I finished the regular season 66-70-4 against the spread. I almost forgot to do my bowl game picks, so I will do most of the remainders and hope to top .500 on the season.
Air Force (-2.5) vs. Georgia Tech–Tech misses Josh Nesbitt bad. Falcons eke one out.
Air Force 24, GTU 21
West Virginia (-2.5) vs. NC State–The Wolfpack won’t be able to stop Geno Smith, while the Mountaineer defense will clamp down on Russell Wilson.
West Virginia 27, NC State 20
Missouri (-2.5) vs. Iowa–The Hawkeyes stumble to the gate as Blaine Gabbert plays well and the Tiger defense stifles Ricky Stanzi.
Missouri 28, Iowa 17
Maryland (-7.5) vs. East Carolina–The Terrapins rally behind Friedgin and win this one easily.
Maryland 31, East Carolina 14
Baylor (-1.5) vs. Illinois–This one should be a shootout, with Art Briles’ coaching–and Robert Griffin–being the difference in the end.
Baylor 42, Illinois 35
Oklahoma State (-5) vs. Arizona–Too much firepower for Arizona to slow down, but the Wildcats will keep this one close.
Oklahoma State 38, Arizona 31
Kansas State (+1) vs. Syracuse–Syracuse hasn’t seen a back like Daniel Thomas, who should pound the Orange for big yardage.
Kansas State 27, Syracuse 23
Tennessee (+1.5) vs. North Carolina–Tyler Bray continues his hot streak against a North Carolina defense with one foot in the NFL.
Tennessee 28, North Carolina 24
Nebraska (-14) vs. Washington–This second go-around won’t go any better for Washington. Taylor Martinez will shake off the rust and put in another fine game.
Nebraska 35, Washington 14
Notre Dame (+3) vs. Miami–This should be an ugly game with the Irish squeaking it out behind the exploits of Michael Floyd.
Notre Dame 20, Miami 17
Georgia (-6.5) vs. UCF–Aaron Murray caps the best season ever by a freshman SEC quarterback and the Bulldogs win this one easily.
Georgia 38, UCF 17
South Carolina (-3) vs. Florida State–The Seminoles aren’t quite ready for prime time. The Gamecocks look to a big 2011 with a solid win here.
South Carolina 28, Florida State 16
Penn State (+7) vs. Florida–The Nittany Lions take advantage of numerous Florida turnovers to squeak out the win for JoPa.
Penn State 21, Florida 20
Michigan State (+10) vs. Alabama–The Tide weren’t looking to be in this bowl. Michigan State is hungry to prove it belongs. The Tide sleepwalk a bit, but pull it out.
Alabama 24, Michigan State 17
Michigan (+4.5) vs. Mississippi State–Denard Robinson should have fresh legs and an unbruised body, which means he’ll be in full force against the Bulldogs. I like for the outright win for the Wolverines.
Michigan 34, Mississippi State 31
TCU (-3) vs. Wisconsin–If any team can slow down the ground game of Wisconsin, it is TCU. I like for the Horned Frogs to stifle the Badgers and grind out an impressive win.
TCU 23, Wisconsin 14
Oklahoma (-17) vs. UConn–The most unanticipated bowl game of the season should prove to be no contest. OU flexes its muscles early and often and wins going away.
Oklahoma 45, UConn 21
Stanford (-3.5) vs. Virginia Tech–Stanford, the best one-loss team, goes against the best two-loss team in Va. Tech. The Hokie will have no answer for Andrew Luck.
Stanford 38, Virginia Tech 24
Arkansas (+3) vs. Ohio State–I liked the Hogs even before the NCAA issues with OSU. The Buckeyes should be even more distracted now.
Arkansas 31, Ohio State 27
Oregon (+3) vs. Auburn–This game should be really fun to watch. It wouldn’t surprise me if either team won. I think the Oregon corners on the Auburn receivers is the key matchup. If Oregon can get Newton off-kilter in the passing game, it should win. Oregon just has too many weapons for Auburn to attend to, while Oregon mainly has to attend to Newton–no small feat! Oregon edges Auburn in a classic offensive battle.
Oregon 42, Auburn 37