2014 Bowl Spectacular: **Update, Part 6**

“Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted; one moment. Would you capture it, or just let it slip?”

Those words, from Eminem’s smash hit “Lose Yourself,” can be applied to nearly any point in life when the time has come to put up or shut up. There are moments in time where the ultimate prize is there for the taking, waiting for you to overcome the last obstacle and claim it as your own. Such a moment has arrived for the participants in this year’s Maxwell Brothers Bowl Prediction Spectacular (MBBPS).

When last we spoke I held the lead in this year’s bowl prediction spectacular, though by the slightest of possible margins. Since that time, things have grown closer still. As we prepare for the season ending National Championship game, one final update on the bowl season so far:

As of my last post, we were awaiting the outcome of the final two non-championship bowl games in order to ascertain just where we stood heading into the final throwdown. In the Birmigham Bowl, a Florida team that had struggled for much of the season rose up (well, maybe not) and took care of East Carolina by a final score of 28-20. Since Matt and I both picked Florida to win, this one was of little consequence to us.

On the other hand, the GoDaddy Bowl meant everything (isn’t that just about the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard?). In a showdown only graduates of the respective schools could love, Arkansas State took on Toledo in a game that could have wrapped up an MBBPS win for me.

As you can probably guess, it didn’t. Instead my pick, Arkansas State elected not to bring its defense on the bowl trip. I say this because the Red Wolves allowed Toledo (Matt’s pick) to score 63 points. 63 points! Surely, you say, the game was a complete blowout. The Rockets probably ran away with it. Well, they would have, had Arkansas State not put up 44 points of its own. The two teams combined for 107 points. There were NCAA basketball games played that day in which fewer points were scored. I know, I checked.

So it has come down to this: one final game for all the marbles. When the Oregon Ducks face the Ohio State Buckeyes on January 12, there will be more than a championship at stake. Matt and I currently find ourselves locked in a 21-21 tie, and eternal glory rides on Monday night’s outcome. Well, maybe just one year of glory. Then again, maybe just one year of bragging rights. But either way, we’ll know how it all turns out soon.

Our live look in update will be short and sweet today, as there were only two games. I watched the majority of the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, Januray 3, and then stayed awake long enough to catch the first half of the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday, January 4. That means I’ve managed to watch at least a quarter of all 38 bowl games so far. And there is no way I’m missing number 39.

That does it for now. When the participants take the field on Monday night, I’ll be riding with Oregon, while Matt has put his faith in Ohio State. We’ll have one final posting on this year’s MBBPS following the championship game, so be on the lookout for it. For a rundown on how we got here, and our current standings, check out the chart below.

As always, thanks for reading. See you in a couple of days!

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 Wisconsin
Cotton Bowl 1/1/2015 Michigan State Baylor Baylor Baylor Michigan State
Citrus Bowl 1/1/2015 Missouri Minnesota Missouri Missouri Missouri
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 Florida
GoDaddy Bowl 1/4/2015 Toledo Arkansas State Arkansas State Toledo Toledo
National Championship 1/12/2015 Oregon Ohio State Oregon Ohio State
(Tie breaker) Final score of National Championship game: 37-30 38-31
Keith Matt
Overall Correct 21 21
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