Wednesday features the Fiesta Bowl which has the West Virginia Mountaineers (10-2), the champs of the Big East and the 11th ranked team nationally up against the Oklahoma Sooners (11-2), the champs of the Big 12 and the 3rd ranked team nationally. West Virginia by all rights should be playing for the national title, however they were upset by Pittsburgh in the season finale which was an absolute disgrace. As far as the matchup goes we have a Mountaineer, which I assume is a grizzled old man who spends his days wandering in the hills of West Virginia up against a Sooner, a term used to describe people who settled unassigned land located in Oklahoma in the 1800's. Neither of them are intimidating in the least. This one could go either way I figure, but I will make Oklahoma my pick.
On Thursday we have the Orange Bowl. In this year's Orange Bowl we have the manatee of the land, Mark Mangino and his Kansas Jayhawks (11-1), the 1st place team in the Big 12 North division and ranked 8th nationally up against Virginia Tech (11-2), the champs of the ACC and the 5th ranked team nationally. This matchup features a group of militant abolitionists up against a Hokie, which according to Wikipedia is a "nonsensical word made up purely as an attention getter". The V-Tech mascot is the "Hokie-bird", which is some sort of turkey. V-Tech actually used to be called "The Fighting Gobblers" before the name change to "Hokies", hence the turkey mascot. So we have a group of murderous militants up against a giant turkey. I have to go with the turkey on this one, do not underestimate the advantage of flight. What's that? I am being told turkey's do not fly. I have been provided some video evidence as proof. Check it out for yourself. I still have to go with the Hokies in this one. Turkeys attacking from 2000 ft above, hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement is a terrifying thought.
On Saturday is the International bowl which has the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-5), the 5th place team in the Big East up against the Ball State Cardinals (7-5), the 2nd place team in the Mid America Conference. If turkeys can't fly I am assuming that neither can cardinals. I am taking Rutgers in this one.
On Sunday we have the ever popular GMAC bowl. The Bowling Green Falcons (8-4), the champs of the Mid America Conference up against the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa (9-4), the 2nd place team from Conference USA. I like the rare weather phenomenon over the falcon in this matchup. Tulsa will win this one fairly easily.
I will be submitting my pick for Monday's national title game which features THE Ohio State university against the Bayou Tigers of LSU.