Gator Bowl Week Predicitons

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

For the final time this year, the staff gives insight on what they think will happen in the Gator Bowl, as well as other bowl games.

Husker Mike: Going into the bowl season, I thought the B1G had a chance to have a great bowl season...then Minnesota DERP’d, then Michigan mailed it in.  So now what?

Cobby: I HAD A SPOT OF TROUBLE IN THE BRONX WHILST PISSING ON AN UNCONSCIOUS SOT IN A GREEN SWEATSHIRT WITH A SHAMROCK OVER HIS LEFT TIT. I WON THE FOOTRACE WITH A LOCAL COP WHO WAS MOST CERTAINLY NOT IN AN UNDERSTANDING MOOD, HOWEVER WAS IN HIDING AND UNABLE TO ATTEND THE PINSTRIPE BOWL LATER THAT DAY. SO JON, MY QUESTION IS – I STILL GET REIMBURSED FOR TRAVEL, ROOM & REFRESHMENTS, CORRECT?

Andy: 35 bowl games in 17 or 18 days. Whatever playoff system morphs in over the next 10-20 years, the bowls stay. Please.

Brian: I’m fully expecting one win from the B1G out of these bowl games. No more, no less. Also, FOOTBALL SEASON IS ALMOST OVER OMG OMG WHY.

Outback Bowl: LSU (-7.5) vs. Iowa

Husker Mike: LSU hasn’t had a great season, but they’re better than Iowa. Tigers roll through Tampa like a hot knife through butter.  LSU 38, Iowa 24

Jon: NO NO NO. The Big Ten will surprise everyone, even the Hogeyes. LSU will come into this game believing that the B1G is awful and before you know it, they’ll be behind 3-0. It’ll be 9-0 before they realize that the Big Ten has come to beat everyone by three points with field goals and punts. Iowa 9 LSU 3

COBBY: COACH MILES PREPARES FOR BOWL GAMES BY PLAYING BEERHUNTER AND SNORTING NITROUS WHILE WAGERING ON INTERNET JAPANESE BUG FIGHT VIDEOS WITH MIKE THE TIGER. THE COORDINATORS PREPARE THE GAME PLAN AND THE MAD HATTER PROMISES TO BE BACK IN TAMPA FULLY DETOXED 3 HOURS BEFORE KICKOFF. THIS APPROACH WILL LEAD TO AN LSU VICTORY.  TIGERS 31 HAWKS 13

Andy K.: The Big 10 could very well go 0-for the bowls. Wonder what that parlay would pay? Iowa is hoping that Jennings is jittery and they can get a bajillion turnovers Nebraska-style. I don’t see it happening and have a feeling this one might get a little ugly. LSU 42 Iowa 10

David: Big Ten isn’t going o-fer.  I don’t know who’s gonna be the one to win, but I don’t think it’s going to be the Hawkeyes.  In the end, it’s LSU’s going to be too much.  The Hawkeyes are plucky, though.  I could see this game going down to the wire.  We see the return of the Mad Hatter.  LSU wins, 27-26.

Brian: Iowa is better than we think, obviously. However, LSU isn’t a bad team save for a couple bad halves vs. Alabama and Georgia, plus a stinker vs Ole Miss. Plus? LSU fans will travel better than (insert any B1G team not in a BCS game here). Tigers get a victory here.

Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin (-1.5) vs. South Carolina

Husker Mike:  Wisconsin favored? Not that I disagree...just didn’t expect it. This is almost a must win for the B1G, and Wisconsin delivers.   Badgers 28, Cocks 24

Jon: Badgers would eat Gamecocks all day long if they were let loose together. Feed them ‘Cocks some cheese, and it’d be like stuffed deliciousness. Hey, what if you took a Gamecock and stuffed it full of cheese and brats and then cooked it all together and served it with beer! That would be incredible! I’m not sure what to name it, though. Badgers 31, Cocks 28

COBBY: I CHERISH EVERY YEAR THAT I CAN WEAR MY "COCKS" BALL CAP ON NEW YEARS DAY.  I SWEAR BY MY UNSHAVEN BALLS THAT IT NEVER GETS OLD. SERIOUSLY, EVERYONE BUY ONE!! THE WOMEN ESPECIALLY FIND IT BAD ASS!!! COCKS!! 27 BUCKY 17

Andy K.: Simply a match of fan bases made in heaven. Wisconsin fans will be nauseated by the vile dental work and inbreeding deformities of the SC faithful. Gamecock fans with recoil in horror and revulsion at the mounds of alabaster, cottage cheese-textured skin that Florida weather will allow Badger fans to expose in January. Vomit will run in the streets in quantities not witnessed since Caligula’s Rome. Closer game than some, but it’s still SEC vs. Big 10. South Carolina 27 Wiscy 24

David: I think this is where the Big Ten has their best shot.  Wisconsin is going to do what they do and grind away.  The Badger backfield will have a big day as usual as will Abbrederis.  Badgers win 31-20.

Brian: In agreeance with everyone else saying that this will be the B1G’s lone win in the bowl slate. HBC and the Gamecocks don’t seem thrilled with this game, and Jadeveon Clowney would rather get paid than play hard in this game. On Wisconsin in this one.

Rose Bowl:  Stanford (-5.5) vs. Michigan State

Husker Mike: The real question is which Stanford shows up for this game.  The one that lost to Utah?  Or the one that throttled Oregon.  Michigan State handles the Utah version of the tree easily.  The one that incapacitated Oregon?  Not so much.  Truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  Cardinal 24, Sparty 17

Jon: Max Bullough missing this game is a big blow to Sparty, and it’s disappointing. A guy plays his heart out to get his team to a goal and then doesn’t even get to play. Connor Cook was the guy, though, that made the season for Sparty. He got a lot more accurate and settled into the position. Those smarty pants from Stanford won’t know what hit them! They’ll expect a slugfest, while Sparty has an offense capable of scoring 17 or maybe even 20 points! At least the blood will go well with their uniforms! Sparty SMASH 20, Tiny squished birds 10

COBBY: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROSE BOWL IS THAT THERE’S NO GOLFING AT THAT PUBLIC COURSE OUTSIDE THE ROSE BOWL ON GAME DAY. I MEAN, I GUESS I KNEW THAT WHEN I TEED IT UP ON NEW YEAR’S DAY IN 2002 FOR SOME LAUGHS, BUT HOLY SHIT! THE WAY THOSE CRAZY SECURITY BASTARDS REACTED, YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT I WAS DATE RAPING A USC SONG GIRL!! WHICH IS ANOTHER INCIDENT ENTIRELY. AND THE CASE WAS DISMISSED. GAME’S A SNOOZER, BTW. TREE 22 SPARTY 15

Andy: Something tells me this will be a game that only Stanford fans, Michigan St. fans and old farts who consider the shotgun "newfangled crap" will appreciate. Maybe a nap before the Fiesta Bowl? You know, so I can get fired up for Central Florida. Shit. Lone Bird 20 Sparta 13

David: I might have taken MSU before Bullough but now, I think it’s going to be difficult for the Spartans to get over it.  I’d like to see the Spartans pull this out.  I think they’re good enough to do it.  If they can get over the disappointment of losing their leader on defense, I think they’ll find themselves in the middle of it.  I want to pick Sparty, I really do…alright, I will.  Sparty 28-20.

Brian: You can run on Michigan State, and damnit does the Cardinal do that very well. Under 3 hour game too, as that clock will be running, fans will be happy but advertisers won’t be. Don’t matter though, Stanford will get this one. Not saying that MSU isn’t a good team, but the Pac-12 title winners are just that much better.

Cotton Bowl: Missouri (-1) vs. Oklahoma State

Husker Mike: Can the Tigers overcome the disappointment of not playing for the national title? I suspect they will, mostly because I don’t know that they really believed they could do that this year. Meanwhile, how does Okie State react to blowing their chance at another Big XII title?  I suspect Missouri is going to be more motivated for this one.  Tigers 45, Cowboys 42

Jon: HAHAHAHAHA TWO FORMER DISAPPOINTED CONFERENCE MATES! Add to the disappointment that they don’t even get to travel very far to an exotic place full of beaches and palm trees and women in bikinis and such. Sadness will win! Sadness 435, Missouri 35, Okie Lite 31

COBBY: ARLINGTON AND FORT WORTH STRIP CLUBS ARE VERY CONSCIENTIOUS OF THEIR VISITORS. LOOK FOR THE LOCAL ASPIRING STUDENTS, SINGLE MOTHERS & COKEHEADS TO BE ATTIRED IN VARIOUS COMBOS OF TIGER PELT BIKINIS AND COWBOY HATS/SIX-SHOOTERS. HANDS OFF AND TIP WELL, MY FRIENDS. OKIES 48 TIGERS 47

Andy K: To be honest, I’d rather watch this than any of the four "major" bowls. I’ll take the Cowboys, since the Misery fans are probably bitching & screaming about having to go to Dallas in January. On a side note this Sunday, I took great pleasure in Booger Daniel’s OT  4th down conversion attempt of sprint three yards past the line of scrimmage, jump turn in a couple of directions and chuck a bounce pass. It turns out I still can’t stand the li’l pony keg.  ‘Boys  42 Misery 38

David: This could be a good one.  Well, an entertaining one, at least.  Not many of us thought the Tigers would be in the national title conversation and not many around here liked it.  They’re pretty good though.  If they play at that level in this game, they’ll handle OSU.  I like the Tigers, kinda big.  41-24.

Brian: I’m going to be at this game, and the only thing for certain is that it’ll be a 4 hour track meet in ATT Stadium. Both teams that had uninspiring losses to deter what otherwise were pretty good regular seasons. I think OSU does win because their Defense is pretty dang good, however there isn’t a whole lot of confidence there.

Orange Bowl:  Ohio State (-2.5) vs. Clemson

Husker Mike: Have the last two games shown Ohio State to be a fraud?  Maybe.  But even if they are, it’s time for more Clempsoning.   Bucknuts 34, Clempson 31

Jon: This game features a great quarterback matchup between Tajh Boyd and Braxton Miller. All will look lost for the Buckeyes until they remember they have Carlos Hyde, and then they’ll just feed him the ball while eating clock and scoring actual touchdowns because the Big Ten has ruled that Ohio State can have more touchdowns in their bowl game than anyone else. Ohio State 38, Clemson 35

COBBY: CULTURE CLASHES ARE SUCH A HOOT!! LIKE THE LOOKS ON EACH OTHER’S FACES WHEN BUCKEYE FANS GETTING CLEMPSONED WHEN THEY TRY TO PURCHASE METH FROM LOCAL YOUTH INTENT ON SELLING THEM OXY & COCAINE.  OSU 37 CLEMSON 33

Andy: I never really understood how Rob Riggle felt about Will Ferrell in Step Brothers until a shorter, squattier Urban Meyer doppelganger grabbed a barstool across from mine, so I was confronted with that mug every time I looked up. Talk about wanting to deliver one of these right in his suckhole.  Urban gives Ohio St. the hatred edge, but I still think they’ll take Clemson. Bucks 38 Cimpson 37

David: Jon mentioned Hyde.  If OSU gets him involved early and often, even if Clemson shuts him down early, OSU should be in good shape.  I think the time off will be good for the Buckeyes and they hold off the Tigers.  I’ll the Bucks 34-28.  Aaaaaannnnnd now I’ve picked three B1G teams to win and I haven’t even got to the Huskers yet...yikes.

Brian: If Devin Gardner could do what he did to Luke Fickell’s team with a season ending injury, what in the brute hell is going to happen when Chad Morris unleashes the Tahj Boyd and Sammy Watkins on them? I think that the Buckeyes Offense is pretty good, but that Defense though… Tigers going to win this one and piss off Urban really bad. RIP B1G.

BCS Championship: Florida State (-8.5) vs. Auburn

Husker Mike: It took two miracles for Auburn to somehow get here.  Meanwhile, Florida State has throttled everybody they’ve played.  The luck ends here for Auburn, and the SEC string of titles end.  Free Shoes 38, War Eagle 24

Jon: Florida State has the Heisman Trophy winning freshman quarterback. Isn’t that supposed to be a curse? I don’t want the SEC to win another championship so, so with my awesome magic powers I declare the curse lifted until a SEC guy wins the Heisman! FSU 45, Auburn 31

David: Enough is enough.  It’s time for this southern tyranny to end… Ah, crap, another southern team is poised to take the mantle.  They say this is the best team to come up against the SEC in their run.  FSU’s pretty good. Auburn’s had the charmed season of seasons.  It kinda reminds me of that OSU run in 2002.  I think the keep riding the wave and we get one of the better title games in quite some time.  31-27, Auburn.

Brian: Jameis Winston is the real f’ing deal, you guys. Auburn has done well, but too much luck involved. Tigers are good, but the Seminoles are better.

Gator Bowl:  Georgia (-9) vs. Nebraska

Husker Mike: Nebraska showed they could run on Georgia last year.  With the offensive line finally back (sans Spencer Long), I think Nebraska runs the ball on Georgia. That opens up the play action pass for Tommy Armstrong.  More importantly, I think Nebraska is much better on defense this season, and they’re motivated to get their coach a win in this game.  Huskers 31, Georgia 24

Jon: I feel good about this game because my magic powers also allow me to ignore things that I don’t like or that may hurt me, like au gratin potatoes and gin (not that I mix them together… but… hey…. maybe…) Nebraska 31, Georgia 27

David: I mean, this is the Washington rematch in reverse, right? I don’t think so, but I do like NU’s chances to win.  I like the mentality they seem to be taking on this one and with the oline as healthy as it’s been since early October I see a big day from Ameer and Co.  A young QB for Georgia could spell trouble as well and potentially a big day for that emerging Dline of NU’s.  Homer pick coming up, but I like NU.  34-28

Brian: Can you trust Nebraska’s offense in this game? In Nebraska’s first 6 games, the worst output was the 21 points in the first half vs. UCLA before the 0-fer in the second half. However, in the last 6 games, the best pair of performances were 28 points against Michigan St that includes a garbage time TD at the end, and the 27 points against Northwestern that needed a Hail Mary to happen. In other words, there’s a power outage right now. Nebraska’s D has played alright, and I can’t see Hutson Mason destroying the Secondary, but I sure worry about Todd Gurley not only running through the front 4, but also coming out of the backfield in passing situations.

I’ll be that guy and pick Georgia. Why? Because until Nebraska proves to me that they can plan for these games and "execute the process", then I can’t see them winning a game like this. Georgia has the lesser Defense statistically, but the better Offense in the same aspect. I hope I’m wrong and Nebraska gets to that 9th win everyone thinks is so damn important, I really do.

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