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Fearless Predictions: Bowl season is here!

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Bowl season is here. We'll focus on the first four bowls.

New Mexico Bowl
Wyoming vs. Fresno State (-11):
Ryan Mathews, who is second in the country in total rushing yards with 1,664 yards (but first nationally with 151.27 yards per game), should have no problem against the Wyoming defense. The Cowboys have the 91st rush defense in the country, allowing 170.5 yards per game. Fresno State’s defense is one of the worst in the country, but so is Wyoming’s offense. Fresno State 34, Wyoming 13

St. Petersburg Bowl
Central Florida vs. Rutgers (-3): Freshman quarterback Tom Savage has had his struggles this season, completing just 52.3 percent of his passes. Joe Martinek has rushed for 923 yards and nine touchdowns, but he’ll be going against the fourth-best rush defense in the nation. But here’s why I like Rutgers: the Scarlet Knights are 19th in the country in total defense and No. 1 in turnover margin (+20). Central Florida quarterback Brett Hodges (2,263 yards, 15 TDs, 11 INTs, 61.1 comp. pct.) and running back Brynn Harvey (1,077 yards, 14 TDs) have had nice seasons, but I expect the Rutgers defense to clamp down and produce some turnovers. Rutgers 23, Central Florida 20

New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee State vs. Southern Mississippi (-3.5):
Both teams have good offenses (Southern Mississippi averages 33 points per game and Middle Tennessee State scores 31.2 points per game) and not so great defenses. Oddly enough, both teams are among the top 20 nationally in tackles for loss (Middle Tennessee State is No. 1 and Southern Mississippi is No. 24) and sacks (Middle Tennessee State is No. 4 and Southern Mississippi is No. 12). And get this: both teams are +11 in turnover margin this season. But I think this game comes down to Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher, who is ninth nationally in total offense at just under 300 yards per game. Dasher has thrown for 2,627 yards and 21 touchdowns (with a 54.5 completion percentage and 14 interceptions) and has rushed for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns. Middle Tennessee State 33, Southern Mississippi 30

Las Vegas Bowl
BYU vs. Oregon State (-2.5):
Both teams will have a ton of offensive talent on the field. Oregon State has quarterback Sean Canfield (3,103 yards, 70 comp. pct., 21 TDs), and brothers Jacquizz Rodgers (1,377 rushing yards, 20 TDs) and James Rodgers (87 catches, 1,004 yards, 9 TDs). BYU counters with quarterback Max Hall (3,368 yards, 30 TDs), running back Harvey Unga (1,016 yards, 10 TDs) and tight end Dennis Pitta (57 catches, 784 yards, 7 TDs). Neither team will have a problem scoring, but an interesting matchup to keep an eye on will be Jacquizz Rodgers going against a good BYU rush defense.  But I’ll tell you why I like Oregon State in this matchup. Canfield has impressed me this season and having the Rodgers brothers on the field (they both missed last year’s 3-0 bowl victory over Pittsburgh) is a nice advantage for the Beavers. Oregon State 37, BYU 33

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