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Today we see Oklahoma State square up against Colorado in the Alamo bowl. We also will see USF vs. South Carolina in the Birmingham bowl which has implications for the next season. I’ll be focusing on these two games, but will briefly discuss the Virginia Tech vs Arkansas Belk bowl at the end.
Birmingham Bowl — USF vs South Carolina
USF has proven itself to be a quality team this year, and it has high hopes for the following years. If the Bulls win this one, they’ll most likely be ranked going into the next year. Taggart’s team went 10-2 and won many impressive games.
USC (South Carolina) will look to dominate possession to keep the USF offense off the field, as it may be the only way to stop them. However, USC has had a decorated bowl past, making this game far from a sure win for USF.
Ultimately, I see the Bulls pulling out a win here. They’re fresh and young, and Taggart will want to go out with a bang before going over to Oregon.
Alamo Bowl — Colorado vs Oklahoma State
San Antonio, Texas
Mike MacIntyre has instilled a confidence in his team leading to a great season and momentum into this bowl game. Oklahoma State will have a hard time making plays against an amazing Colorado defense, so OSU will need an innovative gameplan to overcome the Colorado defense.
One way that OSU might try to do this is through RB Justice Hill. He’s a great freshman RB with over 1,000 yards on the season, and he might be able to push his way through Colorado’s D-line.
It’s not hard to forget the Cowboys’ loss to Central Michigan, but you can’t discount them as a powerhouse team. They’re well-ranked and run a balanced team, and it’ll be hard for the Buffaloes to figure them out.
However, I think the Buffaloes will come out on top. They have something to prove as a team that doesn’t often get the national spotlight, and this game has the potential to send them into the top 10 next season.
Belk Bowl — Virginia Tech vs Arkansas
Charlotte, North Carolina
Winner: Virginia Tech
Even though Arkansas has a disappointing record, this will be a close game because they are in a super hard conference and their record doesn’t truly reflect their talent. The Hogs have a strong offense, but they might not be up to the challenge tonight.
Virginia Tech has had a solid season. They played well against Clemson, and their strong defense will control the game and lead them to a victory.