2014 Bowl Spectacular: **Update, Part 4**

Happy New Year to all!

Heading into this week, I’d taken control in the MBBPS (Maxwell Brothers Bowl Prediction Spectacular, for those not in the know). I was red hot, having correctly picked the winning team in six consecutive bowl games to move ahead in our overall standings. I was feeling good about my chances and congratulating myself on my vast understanding of the mindset of large groups of twenty-year old athletes right up until Monday afternoon, when it all began to fall apart.

Over the next three days, I correctly predicted just 4 of 9 games. My winners included Arkansas, Georgia (go Dawgs!), Stanford, and Georgia Tech (a pick over which I still feel supremely dirty), while my losses included Oklahoma’s miserable performance (damn you Bob Stoops!) and Mississippi’s epic failure in the Peach Bowl.

Matt, on the other hand caught fire. After missing on his first pick (West Virginia), he then correctly predicted seven in a row, including wins by Clemson, Notre Dame, Georgia (again, go Dawgs!), TCU, and Boise State. Despite a loss in the final game of 2014, he ended the three day period with a 7-2 record. Oh how quickly fortunes can rise and fall in the world of the MBBPS!

In our overall standings, Matt’s hot streak moved him into the lead, though what a narrow lead it is. Through the first twenty seven bowl games of the season, Matt has predicted 16 winners, while I currently stand at 15. As always, the margin for error is virtually nonexistant.

For our live look in update, I’ve somehow managed to continue my streak of watching a least some of each game. On Monday, I made it home from work just in time to watch the final 11:00 of the Liberty Bowl, caught the first quarter and a half of the Russell Athletic Bowl, and then was in and out during the first half of the Texas Bowl.

On Tuesday, I once again made it home just in time to watch the fourth quarter of a game, this time the Music City Bowl. I then settled in to watch our featured game of the week, the Belk Bowl, in which my beloved Georgia Bulldogs  destroyed coach Pigface Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals behind an incredible 266 yards and two touchdowns by super freshman running back Nick Chubb. After Georgia’s 37-14 win, I stayed up long enough to watch the first quarter of the Foster Farms Bowl before going to bed with a smile on my face.

Wednesday nearly derailed me, as I didn’t get off of work until 3:30pm, which was a problem since the Peach Bowl began at noon. Fortunately, I’d remembered to set my trusty DVR! I listened to the final 12 minutes on the radio, then watched the first half on the recording. I then watched the first half of the Fiesta Bowl, and then parts of the final three quarters of the Orange Bowl to close out the year.

That’s it for now. A smorgasbord of bowl games awaits us college football junkies later today. As always, I’ll be watching. Check out the chart below for our overall standings as we head into the home stretch. Again, happy New Year to everyone. May all your dreams come true in 2015!

Bowl Date Team 1 Team 2 Keith pick Matt pick Winner
New Orleans Bowl 12/20/2014 Nevada Lousiana-Lafayette Nevada Nevada Lousiana-Lafayette
 New Mexico Bowl 12/20/2014 Utah State UTEP Utah State UTEP Utah State
Las Vegas Bowl 12/20/2014 Utah Colorado State Colorado State Utah Utah
Idaho Potato Bowl 12/20/2014 Western Michigan Air Force Air Force Western Michigan Air Force
Camellias Bowl 12/20/2014 South Alabama Bowling Green Bowling Green Bowling Green Bowling Green
Miami Beach Bowl 12/22/2014 BYU Memphis BYU Memphis Memphis
Boca Raton Bowl 12/23/2014 Marshall Northern Illinois Marshall Nothern Illinois Marshall
Poinsettia Bowl 12/23/2014 Navy San Dieo State San Diego State Navy Navy
Bahamas Bowl 12/24/2014 Central Michigan Western Kentucky Central Michigan Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
Hawaii Bowl 12/24/2014 Fresno State Rice Fresno State Rice Rice
Heart of Dallas Bowl 12/26/2014 Illinois Lousiana Tech Louisiana Tech Illinois Lousiana Tech
Quick Lane Bowl 12/26/2014 Rutgers North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Rutgers
St. Petersburg Bowl 12/26/2014 North Carolina State Central Florida North Carolina State North Carolina State North Carolina State
Military Bowl 12/27/2014 Cincinnati Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Cincinnati Virginia Tech
Sun Bowl 12/27/2014 Arizona State Duke Arizona State Duke Arizona State
Independence Bowl 12/27/2014 Miami South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina
Pinstripe Bowl 12/27/2014 Boston College Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State
Holiday Bowl 12/27/2014 Nebraska USC USC Nebraska USC
Liberty Bowl 12/29/2014 Texas A&M West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia Texas A&M
Russell Athletic Bowl 12/29/2014 Oklahoma Clemson Oklahoma Clemson Clemson
Texas Bowl 12/29/2014 Arkansas Texas Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Music City Bowl 12/30/2014 Notre Dame LSU LSU Notre Dame Notre Dame
Belk Bowl 12/30/2014 Georgia Louisville Georgia Georgia Georgia
Foster Farms Bowl 12/30/2014 Maryland Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford
Peach Bowl 12/31/2014 Mississippi TCU Mississippi TCU TCU
Fiesta Bowl 12/31/2014 Boise State Arizona Arizona Boise State Boise State
Orange Bowl 12/31/2014 Mississippi State Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Mississippi State Georgia Tech
Outback Bowl 1/1/2015 Auburn Wisconsin Auburn Wisconsin
Cotton Bowl 1/1/2015 Michigan State Baylor Baylor Baylor
Citrus Bowl 1/1/2015 Missouri Minnesota Missouri Missouri
Rose Bowl     (semifinal) 1/1/2015 Oregon Florida State Oregon Florida State
Sugar Bowl    (semifinal) 1/1/2015 Alabama Ohio State Alabama Alabama
Armed Forces Bowl 1/2/2015 Houston Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Houston
Taxslayer (Gator) Bowl 1/2/2015 Iowa Tennessee Tennessee Iowa
Alamo Bowl 1/2/2015 Kansas State UCLA UCLA Kansas St.
Cactus Bowl 1/2/2015 Washington Oklahoma State Oklahoma State Washingon
Birmingham Bowl 1/3/2015 East Carolina Florida Florida Florida
GoDaddy Bowl 1/4/2015 Toledo Arkansas State Arkansas State Toledo
National Championship 1/12/2015 TBD TBD
(Tie breaker) Keith Matt
Overall Correct 15 16
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