Matt 4-1

Gallagher 1-4

The opening of bowl week featured five games, with four of them being decided by less than 10 points. Even though most of the games could have gone either way, it was Matt who had the clear edge last week. Gallagher will look to rebound with a full schedule of bowl games this week.

Boca Raton Bowl

Florida Atlantic (10-3) vs. Akron (7-6)

Gallagher- Lane Kiffin’s squad is currently on a nine-game winning streak and is favored by over 20 points in this one. Easy pick. 44-27 FAU

Matt- I am a Lane Kiffin fan, even over a Bowden. Owls win this one. 48-31

Frisco Bowl

Louisiana Tech (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5)

Gallagher- SMU’s offense averages 40 points a game. The defense is suspect, but I’ll go with the Mustangs and their high-powered offense. 45-41 SMU

Matt- SMU is in a much tougher conference than La Tech so should win. 31-27 SMU

Gasparilla Bowl

Florida International (8-4) vs. Temple (6-6)

Gallagher- I like Owls more than Panthers, although Panthers are still cool, which is why I’m taking Temple. No further questions. 31-27 Temple

Matt- Butch Davis has done a great job at FIU and will top of the season with a nice bowl win. 38-31 FIU

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Wyoming (7-5)

Gallagher- The Chippewas enter on a five-game winning streak, while Wyoming has lost two straight. Wyoming has the NFL quarterback, but CMU has the better team. 24-17 CMU

Matt- Going with my gut on this one and it say Central Michigan. 35-24 CMU

Bahamas Bowl

UAB (8-4) vs. Ohio (8-4)

Gallagher- Not a bad place to go bowling, huh? Ohio is quietly one of the better teams in the MAC year in and year out. The Bobcats are headed to a bowl game for the eighth time in nine years. UAB is just happy to have a football team. Slight edge toward Ohio. 34-24 Ohio

Matt- UAB is excited to be back and to be bowling. Beating Ohio will be a nice way to end the year. 34-27 UAB

Dollar General Bowl

Appalachian State (8-4) vs. Toledo (11-2)

Gallagher- From the Bahamas Bowl to the Dollar General Bowl . . . Toledo won the MAC, which is one of the better mid-major football conferences. 34-27 Toledo

Matt- Been watching the Mountaineers for 37 years and hate to pick against them but Toledo seems to have more quality wins. Rockets win but close. 45-42 Toledo

Armed Forces Bowl

Army (9-3) vs. San Diego State (10-2)

Gallagher- Rashaad Penny. What else do I need to say? The man has over 2,000 rushing yards. Army is good, but they don’t have a player of Penny’s caliber. 28-20 SDSU

Matt- Aztecs have much better wins than Army so should win. 35-17 SDSU

Birmingham Bowl

Texas Tech (6-6) vs. South Florida (9-2)

Gallagher- This would be a good, not great, win for the Big 12. Tech isn’t that good, but South Florida is nowhere near as good as their record would indicate. South Florida head coach Charlie Strong went 2-1 against Tech while at Texas, and he may be the X-factor. 41-38 USF

Matt- South Florida played UCF tough but, they are in a relatively weak conference. Tech’s offense should thrive in the bowl atmosphere. 49-35 TTU

Hawaii Bowl

Fresno State (9-4) vs. Houston (7-4)

Gallagher- Both offenses look similar statstiically, but Fresno State has the edge defensively. Houston is a bit less beat up, playing two fewer games, but this game could go either way. By the flip of a coin, I’m going with Houston. 28-24 Houston

Matt- Biggest toss up of this week’s picks. I think Fresno State will be less affected by the trip to Hawaii and their initials are FSU, just like Florida State. 27-24 FSU