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Bowl Picks (Pinstripe to Buffalo Wild Wings)

Pinstripe Bowl: Syracuse vs. West Virginia
Tavon Austin
Old Big East opponents square off once more in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. At one point it seemed West Virginia could end up in a BCS bowl and Geno Smith would win the Heisman. Then, the loss to Kansas State hit and everything went downhill from there. Smith still had an incredible year passing for 40 touchdowns with just 6 picks and over 4,000 yards. He has two of the best receivers in the nation in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. The Orange don't quite have the explosiveness on offense but are balanced with quarterback Ryan Nassib and receiver Alec Lemon. If Syracuse plays at their pace they win. But, their secondary still has issues stopping Smith as the Mountaineers escape.
West Virginia, 38 Syracuse, 31

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Navy vs. Arizona State
Navy finds themselves in a bowl something they might not have thought would have happened after opening their year losing 50-10 to Notre Dame in Ireland. Meanwhile Arizona State used a solid passing game and an underrated ground game to gain 7 wins. Quarterback Taylor Kelly struggled in Pac 12 play and has been inconsistent but should have a strong game. The Sun Devils should rely heavily on back Marion Grice (17 total TD) to get points past a pedestrian Navy defense. The Midshipmen will use their triple-option attack led by quarterback Keenan Reynolds and Gee Gee Greene. They could have serious success on the ground as Arizona State's run defense has been terrible this year. Though, they still win over the Midshipmen, handily.
Arizona State, 34 Navy, 21

Alamo Bowl: Texas vs. Oregon State
For Texas, an Alamo Bowl is a huge disappointment. For the Beavers, who won just 3 games a year ago and lost to Sacremento State, it's a pretty nice thought. The Beavers will use Cody Vaz at quarterback over inconsistent and injury prone Sean Mannion. Vaz has a strong arm and has the smarts. Mack Brown also uses a different quarterback in David Ash who started the season for the Longhorns at the position. Texas has a veteran secondary but they could have some serious issues against receivers Markus Wheaton and sophomore Brandin Cooks.
Oregon State, 28 Texas, 27

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: TCU vs. Michigan State
Two of the year's biggest disappointments square off in Tempe. TCU has gone through adversity losing star quarterback Casey Pachall midway through the season forcing Gary Patterson to rely on freshman Trevon Boykin. Boykin has done pretty good considering the circumstances but he hasn't had to face a defense like the Spartans. Defensive backs Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard had huge seasons for Mark Dantonio and the whole defense only allowed five rushing touchdowns the whole season. Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs will try to handle back Le'Veon Bell who was embarassed defenses much of the season.
Michigan State, 20 TCU, 17

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