Updated Bowl Projections – November 24, 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, and point impact games 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. Washington
  • Brant Parsons – Boise State vs. Stanford
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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

  • Jim Tomlin – Bowling Green vs. Texas State
  • 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 – Middle Tennessee State 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 – Western Kentucky vs. Bowling Green
Hawaii Bowl

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

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

  • Jim Tomlin – Boston College vs. Northwestern
  • Jerry Palm – Virginia vs. Northwestern
  • Brant Parsons – Duke vs. Penn State
BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl

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

  • Jim Tomlin – North Carolina vs. East Carolina
  • Jerry Palm – East Carolina vs. Boston College
  • Brant Parsons – Temple vs. Miami (FL)
Hyundai Sun Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Notre Dame vs. Utah
  • Jerry Palm –  North Carolina vs. Utah
  • Brant Parsons – Notre Dame vs. Utah
Duck Commander Independence Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas
  • Jerry Palm – Florida vs. Miami (FL)
  • Brant Parsons – North Carolina vs. Arkansas
New Era Pinstripe Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Louisville vs. Nebraska
  • 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. USC
  • Brant Parsons – Nebraska vs. Arizona
Russell Athletic Bowl

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

  • Jim Tomlin – Texas vs. Tennessee
  • Jerry Palm – Texas vs. Arkansas
  • 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. Auburn
  • Jerry Palm – Texas A&M vs. Louisville
  • Brant Parsons – South Carolina vs. North Carolina
Belk Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Miam (FL) vs.  Florida
  • Jerry Palm – Duke vs. Tennessee
  • Brant Parsons – Louisville vs. LSU
San Francisco Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Penn State vs. Arizona
  • Jerry Palm – Iowa vs. Arizona State
  • Brant Parsons – Iowa vs. USC
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

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

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

  • Jim Tomlin – Georgia Tech vs. Ohio State
  • Jerry Palm – Clemson vs. Mississippi State
  • Brant Parsons – Georgia Tech vs. Missouri
Outback Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Maryland vs. Ole Miss
  • Jerry Palm – Wisconsin vs. Ole Miss
  • Brant Parsons – Minnesota vs. Ole Miss
Cotton Bowl

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

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

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

  • Jim Tomlin – Alabama vs. Mississippi 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. California
  • Brant Parsons – East Carolina vs. UAB
TaxSlayer Bowl

  • Jim Tomlin – Minnesota vs. LSU
  • Jerry Palm – Maryland vs. Auburn
  • Brant Parsons –Maryland vs. Florida
Valero Alamo Bowl

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

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

  • Jim Tomlin – South Carolina vs. Memphis
  • Jerry Palm – South Carolina vs. Cincinnati
  • 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 – Iowa vs. Arkansas in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville.

WOOOO PIG SOOIE !!!  Iowa, the state with more pigs than any other, knows something about hog calls, and the Hawkeyes will take on the Razorbacks in great bowl city.  Arkansas, is coached by Bret Bielema, a former pig-farmer who was a walk-on football player at the University of Iowa.  Bielema would become a graduate assistant at Iowa, launching a coaching career that would lead him to Wisconsin, where he won three consecutive Big Ten titles, before leaving for Arkansas.  While at Iowa, he got a tattoo of the Iowa Hawkeyes logo.

For this game to happen, the Gator Bowl will need to host an ACC team rather than a Big Ten team.  It is possible the Hawkeyes could end up in Jacksonville, or San Francisco, but this might be the year for Iowa to play in a bowl a game their fans can drive to.  The story lines and connections with the Arkansas coach would make this more than a game.

Arkansas clearly has been getting better and better, and now they are bowl eligible.  There are a few other bowl possibilities for the Hogs, including Memphis and Houston, plus Birmingham and Shreveport.

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)

·         Texas vs. Florida in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (November 17)

While we would love to change several of these picks, what is different about our selections is that we don’t change the selections, we don’t use the same team twice, and when we select it, we are looking to see that one or fewer of the several experts we follow are using the pick.

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