A few days ago Athlon put out a bowl projection list. Naturally, being the off-season, I wanted to pull the list and make my predictions on their projections. So, without further adieu, here is their projections and my predictions:
|AutoNation Cure Bowl|
|Sunbelt||December 19th, 2015||American|
Georgia Southern, newer FBS members, will have their hands full in this game. Returning only one starter on the offensive line is not the way you want to be when playing UCF. Sure the Eagles will have time to develop a rhythm going in to bowl season but facing the Knights will be more a test than the Eagles will be ready to handle. Expect UCF to win and to win big.
|Miami Beach Bowl|
|C-USA||December 21st, 2015||American|
I challenge you to find a better name for a quarter back than Gunner. Kiel, the RS sophomore for Cincinnati, returns to lead a high powered offense. The Bearcat defense, however, has had a reputation of being somewhat on the softer side. For this reason I favor WKU. The Hilltoppers will find a way to stop the Bearcats a few times in this game and, with 7 returning offensive players, will have enough firepower in their own right to win the game.
|Boca Raton Bowl|
|MAC||December 22nd, 2015||American|
Holy Toledo! How hard is this game to pick! Toledo returns a star in HB in Kareem Hunt while ECU gears up to stop the run again. Can the Pirates, who in 2014 were one of the best at stopping the run, contain Hunt? That is what this game will come down to. I think Toledo controls the clock with the run game and ends up stealing a close one.
|BYU/Mountain West||December 24th, 2015||American|
The Hawaii Bowl should easily be one of everyone's favorite bowl games regardless of the scheduled teams. What better to have playing on TV during Christmas Eve but a bowl game?!?! (The only acceptable answer is "It's a Wonderful Live).
While Temple will have a good season I am just not sold on them. The thing they have going for them is a fire in the belly from being snubbed in last seasons bowl games. Lets be honest and say that doesn't equate to much. BYU on the other hand year in and year out shows the can land blow after blow (literally and figuratively). Take BYU in this game.
|St. Petersburg Bowl|
|C-USA||December 26th, 2015||American|
I can't wait for this game, if it comes to be! I love the story of Houston and finding Ward's position under center. He was so electric last year. And who can forget the Marshall heartbreak of last season. They were so close to punching through to a possible undefeated season.
The Thundering Heard will be one of the favorites in C-USA again this season but I feel Houston wins this game. In 2015 football is a more QB driving game. The Cougars have a solid QB in Ward while the Thundering Heard are replacing Rakeem Cato. Take Houston in this game.
|ACC||December 28th, 2015||American|
Of course Navy gets to the Military Bowl. Isn't that only fitting? I also like the Midshipmen chances. This off-season the Cardinals have been wavering on who to place under center. They'll figure it out and probably in enough time, but I can't bet against Niumatalolo. I'll roll with Navy.
|SEC||December 30th, 2015||American|
|University of South Carolina||vs||Memphis|
Memphis fans would salivate over this bowl game. The Tiger faithful would be easily within driving distance of Birmingham. Add to that the fact that it is a SEC match-up and a late bowl season game. SEC fans surely travel well but I have to imagine that the attendance would be a Memphis lean.
With South Carolina having inexperience in key positions as well as (somewhat) newer coordinators I pencil Memphis in to their second straight bowl win.
When the dust finally settles I see the AAC finishing 4-3 in their 7 bowl games. After a pretty rough start for the conference schedule I feel the cream will rise to the top.