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.
Central Florida vs Arkansas State
Red Wolves are for real, especially on offense.
Toledo vs. Appalachian State
Watch out for Yosef! (look it up)
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
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.
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion
Dollar General Bowl:
Ohio vs. Troy
Still wondering why Nebraska ran off Frank Solich. He’s really good.
Saturday, Demeber 24
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
N. C. State vs. Vanderbilt
Tuesday, December 27
Heart of Dallas Bowl:
Army vs. North Texas
Army green outshines the Mean Green.
Temple vs. Wake Forest
Owls have the plan.
Washington State vs. Minnesota
Cougs and Mike Leach have a day at the beach.
Boise State vs. Baylor
Broncos are sneaky good.
Wednesday, December 28
Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern
Pat Fitzgerald does a great job.
Russell Athletic Bowl:
Miami vs. West Virginia
Mountaineers are really good.
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!
John Denton has been the color analyst for the TCU Sports Network from IMG since 1988. A former standout for the Horned Frog football team, Denton went from walk-on to a four-year lettermen as a kicker and punter for the Purple and White from 1981-84 and completed his career at the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl. Shown here with his former coach, the late Jim Wacker, Denton currently serves as the Director of Major Gifts for TCU Athletics.
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