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Updated Bowl Projections – November 17, 2014

Every Monday we’ve been publishing bowl projections from experts across the web, along with a few notes and observations.  Starting last week, we moved the projections into two groups.  We are publishing one group on Monday (which you are reading) and on Wednesday, after the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its weekly rankings.  With the Monday projections, we’ll offer a bowl projection of our own that may seem crazy at first, but we’ll provide the rationale behind it, explain how it can happen.  Hopefully we’ll surprise you not with the pick, but how it falls into place as the season goes on (we invite you to check our picks from the last few years). Each week, we’ll list our earlier picks, and after the bowls are over, we’ll review our projections.  On Wednesday, we’ll analyze the experts picks, see if we see any trends developing, and point-out some impact games for the weekend that you may not be aware of.  So here are the expert picks, and our crazy bowl pick.  Tune-in Wednesday for analysis and picks from three other experts.  (Click here for a list of updated conference tie-ins)

R+L Carriers New Orleans

  • Jim Tomlin – Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State
  • Jerry Palm – Arkansas State vs. San Diego State
  • Brant Parsons – Arkansas State vs. Nevada
Gildan New Mexico Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Utah State vs. UTEP
  • Jerry Palm – Utah State vs. Rice
  • Brant Parsons – San Diego State vs. UTEP
Royal Purple Las Vegas

  • Jim Tomlin – Boise State vs. Washington
  • Jerry Palm – Boise State vs. Utah
  • Brant Parsons – Boise State vs. Stanford
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Western Michigan vs. Air Force
  • Jerry Palm – Bowling Green vs. Air Force
  • Brant Parsons – Central Michigan vs. Utah State
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Bowling Green vs. South Alabama
  • Jerry Palm – Toledo vs. Texas State
  • Brant Parsons – Toledo vs. South Alabama
Miami Beach Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Cincinnati vs. BYU
  • Jerry Palm – Memphis vs. BYU
  • Brant Parsons – Cincinnati vs. BYU
Boca Raton Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan
  • Jerry Palm – UAB vs. Central Michigan
  • Brant Parsons – UAB vs. Western Michigan
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Colorado State vs. Navy
  • Jerry Palm – Colorado State vs. Navy
  • Brant Parsons – Colorado State vs. Navy
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo
  • Jerry Palm – Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan
  • Brant Parsons – Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green
Hawaii Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Rice vs. Nevada
  • Jerry Palm – UTEP vs. Nevada
  • Brant Parsons – Louisiana Tech vs. Air Force
Heart of Dallas Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Penn State vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Jerry Palm – Rutgers vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Brant Parsons – Iowa vs. Rice
Quick Lane Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Rutgers vs. Boston College
  • Jerry Palm – North Carolina State vs. Ohio
  • Brant Parsons – North Carolina State vs. Penn State
BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – UCF vs. North Carolina State
  • Jerry Palm – UCF vs. Virginia Tech
  • Brant Parsons – UCF vs. North Carolina
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

  • Jim Tomlin – North Carolina vs. East Carolina
  • Jerry Palm – Cincinnati vs. Boston College
  • Brant Parsons – Temple vs. Louisville
Hyundai Sun Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Miami (FL) vs. Arizona
  • Jerry Palm – Miami (FL) vs. USC
  • Brant Parsons – Notre Dame vs. Utah
Duck Commander Independence Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Virginia Tech vs. Temple
  • Jerry Palm – North Carolina vs. South Alabama
  • Brant Parsons – Virginia Tech vs. Western Kentucky
New Era Pinstripe Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Louisville vs. Maryland
  • Jerry Palm – Georgia Tech vs. Penn State
  • Brant Parsons – Boston College vs. Rutgers
National University Holiday Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Iowa vs. UCLA
  • Jerry Palm – Nebraska vs. UCLA
  • Brant Parsons – Michigan vs. Arizona State
Russell Athletic Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Notre Dame vs. Kansas State
  • Jerry Palm – Clemson vs. Oklahoma
  • Brant Parsons – Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma
AutoZone Liberty Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Texas vs. Tennessee
  • Jerry Palm – Texas vs. South Carolina
  • Brant Parsons – West Virginia vs. Texas A&M
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – West Virginia vs. Texas A&M
  • Jerry Palm – West Virginia vs. LSU
  • Brant Parsons – Houston vs. Auburn
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Duke vs. Missouri
  • Jerry Palm – Tennessee vs. Louisville
  • Brant Parsons – South Carolina vs. Miami (FL)
Belk Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Clemson vs.  Florida
  • Jerry Palm – Notre Dame vs. Florida
  • Brant Parsons – Clemson vs. LSU
San Francisco Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Minnesota vs. Utah
  • Jerry Palm – Iowa vs. Arizona
  • Brant Parsons – Minnesota vs. Arizona
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Mississippi State vs. Marshall
  • Jerry Palm –Mississippi State vs. Marshall
  • Brant Parsons – Georgia vs. Marshall
Fiesta Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin   Ohio State vs. Arizona State
  • Jerry Palm – Mississippi State vs. Michigan State
  • Brant Parsons – UCLA vs. Ohio State
Capital One Orange Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Georgia Tech vs. Ole Miss
  • Jerry Palm – Duke vs. Ole Miss
  • Brant Parsons – Duke vs. Ole Miss
Outback Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Wisconsin vs. Auburn
  • Jerry Palm – Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M
  • Brant Parsons – Nebraska vs. Georgia
Cotton Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Baylor vs. Michigan State
  • Jerry Palm – TCU vs. Ohio State
  • Brant Parsons – Baylor vs. Michigan State
Citrus Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Nebraska vs. LSU
  • Jerry Palm – Maryland vs. Auburn
  • Brant Parsons – Wisconsin vs. Missouri
Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual

  • Jim Tomlin – Oregon vs. TCU
  • Jerry Palm – Florida State vs. Oregon
  • Brant Parsons – Florida State vs. Oregon
Allstate Sugar Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Alabama vs. Florida State
  • Jerry Palm – Alabama vs. Baylor
  • Brant Parsons – Alabama vs. TCU
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Houston vs. California
  • Jerry Palm – Houston vs. Stanford
  • Brant Parsons – East Carolina vs. Cal
TaxSlayer Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Michigan vs. Georgia
  • Jerry Palm – Missouri vs. Minnesota
  • Brant Parsons –Maryland vs. Florida
Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Oklahoma vs. USC
  • Jerry Palm – Kansas State vs. Arizona
  • Brant Parsons – Kansas State vs. USC
Cactus Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Northwestern vs. Stanford
  • Jerry Palm – Temple vs. Washington
  • Brant Parsons – Texas vs. Washington
Birmingham Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – South Carolina vs. Memphis
  • Jerry Palm – East Carolina vs. Akron
  • Brant Parsons – Memphis vs. Tennessee
GoDaddy Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Northern Illinois vs. Arkansas State
  • Jerry Palm – Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Brant Parsons – Northern Illinois vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Our Crazy Bowl Projection – Texas vs. Florida in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.  Under new Head Coach Charlie Strong, Texas is surging.  Currently 6-5, the Longhorns have been winners of four of their last five games.   They’ll take on Florida team that will likely finish the regular season with a 6-5 record, and an interim head coach.   The Gators have had several close calls, including two overtime losses, and could be in position to finish 9-3.  If Texas doesn’t face Florida, other possibilities include LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, and Arkansas if the Razorbacks achieve to bowl eligibility.

Here are the predictions that we made earlier far this year and when we made them:

  •         West Virginia vs. LSU in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl (October 13)
  •         South Carolina vs. Penn State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl (October 20)
  •         Duke vs. Notre Dame in the Capital One Orange Bowl (October 27)
  •         Miami (FL) vs. Tennessee in the Belk Bowl (November 3)
  •         Nebraska vs. USC in the Holiday Bowl (November 10)


Check out some game day experiences from around the country!

Hook’em Horns – Gameday in Austin

Gameday in Columbia Missouri

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