Due to the publishing schedule of the Herald during these holidays I find my head kind of spinning trying to keep up with my bowl pickings.
I had to do this column the morning of December 27th and up to that point I had managed only a 4-4 mark for the first eight games.
My December 27th through New Year’s Day picks were in last week’s paper. The rest of my bowl picks are thus:
Alabama will win the Sugar Bowl over Oklahoma on Thursday, Jan. 2 if indeed the Tide decides to show up. Friday, Jan. 3 Clemson will outscore Ohio State in the Orange Bowl and Missouri will beat Oklahoma State in what should be a great Cotton Bowl game. Saturday Vanderbilt will get past Houston in the BBVA Bowl and Sunday Ball State will knock off Arkansas State in the GoDaddy Bowl.
This sets the table for Monday’s BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, a game that is causing much, much excitement in our area.
Florida State continues to be an 8½-point pick in the contest and on paper the Seminoles sure seem to be the better of the two teams.
The Seminoles’ only weakness, I see, is they really haven’t played anyone. But they are so good that if they had played every other team in the top ten we might still say they haven’t played anyone.
Auburn, on the other hand, seems to be a team of destiny. They are only a horse collar call on Johnny Manziel, a tipped pass against Georgia, or a made field goal against Alabama away from not being in the championship game.
Be that as it may, I think Auburn will cover the spread but lose the game, and the Seminoles will have their third national title.
I also feel they may be looking for a coach as there is a good bet Texas will come calling on Jimbo Fisher with some heavy incentives. He will at least have to listen, and it’s guaranteed there will be some major persuasion in the conversations.