Football Picks: I avoided picking the second tier bowls last week (no offense Camellia). Now, back to prognosticating. The record is 104-46 (69%).
Auburn vs. Purdue (Music City): What was that I just wrote about second tier bowls? This is not a bad trip if you went 7-5 this season. Nashville is a nice town.
We get to see Gus Malzahn calling the plays again. Purdue is 6-6 and been unimpessive since the upset of the year over Ohio State. Auburn 31, Purdue 20.
Florida vs. Michigan (Chick-Fil-A Peach): Michigan ended what had been a good season on a sour note vs. Ohio State. Things are looking up with the departure of Urban Meyer. Jim Harbaugh says he has "big plans" ahead. Dan Mullen has already started the turnaround in Gainesville. Michigan 23, Florida 20.
NC State vs. Texas A&M (TaySlayer Gator): Jimbo Fisher is off to a good start in Aggieland. When picking bowl games, I consider these factors; who has the better coach and which team plays in the better conference. Which team is better helps too. Texas A&M 34, NC State 27.
Mississippi State vs. Iowa (Outback Bowl): Nick Fitzgerald has the opportunity to go out on a high note. Iowa has little punch on offense and State's "D" is quite good. Miss. St. 31, Iowa 13.
Kentucky vs. Penn State (VRBO Citrus): The Cats have a chance to cap their big season with a Jan. 1 bowl win. Overall, they're probably better than the Nittany Lions, but I'm thinking Trace McSorley makes one more play. Penn State 27, Kentucky 24.
LSU vs. UCF (Playstation Fiesta): Yes, it's time to show the "defending champs" what real football is all about. There's a slight problem. LSU is no different than Auburn was last year. How much do they really care? And, the Golden Knights are playing for another crown - ha! UCF 26, LSU 24.
Washington vs. Ohio State (Rose): The Buckeyes can send Urban Meyer off to retirement in style at the "Granddaddy of Them All." I expect they will. See you back on the sideline in a few years Urban. Ohio State 41, Washington 27.
Texas vs. Georgia (Allstate Sugar): After all the crying about not making the playoff field, it would be fitting for Georgia to pull a choke job. They are pretty good - probably top four good. They may decide ot make a statement. Georgia 37, Texas 24.
Notre Dame vs. Clemson (Goodyear Cotton): The Fighting Irish have something to prove - that they belong. Brian Kelly said this team is different than the one that lost to Alabama in 2012. They better be stonger than that. Clemson 33, Notre Dame 21.
Oklahoma vs. Alabama (Capital One Orange): Alabama and Tua get a chance to show Oklahoma and Kyler that the voters were wrong. After all the chatter subsides, we'll just play the game.
Kyler Murray and the OU offense is good enough to score on anybody, including Alabama, and they will. Their defense is not good enough to stop anybody, and it won't.
Expect some fireworks. The Sooners will make it interesting for a while. Alabama 48, Oklahoma 34.