2014 Bowl Spectacular: **Final Update**

“It hurts too much to laugh, but I’m too old to cry.”

Adlai Stevenson spoke those words in 1952, minutes after conceding the presidential election to Dwight Eisenhower. While my own aspirations paled in comparison to Stevenson’s, our ultimate goal remained the same: we both just wanted to win.

Like Stevenson’s failed bid to become Commander-in-Chief, my own attempt to rise up and grab the brass ring didn’t quite go according to plan. I’m still not sure just where I went wrong. Wait, what am I talking about? I know exactly where I went wrong. It was casting my lot with Oregon.

I learned this lesson on Monday night when the Ducks took on Ohio State in the inaugural College Football Championship Game in Arlington, Texas. After entering the game as the favorite, Oregon proceeded to, like the elderly test subject in Mel Brooks’ classic film “Young Frankenstein,” collapse like a bunch of broccoli.

I should have seen this one coming. After all, when was the last Pac 10 (or 12, or 14, or whatever) team to win a championship without cheating (USC)? If you said Washington in 1991 (and judging by the conversations I’ve had with people today, you didn’t!) you got it right. It’s been 23 years since a West coast team won it all. The high powered offenses favored on the West coast just don’t seem to translate to doing so.

So I lost. So what? It isn’t the first time my prognostications have failed me, and it certainly won’t be the last. I feel no shame in officially proclaiming Matt Maxwell as the 2014-15 Maxwell Brothers Bowl Prediction Spectacular champion. I’ve tasted victory before in our annual throw down, let him have his moment in the sun this year.

But what a ride! There is a reason why college football is so popular. Over the course of 39 games I witnessed dominant performances, insane comebacks, epic collapses, great individual efforts, ridiculous penalties, terrible calls, incredible highs, dispiriting lows, and everything in between. Some memorable moments:

-BYU and Memphis engaging in an ugly brawl following the Tigers’ double overtime 55-48 win in the Miami Beach Bowl.

-Navy squeaking out a 17-16 win over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl in a game that was more or less a home game for both teams.

-Western Kentucky blowing a 35 point lead in the Bahamas Bowl, only to hold on for a 49-48 win when Central Michigan, which had just scored a touchdown on a 75 yard, three lateral prayer on the game’s final play, failed to convert on a two-point attempt.

-Texas A&M and West Virginia combining for over 1,000 yards of offense in the Aggies 45-37 win in the Liberty Bowl.

-Houston rallying from a 31-6 fourth quarter defecit to beat Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl.

-My beloved Georgia Bulldogs taking Bobby Petrino and Louisville to the woodshed in the Belk bowl behind Nick Chubb’s 266 rushing yards.

-The SEC East, after being looked down on all year, going 5-0 in bowl games vs just 2-5 for the SEC West.

-Michigan State scoring 21 unanswered fourth quarter points to knock off Baylor despite Bryce Petty’s 550 passing yards.

-Ohio State and Alabama slugging it out to the very end in a heavyweight fight eventually won by the Buckeyes.

-The excitement and intrigue of college football’s first ever playoff. If anything, it has made the game even more fun to watch.

Well, that just about does it for the 2014-15 MBBPS. I’d like to congratulate my brother Matt on his 22-21 win this year. Good sportsmanship dictates that I tip my cap to him and shake his hand. On a final note, I’d just like to remind him that I won last year 19-16, so there!

That’s it! Another bowl season in the books! To all of you who followed our series of random picks this year, thanks for reading. We always appreciate it. To see our final standings, and revist our picks, check out the chart below. I’ll leave you with a final word from legendary coach Vince Lombardi: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. Unless you lose, in which case this quote is meaningless.”

Until next year!

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 Ohio State
(Tie breaker) Final score of National Championship game: 37-30 38-31 N/A
Keith Matt
Overall Correct 21 22
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