Las Vegas Bowl
Pre-game pick: Oregon State 37, BYU 33
Actual score: BYU 44, Oregon State 20
The skinny: Seems as if Oregon State's season ended after the loss to Oregon in the Civil War. The Beavers just did not show up for this one. BYU led 30-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Jacquizz Rodger managed just 63 rushing yards and brother James caught just four passes for 30 yards and no touchdowns. BYU's Max Hall ended his collegiate career with three touchdown passes.
Pre-game pick: Utah 27, California 24
Actual score: Utah 37, California 27
The skinny: Utah freshman quarterback Jordan Wynn had a pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown as California took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. But Wynn rebounded nicely to throw for a career-high 338 yards and three touchdowns. Shane Vereen, who has filled in nicely for the injured Jahvid Best, rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears.
Pre-game pick: Nevada 44, SMU 20
Actual score: SMU 45, Nevada 10
The skinny: Nevada's potent rushing offense stalled mightily, gaining just 137 yards. Two of Nevada's 1,000-yard rushers missed the game. Vai Taua was academically ineligible and Luke Lippincott was out with a toe injury. Meanwhile, the turnaround of the SMU program under June Jones seems to be complete. The Mustangs won their first bowl game in 25 years. Freshman Kyle Padron threw for a school-record 460 yards.