This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.
This year, we had an unprecedented 12 writers submit picks. Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising then that not one bowl provided a consensus pick. The closest to consensus was the Birmingham Bowl, as every writer save for Jason Thornbury gave up the 2.5 points and picked South Florida to beat Texas Tech. Among the South Florida backers, Chris Morgan was the most confident, making the Bulls his best bet.
Two writers, John McKechnie and Chris Bennett, picked Louisville, a 6.5-point favorite against Mississippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl, as their best bets. Chris Benzine and Travis Elliott were on opposite sides of the Alamo Bowl. Benzine took TCU (-2.5) as his best bet, while Elliott picked underdog Stanford for his.
Brad Berreman and Jesse Siegel backed big underdogs for their best bets. Berreman took the 15 points and Southern Mississippi against Florida State in the Independence Bowl. Siegel took South Carolina and eight points against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
Nick Grays was similar, picking seven-point underdog USC to beat Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. Nick Whalen, however, took the biggest favorite among the best bets, giving up 9.5 points to pick Auburn to beat Central Florida in the Peach Bowl.
The Liberty Bowl split the votes evenly, but Ethan Padway was sold enough on Iowa State (+3.5) to make the Cyclones his best bet against Memphis.
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