The bowl picks for the 2013 season, which will stretch into 2014, are as follows:
NEW MEXICO BOWL (Dec. 21): Washington State 45, Colorado State 24 … the Cougars are loaded for bear as they end their decade-long bowl drought.
LAS VEGAS BOWL (Dec. 21): USC 40, Fresno State 21 … a similar bowl game between these two several decades ago cost coach Trojan coach Larry Smith his job. USC will be ready this time.
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL (Dec. 21): San Diego State 35, Buffalo 34 … let’s just say tickets aren’t exactly flying off the shelf in Boise.
NEW ORLEANS BOWL (Dec. 21): Tulane 28, Louisiana-Lafayette 21 … nothing like an all-Louisiana showdown between two teams living in the long shadow of LSU football.
BEEF O’BRADY’S BOWL (Dec. 23): East Carolina 49, Ohio University 14 … men playing with boys.
HAWAII BOWL (Dec. 24): Oregon State 31, Boise State 28 … the Beavers snap their five-game losing streak against the Petersen-depleted Broncos.
LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL (Dec. 26): Bowling Green 33, Pittsburgh 28 … the MAC plays with the big boys.
POINSETTIA BOWL (Dec. 26): Northern Illinois 56, Utah State 35 … strictly no contest.
MILITARY BOWL (Dec. 27): Maryland 24, Marshall 23 … not exactly a national championship game, but hey, it’s a bowl bid, so who’s complaining?
TEXAS BOWL (Dec. 27): Minnesota 32, Syracuse 17 … roll you Mighty Gophers.
FIGHT HUNGER BOWL (Dec. 27): Washington 51, BYU 21 … the Huskies are hitting their stride as the savior Chris Petersen arrives in Seattle.
PINSTRIPE BOWL (Dec. 28): Notre Dame 38, Rutgers 14 … the Irish are a long way from Pasadena this time around.
BELK BOWL (Dec. 28): North Carolina 17, Cincinnati 13 … two teams that had bigger plans than the Belk Bowl when all this started last August.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL (Dec. 28): Miami (Fla.) 28, Louisville 25 … the Cardinals have been living on borrowed time all season.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL (Dec. 28): Michigan 31, Kansas State 30 … one of the better bowl matchups between a pair of also-rans.
ARMED FORCES BOWL (Dec. 30): Navy 45, Middle Tennessee 44 … don’t miss this one if you like seeing the scoreboard blow a fuse.
MUSIC CITY BOWL (Dec. 30): Mississippi 24, Georgia Tech 13 … the SEC strikes again.
ALAMO BOWL (Dec. 30): Oregon 41, Texas 14 … Mack Brown goes out on a losing note.
HOLIDAY BOWL (Dec. 30): Arizona State 38, Texas Tech 28 … a wild west shootout in San Diego.
ADVOCARE V100 BOWL (Dec. 31): Arizona 35, Boston College 31 … the two best running backs in the country on display at the same time.
SUN BOWL (Dec. 31): UCLA 24, Virginia Tech 16 … big things brewing for the Bruins.
LIBERTY BOWL (Dec. 31): Mississippi State 40, Rice 28 … yet another SEC victory.
CHICK-FIL-A-BOWL (Dec. 31): Texas A&M 63, Duke 28 … Johnny Football goes out with a bang.
GATOR BOWL (Jan. 1): Georgia 22, Nebraska 20 … two incredibly disappointed programs at this point.
HEART OF DALLAS BOWL (Jan. 1): North Texas 34, UNLV 21 … not exactly a ratings winner on New Year’s Day.
CAPITAL ONE BOWL (Jan. 1): Wisconsin 21, South Carolina 20 … a brutal battle that goes down to the final minute.
OUTBACK BOWL (Jan. 1): LSU 31, Iowa 14 … yep, that SEC magic again.
ROSE BOWL (Jan. 1): Stanford 27, Michigan State 10 … an old-fashioned battle in the trenches between two defensive powerhouses. Michigan State has a rugged defense. The best in the country. They’ll hold Stanford to three touchdowns and two field goals. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Stanford will hold them to just one touchdown and one field goal.
FIESTA BOWL (Jan. 1): Baylor 70, Central Florida 17 … Art Briles lets it all hang out.
SUGAR BOWL (Jan. 2): Alabama 48, Oklahoma 7 … the Tide settles for a consolation prize after two straight years in the winner’s circle.
COTTON BOWL (Jan. 3): Oklahoma State 31, Missouri 24 … these Cowboys are for real, Mr. T. Boone Pickens.
ORANGE BOWL (Jan. 3): Ohio State 28, Clemson 20 … two more teams who had hoped to be playing on a much bigger stage three days later.
COMPASS BOWL (Jan. 4): Vanderbilt 35, Houston 27 … the Commodores are, after all, an SEC team.
GO DADDY BOWL (Jan. 5): Ball State 52, Arkansas State 24 … the MAC is not to be denied.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Jan. 6): Auburn 30, Florida State 28 … the Tigers complete a rags-to-riches campaign and Toomer’s mighty oaks spring miraculously back to life.
Last week: 10-2, season: 507-102, percentage: .833.
Reach Bob Dunning at firstname.lastname@example.org