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Bowl Picks (New Orleans to Hawaii)

New Orleans Bowl: East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Both of these teams handled adversity well this season as both started the season with different quarterbacks then are starting in this one. Lafayette have a playmaker in quarterback Terrance Broadway (24 total TD) who is an effective passer but also does serious damage as a runner recording 661 yards this season, second best on the roster. Junior Darryl Surgent hasn't been as good as expected but could still have a breakout game against an inconsistent Pirates defense. Expect both to play hard and score some points but the Ragin' Cajuns win thanks to a big day from Broadway.
ULL, 28 East Carolina, 17

Las Vegas Bowl: Washington vs. Boise State
D.J. Harper
Boise finds themselves in a bad bowl once more but that was to be expected considering they lost nearly everyone from last year's team. They have some dangerous players like Matt Miller and back D.J. Harper (15 rushing TD) but overall the team's offense is basically average. Washington's offense has also struggled mightily but they also possess Bishop Sankey (1,234 rushing yards) who can change the game the moment he touches the ball. This could turn into a defensive showcase as the Broncos defenders like J.C. Percy and Demarcus Lawrence hope to shut down Sankey.
Boise State, 24 Washington, 20

Hawaii Bowl: Fresno State vs. SMU
Two sneaky teams collide in Honolulu. The Bulldogs won nine games in their first year in the Mountain West, much of that thanks to Robbie Rouse (1,468 rushing yards) who has an interesting mix of speed and power. The Mustangs also have one great back in huge Zach Line who is tough to tackle. SMU will be hesitant to pass the ball not only because Garrett Gilbert has been wildly inconsistent but because Fresno has interception machine Phillip Thomas (8 interceptions). If he can manage some big plays it could be the difference.
Fresno State, 35 SMU, 24

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