The 2theLion Biased Bowl Blusterings Are Back! 2013 - 2014 FBS Bowl Picks!

(Bowl) Seasons Greetings!

You've missed it, admit it. While our one year bowl ban hiatus from the biased bowl picks was fun, we're really glad to be back to channelling the bile (and sometimes butterflies, but mostly bile). It's an ancient tradition, from way back in 2005, that's well worth re-kindling.

This year, to get us on track we've (sold out to very tired meme cliche) employed our favorite Canadian to chime in on the match-ups.

So here are the games from December 21st - December 28th! 

Let the fun begin!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Washington State (6-6) Cougars vs 
Colorado State (7-6) Rams
Albuquerque, NM

There are very few personalities in sports (or anywhere) that are more entertaining than Washington State's Coach Mike Leach - and I enjoy watching his teams on the field - whether winning or not. Jim McElwain, former Alabama (oh, you've heard of them?) OC, has gotten the Rams to a bowl game in his 2nd season as head coach. Really no contest here on the bias meter - Washington State.

Enough Said

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Fresno State (11-1) Bulldogs vs 
USC (9-4) Trojans
Las Vegas, NV

Fresno State - Talk about a high powered offense, the bulldogs are averaging 45 points per game - now their opponents are scoring some points as well (avg 30 ppg), so it will be interesting to see how these two teams match up. With the departure of Lane Kiffin, and Ed Orgeron, it’s certainly been a roller coaster season for the Trojans. This will be Silas Redd’s last game as a college football player - as I’ve stated before, I’ve never wished Silas *ill* but I haven’t been rooting for him either. I guess this will change on the 21st.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Buffalo (8-4) Bulls vs 
San Diego State (7-5) Aztecs
Boise, ID

Buffalo is in the midst of a great turn-around. It’s not that long ago that the Bulls were regulars on the *bottom of the barrel* lists. They should also be pretty well conditioned for the Idaho weather. The Aztecs, aka Brady Hoke's old haunt, however, as members of the Mountain West Conference, are well acquainted with the Smurf Turf. Interesting tidbit: San Diego State played in 4 overtime games this season (winning 3); don't tell O'bie. Our loyalties are leaning toward the North: Buffalo.

R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl
Tulane (7-5) Green Wave vs. 
Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) Ragin' Cajuns
New Orleans, LA

Tulane plays their home games in the Superdome and LA-Lafayette are just 2 hours down I-10. So this is basically a home game for both teams. Tulane wins the "most interesting color combo" competition (it's real; I promise) sporting Olive Green and Sky Blue - but I think that the Sun Belt Champ Cajuns win on the mascot front with Cayenne; that's hot. Gotta go with the spice: LA-Lafayette.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg 
East Carolina (9-3) Pirates vs 
Ohio (7-5) Bobcats
St. Petersburg, FL

Purple vs Green; this is a particularly Wimbledony match up. It feels appropriate for ECU to be playing in the Beef 'o' Brady's Bowl, in St. Petersburg - seems like a probable Pirate venue. The Bobcats are having a bit of a *rebuilding year*. We're still a bit bitter about last year, and see ECU winning this one. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Boise State (8-4) Broncos vs 
Oregon State (6-6) Beavers
Honolulu, HI

I’m mildly a fan of (this) OSU. The Beavers sprinted out to a 6-1 record and proceeded to lose their next 5 games. Not very promising, but again, potential for winning is not a deciding factor in this list. I have spent many a winter night rooting for the Broncos, a loyalty that might shift slightly west next year, we'll see. Hmmm. Let's go with the Beavers turning around their season and getting the win.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pittsburgh (6-6) Panthers vs 
Bowling Green (9-3) Falcons
Detroit, MI

Pittsburgh (6-6) Panthers - Ah Pitt. Let’s see... do I have any bias for or against the panthers? Honestly, over the years my opinion of pitt has diluted so much that I didn’t really have a strong opinion about them. But, keeping with tradition, their fan base continues to exhibit great jacknuttery. The most interesting thing (to me) about Bowling Green is that there is absolutely no green in their uniforms; the 2nd most interesting thing, this month, is that they aren't pitt.

San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl
Utah State (8-4) Aggies vs 
Northern Illinois (12-1) Huskies
San Diego, CA

2 first year coaches taking over successful programs after their bosses abandoned them left for other jobs. Matt Wells, a former Utah State Quarterback, and the Aggies continued the (newish) trend of winning seasons. It was an incredible run for Northern Illinois this year - it is difficult to stay undefeated regardless of who your opponents may be. Rod Carey (Indiana alum) had little trouble picking up the reins. Although Utah State wears a lovely shade of blue, I'll go with the Huskies.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Military Bowl
Marshall (9-3) Thundering Herd vs 
Maryland (7-5) Terrapins
Annapolis, MD

Maryland is joining the B1G next year - I could be rooting for them for this reason, but, on the other hand, many of their fans have been nasty little buggers on their (and leaching into our) message boards and blogs. One year left with no B1G *loyalty* pangs. Marshall is kinda the ultimate underdog, and I always root for the underdog.

Texas Bowl
Syracuse (6-6) Orange vs 
Minnesota (8-4) Golden Gophers
Houston, TX

A PSU win vs a PSU defeat. What to do - What to do? Logically speaking I should probably root for the orange to beat the Gophers to algorithmicly even the score - but there’s no logic in biased football picks! Minne has had an emotional season - they seem to be playing with more focus and drive in support of Coach Kill - and in some weird way I'm happy for their success - most of it anyway.

Fight Hunger Bowl
BYU (8-4) Cougars vs 
Washington (8-4) Huskies
San Francisco, CA

Washington has grabbed the brass ring on the cute coach carousel so I'll jump on the bandwagon a little early and pick them against BYU.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers (6-6) Scarlet Knights vs 
Notre Dame (8-4) Fighting Irish
Bronx, NY

Folks are taking note of the fact that the Pinstripe Bowl is the only bowl this season that features two programs with respectable graduation rates culture. Rutgers is joining the B1G next season, and their message boards are lighting up about how they're going to out recruit PSU in the future; I just hope that their fans can remember that there's no crying in football. Notre Dame is Notre Dame, and I don't really see Rutgers as a reason to feel any differently.

Belk Bowl
Cincinnati (9-3) Bearcats vs 
North Carolina (6-6) Tar Heels
Charlotte, NC

Cincinnati Bearcats - so very little opinion about the Bearcats. They participated in one of the worst football games I’ve ever witnessed - but they’ve been there for some fun ones too.  The tar heels played well this season and had some chances to log a much better record. But no chance here (at least not for my endorsement).

Russell Athletic Bowl
Miami (9-3) Hurricanes vs 
Louisville (11-1) Cardinals
Orlando, FL

Al Golden is one of my favorite people in sports and that sentiment has been able to quiet a (nearly) life-long disdain for the Canes. I'm wondering if a"non-crippled" Miami will be (even) less palatable. Louisville is home to a lot of nice people (seriously, what else is there?). So, albeit with some blech: Miami.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Michigan (7-5) Wolverines vs 
Kansas State (7-5) Wildcats
Tempe, AZ

It's been a topsy-turvy season for the Wolverines. They started out lucky winning their first 5 games and then things went a bit awesome wonky. The men of michigan (with much help from their coach, Brady Hoke) were a big part of the best day I’ve had at Beaver Stadium in a very long time. I have found myself rooting for Kansas State in the (getting to be rather distant) past but there's no compelling reason to root for them this year. Michigan.

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