Another Saturday of football and four bowls on tap for this second weekend of Bowl Games. Here are my picks:
Wake Forest over Memphis | 12/22, 12:00pm ESPN
We have a first to forty style game at historic Legion Field in Birmingham. Memphis wasn’t able to keep scoring against UCF in the American Championship Game, though truthfully it was more of their defense letting up than their offense. That won’t bode well against the Demon Deacons, who have been a run-up-the-score type in their wins this season. I don’t see the break slowly them down and should be able to score up and down the field on the Tigers defense. High scoring for sure, but Wake Forest should come out on top.
Armed Forces Bowl
Army over Houston | 12/22, 3:30pm ESPN
Coming out of a win against Navy, the Army Black Knights look for their first ever 11-win season against the Ed Oliver-less Houston. The Cougars have lost three of their last four to end the year and have been bleeding on the defensive side of the ball. Productivity is key for Army, who has the second best rushing attack in the nation and one of the best rushing defenses. They are stout and tough to get past, as shown from their near miss against Oklahoma earlier in the year.
Dollar General Bowl
Buffalo over Troy | 12/22, 7:00pm ESPN
Troy won this game just two years ago and has grown well since then. A perennial contender in the tough Sun Belt, the Trojans look for the semi-home field advantage to propel them over a Buffalo team that has been the best in the MAC but coming up just short in the Championship game. This will probably be the most competitive game on the day, and one that could go either way. Troy will be fighting, but I go with the Bulls, who have been on of the toughest teams all year and led by a very versatile quarterback in Tyree Jackson.
Louisiana Tech over Hawaii | 12/22, 10:30pm ESPN
While I will miss my Christmas Eve tradition of the Hawaii Bowl, this type of game will do. A matchup of formal WAC teams, the Rainbow Warriors and the Bulldogs face-off in Hawaii in what could be a very high scoring affair. Louisiana Tech always finds a way to go bowling and has won their last 4. They have a high power offense, scoring at will almost every game and get a team in Hawaii that lets up over 35 points per game. Give me the Bulldogs.