This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.
Bowl Season is here, and it's time to assess the matchups. Picks are ranked in descending order of confidence.
Questions/criticisms of the rationale are encouraged and appreciated in the comments. It'd also be cool if you told me how smart I am.
1. Boise State over Arizona State (MAACO Bowl, Dec. 22)
Arizona State enters this game on a four-game losing streak and had its head coach fired in late November. Boise State enters 49-3 under the leadership of quarterback Kellen Moore, the owner of 144 career touchdowns. I can't see Boise winning by any less than 14.
2. Oklahoma over Iowa (Insight Bowl, Dec. 30)
Iowa should put up some points - Marvin McNutt and Marcus Coker are impressive players - but the Iowa defense simply does not have the personnel to deal with the spread-out speed of the Oklahoma offense, and the Sooners defense is actually pretty good when it isn't going against Baylor or Oklahoma State. Even with Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley hurt, I see no hope for Iowa.
3. Toledo over Air Force (Military Bowl, Dec. 28)
Air Force's defense is one of the nation's worst, and Toledo's offense is tough to stop. Tim Jefferson should lead Air Force to some points in this one, but Adonis Thomas and Morgan Williams should abuse the Air Force run defense, and that's not even accounting for wideout Eric Page.
4. Vanderbilt over Cincinnati (Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31)
Even if Zach Collaros (ankle) plays, Vandy should