Good evening everyone. Keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions? Neither are we. In fact, we here at the MBBPS didn’t make any resolutions. Instead, we chose to focus our efforts on making random predictions about the outcome of football games involving teams we know nothing about.
As New Year’s Day dawned, I was down and out. I’d struggled mightily over the previous few days, and had fallen behind by a game in our annual bowl prediction spectacular. When Auburn opened 2015 by losing to Wisconsin, and Baylor suffered an epic collapse in a loss to Michigan State, I was in serious trouble.
But then the Oregon Ducks destroyed Jameis “Crab Legs” Winston and Florida State in the Rose Bowl, and I had life. Things looked bleak once again when Pittsburgh somehow blew a 31-6 lead in the Armed Forces Bowl, but then the tide began to turn.Tennessee beat Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl. Then former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr. led UCLA to a win over Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl, and suddenly, I’d pulled even.
By contrast, Matt had seemed like a lock to wrap up a win heading into 2015. But then the unpredictable nature of college football reared its head, and evened the playing field once again. Florida State, which had won 29 consecutive games, fell to Oregon, Then mighty Alabama (whom I also picked) lost to Ohio State. When Iowa and Kansas State also came up short, his lead had evaporated, and the score was tied 19-19.
That left the Cactus Bowl to decide who would carry the lead into the final three games of the 2014-15 season. It was a match up of well-known head coaches, as Mike “I’m a man!” Gundy led Oklahoma State against former Boise State head man Chris Peterson (whose Broncos memorably defeated Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl) and Washington.
The Cowboys raced to a 24-0 halftime lead. But as has been the case so often this bowl season, the game was far from over. Washington fought back, returning a kickoff for a touchdown to pull within 13. Oklahoma added a field goal before the Huskies drove for a touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut the lead to eight. Then, after a missed field goal, Washington had one last chance to steal a win. But an interception in the final seconds iced a win for the Cowboys.
The win gives me a narrow 20-19 lead heading into the final days of bowl season. Of the three remaining games, only the National Championship game between Oregon and Ohio State holds any intrigue for most fans. After all, who cares about a pair of games in Alabama in which the biggest draw is a six-win Florida team? We do! While the championship game is certainly much more exciting and meaningful, the Birmingham and GoDaddy Bowls are just as important to our final standings.
On to our live look in update. I’m beginning to think that I may just pull off my goal of watching a significant portion of each bowl game. On New Year’s Day, I spent the early afternoon flipping between the Outback, Cotton, and Citrus Bowls. Later that day, I watched the 1st and 3rd quarters of the Rose Bowl, and then the entire Sugar Bowl; a game which also earns recognition as our game of the week due to Ohio State’s comeback from a 15 point deficit.
On January 2nd, I was at it again. I caught the 1st and fourth quarters of the previously mentioned Armed Forces Bowl, The 1st and third quarters of the Taxslayer (Gator) Bowl, the second half of the Alamo Bowl, and the final three quarters of the Cactus Bowl. So far so good. Only three more to go!
That does it for now. As always, check out the chart below for our current standings and final few predictions; including our picks in the National Championship game. We’ve also predicted the final score of the game just in case we end the season in a tie. If the history of the MBBPS is any indication, we just might need that tiebreaker.
See you next time!
|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|
|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|
|Music City Bowl||12/30/2014||Notre Dame||LSU||LSU||Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
|Foster Farms Bowl||12/30/2014||Maryland||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford|
|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|
|Cotton Bowl||1/1/2015||Michigan State||Baylor||Baylor||Baylor||Michigan State|
|Rose Bowl (semifinal)||1/1/2015||Oregon||Florida State||Oregon||Florida State||Oregon|
|Sugar Bowl (semifinal)||1/1/2015||Alabama||Ohio State||Alabama||Alabama||Ohio State|
|Armed Forces Bowl||1/2/2015||Houston||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Houston||Houston|
|Taxslayer (Gator) Bowl||1/2/2015||Iowa||Tennessee||Tennessee||Iowa||Tennessee|
|Alamo Bowl||1/2/2015||Kansas State||UCLA||UCLA||Kansas St.||UCLA|
|Cactus Bowl||1/2/2015||Washington||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Washingon||Oklahoma State|
|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||Oregon||Ohio State||Oregon||Ohio State|
|(Tie breaker)||Final score of National Championship game:||37-30||38-31|