The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterably lame Dad's musical tastes are. So here are the first of three sets of bowl-game capsules by noted college football expert Patrick Connelly, who somehow doesn't think Charlie Weis needs to be fired RIGHT NOW. -- Richard Connelly
ESPN is doing more than enough coverage on the 'granddaddy of them all' so I'll keep my analysis succinct: UPSET! PSU 21-17
Both teams have showed resiliency throughout the season with UC having to play five different quarterbacks and Virginia Tech starting out with a loss to
Cotton Bowl: Ole Miss vs.
It would be really great if the mascots for these teams could battle it out against each other, but one can only hope. Ole Miss was the only team to beat
ECU opened the season by upsetting eventual ACC champs Virginia Tech on a blocked punt, and then beat No. 8 West Virginia 24-3, then they would lose to NC State...Houston...Virginia...Southern Miss. You'd think out of the teams with
This is a game between two good coaches, Randy Edsall and Turner Gill. Gill almost became head coach of
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Hey this counts as January bowl game right? It's just as important as the Rose Bowl, right? Maybe the Gator Bowl? No it's not, but it is an offensive match-up, and both teams are looking to avenge losses in their respective conference championship games. When Nate Davis doesn't have the flu, he's unstoppable. BSU 31-24
BCS National Championship:
This is it, this is what you've been waiting five months to see, and here it is: No 1 vs. No. 2, two Heisman winners at quarterback and both coaches looking for their second BCS championship. I'm not God, I don't have all the answers, I'm not even sure if God himself knows the outcome, but maybe there's a divine spirit that will guide my hands as I make my prediction. I'll just close my eyes and let it take control...That didn't make sense, I'll just guess the old fashioned way. UF 38-31
-- Patrick Connelly