Bowl Game Pick 'Em: Picking with Confidence Points

Bowl Game Pick 'Em: Picking with Confidence Points

This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.

Below you'll find breakdowns for each of the 2012 bowl games, listed in descending order of confidence (Oklahoma State being the most confident win and Rice being the least confident, in other words).

Oklahoma State over Purdue (Heart of Dallas Bowl)

The Boilermakers just don't stand a chance in this one. Purdue has very little going for it in any aspect of the game. Although Purdue has 29.9 points scored per game, that's primarily because of outliers provided by Eastern Kentucky (48), Eastern Michigan (54), Marshall (51) and Indiana (56). Purdue should struggle to make it to 24 against the Cowboys, who will almost certainly torch a Boilermaker defense allowing 29 points per game. The Cowboys average 44.7 points per game. This one should get ugly.

Florida State over Northern Illinois (Orange Bowl)

The Huskies deserve a lot of credit for their great season as they won the MAC and earned a BCS Bowl berth against the Seminoles, but there's no reason they should be in serious contention during this game. Northern Illinois lost to a lowly Iowa squad in Week 1, and they just barely beat Kansas, 30-23. NIU only goes as far as quarterback Jordan Lynch goes, but Lynch is unlikely to provide the necessary dominant production against a Florida State defense that allows just 5.1 yards per pass and, even with sack yardage accounted for, just 3.1 yards per carry.

Arizona State over Navy (Fight Hunger Bowl)

Navy soared above the expectations this year by going 8-4

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