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Fearless Predictions: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday games

Monday
Independence Bowl
Texas A&M vs. Georgia (-7):
Neither team can play much defense so this should be a high-scoring contest. For Georgia, can its defense, without fired defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and two other defensive coaches, slow down Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who has thrown for 3,217 yards and 28 touchdowns and ran for 455 yards and eight touchdowns? And for Texas A&M, can the Aggies slow down the potent rushing attack of Washaun Ealey and Caleb King, who helped Georgia rush for 339 yards against Georgia Tech? Ultimately, the offenses will do pretty much whatever they want. This game comes down to a Blair Walsh field goal. Georgia 41, Texas A&M 38

Tuesday
Eagle Bank Bowl
Temple vs. UCLA (-4):
UCLA certainly got lucky to land in this game, needing an Army loss against Navy to qualify. Now that the Bruins are here, look for defense and kicking to give UCLA the win. Temple freshman running back Bernard Pierce, who has rushed for 1,308 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, returns for this game. But UCLA has some solid players on it defense, most notably defensive tackle Brian Price, who is a third-team All-American. And look for Lou Groza winner Kai Forbath to have an impact. UCLA 19, Temple 13

Champs Sports Bowl
Wisconsin vs. Miami (Fla.) (-4):
Each team has a legitimate offensive star: Wisconsin's John Clay has rushed for 1,396 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, while Miami quarterback Jacory Harris has thrown for 3,164 yards and 23 touchdowns. Wisconsin and Miami both finished their respective regular seasons strong. But I think the Badgers' running game should wear down a Miami defense that played very well over the final stretch of the regular season. And I expect the Wisconsin defense to produce some turnovers. Harris threw 17 interceptions during the regular season. Wisconsin 23, Miami 20

Wednesday
Humanitarian Bowl
Bowling Green vs. Idaho (-2):
Bowling Green has won four straight, while Idaho has lost three straight. Both teams have high-scoring offenses, but look for Bowling Green's Tyler Sheehan, who has thrown for 3,665 yards and 23 touchdowns, and Freddie Barnes, who has an amazing 138 catches for 1,551 yards and 16 touchdowns, to have the slight advantage in this one. Bowling Green 45, Idaho 41

Holiday Bowl
Arizona vs. Nebraska (Even): This should be a great defensive battle. Nebraska is ninth nationally in total defense, while Arizona is 21st. But Nebraska gives up just 11.23 points per game. Arizona allows 23 points per game. Arizona sophomore quarterback Nick Foles has had a solid season, and running backs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin have each rushed for over 500 yards. Nebraska's offense isn't going to put a lot of points on the board. But we've seen the Cornhuskers' defense, led by star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, dominate and win games. Suh and the Nebraska defense will be the difference again. Nebraska 16, Arizona 13

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