Original Retro Brand CFO Rick Schwartz correctly stated, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish…” in regard to the * last 12 Bowls of Christmas Bowl contest update. Rick was 0-2 at the time, and with BYU crushing Oregon State this past Tuesday, and Utah‘s comeback drubbing of CAL last night (Let’s here it for the Mountain West Conference-Woo-Hoo!), his record remains unblemished in the win column at 0-4. With 22 Bowl games left on the pick list, he has plenty of time to come back and win (heck, Utah was down 14 – 0 before storming back to victory..), but he needs to notch a few w’s soon. I have a very good feeling with these next batch of games through the Christmas weekend, Rick will finally get off the shnicky:
It may be difficult for the Pitt Panthers to get up for North Carolina in the upcoming Car Care Bowl, after ending an otherwise very strong season with 2 losses at home to West Virginia and Cincinnati. Pitt played their hearts out in those losses however, and they were certainly close enough games that could have ended up as wins. Stud Freshman of the year, Dion Lewis, rushed for over 100 yards 9 times (1,600 yards for a 5.5 average per carry for the season) without dropping the rock even once. Look for more of the same from Lewis against a pretty decent defensive front from the Tar Heels. PITT-35, UNC-28.
Do the USC Trojans even deserve to be in a Bowl game? After complete domination and one-sided losses at the hands of Oregon and Stanford, one might say no to that question. Let’s get back to reality. These are still the USC Trojans, and they still beat Ohio State and 2 other ranked teams during the season. They take on Boston College in the Emerald Bowl this Saturday, and while BC had a pretty good year overall (8-4), they were not able to win any big games on their schedule (losses to Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame & North Carolina). I think Pete Carroll and USC take out their non-USC like season frustrations out on the Eagles in a big way. USC-45, BC-14.
The Clemson Tigers limp into the Music City Bowl, after losing back to back games to interstate rival South Carolina, and then the ACC Championship to Georgia Tech. The Kentucky Wildcats had reeled off 3 straight victories before losing their last game of the season in overtime to Tennessee. I believe the Wildcats have more “Mo” than the the Tigers. Superfreak C.J. Spiller may rush for 200 yards and return a kickoff for a touchdown, but it won’t be enough for Clemson. Kentucky has won 3 consecutive Bowl games dating back to 2006 when they defeated Clemson in the Music City Bowl, and I believe history will repeat itself. Kentucky-28, Clemson-21.
My fellow staff members in this contest are free to comment on my picks in the “comment” section at the end of this post, and offer their own thoughts. I’d like to get your thoughts too, so have at it…
Here is a recap of the Original Retro Brand STAFF Picks….
MARC RICK CASSIDY ANDY BOWL GAME
Wyoming Fresno Fresno Wyoming (New Mexico Bowl)
UCF UCF Rutgers Rutgers (St. Petersburg Bowl)
Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State BYU (Las Vegas Bowl)
CAL CAL CAL Utah (Poinsettia Bowl)
UNC PITT PITT PITT (Car Care Bowl)
USC USC BC USC (Emerald Bowl)
Clemson Clemson Clemson Kentucky (Music City Bowl)
UGA UGA UGA UGA **(Independence Bowl)
UCLA UCLA UCLA Temple (Eaglebank Bowl)
Miami Miami Wisconsin Miami (Sports Bowl)
Arizona Arizona Arizona Nebraska (Holiday Bowl)
Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma Stanford (Sun Bowl) VTech VTech Tennessee VTech (Chic-Fil-A Bowl)
Iowa State Minnesota Minnesota Minnesota (Insight Bowl)
Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Michigan State (Alamo Bowl)
Auburn Auburn Auburn Northwestern (Outback Bowl)
LSU LSU LSU Penn State (Capital One Bowl)
West Virginia West Virginia Florida State West Virginia (Gator Bowl)
Oregon Oregon Oregon Oregon *** (Rose Bowl)
Navy Missouri Missouri Navy (Texas Bowl)
Florida Florida Florida Cincinnati (Sugar Bowl)
South Carolina South Carolina South Carolina UCONN (Papa John Bowl)
Okl. State Okl.State Ole Miss Okl. State (Cotton Bowl)
TCU TCU Boise State TCU (Fiesta Bowl)
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Iowa Georgia Tech (Orange Bowl)
Texas Alabama Alabama Texas (BCS Championship)
* *Nobody picked Texas A&M *** Nobody picked Ohio State
Records as of this post….
Marc 1-3 Rick 0-4 Cassidy 1-3 Andy 4-0
So enjoy the action, and check back Monday for another update. We really get into the bowels of the Bowls next week, kicking off with Georgia vs. Texas A&M and ending 15 games later on Sunday, January 2nd, with Michigan State vs. Texas Tech…..then the finale week leading up to Texas vs. Alabama.
I want to thank all of the folks who have sent in e-mails, and are participating in this 12 Bowls of Christmas contest, and all of the folks who have supported The Original Retro Brand this past year. And with that, I will close out by saying, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!