Bowl Picks: Dec 27/28

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Meineke Car Care Bowl: West Virginia vs North Carolina, Saturday (Dec 27) 1pm
Ahad: West Virginia
Evan: Pat White’s last game, he runs wild. Pick: WVU
Mike: If Pat White is so good, why did Cincinnati win the Big East? North Carolina had a solid year before struggling the last few weeks. It’s though to base anything on that a month later. Pick: North Carolina
Matt: Both of these teams were inconsistent if anything during the 2008 season. It is hard to get a read on either of them. I feel like West Virginia has more upperclassmen leadership to get them ready and through this game. Pick: West Virginia

Champs Sports Bowl: Wisconsin vs Florida State, Saturday (Dec 27) 4:30pm
Ahad: My morals will not allow me to pick FSU. Pick: Badgers
Evan: Home game for the Noles, it helps that the Badgers suck. Pick: FSU
Mike: Morals aside, Wisconsin was a bad Big Ten team. Pick: Florida State
Matt: As hard as it is to pick Florida State, I am gonna have to do it. Wisconsin had a bad year, and Florida State is more talented. Pick: Florida State

Emerald Bowl: Miami (FL) vs California, Saturday (Dec 27) 8pm
Ahad: Last I heard Marve was suspended for this game. Pick: Cal
Evan: Tough call, Miami has underachieved this year. It could be argued they played their best game in a 17 point loss to UF at the beginning of the year. Pick: Cal
Mike: This is one of my least favorite bowls. It just doesn’t look right at AT&T Park. Marve suspended for Miami. Longshore starting for Cal. I liked Longshore last year but this year Cal can’t seem to find an answer at QB. The QB issues aside, Miami has more talent. Pick: Miami (FL)
Matt: This game is being played in California, so advantage goes to Cal. Miami also has a few key players suspended for the game. Pick: California

Independence Bowl: Northern Illinois vs Louisiana Tech, Sunday (Dec 28) 8:15pm
Ahad: Northern Illinois
Evan: I remember when northen illinois had a really good running back, who was that guy? Pick: NIU
Mike: Garrett Wolfe and Michael Turner both went to NIU. I think Wolfe is who you are thinking of. I like this game because I feel like Louisiana Tech is a perennial cupcake and has made it to a bowl. I don’t like this game because the teams are at or barely over .500, each with 3 conference losses. It’s really a coin flip for me. Pick: Louisiana Tech
Matt: Didn’t Brandon Jacobs also attend NIU after transferring from Auburn? Judging from each team’s schedule, Louisiana Tech appeared to have a better resume. Pick: Louisiana Tech

Through 8 Games:
Evan: 3-5
Ahad: 2-6
Matt: 2-6
Mike: 2-6

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