first year with a BCS bowl win. …Michigan 38, Virginia Tech 31

West Virginia vs. Clemson:
The Orange Bowl will be an offensive showdown between two teams that both average over 30 points per game and over 400 yards. The Tigers' Tajh Boyd and the Mountaineers' Geno Smith will make this game high scoring for sure. …Clemson 44, West Virginia 38

Kansas State vs. Arkansas:
The Razorbacks' only two losses are against the two teams playing for the national championship. The Hogs will continue to show why the SEC West is the most dominant division in the country. Get ready for another good Cotton Bowl win by an SEC team. …Arkansas 37, Kansas State 28

Stephon Gilmore has keyed a stout South Carolina defense this season, but do the Gamecocks have enough to slow down the Cornhuskers?

Nebraska vs. South Carolina: The 20th-ranked Cornhuskers are pitted against the 9th-ranked Gamecocks in this year's Capital One Bowl. It might seem pretty lopsided, but South Carolina just needs one more victory to have the program's winningest season. Nebraska will make it close. …South Carolina 28, Nebraska 27

Michigan State vs. Georgia:
The Spartans and Bulldogs have identical overall and conference records and both lost in their conference championship games to end the regular season. Seems pretty straightforward that this will go down to the wire. …Michigan State 31, Georgia 28

Ohio State vs. Florida:
What do the Gators and Buckeyes have in common? Well, he won't be in attendance for the game, but will be on most people's mind. Will Muschamp needs this win in his first year of coaching, but it won't come easily. …Florida 28, Ohio State 24

SMU vs Pittsburgh:
It's the last game of the season for the Panthers, but it's their first without former coach Todd Graham. The Mustangs are looking to give June Jones his 100th victory, but the cards fall towards Pitt in this one. …Pittsburgh 28, SMU 18


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