Bowl Game Pick 'Em: The Writers Pick the Bowls

Bowl Game Pick 'Em: The Writers Pick the Bowls

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

Bowl season is upon us, so we polled some of our college football writers for their picks. Of the 39 bowls, including the national championship, just two provided consensus – the Poinsettia with San Diego State and the Fiesta with Arizona.

Nick Whalen proved the contrarian of the bunch, preventing consensus in two bowls. He was the only writer to give up the 10 points in the Boca Raton Bowl and pick Marshall to beat Northern Illinois. On the other hand, he was the only one to take the points and Notre Dame (+7) in the Music City Bowl against LSU.

Three other bowls missed consensus by one pick. Chris Morgan was the only voice for Duke (+7.5) in the Sun Bowl against Arizona State, James Anderson was the only backer of Central Michigan (+4) against Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl and Ethan Padway was the lone writer to pick Nebraska (+6.5) to beat USC in the Holiday Bowl.

As for the national championship, Greg Vara and Mario Puig were on the side of the majority with Alabama, while Nick Grays and Brian Peacock took Oregon. Jason Thornbury was all alone with Ohio State.

Picks are against the spread (except the national championship). Best Bets are in bold. Losers are noted as such.

Happy Bowling.

UPDATE: Chris Bennett was a late entry.

POST-BOWL UPDATE: Congratulations to Jason Thornbury for winning the Bowl Pick 'Em title. He edged Nick Whalen by virtue of picking the national champion correctly.

BOWL
MATCHUP
CHRIS M JAMES ETHAN GREG NICK W NICK G MARIO BRIAN JASON CHRIS B
New Orleans
Nevada vs.
LA Lafayette -1
NEVNEV LAF NEVNEVNEV LAF NEV LAF LAF
New Mexico
Utah St. vs.
UTEP +10.5
UTST UTST UTEP UTST UTST UTST UTST UTEPUTEP UTST
Las Vegas
Utah vs.
Colo. St. +3.5
CSU UTAH CSUCSU UTAH UTAH UTAH UTAH UTAH UTAH
Potato
W. Michigan vs.
Air Force -1.5
AF AF AF AF AF AF WMU AF WMU AF
Camellia
S. Alabama vs.
Bowl. Green +3
BG BG BG BG SALASALASALA BG BG BG
Miami Beach
BYU vs.
Memphis -1.5
MEM MEM MEM BYUBYUBYU MEM BYUBYUBYU
Boca Raton
Marshall vs.
N. Illinois +10
NIUNIUNIUNIU MARSH NIUNIUNIUNIU MARSH
Poinsettia
Navy vs.
SDSU -3
SDSUSDSUSDSUSDSUSDSUSDSUSDSUSDSUSDSU NAVY
Bahamas
C. Michigan vs.
W. Kentucky -4
WKU CMU WKUWKUWKUWKUWKUWKUWKUWKU
Hawaii
Fresno St. vs.
Rice -2.5
RICE FSU RICE FSU RICE FSU RICE RICE FSUFSU
Dallas
Illinois vs.
La Tech -6
ILL LT LT ILLILLILL LT LT ILL LT
Quick Lane
Rutgers vs.
UNC -3
RUT UNCUNC RUT UNCUNCUNCUNC RUT UNC
St. Pete
NC St. vs.
UCF -2
NCST UCFUCF NCST NCST UCFUCFUCFUCFUCF
Military
Cincinnati vs.
Va Tech +3
CINCINCINCINCIN VT CIN VT VT VT
Sun
ASU vs.
Duke +7.5
DUKE ASUASUASUASUASUASUASUASUASU
Independence
Miami vs.
S. Carolina +3
SC MIAMIAMIA SC MIAMIAMIA SC MIA
Pinstripe
BC vs.
Penn St +2.5
BCBC PSU PSU BC PSU PSU BC PSU BC
Holiday
Nebraska vs.
USC -6.5
USCUSC NEB USCUSCUSCUSCUSCUSCUSC
Liberty
Texas A&M vs.
W. Virginia -3.5
WV TAM WV TAM TAM WV TAM TAM WV TAM
Russell
Athletic

Oklahoma vs.
Clemson +3
OKLA CLEM CLEM OKLAOKLAOKLAOKLAOKLA CLEM OKLA
Texas
Arkansas vs.
Texas +6
TEXTEXTEX ARK ARK ARK ARK TEX ARK ARK
Music City
Notre Dame vs.
LSU -7
LSULSULSULSU ND LSULSULSULSULSU
Belk
Georgia vs.
Louisville +6.5
LOU GA LOU GA LOU GA GA GA GA LOU
Foster Farms
Maryland vs.
Stanford -14
MARY STAN STAN MARY STAN MARY STAN MARY STAN MARY
Chick-Fil-A
Ole Miss vs.
TCU -3
MISS TCU TCU TCU TCU TCU MISS TCU TCU TCU
Fiesta
BSU vs.
Arizona -3.5
ARZARZARZARZARZARZARZARZARZARZ
Orange
Miss. St. vs.
Ga Tech +6.5
MSUMSUMSU GT MSUMSUMSUMSU GT MSU
Outback
Auburn vs.
Wisconsin +6.5
AUBAUB WISC AUBAUB WISC AUBAUBAUBAUB
Cotton
Mich. St. vs.
Baylor -3
BAY MSU BAYBAYBAY MSU BAY MSU BAYBAY
Citrus
Missouri vs.
Minnesota +5.5
MIZZ MIN MIZZ MIZZ MIZZ MINMIN MIZZ MIZZ MIN
Rose
Oregon vs.
Florida St. +9
FSUFSUFSUFSU ORE FSUFSU ORE FSUFSU
Sugar
Alabama vs.
Ohio St. +9.5
ALA OHST OHST OHST ALAALA OHST ALA OHST ALA
Armed Forces
Houston vs.
Pittsburgh -3
PIT HOU PITPIT HOU HOU HOU PIT HOU HOU
Taxslayer
Iowa vs.
Tennessee -3.5
IOWA TENN IOWA TENN TENN IOWA TENN TENN IOWA TENN
Alamo
Kansas St. vs.
UCLA +1
UCLA KSUKSUKSUKSU UCLA UCLA UCLA UCLA KSU
Cactus
Washington vs.
Okla. St. +5.5
OKST UWUWUW OKST UWUWUWUWUW
Birmingham
E. Carolina vs.
Florida -7
ECUECUECU FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA FLA ECU
GoDaddy
Toledo vs.
Ark. St. +3
TOL TOL TOL ASU TOL ASUASU TOL ASU TOL
National
Champ
ALAFSUFSUALAALAOREALAORE OHST FSU
RECORD 13-26 17-22 15-24 15-24 19-20 13-26 16-23 16-23 19-20 15-24

THE PLAYERS

Chris Morgan: Covers Conference USA
James Anderson: CFB reporter on the RotoWire Football Podcast
Ethan Padway: Covers the American Athletic Conference
Greg Vara: RotoWire college football handicapper; 2008 Bowl Picks champion
Nick Whalen: College football injury guru
Nick Grays: Covers the Sun Belt
Mario Puig: RotoWire College Football Editor; Writes daily game article; 2012 and 2013 Bowl Picks champion
Brian Peacock: Covers the Pac-12
Jason Thornbury: RotoWire Senior Editor; 2011 Bowl Picks champion
Chris Bennett: Covers the ACC; Writes Waiver Wire Watch

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