Football Picks: I went 4-2 with an abbreviated version of the regular picks column last week. The overall record is 115-36 (76%).
So now it's time to pick some bowl games. They're just about impossible to predict. Well, that's my excuse.
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Troy vs. North Texas (New Orleans): This has been the Trojans best season since making the leap to "Big Boy" football. Neal Brown recorded the program's biggest win back in September in the state of Louisiana. Now he can cap his 10-win season with yet another "W" in the same state. Troy 31, North Texas 20
Middle Tennessee State vs. Arkansas State (Camellia): Another Sun Belt team is right down the road this week in Montgomery. I attended this bowl last year and it was a good one.
Many Tallassee folks will be at Cramton Bowl on Saturday to see former THS Tiger Dijon Paschal hit the field one more time for the Red Wolves. Arkansas State 38, MTSU 24
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State (Cure):The Hilltoppers have a little more punch offensively and "old" friend Joe Breeding is an alum. Good enough. WKU 41, GSU 28
Marshall vs. Colorado State (New Mexico):So these aren't the greatest games in the universe this week. It'll get better. We've got to get through the first 35 bowls before it gets interesting.
The Thundering Herd have the best win percentage of teams that have played in more than ten bowl games. The Rams are one of those "nobody's" that Alabama beat this season. Colorado State 27, Marshall 24
Boise State vs. Oregon (Las Vegas): There was a time, not too long ago, when this would've been a Jan. 1 bowl. Neither team is all that great now. The Ducks are once again without a coach.
It's been ten years since the Broncos shocked the world with their Statue of Liberty two-point conversion in the Fiesta to beat Oklahoma. Boise 34, Oregon 30