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Bowl Picks (Independence to Armed Forces)

Independence Bowl: Ohio vs. ULM
Louisiana-Monroe and star quarterback Kolton Browning are playing in their first bowl game in school history, as they meet up against an old vet in Ohio. Browning (34 total TD) can give coordinators headaches because his ability to run and throw it deep. Tyler Tettleton, of Ohio, can do the same thing. Though, he has a better back behind him in 1,500 yard Beau Blankenship who runs hard for his small size. The Warhawks will use momentum and a gritty defense to defeat the Bobcats.
ULM, 28 Ohio, 24
Logan Thomas

Russell Athletic Bowl: Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech
If you want a shootout, don't watch this one. Both of these teams offenses score rarely as Rutgers is 98th in points scored, while Virginia Tech is 83rd. The Hokies' usually run-oriented offense struggled this year because they didn't have a go to back. Logan Thomas was had to force throws which resulted in 14 interceptions. Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights pound it on the ground which 1,000 yard rusher Jawan Jamison and Savon Huggins. Expect Khaseem Greene (125 tackles) and the rest of Rutgers' defense to shut down the Hokies.
Rutgers, 20 Virginia Tech, 14

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
The surprising Gophers sqaure off against a Texas Tech team previewing their new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who takes over for Tommy Tuberville. The Gophers are headed by freshman Phillip Nelson who performed well after taking over for Max Shortell late in the season. They also have a bruising back in Donnell Kirkwood who has done a great job taking pressure off of Nelson. The Red Raiders offense could pass all over Minnesota's weak pass defense with quarterback Seth Doege (38 passing TD) unless Michael Carter or Troy Stoudemire step up.
Texas Tech, 42 Minnesota, 28

Armed Forces Bowl: Air Force vs. Rice
These two teams come into this game going in different directions. Rice ended the season on a four game winning streak to end up at 6-6 while Air Force looked terrible the last few weeks of the regular season. The Falcons will use their second-ranked rush offense led by small and elusive back Cody Getz. On the other side, the Owls will use a balanced offense that includes Taylor McHargue and senior back Charles Ross. The Owls shouldn't have much trouble with their smart defense shutting down the triple-option attack of Air Force.
Rice, 27 Air Force, 18

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