IT picks the SEC (bowl edition)

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In keeping with the Christmas spirit, InsideTennessee is giving its readers a little something extra this holiday season. Instead of just picking the bowl games involving SEC teams, we’re throwing in predictions for all of the post-Christmas bowls.

Josh Woodward won the regular-season picks title with a record of 93-32. Woodward also won against the spread, going 60-51-1. Randy Moore finished second straight up (91-34) and third against the points (49-62-1). Danny Parker placed third straight up (89-36) and second against the line (56-55-1).

Several of the SEC bowls look very attractive. Texas A&M versus West Virginia in the Liberty should be a high-scoring affair, as should Georgia versus Louisville in the Belk Bowl and Mississippi State versus Georgia Tech in the Capital One. Arkansas versus Texas (Texas Bowl) revives a great old rivalry from the Southwest Conference and Tennessee versus Iowa (Taxslayer Bowl) shows promise.

Here are IT’s bowl picks, with final regular-season records in parenthesis:

JOSH WOODWARD (93-32, 60-51-1 vs. line)

WOODWARD

DECEMBER 26

La. Tech (-6) vs. Illinois (Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas): I think this could be a last second game like we have been seeing most of this bowl season. 31-30 La. Tech

North Carolina (-3) vs. Rutgers (Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit): What I have seen from North Carolina this season I'm surprised they are in a bowl. That being said I'm going with Rutgers. 42-28

Central Florida (-2) vs. N.C. State (St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Pete, Fla.): This is a hard game for me to pick, but I think I will take the ACC team in this one. 34-28 NC State

DECEMBER 27

Cincinnati (-3) vs. Va. Tech (Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md.): Two of the better coaches in football in my opinion going up against each other. I'm going with the Bearcats in this one. 42-38 Cincinnati

Arizona St (-7.5) vs. Duke (Sun Bowl, El Paso): Even though Duke is a heavy underdog I like the Blue Devils in this one. 38-34 Duke

Miami (-3) vs. S. Carolina (Independence Bowl, Shreveport): I think Miami will run South Carolina out of the stadium. 38-17 Hurricanes

Boston College (-2.5) vs. Penn State (Pin Stripe Bowl, The Bronx): I think Penn State will win, but I don't like James Franklin, so 28-20 Boston College

USC (-7) vs. Nebraska (Holiday Bowl, San Diego): If Nebraska hadn't fired their coach I think they would be favored, but I understand why they aren't. 31-24 USC

DECEMBER 29

W.Virginia (-3.5) vs. Texas A&M (Liberty Bowl, Memphis): Should be a fun game to watch with all the points scored. I like West VIrginia's QB better. 52-38 Mountaineers

Oklahoma (-3) vs. Clemson (Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando): This could be the battle of two of the most overrated programs in the country. I like Oklahoma in this one. 35-28

Arkansas (-6) vs. Texas (Texas Bowl, Houston): This is one of the better games of the Bowl match ups. I think Arkansas is so physical it will pound it out on Texas. 35-20 Razorbacks

DECEMBER 30

LSU (-7) vs. Notre Dame (Music City Bowl, Nashville): Will Les Miles still be the coach at LSU or is he heading to Michigan by this time? I think he stays and LSU wins. 24-20 Tigers

Georgia (-6.5) vs. Louisville (Belk Bowl, Charlotte): Georgia is expected to lose its entire assistant coaching staff, so how will Mark Richt handle this transition? I think Georgia is ripe for a loss. 38-34 Louisville

Stanford (-14) vs. Maryland (Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara): Biggest spread of the bowl season I have seen. I like Stanford, too. 38-20 Cardinal

DECEMBER 31

TCU (-3) vs. Ole Miss (Peach Bowl, Atlanta): I wonder is Ole Miss will show up for this one. I think the Rebels might not be looking forward to this game, so it might an ugly game. I think their defense will keep it close. 38-31 Horned Frogs

Arizona (-3) vs. Boise State (Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.): I watched both teams play once, I like Arizona more. 45-40 Wildcats

Miss. State (-7) vs. Ga. Tech (Capital One Bowl, Miami): Tough defensive assignment for the Buldogs and again like Ole MIss we’ll see how into this game are they. I see Georgia Tech in the upset. 28-24 Yellow Jackets

JANUARY 1

Auburn (-6.5) vs. Wisconsin (Outback Bowl, Tampa): I really don't see Auburn having a problem with Wisconsin. 45-31 Tigers

Baylor (-2.5) vs. Mich. State (Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas): Can Michigan State stop the Baylor offense? I don't think they can. 52-35 Baylor.

Missouri (-5) vs. Minnesota (Citrus Bowl, Orlando): Missouri hasn't gotten any respect all year, but I'm giving them some now. 42-20 Tigers

Oregon (-9) vs. Florida State (Rose Bowl, Pasadena): Florida State has won 29 straight games, but I think this is the end to their run. I think everyone in America will be cheering for the Ducks. I hope the Titans are watching so they draft Marcus Mariota for their future quarterback. I think Oregon wins by two touchdowns. 42-28 Ducks

Alabama (-9.5) vs. Ohio State (Sugar Bowl, N. Orleans): Should be a fun game to watch if you’re a Bama fan. I don't think it will be close at all. 52-20 Tide

JANUARY 2

Pitt (-3) vs. Houston (Armed Forces Bowl, Ft. Worth): I don't have a clue on this game, so I will go with the team closer to home. 21-17 Houston

Tennessee (-3.5) vs. Iowa (TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville): The Vols make it back to a bowl game, I think they take this opportunity to display the future of Tennessee football. It will be Jalen Hurd left, Jalen Hurd right. Joshua Dobbs left and Joshua Dobbs right. They do this for most of the game then Tennessee will win. 24-17 Vols

UCLA (-2) vs. Kansas State (Alamo Bowl, San Antonio): I don't like UCLA and I like Bill Snyder so I'm going Kansas State. 28-17 Wildcats

Washington (-5.5) vs. Okla. State (Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.): I don't have a clue on this one, but let’s take a guess. 32-21 Washington

JANUARY 3

Florida (-6.5) vs. E. Carolina (Birmingham Bowl, B’ham, Ala.): I can't believe Florida is favored in this one. I think it will be a close one. 10-9 Gators

JANUARY 4

Toledo (-4) vs. Arkansas State (GoDaddy Bowl, Mobile): I don't care about the game I just want to see the GoDaddy commercials. 42-31 Toledo.

RANDY MOORE (91-34, 49-62-1 vs. line)

MOORE

DECEMBER 26

La. Tech (-6) vs. Illinois (Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas): Has anyone else noticed that La. Tech got a lot better once Derek Dooley left? Tech, 34-24

North Carolina (-3) vs. Rutgers (Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit): I would watch this game but I’ll be busy trimming my nails. Tar Heels, 24-17

Central Florida (-2) vs. N.C. State (St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Pete, Fla.): I’ll still be trimming my nails during this game. UCF, 31-21

DECEMBER 27

Cincinnati (-3) vs. Va. Tech (Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md.): I’m pulling for Tech so Frank Beamer can keep his job long enough to face Tennessee in the 2016 Vol-Tech game at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hokies, 27-21

Arizona St (-7.5) vs. Duke (Sun Bowl, El Paso): I just have trouble picking against David Cutcliffe. Duke, 35-34

Miami (-3) vs. S. Carolina (Independence Bowl, Shreveport): I’m hoping The Head Ball Coach found a semblance of a defense since the season ended. Gamecocks, 38-31

Boston College (-2.5) vs. Penn State (Pin Stripe Bowl, The Bronx): I was hoping Tennessee would face Penn State in a bowl game so the Vols could get another shot at James Franklin. Oh, well. Nittany Lions, 24-21

USC (-7) vs. Nebraska (Holiday Bowl, San Diego): I’m going with Bo Pelini’s pick on this one. Trojans, 34-24

DECEMBER 29

W. Virginia (-3.5) vs. Texas A&M (Liberty Bowl, Memphis): Two of the most unpredictable teams in college football. Mountaineers, 38-31

Oklahoma (-3) vs. Clemson (Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando): I think Stoops will outcoach Sweeney. Sooners, 34-27

Arkansas (-6) vs. Texas (Texas Bowl, Houston): Some of the greatest games of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s featured these two programs. I’ve got to go with the SEC team, even though it doesn’t feel like one. Hogs, 27-17

DECEMBER 30

LSU (-7) vs. Notre Dame (Music City Bowl, Nashville): The Tigers have no quarterback but still have too much firepower for the Irish. LSU, 31-14

Georgia (-6.5) vs. Louisville (Belk Bowl, Charlotte): It all depends on how focused the Dawgs are. I think they’ll be around 70 percent … barely enough. Georgia, 34-31

Stanford (-14) vs. Maryland (Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara): Wonder if Vandy head man Derek Mason wishes he’d stayed in Palo Alto? Cardinal, 34-14

DECEMBER 31

TCU (-3) vs. Ole Miss (Peach Bowl, Atlanta): This matchup is worthy of a BCS bowl. Horned Frogs, 20-13

Arizona (-3) vs. Boise State (Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.): I wouldn’t watch if you paid me. Arizona, 31-24

Miss. State (-7) vs. Ga. Tech (Capital One Bowl, Miami): Two productive offenses. Last team with the ball wins. Bulldogs, 41-38

JANUARY 1

Auburn (-6.5) vs. Wisconsin (Outback Bowl, Tampa): The Badgers may experience an Ohio State flashback. Auburn, 48-20

Baylor (-2.5) vs. Mich. State (Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas): I still can’t believe Lane Kiffin ran off Bryce Petty when he was committed to Tennessee in December of 2008. Baylor, 27-20

Missouri (-5) vs. Minnesota (Citrus Bowl, Orlando): Missouri suffered a humiliating home-field loss to Indiana of the Big Ten. Maybe this will be payback. Tigers, 28-21

Oregon (-9) vs. Florida State (Rose Bowl, Pasadena): The Seminoles have refined winning ugly to an art form. The Ducks have no appreciation for art. Oregon, 34-21

Alabama (-9.5) vs. Ohio State (Sugar Bowl, N. Orleans): I hate seeing Bama win but I love seeing Ohio State lose. Tide, 34-17

JANUARY 2

Pitt (-3) vs. Houston (Armed Forces Bowl, Ft. Worth): If the Panthers developed a string of great passers would they nickname the program “Arm Pitt?” Houston, 31-27

Tennessee (-3.5) vs. Iowa (TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville): The Vols are a hungry program on the rise. Tennessee, 31-21

UCLA (-2) vs. Kansas State (Alamo Bowl, San Antonio): Bill Snyder keeps getting older … and better. KSU, 27-21

Washington (-5.5) vs. Okla. State (Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.): I wonder if the winner of this game gets a trophy with needles sticking out of it. Cowboys, 34-31

JANUARY 3 Florida (-6.5) vs. E. Carolina (Birmingham Bowl, B’ham, Ala.): I still can’t believe Will Muschamp went 4-0 against Tennessee before getting fired by Florida. Gators, 24-14

JANUARY 4

Toledo (-4) vs. Arkansas State (GoDaddy Bowl, Mobile): I remember Arkansas State had a really shifty quarterback, so I’ll take the Red Wolves. ASU, 24-20

DANNY PARKER (89-36, 56-55-1 vs. line)

PARKER

DECEMBER 26

La. Tech (-6) vs. Illinois (Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas): Midway through the season this pick would have gone to Derek Dooley's former program, however, the Fightin' Illini appear to have gained some momentum and figured things out down the stretch. Illinois, 40-30.

North Carolina (-3) vs. Rutgers (Quick Lane Bowl, Detroit): That Tar Heels defense may be just too atrocious to pull this one out. Rutgers, 47-42.

Central Florida (-2) vs. N.C. State (St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Pete, Fla.): The Knights seem like a squad that has hit their stride at the right time and merely need this victory to springboard into 2015. UCF, 34-10.

DECEMBER 27

Cincinnati (-3) vs. Virginia Tech (Military Bowl, Annapolis, Md.): The Hokies barely got bowl eligible while the Bearcats are winners of seven straight. Seems like a simple pick. Cincinnati, 26-20.

Arizona St (-7.5) vs. Duke (Sun Bowl, El Paso): The Sun Devils have an explosive offensive attack with some NFL bound weapons. Don't see any truly quality wins on the Blue Devils schedule. Arizona State, 44-24.

Miami (-3) vs. S. Carolina (Independence Bowl, Shreveport): A potentila losing season for the Ole Ball Coach at a now-established SEC program? Who'da thunk it? While Carolina's offense is a thing of beauty when clicking, that defense is simply below average and can't imagine this group being terribly motivated. Miami, 51-33.

Boston College (-2.5) vs. Penn State (Pin Stripe Bowl, The Bronx): Heck of a matchup and interesting setting at the new Yankee Stadium. Nittany Lions fans have been starving for a postseason opportunity. Steve Addazio may be setting himself up for a quality 2015 season that gets him to a more big-time job. Boston College, 20-12.

USC (-7) vs. Nebraska (Holiday Bowl, San Diego): Before they fired their head coach, one would have to think that the Cornhuskers could stand a chance in this one. With the turmoil and drama, just don't see it. The Trojans have zero depth but have some big-time players such as Adoree Jackson and Leonard Williams, who were both major targets of Vols staffs. USC, 54-30.

DECEMBER 29

W.Virginia (-3.5) vs. Texas A&M (Liberty Bowl, Memphis): Bluff City citizens confuse the 29th with the Fourth of July with all the fireworks going off for the numerous touchdowns scored. West Virginia, 51-45.

Oklahoma (-3) vs. Clemson (Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando): Are we sure this isn't the "What The Heck Happened Bowl?" No idea what to expect here. Will guess the Sooners ground game will be just enough to make the difference. Oklahoma, 23-17.

Arkansas (-6) vs. Texas (Texas Bowl, Houston): Up-and-down first year for Charlie Strong at the other UT. Vols fans can watch former Tennessee commits Dalton Santos (nine career starts in three seasons) and Dan Skipper go head to head. Arkansas, 24-16.

DECEMBER 30

LSU (-7) vs. Notre Dame (Music City Bowl, Nashville): Which version of these two shows up? Defense doesn't run and hide terribly often. LSU, 21-18.

Georgia (-6.5) vs. Louisville (Belk Bowl, Charlotte): One of the tougher picks of the bowl season. In the end, have to think the Dawgs simply have too many big-time guys. Georgia, 30-27.

Stanford (-14) vs. Maryland (Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara): Who matched these two together? Gheesh. This is like a Playboy Mansion pairing. Stanford, 38-31.

DECEMBER 31

TCU (-3) vs. Ole Miss (Peach Bowl, Atlanta): Here you go, Gary Patterson. Show the college football world you're an upper-echelon coach with another eyebrow raiser on the résumé. Even without their best offensive weapon, the Rebels have too much for the Horned Frogs. Ole Miss, 30-28.

Arizona (-3) vs. Boise State (Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.): Another tight one. Mercy. The backyard advantage may be just enough. Arizona, 45-35.

Miss. State (-7) vs. Ga. Tech (Orange Bowl, Miami): The Bulldogs were the best team in the land for a shot stretch. Still believe in their ability. Having their legs back under them could spell doom for the Ramblin' Wreck. Mississippi State, 27-21.

JANUARY 1

Auburn (-6.5) vs. Wisconsin (Outback Bowl, Tampa): Possibly the easiest game to pick of all these great matchups. Auburn, 53-30.

Baylor (-2.5) vs. Mich. State (Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas): Completely contrasting styles. Does Baylor even care after being left out of the playoff? Art Briles better have his boys ready to go if he wants to win back some prestige for the Big 12. Michigan State, 37-28.

Missouri (-5) vs. Minnesota (Citrus Bowl, Orlando): This isn't a bad Missouri team. Yes, the SEC East was as bad as it's been in...well...ever. Still though, the advancement to Atlanta paired with a quality front seven should boost in the self-confidence and ability areas. Missouri, 17-10.

Oregon (-9) vs. Florida State (Rose Bowl, Pasadena): So ready to watch these playoff games. Love the matchups and teams from different regions represented. In this one, the 'Noles defense may have too much compared to the Ducks' D. That, and FSU flat finds ways to win. Florida State, 36-26.

Alabama (-9.5) vs. Ohio State (Sugar Bowl, N. Orleans): The Buckeyes must use their weapons to the outside and the quarterback must become a talented runner. Can see them putting up their share of points but not certain they can slow down Amari Cooper and that running game. Alabama, 45-37.

JANUARY 2

Pitt (-3) vs. Houston (Armed Forces Bowl, Ft. Worth): Not a bad football team up there in PA. Pittsburgh, 23-14.

Tennessee (-3.5) vs. Iowa (TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville): Seems to be two teams that went in opposite directions late in the season with the wins-loses but the Volunteers weren't just great down the stretch. Injuries, suspensions and transfers have the Orange & White. Should be a much better game than some predict. Tennessee, 17-12.

UCLA (-2) vs. Kansas State (Alamo Bowl, San Antonio): Wouldn't this have been a top 10 matchup in September? Kansas State, 22-21.

Washington (-5.5) vs. Oklahoma State (Cactus Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.): Every time people think the Cowboys have a first-tier program they take a step back. They need this one and just took down OU. Oklahoma State, 35-28.

JANUARY 3 Florida (-6.5) vs. E. Carolina (Birmingham Bowl, B’ham, Ala.): How many more Gators will announce their intentions for the NFL Draft....whether they're going to get drafted or not? East Carolina, 23-20.

JANUARY 4

Toledo (-4) vs. Arkansas State (GoDaddy Bowl, Mobile): Having seen Ark State in person, it has enough athletes to take this one. Arkansas State, 38-37.


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