Picking the 2016 Bowl Victors – Part One

December 15, 2016

There are 40 bowl games in all, not counting the National Championship game. Let’s take a look at the first half today and pick winners. Tomorrow, we’ll look at the other half.

Winners are in BOLD.

Saturday, December 17:

New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico vs. UTSA

New Mexico is tough at home. Bob Davie has done a nice job.


Las Vegas Bowl
Houston vs. San Diego State

Tough draw for Houston, especially after Tom Herman’s exit.


Cure Bowl
Central Florida vs Arkansas State 

Red Wolves are for real, especially on offense.


Camellia Bowl
Toledo vs. Appalachian State

Watch out for Yosef! (look it up)


Celebration Bowl

Grambling vs. North Carolina Central


New Orleans Bowl
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Golden Eagles roll.

Monday, December 19:

Miami Beach Bowl:
Tulsa vs. Central Michigan

As Gordon Lightfoot says, “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down ….”  Not today.

Tuesday, December 20

Boca Raton Bowl:
Western Kentucky vs. Memphis

Tigers make the Hilltoppers blue.

Wednesday, December 21

Poinsettia Bowl:

BYU vs. Wyoming

Cowboy Joe parties in San Diego! Powder River!!

Thursday, December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

Idaho vs. Colorado State

Rams over the Vandals.

Friday, December 23

Armed Forces Bowl:

Louisiana Tech vs. Navy

Navy rights the ship. They’re good.


Bahamas Bowl:

Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion


Dollar General Bowl:

Ohio vs. Troy

Still wondering why Nebraska ran off Frank Solich. He’s really good.

Saturday, December 24

Hawaii Bowl:

Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee

Great place to visit, tough place to play.

Monday, December 26

St. Petersburg Bowl:

Mississippi State vs. Miami (OH)

Bulldogs slip by a well-coached Redhawks team.


Quick Lane Bowl:

Maryland vs. Boston College


Independence Bowl:

N. C. State vs. Vanderbilt

Anchor Down!

Tuesday, December 27

Heart of Dallas Bowl:

Army vs. North Texas

Army green outshines the Mean Green.


Military Bowl:

Temple vs. Wake Forest

Owls have the plan.


Holiday Bowl:

Washington State vs. Minnesota

Cougs and Mike Leach have a day at the beach.


Cactus Bowl:

Boise State vs. Baylor

Broncos are sneaky good.

Wednesday, December 28

Pinstripe Bowl:

Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

Pat Fitzgerald does a great job.


Russell Athletic Bowl:

Miami vs. West Virginia 

Mountaineers are really good.


Texas Bowl:

Texas A&M vs. Kansas State  

Bill Snyder says, “Come in, Houston ….”


Foster Farms Bowl:

Utah vs. Indiana

Utes are too much for wounded Indiana.

I’ll pick the other 16 games plus the National Championship tomorrow.

Kick ‘Em High!