Monday, December 28, 2009
Who's going to win: Middle bowls
By Ted Miller
These picks will take us up to the Rose Bowl presented by Citi on Jan. 1.
Went 2-1 with the early bowls -- Cal, drrrrr! -- which leaves the season record at 57-20.
EagleBank Bowl, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN
UCLA 24, Temple 17: Though the Bruins' defense wasn't great against the run, it should have enough to slow down Temple's tough rushing attack, while the struggling offense should have enough to provide the winning margin. While the Owls, playing in their first bowl game in 30 years, figure to show up with plenty of passion, it's hard to get past their 35-17 loss to Ohio in the season finale that knocked them out of the MAC championship game.
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Wednesday, 8 p.m. (ET) ESPN
Arizona 23, Nebraska 20: Arizona quarterback Nick Foles gets rid of the ball quickly, which will be critical against Ndamukong Suh and a tough Nebraska defense. The bigger question might be whether the Cornhuskers will be able to run the ball against the Wildcats. The Wildcats would love to force quarterback Zac Lee to beat them. Arizona looks to have a slight advantage in both areas.
Brut Sun Bowl, Thursday, 2 p.m. (ET) CBS
Oklahoma 30, Stanford 21: Even if Andrew Luck is able to play with a surgically repaired finger, he won't be 100 percent, and that means the Sooners' outstanding defense will gang up on Toby Gerhart. Moreover, the Sooners have enough speed at the offensive skill positions to exploit a middling Stanford defense that lacks overall athleticism.