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WEEK 2 NCAA Football Bowl Game Picks

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Bowl Week 1 Results: Coin: 3-5 Rick: 5-3
Cumulative Regular Season & Bowls: Coin: 88-102-3 Rick: 102-88-3

Thursday, December 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Idaho vs. Colorado State (-13 1/2, 64), 7:00 pm, ESPN, Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID
- Even though this game will be played in the backyard of the Vandals (making for some interesting commentaries), the odds are tipped quite heavily toward the Rams, who went 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West conference.

Colorado State exploded offensively in the final five games of the season, scoring a whopping 257 points, or just a shade over 50 points per game on average. While the Vandals won their last four straight and six of their last seven, those were against Sun Belt competition, which is generally a shadow of what's on-field in the Mountain West.

Coin Flip: Colorado State

Rick's Pick: Rams 45 Vandals 17


Friday, December 23

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion (-4, 64), 1:00 pm, ESPN, Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas
- Seriously, if you're planning on watching this game, you either a) have done all your Christmas shopping and chores and are ready to relax before the relatives arrive; b) haven't done anything and are a serial procrastinator; or c) are a hermit with a solid cable connection.

In any case the game is inconsequential to anything other than the players, coaches and the schools. Trying to determine a winner for this game is like trying to find a contact lens in a pond. Difficult, if not impossible. Our best guess is that Eastern Michigan is a much better team than ODU, and, despite the Caribbean clime, will get own to business early and blow away the Monarchs, like so many butterflies.

Coin Flip: Eastern Michigan

Rick's Pick: Eagles 45 Monarchs 30


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Louisiana Tech (-3 1/2, 66) vs. Navy, 4:30 pm, ESPN, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX - The Midshipmen were 9-2 heading into the American Athletic championship game against Temple. That game was their Waterloo, as they lost their starting QB and running back to season-ending injuries, losing to the Owls, 34-10 and then to Army the following week, 21-17.

Similarly, the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech were 8-3 prior to games at Southern Miss and then the Conference USA title game vs. Western Kentucky. They lost both, 39-24 to Southern Miss and 58-44 to Western Kentucky, but the potency of their offense was not impaired. The Bulldogs were 5th overall in scoring, putting up 44 points per game, and while the Navy offense is difficult to contain, the Middies don't offer up much in the way of defense. Advantage, Bulldogs.

Coin Flip: Navy

Rick's Pick: Bulldogs 44 Midshipmen 35



Dollar General Bowl
Ohio vs. Troy (-3 1/2, 49), 8:00 pm, ESPN, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
- There are some things to like about this meeting between non-power conference teams. The Ohio Bobcats were 8-5 on the season, culminating in a 29-23 loss to Western Michigan for the Mid-American conference championship. Ohio has a stout defense and opportunistic offense, though they can sputter at times when they have the ball.

Coming out of the Sun Belt as the second-best team in the conference, Troy lost 28=-24 to Georgia Southern on December 3rd, finishing 9-3, at one point winning seven straight. The Trojans have a potent offensive attack and a capable defense, their predictability likely the reason for favoritism in this bowl meeting.

Coin Flip: Ohio

Rick's Pick: Trojans 30 Bobcats 24


Saturday, December 24

Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee (-5, 70), 8:00 pm, ESPN, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
- After losses to San Diego State (55-0) and Boise State (52-16), the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii managed a win at Fresno State, 14-13, and then closed out the regular season with a 46-40 victory over UMass, ending with a 6-7 record, which this year is good enough to get into a bowl game.

While the Hawaii Bowl normally features the home team as it does this season, that doesn't necessarily translate into a winning performance. Rather, surfers and beachcombers may decide to take a break from the sun and surf and grab a few laughs courtesy of the Island footballers. Translation: Do not take Hawaii unless you're getting at least 8-1 odds or 17 1/2 points.

Not that Middle Tennessee is going to steamroll the Warriors, but there's every indication that they might. It's difficult to find fault with a team that - despite coming out of Conference USA - beat Louisiana Tech and North Texas in successive weeks and followed that up with a 44-43 double overtime loss to Western Kentucky. In their last outing, November 26, the Blue Raiders put up 77 points on Florida Atlantic and Hawaii's defense ranked 115, allowing 37.5 ppg.

Coin Flip: Middle Tennessee

Rick's Pick: Blue Raiders 54 Rainbow Warriors 31

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