Are you ready for the most exciting time of the year? Some of you will have the chance to root for your team in their bowl game this season, but you should be excited for (almost) every bowl game this season! It seems like every year there are a bunch of matchups where it is a guaranteed blow out, and there are a bunch of games that nobody cares about. This year does have a few of those on the menu, but I actually have to give some congrats to the bowl committees that made some very intriguing bowls. In fact the three most intriguing bowls to me (Insight, Cotton, Ticket City) aren't even BCS Bowls. Today we have the final preview of the season. Five BCS bowls, a few others that could be called a BCS bowl, and of course a few garbage games.

TICKET CITY BOWL
 
HOUSTON V PENN STATE
SPREAD: HOUSTON -5-5

I really love this matchup. You have a Penn State team that got snubbed a bit by some bowls against a Houston team that snubbed themselves out of a BCS bowl. Case Keenum has 37 years of college football playing experience, but will finish his top notch passing career against one of the best pass defenses (and in general overall defenses) in college. My gut tells me that Penn State's Big Ten power will come and crush Houston, but my brain believes that Houston will eek out a win in Keenum's last game.

Houston wins


OUTBACK BOWL
 
GEORGIA V MICHIGAN STATE
SPREAD: GEORGIA -1.5

I understand why some people love Michigan State in this game because of a very good and balanced team, but I just don't see it personally. Michigan State took on some good teams this year, but I relate this game to last year when the team was an underdog last year and got crushed in their bowl. I understand that it was a year ago against a different team, but I just think that Georgia has enough talent on defense to hold Michigan State to a poor game.

GEORGIA WINS

CAPITOL ONE BOWL
 
NEBRASKA V SOUTH CAROLINA
SPREAD: SOUTH CAROLINA -2.5

This game is going to haunt me for a long time. You have a Nebraska team that has a lot of firepower taking on a South Carolina team that sort of lost some of their power at the end of the season. I think South Carolina's defense is going to hold Nebraska to have some of the same exact problems that they had against some of the Big Ten teams this season.

SOUTH CAROLINA WINS

GATOR BOWL
 
FLORIDA V OHIO STATE
SPREAD: FLORIDA -2.5

This game should mean a lot more, but it just feels like a game against two has-been contenders (see FSU V Notre Dame). I know that it isn't true, but you have a Florida team that just can't put it together consistently taking on an Ohio State team that is a few years away from being back. I am taking Ohio State here just because I think they have a little more to prove going forward given the fact that this is their last bowl for their Seniors, and their Juniors.

OHIO STATE WINS

COTTON BOWL
 
ARKANSAS V KANSAS STATE
SPREAD: ARKANSAS -6.5

I don't understand why I do this, but for some reason I never really give full credit to Kansas State. I don't know if it is because they seem to have a way of starting out hot and ending soft, or if it is that they just don't produce NFL talent like other great teams. I think that if the Wildcats had pulled a team like Wisconsin or Stanford that they would have a serious chance of contending, but I just don't see it with Arkansas. Arkansas has an offense that can barely be stopped, and a defense that is underrated. Arkansas only lost to LSU and Alabama, and would be a BCS shoe in if they were allowed to have been.
 
ARKANSAS WINS

COMPASS BOWL
 
SMU V PITTSBURGH
SPREAD: PITTSBURGH -5.5

Ick. If I had a game that doesn't excite me in this bowl season then the Compass Bowl might win the title. Pittsburgh is going through their 32nd head coach in the last four seasons, while SMU is trying to get June Jones his 100th win. If RB Zach Line was healthy for the Mustangs I think they would win this game, but they will be limited to only passing the ball Hawaii-style which could work out well for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Wins

GODADDY BOWL
 
ARKANSAS STATE V NORTHERN ILLINOIS
SPREAD: AK STATE -1.5

What a strange feeling matchup. You have an Arkansas State team that won 10 games in the Sun Belt against a Northern Illinois team that came back from 20 down to win the MAC championship and their 10th game. Arkansas State has a defense that can hold a lot of good offenses, but NIU has an offense that can come from 20 points down. If it comes to a shootout then I like Arkansas state, but Arkansas State won't come back from 20 if they fall behind.

ARKANSAS STATE WINS

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THE ROSE BOWL
 
WISCONSIN V OREGON
SPREAD: OREGON -6.5

The Ducks have pulled yet another BCS game with a similar match up. In 2009 they pulled a stiff Ohio State team led by the athletic Terrelle Pryor and a stout run game & defense that controlled them completely. Last year the Ducks pulled Cam Newton's athleticism matched up again with a stout defense and a strong run game. And that's right, this year the team pulls a strong defense, an elite run game, and the athletic Russell Wilson... so they will get crushed right? Not so fast my friend, because this is a different year. The Wisconsin Badgers are not the 2009 Buckeyes or the 2010 Tigers. Oregon will win this game.

OREGON WINS

FIESTA BOWL
 
STANFORD V OKLAHOMA STATE
SPREAD: OK STATE -3.5

I hate this game more than just about anyone else, but I am probably the only person in the world that doesn't think Andrew Luck is as proven as he should be. I just wanted to see him matched up with a stout SEC defense or something like that. But what did they get? They got a defense that is generally weak to giving up yards and points to good offenses. I think Oklahoma State wins by a few scores, but I just wanted to see Luck take on an actual nasty defense.

OK STATE WINS

SUGAR BOWL
 
MICHIGAN V VIRGINIA TECH
SPREAD: MICHIGAN -1.5

Stupid. Just pathetic. Why in the hell would the BCS committee take a runner up ACC team that got crushed twice by Clemson? Why would they take a team that is 1-4 overall in BCS games with a win over a Big East team? Why would they leave out a Boise State team that beat this same Hokies team in essentially a V-Tech home game a year ago? I just don't get it. Then again, I don't quite understand why the BCS Committee took a Michigan team (outside of money). With that said, I will give a slight edge to Virginia Tech in this game because I am mad at them and I know that if I took Michigan the Hokies would win.

VIRGINIA TECH WINS

ORANGE BOWL
 
CLEMSON V WEST VIRGINIA
SPREAD: CLEMSON -3.5

It is strange that West Virginia won the Big East Bid because Cincinnati won their last game to tie them for the championship which gave them the nod over Louisville. I like Clemson in this game which just might be the first time that I have given any love to Clemson.

CLEMSON WINS

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP
 
ALABAMA V LSU
SPREAD: LSU -1.5

I am happy that this game worked out the way it did, because if there were an undefeated team that got left out for it then it would be silly. I see no reason to go into why I think either team will win, because both teams are elite ones that can win easily. Alabama played better at home in the first game, but lost it by missing 17 field goals. LSU survived Alabama, but Alabama could walk away with the title. And that is why I am taking the Tide. I hope that Alabama wins this game because if they do it will put us one more step closer to a playoff. 

BAMA WINS