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2011-2012 CFN Bowl Central & Recaps

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Posted Jan 10, 2012


All the picks, predictions, and analysis for every 2011-2012 bowl game


2011-2012 Bowl Season   




 


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  

Confidence Picks With Comments
Just the confidence picks | BCS Bowls | Non-BCS January Bowls
Dec. 30 & 31 Bowls | Late December Bowls | Pre-Christmas Bowls

- Quick Looks - December 30 & 31 | Jan. 2 to 8 | BCS Games

- Best Bowl Moments The pre-BCS Bowls | The BCS Bowls
- Last Year's Bowl Season

- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Classics 
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Excellent 
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Above-Average 
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Good  
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Mediocre  
- Ranking the 2011/2012 Bowl Season - The Duds 
    
Gildan New Mexico Bowl 
Temple 37 ... Wyoming 15
- Temple D shuts down the Cowboys
- Wyoming gets down big, can't comeback
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Gildan New New Mexico Bowl
- Gildan New New Mexico Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Wyoming 24-23    Line: Temple -6.5  O/U: 47.5
Pool Pick ATS: Temple   Confidence Score: 84
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): Tied 22 out of 35

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl   
Ohio 24 ... Utah State 23
- Ohio & Tettleton come through late
- Utah State runs wild in stunning loss
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Famous Idaho Potato
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Utah State 28-24 ... Line: Utah State -3.5  O/U: 58
Pool Pick ATS: Utah State    Confidence Score: 77
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 21 out of 35

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl   
Louisiana-Lafayette 32 ... San Diego State 30
- Louisiana-Lafayette wins on a 50-yard Baer kick
- San Diego State's Lindley has a huge game in loss
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the New Orleans
- R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: San Diego State 35-27 ... Line: SDSU -5  O/U: 60
Pool Pick ATS: San Diego State   Confidence Score: 41
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 15 out of 35
 
Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl
December 20, 2011 St. Petersburg, FL, 8:00 pm, ESPN
Marshall 20 ...  FIU 13
- Marshall gets blocked punt to pull off win
- FIU O fizzles, gaining just 251 yards
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the St. Petersburg
- Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl Preview & Prediction 
CFN Prediction: FIU 30-21 ... Line: FIU -4.5  O/U: 50.5
Pool Pick ATS: FIU   Confidence Score: 60
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 19 out of 35

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
December 21, 2011 San Diego, CA, 8:00 pm ESPN
TCU 31 ... Louisiana Tech 24
- TCU & Pachall come through late in win
- Louisiana Tech can't hold on late in loss
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Poinsettia
- San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: TCU 34-20 ... Line: TCU -11   O/U 55.5
Pool Pick ATS: TCU   Confidence Score: 157
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 34 out of 35

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
December 22, 2011  Las Vegas, NV, 8:00 pm ESPN
Boise State 56 ... Arizona State 24
- Boise State blows away the Sun Devils
- Arizona State gets stuffed by the Broncos
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Las Vegas
- MAACO Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Boise State 40-17 ... Line: Boise State -13.5 O/U: 67
Pool Pick ATS: Boise State   Confidence Score: 101
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): Tied 27 out of 35

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
 
December 24, 2011 Honolulu, HI, 8:00 pm ESPN
Southern Miss 24 ... Nevada 17

- Southern Miss struggles on O, but comes through
- Nevada ground game stopped by Golden Eagles
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Hawaii
- Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Southern Miss 37-28 ... Line: Southern Miss -6   O/U: 61
Pool Pick ATS: Nevada   Confidence Score: 35
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 13 out of 35

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl 
December 26, 2011  Shreveport, LA, 8:00 pm ESPN
Missouri 41 ... North Carolina 24 
- Missouri & Franklin blow through for the win
- North Carolina goes through the motions in loss
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Independence
- Advocare V100 Independence Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Missouri 30-24 ... Line: Missouri -4   O/U: 53
Pool Pick ATS: Missouri   Confidence Score: 134
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 33 out of 35

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 
December 27, 2011  Detroit, MI, 4:30 pm ESPN
Purdue 37 ... Western Michigan 32  
- Purdue comes up with 7 turnovers
- Western Michigan's White blows up in loss
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Little Caesars
- Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Purdue 38-34 ... Line: Purdue -2.5  O/U: 60
Pool Pick ATS: Western Michigan   Confidence Score: 27
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 9 out of 35

Belk Bowl 
December 27, 2011  Charlotte, NC, 8:00 pm ESPN
NC State 31 ... Louisville 24
 
- NC State sacks the Cardinals in Belk win
- Bridgewater gets beaten up in the Cards' loss
- CFN Thoughts & Analysis on the Belk
- Belk Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Louisville 23-19 ... Line: NC State -2.5 O/U: 45.5
Pool Pick ATS: Louisville  Confidence Score: 49
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 17 out of 35
 
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
December 28, 2011  Washington, DC, 4:30 pm ESPN
Toledo 42 ... Air Force 41

- Toledo passing game rolls against the Falcons
- Air Force misses on late two-point try
- CFN Thoughts on the Military
- Military Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Toledo 38-24 ... Line: Toledo -3   O/U: 71
Pool Pick ATS: Air Force   Confidence Score: 3
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 1 out of 35 

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl 
December 28, 2011 San Diego, CA, 8:00 pm ESPN
Texas 21 ... California 10 
- Texas sacks Cal in a dominant defensive performance
- California O falls flat with too many mistakes
- CFN Thoughts on the Holiday
- Bridgepoint Education Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Texas 28-20 ... Line: Texas -3.5  O/U: 48
Pool Pick ATS: Texas  Confidence Score: 101
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): Tied 27 out of 35

Champs Sports Bowl
December 29, 2011 Orlando, FL, 5:30 pm ESPN
Florida State 18 ... Notre Dame 14
- Florida State rallies in second half
- Notre Dame has turnover problems again in loss 
- CFN Thoughts on the Champs Sports
- Champs Sports Bowl Preview & Prediction  
CFN Prediction: Florida State 26-17 ... Line: Florida State -3 O/U 48
Pool Pick ATS: Florida State  Confidence Score: 29
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 10 out of 35

Valero Alamo Bowl
December 29, 2011 San Antonio, TX, 9:00 pm ESPN 
Baylor 67 ... Washington 56
 
- CFN Thoughts on the Alamo
- Baylor cranks out 777 yards in thrilling win
- Washington O & Price brilliant in loss  
- Valero Alamo Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Baylor 45-31 ... Line: Baylor -9 O/U 78
Pool Pick ATS: Baylor  Confidence Score: 113
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 30 out of 35

Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl
December 30, 2011 Fort Worth, TX, 12:00 pm ESPN 
BYU 24 ... Tulsa 21
  
- BYU wins in final seconds  
- Tulsa offense falls flat in heartbreaking loss
- CFN Thoughts on the Armed Forces
- Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: BYU 28-24 ... Line: BYU -3  O/U 55.5
Pool Pick ATS: BYU  Confidence Score: 66
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 20 out of 35

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
December 30, 2011 Bronx, NY, 3:20 pm ESPN
Rutgers 27 ... Iowa State 13  
- Rutgers stuffs the Cyclones in big win
- Iowa State can't rally back in rough loss
- CFN Thoughts on the Pinstripe
- New Era Pinstripe Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Iowa State 23-20... Line: Rutgers -2 O/U: 44.5
Pool Pick ATS: Rutgers  Confidence Score: 24
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 8 out of 35

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
December 30, 2011   Nashville, TN, 6:40 pm ESPN
Mississippi State 23 ... Wake Forest 17
- Mississippi State & Ballard run over Demon Deacons
- Wake Forest's rally falls short 
- CFN Thoughts on the Music City
- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Preview
CFN Prediction: Mississippi State 28-16 ... Line: Miss State -6.5  O/U 48
Pool Pick ATS: Mississippi State   Confidence Score: 31
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 12 out of 35

Insight Bowl  
December 30, 2011 Tempe, AZ, 10:00 pm
Oklahoma 31 ... Iowa 14  
- Oklahoma & Bell run over the Hawkeyes 
- Iowa battles, but the rally falls short
- CFN Thoughts on the Insight
- Insight Bowl Preview & Prediction
CFN Prediction: Oklahoma 44-20 ... Line: Oklahoma -14 O/U: 58
Pool Pick ATS: Iowa   Confidence Score: 19
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 5 out of 35

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
December 31, 2011 Houston, TX, 12:00 pm ESPN 
Texas A&M 33 ... Northwestern 22
- Northwestern still can't get the monkey off its back
- Texas A&M holds on after taking huge lead
- CFN Thoughts on the Meineke
- Meineke Car Care Preview
CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 41-24 ... Line: Texas A&M -10 O/U: 64.5
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 18 out of 35

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
December 31, 2011 San Francisco, CA, 3:30 pm ESPN 
Illinois 20 ... UCLA 14    
- UCLA's comeback falls short
- Illinois picks off the Bruins to get the win    
- CFN Thoughts on the Kraft Fight Hunger
- Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Preview
- CFN Prediction: Illinois 20-16 ... Line: Illinois -3  OU: 46.5
Pool Pick ATS: Illinois   Confidence Score: 117
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 31 out of 35

Hyundai Sun Bowl  
December 31, 2011  El Paso, TX, 2:00 pm CBS
Utah 30 ...  Georgia Tech 27 OT  
- Utah & White come back late to win 
- Georgia Tech blows late lead, but the O worked 
- CFN Thoughts on the Sun
- Sun Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Utah 28-23 ... Line: Georgia Tech -3.5 O/U: 50.5
Pool Pick ATS: Georgia Tech   Confidence Score: 10
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 3 out of 35

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
December 31, 2011  Memphis, TN, 3:30 pm ABC   
Cincinnati 31 ... Vanderbilt 24
- Cincinnati & Pead get big win for the Big East
- Vanderbilt gets run over by the Bearcats  
- CFN Thoughts on the Liberty Bowl
- Liberty Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Vanderbilt 26-23 ... Line: Vanderbilt -2.5 O/U: 49.5
Pool Pick ATS: Vanderbilt  Confidence Score: 104
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 29 out of 35

Chick-fil-A Bowl
December 31, 2011 Atlanta, GA, 7:30 pm ESPN 
Auburn 43 ... Virginia 24
- CFN Thoughts on the Chick-fil-A
- Auburn & McCalebb run all over the Cavs 
- Virginia can't keep up in loss to Auburn    
- Chick-fil-A Preview
CFN Prediction: Virginia 24-20 ... Line: Auburn -1.5 O/U: 48.5
Pool Pick ATS: Auburn  Confidence Score: 14
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 4 out of 35

TicketCity Bowl
January 2, 2012 Dallas, TX, 12:00 pm ESPNU
Houston
 30 ... Penn State 14
- Houston & Keenum dominant from the start 
- Penn State gets obliterated by Cougar attack 
- CFN Thoughts on the TicketCity
- TicketCity Preview
CFN Prediction: Penn State 27-20... Line: Houston -5.5 O/U: 57.5
Pool Pick ATS: Penn State  Confidence Score: 30
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 11 out of 35

Capital One Bowl
January 2, 2012  Orlando, FL, 1:00 pm ESPN
South Carolina 30 ... Nebraska 13
- South Carolina D line controls the Huskers
- Nebraska O fizzles after hot start
- CFN Thoughts on the Capital One
- Capital One Bowl Preview  
CFN Prediction: South Carolina 27-16 ... Line: South Carolina -1 O/U: 48
Pool Pick ATS: South Carolina  Confidence Score: 119
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 32 out of 35

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
January 2, 2011 Jacksonville, FL, 1:00 pm ESPN2
Florida 24 ... Ohio State 17
- Florida special teams takes care of Buckeyes
- Ohio State sacked by the Gators
- CFN Thoughts on the Gator
- TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl
CFN Prediction: Ohio State 27-23 ... Line: Florida -2 O/U: 44
Pool Pick ATS: Ohio State  Confidence Score: 47
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 16 out of 35

Outback Bowl
January 2, 2012 Tampa, FL, 1:00 pm ABC
Michigan State 33 ...  Georgia 30 3OT

- Michigan State blocks kick in OT to win
- Georgia collapses late in tough loss
- CFN Thoughts on the Outback
- Outback Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Michigan State 27-24 ... Line: Georgia -3.5 O/U: 52
Pool Pick ATS: Michigan State  Confidence Score: 20
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 6 out of 35

AT&T Cotton Bowl  
January 6, 2012  Arlington, TX, 8:00 pm FOX
Arkansas 29 ... Kansas State 16

- Arkansas & Jarius Wright roll past the Wildcats
- Kansas State O falls flat 
- CFN Thoughts on the Cotton
- Cotton Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 48-31 ... Line: Arkansas -7 O/U: 64
Pool Pick ATS: Kansas State  Confidence Score: 9
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 2 out of 35

BBVA Compass Bank Bowl
January 7, 2012, Birmingham, AL, 1:00 pm ESPN 
SMU 28 ... Pitt 6  
- SMU sacks the Panthers
- Pitt running game awful in loss   
- CFN Thoughts on the BBVA Compass
- BBVA Compass Bank Preview
CFN Prediction: Pitt 28-20 ... Line: Pitt -5.5 O/U: 48.5
Pool Pick ATS: Pitt  Confidence Score: 91
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 24 out of 35

GoDaddy.com Bowl   
January 8, 2012   Mobile, AL 9:00 pm ESPN
Northern Illinois 38 ... Arkansas State
20
- GoDaddy.com Bowl - Northern Illinois Blows Past ASU
CFN Prediction: Arkansas State 38-31 ... Line: Arkansas State -1.5 O/U: 62
Pool Pick ATS: Northern Illinois  Confidence Score: 94
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 25 out of 35
 
BCS BOWLS

Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO 
January 2, 2012 Pasadena, CA, 5:00 pm ESPN
Oregon 45 ... Wisconsin 38
- Oregon runs wild for Rose win 
- Wisconsin spike comes too late 
Fiutak - Wisconsin Hit Its Ceiling
Cirminiello - Chip Up. Kelly's Moment
Mitchell - Hardly Kelly's First Signature Win
Zemek - Bielema's Ignorance
Sallee - O Explosion
Johnson - Kelly Now Elite
Harrison - Oregon's Amazing Attack
- Rose Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Oregon 44-34 ... Line: Oregon -6.5 O/U: 73
Pool Pick ATS: Oregon  Confidence Score: 38
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 14 out of 35

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 
January 2, 2012 Glendale, AZ, 8:30 pm ESPN 
Oklahoma State 41 ... Stanford 38 OT 
- Oklahoma State & Blackmon stellar
- Stanford Loses On Missed Late Kicks
Fiutak - OSU Should've Played LSU
Cirminiello - A Special Fiesta
Johnson - Weeden's Big Moment
Sallee - Shaw Lost It 
Mitchell - Luck Did His Job
Harrison - No Split Title
- Fiesta Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 41-34 ... Line: Oklahoma St -3.5 O/U: 75
Pool Pick ATS: Oklahoma State  Confidence Score: 38
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 14 out of 35

Allstate Sugar Bowl
January 3, 2012   New Orleans, LA, 8:30 pm ESPN 
Michigan 23 ... Virginia Tech 20 OT
- Michigan wins an overtime thriller 
- Virginia Tech loses heartbreaker on controversial call
Fiutak - Was It A Catch?
Cirminiello - Showstopping Sugar
Zemek - 11 Wins Can Hide A Lot
Mitchell - Sweet 2nd Chances
Johnson - Beamer's Bad Day
Harrison - Hoke Turns Things Around
- Allstate Sugar Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Michigan 27-20 .. Line: Michigan -2 O/U: 51.5
Pool Pick ATS: Michigan  Confidence Score: 84
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): Tied for 22 out of 35

Discover Orange Bowl
January 4, 2012  Miami Gardens, FL, 8:00 pm ESPN 
West Virginia 70 ... Clemson 33

- West Virginia's O explodes
Cirminiello - WVU's Big O Moment
Zemek - Clemson Won Something
Harrison - Where's the D In The BCS?
Fiutak - WVU's Big Night
Sallee - THE Fumble
Johnson - State of the ACC
- Clemson's D fizzles
- Orange Bowl Preview
CFN Prediction: Clemson 35-31 ... Line: Clemson -3 O/U: 60.5
Pool Pick ATS: Clemson  Confidence Score: 164
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 35 out of 35
 
BCS Championship
January 9, 2012  New Orleans, LA, 9:00 pm ESPN 
Alabama 21 ... LSU 0

BCS Championship Preview
- 2012 BCS Champ. Game Notes
- Sallee: Where Was Jarrett Lee?
- Cirminiello: LSU Didn't Show Up
- Zemek: Bama's Big Break - The Rematch
- Harrison: We Should've Seen This Coming
- Mitchell: Bama Secret Weapon - A Forward Pass
- Johnson: The Loss Of The Regular Season
CFN Prediction: LSU 23-20 ... Line: LSU -1 O/U: 39
Pool Pick ATS:  LSU  Confidence Score: 99
OVERALL CONFIDENCE (35 most - 1 least): 26 out of 35

  
 
 
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