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College Football Bowl Picks 2013: Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois Vs Florida State; Rose Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl, Heart of Dallas Bowl

Northern Illinois takes on Florida State in Orange Bowl. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
New Year's Day represents a lot of things, but none are bigger than making resolutions and watching huge college football bowl games. For us here at GameDay, we're combining the two. Our resolution for 2013 is simple - to correctly pick the rest of the biggest bowl games of the new year both straight up and against the spread. And when a champion is finally crowned between Notre Dame and Alabama, our own battle for college football supremacy will be decided as well. The true bowl games begin on New Year's Day, and we have you covered with all of our picks below.

Mississippi State +2 vs. No. 20 Northwestern
Gator Bowl
Tuesday ... 12 p.m. ... ESPN2
Brad's Pick: Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, but is the favorite on New Year's Day to win for the first time after nine consecutive defeats. The Wildcats could finally break that skid this season. Northwestern is 9-3 and could clinch its first 10-win season since 1995 with a win over Mississippi State. The Wildcats have signature wins over Syracuse and Vanderbilt and lost heartbreakers to Nebraska by one and Michigan in overtime. Mississippi State started the season with seven straight wins, but lost four of its last five, with only a win over a bad Arkansas squad stopping a complete disaster  Simply put, when the competition was tough, Mississippi State couldn't compete. So, the Wildcats will celebrate likes it's 1949. Northwestern 27, Mississippi State 23.

Craig's Pick: Northwestern 24, Mississippi State 20.

Glenn's Pick: Mississippi State 31, Northwestern 28.

Purdue +17 vs. Oklahoma State
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Tuesday ... 12 p.m. ... ESPNU
Brad's Pick: Both Purdue and Oklahoma State feature spread offenses that can score points, with the Boilermakers averaging 29.9 and the Cowboys 44.7 points per game. Both defenses like to give up points as well, as each allows nearly 30 a game. So, needless to write, offense will be featured in this game. Purdue barely qualified for a bowl, going 6-6, and coach Danny Hope was fired following the regular season. The Boilermakers won their final three games, however, after losing their previous five. Oklahoma State is coming into this matchup having lost two straight, to Oklahoma and Baylor, allowing a total of 92 points combined. The Cowboys should break their losing streak, but Purdue will have enough offense to keep it relatively close. Oklahoma State 45, Purdue 35.

Craig's Pick: Oklahoma State 45, Purdue 20.

Glenn's Pick: Oklahoma State 34, Purdue 28.

No. 7 Georgia -9 vs. No. 16 Nebraska
Capital One Bowl
Tuesday ... 1 p.m. ... ABC
Brad's Pick
: Both Georgia and Nebraska dropped their respective conference championships games, but the way each lost was a completely different story. Georgia barely lost to Alabama in the SEC title game, 32-28, coming just a few yards shy of pulling an upset and playing for a national championship. Nebraska was a big favorite against Wisconsin in the Big 10 title game, but ended up getting embarrassed to the tune of a 70-31 defeat. Georgia, which lost twice this season, to then-No. 6 South Carolina and No. 2 Alabama, will win this game if motivated to do so. That is always a question mark in bowl games for teams that had higher expectations. Nebraska lost this season to then-unranked UCLA, then-No. 12 Ohio State and Wisconsin. The Bulldogs are clearly the better team, but with Nebraska having something to prove, the Cornhuskers should make it a game. But talent wins out in the end.
Georgia 31, Nebraska 24.

Craig's Pick: Georgia 31, Nebraska 21.

Glenn's Pick: Georgia 31, Nebraska 13.

No. 10 South Carolina -5 vs. No. 18 Michigan
Outback Bowl
Tuesday ... 1 p.m. ... ESPN
Brad's Pick: Michigan hasn't been able to beat any of the marquee teams on its schedule, which amazingly includes losses against No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State, in addition to No. 16 Nebraska. But the Wolverines grew as a team toward the end of the season, winning three of four. There one lose came against undefeated Ohio State, 26-21, where the Wolverines were shut out in the second half. South Carolina made a run toward the top of the rankings after winning its first six games, but two straight losses to LSU and Florida knocked the Gamecocks out of the BCS title race. They rebounded to win their final four games, including the season finale against Clemson. But South Carolina lost star running back Marcus Lattimore, the backbone of the team, to a gruesome injury late in the year. Michigan should have quarterback Denard Robinson back fully from his own injury, although he may continue his late-season role as a wide receiver/running back/wildcat quarterback hybrid with Devin Gardner continuing to play quarterback. Whatever position he plays, Robinson should make a few big plays that leads the Wolverines to an upset victory. Michigan 27, South Carolina 24.

Craig's Pick: South Carolina 24, Michigan 17.

Glenn's Pick: South Carolina 24, Michigan 21.

Wisconsin +6 vs. No. 6 Stanford
Rose Bowl
Tuesday ... 5 p.m. ... ESPN
Brad's Pick: Stanford may be the hottest team in the nation, finishing the season with seven straight victories, including five straight over ranked teams. The Cardinal beat then-No. 11 Oregon State, then-No. 2 Oregon in overtime and topped ranked UCLA two weeks in a row, once to end the regular season and then in the Pac-12 title game. Stanford lost twice overall, to Washington and a controversial defeat to No. 1 Notre Dame in overtime. Wisconsin won the Big 10 championship game, routing Nebraska 70-31, even though the Badgers finished third in the Leaders Division, behind Ohio State and Penn State, who were both banned from postseason play. Wisconsin will be the first five-loss team to play in a Rose Bowl. The key for Stanford will be stopping Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. The Cardinal's momentum won't be stopped now.
Stanford 27, Wisconsin 20.

Craig's Pick: Stanford 32, Wisconsin 20.

Glenn's Pick: Stanford 28, Wisconsin 14.

No. 15 Northern Illinois +14.5 vs. No. 12 Florida St
Orange Bowl
Tuesday ... 8:30 p.m. ... ESPN
Brad's Pick: Florida State has been known this season to play down to the opponent, and there might be little motivation for the Seminoles to get pumped up to play a Northern Illinois squad many say doesn't belong in a BCS game. Florida State lost this year to North Carolina State and Florida at home, and struggled to beat Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game, 21-15. All that points to a close game in the Orange Bowl, especially with Northern Illinois set to prove its ready for the big time in college football. The Huskies have won 12 straight games after losing the season opener to Iowa. Florida State, however, is far and away the most talented opponent Northern Illinois will face this year. Look for this game to follow the same script as the ACC championship, with Florida State sleepwalking to a closer-than-expected victory.
Florida State 23, Northern Illinois 21.

Craig's Pick: Florida State 32, Northern Illinois 21.

Glenn's Pick: Florida State 38, Northern Illinois 20.

Brad's Bowl Record: 2-9 (spread); 5-6 (straight-up); 0-0 (upset picks)
Brad's Season: 71-86-1 (spread); 106-52 (straight-up); 6-15 (upset picks)
Brad's Money: DOWN $2,350
Craig's Bowl Record: 4-7 (spread); 4-7 (straight-up); 1-2 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 73-84-1 (spread); 104-54 (straight-up); 7-19 (upset picks)
Craig's Money: DOWN $1,940
Glenn's Bowl Record: 2-9 (spread); 5-6 (straight-up); 1-1 (upset picks)
Glenn's Season: 76-81-1 (spread); 114-44 (straight-up); 9-12 (upset picks)
Glenn's Money: DOWN $1,310


  1. Looks like Evil Craig is making his usual postseason run. My guess he takes the title.