AS360 Football Picks: The Bowl Edition

by Mark Carter  on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 9:00 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Welcome to the Bowl Edition, folks. Many bowls have already been played, you say? What up, you ask? Well, we wanted to limit our selection to the games that matter most.

[Editor's note: We have no explanation, then, as to why the Sugar and Orange bowls are included. Ba-da-bing. We're here all week.]

We hope everyone had a good Christmas and holiday season. Imagine now, if you will, how dreary January could be without the lineup of bowls and NFL playoff games to occupy us over the next few weeks. (Of course, now imagine just how great it would be to add a FBS playoff to the January mix...)

Arkansans will pay special attention to three January games as the Hogs return to Dallas with the Cotton poised to officially take the reign as the best non-BCS bowl; ASU welcomes Gus Malzahn aboard for just its second FBS bowl game, and LSU or Alabama will guarantee a sixth straight BCS title for the SEC in a rematch for the ages (perhaps outside of Stillwater, anyway).

Guest picker for the Bowl Edition is none other than Jeff Hankins, Arkansas Business Publishing Group publisher; this very site a member of the ABPG family.

And so, one last time (so Paddack can officially wrap up the grand prize of a Fleet EneMan desk clock), we give you:

The bowl lineup

Cotton: Hogs vs. K-State
GoDaddy.com
: ASU vs. Northern Illinois
Rose
: Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Fiesta
: Oklahoma State vs. Stanford
Sugar
: Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
Orange
: Clemson vs. West Virginia
BCS title game
: LSU vs. Alabama

Here we go. 'Til next fall....(?)

Bill Paddack, Managing Editor, ArkansasSports360.com
(49-21 overall, 4-1 final week of regular season)
Cotton
: Arkansas, 38-28
GoDaddy.com
: Northern Illinois, 28-24
Rose
: Oregon, 45-31
Fiesta
: Oklahoma State, 42-24
Sugar
: Michigan, 24-17
Orange
: Clemson, 37-20
BCS title game
: LSU, 16-14

Chris Bahn, Editor, ArkansasSports360.com
(45-25, 3-2)
Cotton
: Arkansas
GoDaddy.com
: Arkansas State
Rose
: Oregon
Fiesta
: Oklahoma State
Sugar
: Michigan
Orange
: West Virginia
BCS title game
: LSU

Tre Baker, Assistant Editor, ArkansasSports360.com
(44-26, 3-2)
Cotton
: Arkansas. Glad those EMAW folks finally figured out how to pronounce the last syllable of our respective state names.
GoDaddy.com
: ASU. Despite (as of this writing) not knowing exactly who will be coaching this game, ASU's on too much of a roll.
Rose
: Oregon
Fiesta
: Stanford
Sugar
: Michigan
Orange
: West Virginia
BCS title game
: LSU. The one consolation to watching LSU win another national championship is having the opportunity to watch Alabama lose a national championship.

 

 

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