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Fearless Predictions: New Year's Eve

Armed Forces Bowl
Air Force vs. Houston (-5):
Houston's Case Keenum and the nation's top-ranked passing attack (450 yards per game) face the nation's top-ranked pass defense (149 yards per game). Air Force will control the clock with the nation's third-ranked rushing offense (273.58 yards per game) and keep Keenum and Houston's high-powered offense off the field enough to get a close win. Air Force avenges last season's loss in this same game. Air Force 34, Houston 31

Sun Bowl
No. 21 Stanford vs. Oklahoma (-10): Stanford's Toby Gerhart will face one of the best rush defenses in the country. Oklahoma is seventh nationally, giving up just 88.58 yards per game. Oklahoma's Landry Jones, who did a nice job filling for injured starter Sam Bradford this season, will be going against one of the worst pass defenses in the country. Stanford is a woeful 108th nationally, giving up 252 yards per game. Look for a huge game from Jones. Oklahoma 38, Stanford, 27

Texas Bowl
Navy vs. Missouri (-7):
Navy has the nation's fourth-best rushing attack (272 yards per game) and is fifth nationally in time of possession (33:22 per game). But Missouri's defense gives up just 96 rushing yards per game. And the passing attack with sophomore Blaine Gabbert (3,302 yards and 23 touchdowns) throwing to Danario Alexander (107 catches for 1,644 yards and 13 touchdowns) is going to be too much. Missouri 37, Navy 24

Insight Bowl
Iowa State vs. Minnesota (-3):
Neither team has a very good offense. Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber has had a poor season with 14 interceptions. Iowa State's Austen Arnaud hasn't been much better with six interceptions over his last three games. He threw a season-high four interceptions against Iowa earlier in the season. I like the way the Minnesota defense was playing late in the regular season. Minnesota 16, Iowa State 10

Chick-fil-A Bowl
Tennessee vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech (-6):
Virginia Tech has been to Atlanta twice this season and lost both times (Alabama and Georgia Tech). But this time it should be better. Star freshman running back Ryan Williams (1,538 yards and 19 touchdowns) will be going against a rush defense that gives up 143 yards per game. Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton has had a solid season with 26 touchdowns, but the Hokies have the sixth-best pass defense in the country. Virginia Tech needs to make sure Montario Hardesty (1,306 yards and 12 touchdowns) doesn't have a big game, which I think they will with Bud Foster leading the way. Virginia Tech 28, Tennessee 23

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