I missed making an official predicion on a pair of games over the holiday weekend with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (won by Florida International) and Independence Bowl (won by Air Force) so my record stays at 6-1 for those keeping track. For the record, if I did post an official prediction I would have gone with Toledo in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl and Air Force in the Independence Bowl so I feel I should be at 7-2. But a busy week gets started today with a pair of bowl games between teams from the big conferences.
The Big Ten, Big East, ACC and Big 12 are all represented in today’s bowl games, so let’s see how I do as the games get tougher.
Every time I jump on the N.C. State band wagon, Russell Wilson seems to throw an interception. I still like Wilson and the Wolfpack, who I feel made a giant stride forward in the ACC this season, but I just happen to like West Virginia a little bit more. Regardless of the Bill Stewart situation, in which he appears to being forced out after next season, and the fact that running back Noel Devine had a mediocre season compared to the previous two seasons, the Mountianeers have a very good defense and the ability to score some points when needed.
I think West Virginia ends the season on a winning note to improve the Big East to 2-0 in the bowl season and dropping the ACC to 0-2 (updated conference bowl standings).
Iowa is nowhere where I expected them to be this season and things do not appear to be ready to change around just yet. Faced with dealing with legal issues to a couple of the top offensive players on the team, wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and running back Adam Robinson, quarterback Ricky Stanzi will be pressed to make things happen for Iowa tonight against a talented Missouri defense. The Tigers have allowed just over two touchdowns a game this season, which is certainly not good for Iowa’s weakened offense.
Honestly, even with Johnson-Koulianos and Robinson lining up for the Hawkeyes, I’d be picking Missouri. I’m just even more confident in Missouri right now. So I’m picking Missouri.