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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Bowl Week 2 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 24-26

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 24

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan (-5, 63 1/2), Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas, 12:00 pm ET, ESPN - Strange but true, the forte of the 7-5 Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee is not their offense, which score 70 and 73 points in separate games this season, but their defense, which allowed just seven points their final two games.

Western Michigan also finished up the season with a 7-5 mark, and they are a tough team to figure. If the offense gets rolling, they often score in bunches, but that's not likely against the Blue Raiders, so the points may come in handy here.

Prediction: Blue Raiders 31 Broncos 24

Hawaii Bowl, San Diego State (-1 1/2, 56 1/2) vs. Cincinnati, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN - The Aztecs swamped their Mountain West opponents, winning all eight conference games, then taking down Air Force in the championship, 27-24.

This is a team destined to be in the Top 20 by the end of the season, and a bowl win would be their 10th straight victory.

The Bearcats struggled to a 7-5 record, despite playing in the wide-open American Athletic conference. Losses to Temple, Memphis, BYU and South Florida were all by a TD or more, so, while Cincy can rough up lesser foes, the Aztecs may just shut them down in a pretty big way.

Prediction: Aztecs 43 Bearcats 24

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Saturday, December 26

St. Petersburg Bowl, Connecticut vs. Marshall (-5, 44), Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL, 11:00 am ET, ESPN - Another in a series of meetings of Conference USA teams (Marshall) with a squad from the American Athletic (UConn).

The Huskies are about as marginal a team one can find in bowl season, amassing a 6-6 mark, generally achieved by their hard-nosed defense, which ranked 17th in the nation by allowing just 19.8 points per game.

Marshall finished up 9-3, losing to Ohio, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, all bowl teams, and their defense was ranked #14, allowing 18.4 ppg. The difference here is that Marshall has an offense.

Prediction: Thundering Herd 30 Huskies 13

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Hyundai Sun Bowl, Miami vs. Washington State (-2 1/2, 62 1/2), Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX, 2:00 pm ET, CBS - The Cougars had some moments this season, with wins over Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA, though they ended their season by being walloped, 45-10, by Washington. Still, at 8-4, they are one of the more underrated teams coming out of the PAC-10.

The Hurricanes are not to be immediately dismissed, as they too went 8-4, and won four of their last five games, but the losses to Clemson and North Carolina, the ACC power players, were by huge margins. Their defense can be exploited and the Cougars know that well.

Prediction: Cougars 34 Hurricanes 27

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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