Bowl Picks, Take 3

What follows is the final wave of bowl picks by's own fearless forecasters, Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart. Through the first 11 bowl picks, Randy was 5-6 and Jeffery was 6-5, so keep in mind that these predictions are for entertainment purposes only.


Tampa, Jan. 2

Iowa vs. Florida

Randy's pick: This if Florida's third trip to the Outback Bowl in four years. The Gators surrendered 75 points in the previous two, losing each time. The third time's the charm. Florida 27, Iowa 24.

Jeffery's pick: Another SEC vs. Big 10 showdown that pits a couple of productive offenses in what should be an entertaining game. Iowa's coming a long way to come up short. Florida 24, Iowa 20.


Dallas, Jan. 2

Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Randy's pick: Usually Texas Tech's wide-open offense is fun to watch. Look for Bama's salty defense to be a real party-pooper. Bama 20, Texas Tech 13.

Jeffery's pick: A big test for the Red Raider offense against a stout Bama defense, but Texas Tech should score enough to points to win. Texas Tech 21, Alabama 17.


Jacksonville, Jan. 2

Virginia Tech vs. Louisville

Randy's pick: The Hokies' special teams are as successful as Tennessee's special teams are unsuccessful. That'll be the difference. Virginia Tech 31, Louisville 24.

Jeffery's pick: Two well coached teams should make for an outstanding game. The Hokies have a little better balance and played a little tougher competition. Virginia Tech 26, Louisville 21.


Orlando, Jan. 2

Wisconsin vs. Auburn

Randy's pick: Auburn was playing better than anyone in the SEC by season's end. Besides, Tigers historically maul badgers. Auburn 35, Wisconsin 17.

Jeffery's pick: A classic speed vs. size battle. Auburn comes in with a lot of momentum after a strong finish which included a victory in Athens over SEC champion Georgia. The fast track and fair weather also favor the Tigers in this intersectional showdown. Auburn 27, Wisconsin 13.


Tempe, Jan. 2

Notre Dame vs. Ohio State

Randy's pick: Notre Dame stubbed its toe against Michigan State earlier this season but the Irish should avenge themselves against this Big Ten foe. Notre Dame 34, Ohio State 31.

Jeffery's pick: A great match-up between traditional rich programs coming off big seasons. When Charlie Weis had two weeks to prepare for USC, the Irish nearly pulled off the upset of the season. Two weeks to prepare for Tennessee produced a 20-point win. What will he do with five weeks to get ready for the Buckeyes? Notre Dame 30. Ohio State 27.


Atlanta, Jan. 2

Georgia vs. West Virginia

Randy's pick: Georgia got to play the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta and now the Dawgs get to play their bowl game in Atlanta. Shouldn't Mark Richt have to leave the state once in awhile? Georgia 31, West Virginia 17.

Jeffery's pick: This is one of those situations where it might actually work against Georgia playing a bowl game in its own backyard. Will the Bulldogs be excited playing for a second straight game in the Georgia Dome? The Mountaineers have the type of mobility at QB that could pose problems for UGA. Georgia 24, West Virginia 21.


Miami, Jan. 3

Florida State vs. Penn State

Randy's pick: When FSU's Bobby Bowden and PSU's Joe Paterno were born, the Dead Sea was just sick. FSU 27, Penn State 21.

Jeffery's pick: This game could be called the Longevity Bowl in recognition of the enduring careers of the opposing head coaches. Bowden had the better decade, but Joe Pa had the better year. And he'll have the better day. Penn State 27, FSU 10.


Pasadena, Jan. 4

USC vs. Texas

Randy's pick: Millions of people will be watching this game, including dozens of NFL scouts. They'll be easy to spot because they'll all be drooling. Texas 34, USC 31.

Jeffery's pick: A titanic battle of unbeatens that's sure to draw a huge TV audience with the national title on the line and a ton of talent of the field. These games rarely live up to expectations and this will not be an exception. Once the Trojans get up, Texas won't be able to keep pace. USC 37, Texas 21.

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