The Picker: Season's greetings and inquiries plus all my college bowl game picks
BY The Picker
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 3:05 PM
Correction: The point spreads in the college bowl games were originally different than posted in the Out Bowl The Picker Contest. They have been corrected. We have also added a link to all The Picker's picks for each college game.Original Print Headline: Season's greetings and inquiries
Here are the stories we're working on at the start of the bowl season and the end of the NFL free-for-all:
Has there been a conference more embarrassing than the Big Ten, whose teams are the underdogs in all seven of their bowl games?
Who besides his adopted sister could do away with happy-go-lucky homicidal maniac Dexter on the last episode of the Showtime series?
Could there be a better NFL long shot than Seattle?
Will Landry Jones hang on to second-round draft status?
Since no great defensive lineman in his right mind would want to spend a couple or three years running in circles in the Big 12, is it now official that the spread offense is ruining college football?
Does anybody at CBS actually listen to Phil Simms?
Is new TU coach Danny Manning wondering: Where is everybody?
Since the goal of boxing is to put somebody in a coma, why is this barbaric endeavor still legal?
Is the run-first San Francisco quarterback sitting on a five-turnover game?
Is Tony Romo the most overrated player in NFL history?
Will High School Harry run up 50 on Medium Game Bob and Time Out Mike?
Will a lack of choice Texas recruits relegate OU to second 10 status?
Are you sure Mike Gundy can coach?
Does the Thunder have a prayer of overtaking Memphis in the West?
Why don't certain media people understand that any ratings are due to the Train Wreck Syndrome, listeners and viewers who tune in because it's such a mess?
Which zero is more likely to turn into a 1 within 50 years, the number of spread formation teams winning a national college title, or the number of running quarterbacks winning the NFL title?
Cincy (-3) at the Eagles: Teams like Cincy in must-win situations usually lose.
Eagles by 4.
New Mexico Bowl, Nevada versus Arizona (-8): Only three of 35 bowls are worth making an effort to see: OU-High School Harry, Kansas State-Oregon, the finals.
Should at least be some nice turquoise items in the bowl swag basket here.
Arizona by 7.
Potato Bowl, Toledo versus Utah State (-8): Cold weather bowls are more like community service than a reward.
Some say the temperature keeps Boise's home field blue.
Utah State by 7.
See all of The Picker's college bowl picks. Each week in the column, he will pick that week's games and offer some analysis.
Green Bay (-3) at Chicago: You are what you are.
The Bear quarterback is rude.
Green Bay isn't quite hungry enough.
Neither plays in the last game.
Bears by 2.
Giants at Atlanta (-1): Forget Christmas shopping, this is far and away the best pro Sunday of the season.
The Giants seem to think they can get lucky on cue.
Atlanta by 3.
Minnesota at St. Louis (-3): OU showcase, Peterson versus Bradford.
Minnie ponderous at quarterback.
St. Louis by 5.
Washington (-2 1/2) at Cleveland: RG3 went from running to the end zone to limping toward the infirmary.
Cleveland has more heart than skill.
Cleveland by 4.
Denver (-3) at Baltimore: Looks a little like a Seniors Flag Football League encounter.
Denver by 1.
Steelers (-1) at Dallas: Steelers ghosts must have gotten the visitor favored in this one.
Dallas moves into position to let its fans down again with playoff loss.
Cowboys by 4.
San Francisco at New England (-5 1/2): Likely a Super Bowl preview as any.
Where did NE get that defense? The SEC.
Home team by 7.
Jets at Tennessee (-1): Ready, set, shop.
Jets by 3.