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Fearless bowl predictions: Dec. 17

New Mexico Bowl

Temple vs. Wyoming (+7), 2 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Even though Wyoming isn’t a BCS squad, this is a step up for Temple. The Cowboys were toughened up playing the likes of Nebraska, TCU and Boise State. Temple will counter with running back Bernard Pierce (1,381 yards, 25 touchdowns). Wyoming 33, Temple 31
Rose’s pick: Temple is seventh nationally in rushing yards, averaging 257 per game. Wyoming gives up 230 yards on the ground each game. Temple 27, Wyoming 14

Idaho Potato Bowl

Ohio vs. Utah State (-1.5), 5:30 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Utah State will do everything it can to impose the will of its sixth-ranked rushing offense (277.5 yards) on Ohio. Although the Bobcats won’t be intimated thanks to productive quarterback Tyler Tettleton (3,086 yards, 26 touchdowns), he threw three interceptions in a loss to Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. Utah State 36, Ohio 20
Rose’s pick: Utah State has won five straight and has one of the best rushing attacks in the country (278 yards per game/sixth nationally). Utah State 31, Ohio 17

New Orleans Bowl

San Diego State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (+5), 9 p.m.
Henry’s pick: Battle-tested San Diego State, led by running back Ronnie Hillman, should be primed for this one. But they must figure Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Blaine Gautier, who threw for 2,488 yards and ran for 464 yards. San Diego State 41, Louisiana-Lafayette 36
Rose’s pick: Louisiana-Lafayette, which is making its first bowl appearance in 41 years, will have a tough time stopping San Diego State sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman, who has rushed for 1,656 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. San Diego State 34, Louisiana-Lafayette 31
 

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