2008 NCAA Football Bowl Predictions (10/8)

There’s a lot different from my preseason bowl predictions but that’s to be expected. I had Bryan pick a good number of the games for me, because he’s better at picking without bias than I am. Let me know what you think.

Bowl Game Team 1 Team 2 My Pick for Winner
BCS Championship Game Missouri Alabama Missouri
Rose Bowl Game presented by citi USC Penn St. USC
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma Ohio St. Oklahoma
FedEx Orange Bowl Virginia Tech South Florida Virginia Tech
Allstate Sugar Bowl LSU BYU LSU
Capital One Bowl Georgia Michigan St. Georgia
Gator Bowl North Carolina Notre Dame North Carolina
AT&T Cotton Bowl Texas Florida Texas
Outback Bowl Auburn Illinois Illinois
International Bowl Western Michigan Cincinnati Cincinnati
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Tulsa Kentucky Tulsa
Meineke Car Care Bowl Florida St. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Chick-fil-A Bowl Wake Forest Vanderbilt Vanderbilt
PetroSun Independence Bowl Colorado South Carolina Colorado
Brut Sun Bowl Oregon Kansas Kansas
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Clemson Ole Miss Clemson
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl California Texas Tech Texas Tech
Emerald Bowl Arizona St. Boston College Arizona St.
Valero Alamo Bowl Oklahoma St. Wiconsin Oklahoma St.
Texas Bowl Kansas St. West Virginia West Virginia
Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl Boise St. Maryland Boise St.
Insight Bowl Nebraska Michigan Michigan
Champs Sports Bowl Northwestern Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
Motor City Bowl Ball St. Minnesota Ball St.
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Stanford Fresno St. Fresno St.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl TCU Houston TCU
Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl Arizona Utah Utah
SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl Colorado St. Oregon St. Oregon St.
GMAC Bowl Central Michigan East Carolina East Carolina
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Troy Southern Mississippi Troy
PapaJohns.com Bowl Tennessee Connecticut Tennessee
New Mexico Bowl Nevada Air Force Nevada
St. Petersburg Bowl Louisville Marshall Louisville
The Eagle Bank Congressional Bowl Navy Miami (FL) Miami

My 2008 NFL Prediction (10/8)

Well, this is easily the prediction that felt the most uneasy about, but as I was going through and typing in the final records for the teams, I realized that they were too entirely different from my last predictions. And I’ve done this the same way that I’ve done all the rest, so I can’t really do too much about it. Either way, I’m not very happy with these, but here they are:

North South East West
Steelers (12-4) Colts (12-4) Bills (13-3) Broncos (11-5)
Ravens (9-7) Titans (11-5) Patriots (10-6) Chargers (10-6)
Browns (4-12) Jaguars (8-8) Jets (10-6) Raiders (4-12)
Bengals (3-13) Texans (5-11) Dolphins (6-10) Chiefs (3-13)
North South East West
Vikings (9-7) Saints (11-5) Giants (13-3) Cardinals (11-5)
Packers (8-8) Panthers (10-6) Cowboys (12-4) Seahawks (6-10)
Bears (7-9) Buccaneers (9-7) Redskins (10-6) 49ers (5-11)
Lions (2-14) Falcons (3-13) Eagles (8-8) Rams (1-15)

As you can see the final Wild Card Spots for both conferences will come down to the NFL’s Official Tie-Breaking Procedures. Fortunately I’ve become so familiar with these procedures that this wasn’t too much of an obstacle to overcome. On the NFC side of thing the Redskins beat out the Panthers because they had a better conference record. With the AFC there was a three-way-tie between the Chargers, Patriots, and Jets. I had the Patriots sweeping the Jets, so the Jets were knocked out but I had the Chargers winning their matchup with the Patriots, so that gave San Diego that spot. There were also some ties that needed to be settled to determine seeding, which I handled in the same way. With all that settled, here’s what the playoff seedings look like:

AFC 1. Bills NFC 1. Giants

2. Steelers
2. Cardinals

3. Colts
3. Saints

4. Broncos
4. Vikings

5. Titans
5. Cowboys

6. Chargers
6. Redskins

These seedings made some of the playoff games very hard to pick. Titans @ Broncos and Cowboys @ Vikings were the two in particular that were the most difficult. The latter of which was only difficult because it’s been so long since the Cowboys have won a playoff game and because it was in Minnesota. Here’s how I have it playing out:

Wild Card Round Divisional Round
Matchup Winner Matchup Winner
Chargers @ Colts Colts Broncos @ Bills Broncos
Titans @ Broncos Broncos Colts @ Steelers Colts
Redskins @ Saints Redskins Cowboys @ Giants Giants
Cowboys @ Vikings Cowboys Redskins @ Cardinals Redskins

AFC Championship NFC Championship
Matchup Winner Matchup Winner
Broncos @ Colts Colts Redskins @ Giants Giants

Super Bowl XLIII Matchup Super Bowl XLIII Champions
Colts vs Giants Indianapolis Colts
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