Bowl Game Picks

Armchair College Football

Jules Bowl Picks

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl-Nevada vs. UL Lafayette- Nevada
Gildan New Mexico Bowl-Utah State vs. UTEP- UTEP
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl- (22) Utah vs. Colorado State- Utah
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl-Western Michigan vs. Air Force- Western Michigan
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl-South Alabama vs. Bowling Green- South Alabama
Miami Beach Bowl- BYU vs. Memphis- Memphis
Boca Raton Bowl- Marshall vs. Northern Illinois-Marshall
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl- Navy vs. San Diego State-Navy
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl- Central Michigan vs. WKU-Western Kentucky
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl- Fresno State vs. Rice-Fresno State
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl- Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech- LA Tech
Quick Lane Bowl- Rutgers vs. North Carolina- North Carolina
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl- NC State vs. UCF-NC State
Military Bowl- Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech-VA Tech
Hyundai Sun Bowl- (15) Arizona State vs. Duke-Arizona State
Duck Commander Independence Bowl- Miami vs. South Carolina-Miami
New Era Pinstripe Bowl- Boston…

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Going Bowling: Picking every game

North Bound Sports Report

If you’re like us, then you’re watching the New Orleans Bowl right now as it kicks off bowl season. After a rather unimpressive showing in last year’s picks, Bryce & Dan are back to make more. This time Brett joins us to fill out the roster. Here’s every bowl game, with viewing info, and our professional football watchers picks:

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Nevada vs. Louisiana-LafayetteNew Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeDec. 20 11 a.m.ESPNNevadaULLULL
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Utah State vs. UTEPAlbuquerque, N.M. University StadiumDec. 20 2:20 p.m.ESPNUtah StateUTEPUtah State
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Utah vs. Colorado StateLas Vegas Sam Boyd StadiumDec. 20 3:30 p.m.ABCRado StUtahUtah
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Western Michigan vs. Air ForceBoise, Idaho Albertsons StadiumDec. 20 5:45 p.m.ESPNAF

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2014-15 Bowl Schedule

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December 20

New Orleans Bowl: Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, La., ESPN, 11 a.m.

New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Utah State, Albuquerque, N.M., ESPN, 2:20 p.m.

Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State vs. Utah, Las Vegas, 3:30 p.m.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. Air Force, Boise, Idaho, ESPN, 5:45 p.m.

Camellia Bowl: Bowling Green vs. South Alabama, Montgomery, Ala., ESPN, 9:15 p.m.

December 22

Miami Beach Bowl: BYU vs. Memphis, Miami, ESPN, 2 p.m.

December 23

Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, Boca Raton, Fla., ESPN, 6 p.m.

Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State, San Diego, ESPN, 9:30 p.m.

December 24

Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN, Noon

Hawaii Bowl: Rice vs. Fresno State, Honolulu, ESPN, 8 p.m.

December 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Dallas, ESPN, 1 p.m.

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An Inclusive College Football Playoff

Meadow Muffins of the Mind

Well, the latest rankings experiment has more or less concluded.  So I won’t beat that horse here.  But how would a 16 team tournament really look in a more practical world?  So as a fun cross check, I messed around a bit:

  • I aggregated three publicly available rankings.  Kenneth Massey and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer ratings along with the AP Poll.  Normalizing, racking and stacking them – you get something like this – I only rank the top contenders and the conference champs to get to a list of contenders for the national title (scale 0 to 1):
    1. Alabama – 1.000
    2. Oregon – 0.966
    3. TCU – 0.899
    4. Ohio State – 0.892
    5. Florida State – 0.877
    6. Baylor – 0.873
    7. Mississippi State – 0.830
    8. Michigan State – 0.815
    9. Ole Miss – 0.812
    10. Kansas State – 0.732
    11. Georgia – 0.731
    12. Georgia Tech – 0.694
    13. Arizona – 0.673
    14. Auburn – 0.663
    15. UCLA…

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