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Ranking of the 2011-2012 Bowls - No. 18 to 27
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Posted Dec 5, 2011


Before they start, the ranking of the bowls and how entertaining they should be, along with an early prediction. The mediocre bowls, ranked 180th to 27th.



2011-2012 Bowl Rankings

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- The 2010-2011 Pre-Bowl Rankings

The 2011-2012 Pre-Bowl Rankings
- No. 1 to No. 9 | No. 10 to No. 17 | No. 18 to No. 27 | No. 28 to No. 35  

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27. Southern Miss vs. Nevada
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

December 24, 2011 Honolulu, HI, 8:00 pm ESPN

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. The Conference USA champions deserve a better bowl. Southern Miss might have gagged away two bad losses to Marshall and UAB, but the team is roughly three plays away from playing in a BCS game.
2. Nevada might not have won the WAC, but the offense is special, ranking fifth in the nation in yards and scoring 42 points or more in five of the last seven games.
3. The Golden Eagle defense is special. It shut down Case Keenum and Houston and ranks ninth in the nation in pass efficiency defense.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Nevada didn’t beat a bowl bound team. The Wolf Pack’s best win was either against San Jose State or Hawaii. Southern Miss might be 11-2, but any team able to lose to Marshall and UAB is able to come up with a dud.

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1. DE Brett Roy, Sr. Nevada
2. RB Tracy Lampley, Jr. Southern Miss
3. QB Cody Fajardo, Fr. Nevada

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Nevada 34 ... Southern Miss 21
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26. Missouri vs. North Carolina
Advocare V100 Independence Bowl 
December 26, 2011  Shreveport, LA, 5:00 pm ESPN
 
Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. Missouri ended the year hot winning four of its last five games and coming close to pulling off a comeback in the three point loss at Baylor.
2. The North Carolina run defense is among the best in the ACC. Quinton Coples lads a talented front line that can be a brick wall at times.
3. Somewhat quietly, the Independence Bowl has been terrific. Six of the last seven and ten of the last 12 have been decided by a touchdown or less.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: North Carolina has been wildly inconsistent offensively, getting shut out by NC State. The Tar Heels have lost four of their last six games. Missouri’s attack hasn’t exactly been reliable on a regular basis since losing star running back Henry Josey.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. QB James Franklin, Jr. Missouri
2. RB Giovani Bernard, Fr. North Carolina
3. WR T.J. Moe, Jr. Missouri

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Missouri 27 ... North Carolina 20
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25. Northwestern vs. Texas A&M
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
December 31, 2011 Houston, TX, 12:00 pm ESPN

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. Texas A&M is a 10-2 team dressed as a 6-6 disappointment. Now that Mike Sherman has been fired and the pressure is off, there’s a chance the team relaxes and the talent shines through.
2. Northwestern is really, really, really motivated. It won four straight to become bowl eligible before losing to Michigan State, and head coach Pat Fitzgerald is treating this game like an audition to see who in the program wants to step up and shine for next year.
3. Texas A&M is seventh in the nation in total offense and Northwestern is ninth in the country in passing efficiency.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: 1948. That’s the last time Northwestern won a bowl game, losing its last seven. Texas A&M is on a five game bowl losing streak with the last win coming in the 2001 GalleryFurniture.com Bowl.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. DE Damontre Moore, Soph. Texas A&M
2. QB Dan Persa, Sr. Northwestern
3. WR Ryan Swope, Jr. Texas A&M

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Texas A&M 48 ... Northwestern 21
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24. Georgia Tech vs. Utah
Hyundai Sun Bowl  
December 31, 2011  El Paso, TX, 2:00 pm CBS

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. The Georgia Tech offense is always worth the watch. It’s third in the nation in rushing and led the ACC in total offense and scoring offense. However …
2. Utah is seventh in the nation against the run and led the Pac-12 in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.
3. Eight of the last 12 were decided by seven points or fewer, and some of the ones that weren’t – last year’s Notre Dame win over Miami and UCLA’s 50-38 win over Northwestern in 2005 – were entertaining.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: The Georgia Tech offense doesn’t really work when teams have time to prepare to stop it. The Yellow Jackets have lost six bowls in a row, even before Paul Johnson took over.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. RB Tevin Washington, Jr. Georgia Tech
2. RB John White, Jr. Utah
3. LB Julian Burnett, Jr. Georgia Tech

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Utah 31 ... Georgia Tech 17
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23. Virginia vs. Auburn
Chick-fil-A Bowl
December 31, 2011 Atlanta, GA, 7:30 pm ESPN 

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. It’s a big game for the SEC. Auburn might be rebuilding, but it’s still supposed to be full of talent. After alternating between wins and losses over the last eight games, the program could use something positive going into the offseason.
2. The Cavaliers were hot winning four straight before losing to Virginia Tech and winning six of seven games before dealing with the Hokies. The defense is strong enough to keep the Tigers in check.
3. Both programs are surging up. Auburn has a few strong recruiting classes to build on and Virginia is loading up under head coach Mike London. These two should be in bigger bowl games next year.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: The matchups always seem strong, but the Chick-fil-A Bowls are usually underwhelming. The last three games have been blowouts and seven of the last nine have been decided by more than a touchdown.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. RB Michael Dyer, Soph. Auburn
2. RB Perry Jones, Jr. Virginia
3. DE Corey Lemonier, Soph. Auburn

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Virginia 38 ... Auburn 24
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22. Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl  
December 17, 2011 New Orleans, LA, 9:00 pm, ESPN
 
Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. San Diego State is on a roll winning four of its last five games with the lone loss coming to Boise State. Last year the Aztecs destroyed Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl; they know how to rise to the occasion.
2. It’s the best season in Louisiana-Lafayette history. The program has never been in a bowl and it’s going to treat this like the BCS championship. The Ragin’ Cajuns should play at a high level.
3. The Sun Belt has won four of the last five New Orleans Bowls. The winner has scored 41 points or more in four of the last five games, and this should be a shootout.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Louisiana-Lafayette lost its last two games. The defense has struggled and should have huge problems keeping the Aztec offense under wraps. If San Diego State plays its best game, this won’t be pretty.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. RB Ronnie Hillman, Soph. San Diego State
2. QB Blaine Gautier, Jr. Louisiana-Lafayette
3. CB Larry Parker, Sr. San Diego State

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Louisiana-Lafayette 27 ... San Diego State 20
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21. Penn State vs. Houston
TicketCity Bowl
January 2, 2012 Dallas, TX, 12:00 pm ESPNU  

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. Even after the disastrous Conference USA title game, Houston is still No. 1 in the nation in total offense, scoring offense, and passing offense. It’s Case Keenum’s final game.
2. There’s a chance this could be the last time Penn State goes bowling for a while if the NCAA decides to drop a hammer. After all the players have been through, and coming off the blowout loss to Wisconsin to lose the Big Ten Leaders race, the team could plays its best game of the year.
3. It’s offense vs. defense. The Nittany Lions are tenth in the nation in total defense and will give Keenum a huge test, and vice versa.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: The Cougars have lost five of their last six bowl games going back to 2003. If Penn State’s defense plays up to its capabilities, it’ll be a repeat of the Cougars’ loss to Southern Miss, only worse.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. LB Sammy Brown, Sr. Houston
2. DT Devon Still, Sr. Penn State
3. WR Patrick Edwards, Sr. Houston

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Penn State 26 ... Houston 13
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20. Baylor vs. Washington
Valero Alamo Bowl
December 29, 2011 San Antonio, TX, 9:00 pm ESPN  

Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. It’s Robert Griffin III and a Baylor offense that averages 571 yards and 43.5 points per game. It’s college football’s most exciting attack led by its most exciting player.
2. Washington rose up and shocked the bowl world with a stomping of Nebraska in last year’s Holiday Bowl. Could head coach Steve Sarkisian have a magic formula for the big games with time to prepare? The Baylor defense is awful; the Huskies should be able to keep up.
3. Talk about motivation, this is Baylor’s second bowl appearance since 1994 and the team hasn’t won one since 1992.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Washington isn’t very good. It lost four of five games before closing out with a win over Washington State. The offense hasn’t been able to find its groove and the defense isn’t in place to keep RGIII in check.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. RB Terrance Ganaway, Sr. Baylor
2. RB Chris Polk, Jr. Washington
3. WR Kendall Wright, Sr. Baylor

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Baylor 48 ... Washington 23
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19. Rutgers vs. Iowa State
New Era Pinstripe Bowl
December 30, 2011 Bronx, NY, 3:20 pm ESPN
 
Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. Rutgers and head coach Greg Schiano have spent the season trying to turn the program around. With a great young nucleus, a win over the Cyclones would mean a second nine-win season in the last three and would be really, really big going into the offseason. Winning in New York City could be a big boost for local recruits.
2. It’s Iowa State’s second bowl appearance since 2005. Good enough to blow away Texas Tech and ruins Oklahoma State’s national title dream, the Cyclones have just enough young talent to use this as a stepping-stone. Led by quarterback Jared Barnett, this is an up-and-coming program.
3. Can the game be half as good as the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl? Syracuse’s controversial win over Kansas State was the best game of the 2010-2011 bowl season, and both Iowa State and Rutgers should play at a high level.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: Yeah, Iowa State had a few nice wins, but it also struggled to get by Kansas 13-10 and lost six of its final nine games. The Scarlet Knight defense could shut the Cyclones down cold.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. WR Mohamed Sanu, Jr. Rutgers
2. LB Jake Knott, Jr. Iowa State
3. RB Jawan Jamison, Soph. Rutgers

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Rutgers 35 ... Iowa State 31
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18. Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30, 2011   Nashville, TN, 6:40 pm ESPN
 
Three Reasons Why You Have To Watch This Bowl
1. The bowl has been terrific over the last few years with the last seven decided by eight points or fewer. Last year, North Carolina beat Tennessee in a double-overtime thriller, and this matchup should be just as strong.
2. Wake Forest plays fun games. Seven of the games were decided by eight points or fewer and several were fantastic. When the passing game works, the Demon Deacons can be entertaining.
3. Will Mississippi State be able to rise up like it did in last year’s Gator Bowl win over Michigan? Going back to 1998, the Bulldogs have won their last four bowl games. The team is overdue to play up to its expectations.

And Why You Shouldn’t Care A Lick: MSU’s best win of the season was in overtime against Louisiana Tech. The second best win was over Kentucky – the Bulldogs aren’t that good. Wake Forest lost four of its final five games.

Three Names To Drop To Make Every Man Want You And Every Woman Fear You
1. LB Cameron Lawrence, Jr. Mississippi State
2. WR Chris Givens, Jr. Wake Forest
3. RB Vick Ballard, Sr. Mississippi State

Gut-Reaction Pick That Might Change In The Next Few Days On A Whim: Wake Forest 34 .. Mississippi State 27
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