A view from an only slightly informed source:
It seemed like I saw a lot of bad football teams this year, but it would appear that I saw a lot teams when they played bad football. In the end, I did see eleven of the teams that made bowl games. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will improve my prognostications any. Nonetheless, here are some of my bowl predictions which I will round out in the next couple of days.
New Orleans, New Orleans, LA: 12/20/14 Nevada (7-5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
I don’t know the first thing about these two teams. My gut says go with the Ragin’ Cajuns so that’s what I am doing.
New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM: 12/20/14 Utah State (9-4) vs. UTEP (7-5)
Easy pick on this one. The Aggies will roll over the Miners.
Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV: 12/20/14 Colorado State (10-2) vs. Utah (8-4)
Colorado’s coach is off to Florida and this game is in Las Vegas. Too much temptation for the Rams. Go with the team likely to get a better night’s sleep which I assume will be Utah with what I assume is a large contingent of Mormon players.
Famous Idaho Potato, Boise, ID: 12/20/14 Air Force (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (8-4)
Another set of teams I haven’t seen play this year so I am going to go with proximity because Colorado is closer to Boise than Michigan. Air Force is my pick.
Camellia, Montgomery, AL: 12/20/14 Bowling Green (7-6) vs. South Alabama (6-6)
This is not exactly a marquee game. I am going with the team that actually won more games than it lost. Falcons in a tight one.
Miami Beach, Miami, FL: 12/22/14 Memphis (9-3) vs. BYU (8-4)
Are you ready for some (Monday afternoon?) football? Tigers get the “W”
Boca Raton, Boca Raton, FL: 12/23/14 Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois (11-2)
It may not be a New Year’s Day bowl game, but Marshall fans are still getting a nice bowl game. FAU Stadium is pretty sweet and the Herd will roll over the Huskies.
Poinsettia, San Diego, CA: 12/23/14 San Diego State (7-5) vs. Navy (7-5)
Not bad for Navy, traveling to San Diego for one the best bowl game experiences. Not so much for the Aztecs but there is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed. San Diego is the pick
Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas: 12/24/14 Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Western Kentucky (7-5)
Wait there’s a bowl game in the Bahamas?!? I have no idea so I will just go with Central Michigan.