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Sooners and Cowboys will have major tests in Bowl action; Clemson and Alabama in National Title game?; Big Twelve predictions

 

BIG TWELVE BOWL GAMES

 

Auburn (8-4) will play Oklahoma (10-2) in the 2017 Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans. (Photo: Sugar Bowl logo)

 

Big Twelve Conference champs Oklahoma goes the Sugar Bowl to play the Auburn Tigers out of the Southeastern Conference and do not let the so-so eight and four record of the War Eagle fool you.  The SEC representative will give the Sooners all they want in this battle of storied programs.  Can OU continue to move the ball up and down the field? Against the best defense they will play this season (with respect to Ohio State) Auburn will be stout.  Can Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon get significant yardage on a defense that can shut down a run game as good as any in the country?  Will Baker Mayfield and Dee Dee Westbrook connect on some big plays to open up the run game?  This will a severe test for OU and with the Auburn offense in full throttle with the injured starters back, look for a close shave for the winner.  Auburn will put up points.  Final:  Auburn 27, Oklahoma 26.

 

 

 

Oklahoma State gets Colorado in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio and both teams will give the other excellent competition.  The Cowboys have much the better firepower and with the game indoors, the weather will not stifle Poke quarterback Mason Rudolph.  Look for a high scoring second half after a first half of feeling each other out with OSU pulling away late.  Final:  Oklahoma State 37 and Colorado 24

 

Boise State gets the Baylor Bears in the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix tonight and the question is will the Big Twelve’s representative show up.  I say no and the Bears get wiped out.  Final:  Boise State 48 and Baylor 24

 

West Virginia and Miami, Fla. get it on in Orlando in the Russell Athletic Bowl Wednesday.  The former Big East foes will present a watchable game with plenty of excitement. Dana Holgorsen’s Mountaineers will show up and look for a Big Twelve win here.  Turnovers will be the deciding factor.  West Virginia 31 and Miami 23

 

Kansas State and Texas A&M meet in the Texas Bowl in Houston.  Former Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight will play as he has recovered from a late season injury.  The teams are reflective of their coaches and Kevin Sumlin wants this one bad.  Knight will have a big game and the Texas Aggies will roll the Bill Snyder’s Wildcats.  Final:  Texas A&M 32 and Kansas State 20

 

The Liberty Bowl in Memphis pits TCU and Georgia.  Another nice match-up and do not think Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs will not be ready to play hard  and winning football.  Patterson’s teams are always up for bowl games and this one I will go with the upset.  Look for TCU to win.  Final:  TCU 30 and Georgia 21

 

Other Bowls of significance

Orange Bowl:  Florida State 26 and Michigan 23
Citrus Bowl;  Louisville 24 and LSU 21
Rose Bowl:  USC 35 and Penn State 31
Outback:  Florida 18 and Iowa 17

 

National Playoffs

 

Peach Bowl:  Alabama will win the line play on both offense and defense against Washington and will hang on for a close win in the first National semi-final.  The Huskies have a fighting chance in this one but they must put points on the scoreboard.  Final:  Alabama 36 and Washington 28

 

Fiesta Bowl:  Ohio State and Clemson will play in the better of the two games on New Year’s Eve.  I think both teams will struggle moving the ball early and turnovers and the kicking game will be deciding factors.  Clemson’s experience having been in this game last year makes me thing the Tigers will play their best game of the season.  But I will go with Ohio State in the game of the night.  Final:  Ohio State 20 and Clemson 19

 

National Championship Game in Tampa:  Ohio State and Alabama

 

Feature Photo:  Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State’s stellar defensive lineman.   (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

 

 

 

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