SB Nation College Bowl Pick Em' December 18th Recap

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SB Nation College Bowl Pick Em' had 135 people sign up. Although the slogan says "Don't sign up if you're not going to play," 21 people did not pick any games. We can theoretically now elimnate them leaving 114 people actually playing the game.

Of those 114, only 17 people correctly picked BYU over UTEP, Northern Illinois over Fresno State, and Troy over Ohio. That includes our leader, FlaGators. FlaGators is leader due to not only him correctly picking all three games, but having them in high confidence. He had a Troy win at a confidence of 30, Northern Illinois at a confidence of 29 and BYU at a confidence of 22.

For those of you that had a bad first day to the bowl season, just remember that there are 35 games, not 3, in the bowl season and everyone still has a chance.

Here is what the Top 10 of the standings looks like:

1. FlaGators


3. Wurtland Warriors

4. The Gary Carter's

5. hothot Louisville Cardinals

6. Miller

7. mojo133/2

8. nebraskasux

T9. Hilary Lee (Off Tackle Empire)

T9. forum8usa

For the complete standings, click here.

Here are the recaps done by SB Nation on each of yesterday's bowl games and a preview on today's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.





New Mexico Bowl, BYU vs. UTEP: Cougars obliterate Miners, 52-24

The following is Miner Rush's (SB Nation's UTEP Blog) recap of the game.

Maybe, there are too many bowl games.  Maybe, teams that lose 5 of their last 6 shouldn't be rewarded with a bowl appearance.  I don't know about all that, but I do know that all 6-6 teams are not equal.  The BYU Cougars were better than the UTEP Miners in every facet of the game in the 5th Annual New Mexico Bowl. 

From the opening kickoff, it was apparent that Bronco Mendenhall's football team was better prepared and just better than their C-USA counterparts.  Mendenhall has never had a losing season in six seasons at BYU and the Cougars have played in bowl games every year since 2006.  The Cougars arrived to University Stadium ready to play a football game.  The UTEP Miners arrived midway through the second quarter.

UTEP's opening drive lasted all of four plays.  UTEP had a first down on a Marlon McClure quick screen and then followed it up with a nice 5 yard gain by Joe Banyard.  Then, Mendenhall sent a blind side screen with cornerback Andrew Rich.  Rich took down Trevor Vittatoe for a huge loss and the Miners drive stalled.  BYU's Cody Hoffman nearly returned the ensuing punt for a touchdown.  Four plays later, Bryan Kariya walked into the end zone from four yards out to put BYU up 7-0.  

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    The following is the Sports Network's official recap of the New Mexico Bowl.


Albuquerque, NM (Sports Network) - Jake Heaps completed 25-of-34 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, as BYU thumped UTEP, 52-24, in the fifth annual New Mexico Bowl.

Cody Hoffman snagged eight passes for 137 yards and three scores, while Joshua Quezada ran for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Cougars (7-6), who won five of their last six games to close the 2010 season. JJ Di Luigi added 98 yards and a score on the ground.

BYU played in its final game as a member of the Mountain West Conference, which it joined in 1998; it will become a football independent starting in 2011.

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Humanitarian Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State: Huskies Roll Past Bulldogs, 40-17

The following is the Sports Network's official recap of the Humanitarian Bowl.

Chandler Harnish ran for two touchdowns and passed for another score, as Northern Illinois crushed Fresno State, 40-17, in the 14th annual Humanitarian Bowl.

Chad Spann added 95 rushing yards and a pair of TDs for the Huskies (11-3), who snapped a three-game skid in bowl games, having lost last season to South Florida in the International Bowl. Harnish connected on 17-of-26 passes for 300 yards and rushed for 72 more for Northern Illinois, which was coming off a loss to Miami-Ohio in the MAC championship game.

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New Orleans Bowl, Ohio vs. Troy: Trojans Skin Bobacts, 48-21

The Following is the Sports Network's official recap of the R + L Carriers Bowl.

Corey Robinson passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns, as Troy built a big lead before recording a 48-21 victory over Ohio in the New Orleans Bowl.

Robinson completed 32-of-42 passes and threw three of his touchdowns in the second quarter to help the Trojans (8-5) carry a 38-7 lead into halftime. Troy then held on in the second half and earned the program's second bowl victory -- the first since the 2006 New Orleans Bowl.

DuJuan Harris ran for 105 yards and a touchdown, while Jerrel Jernigan rushed for a score in the rout. Troy nearly doubled Ohio's total yardage, outgaining the Bobcats by a 602-308 margin.

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Southern Miss makes its ninth straight post-season appearance against Louisville

The following is the Sports Network's official preview of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

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The biggest difference in so many bowl games is the play of the defense. Usually the team with the more consistent unit will win, and if that theory is true than the Cardinals should be flying high by the final whistle.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisville 31, Southern Miss 24

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