Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Pre-game pick: Ohio 31, Marshall 20
Actual score: Marshall 21, Ohio 17
The skinny: Fans of offense could've skipped this one. Marshall had just 275 yards of total offense. Ohio had just 123 yards of total offense, including 12 rushing yards. Ohio quarterback Theo Scott had just one touchdown pass and threw an interception. Marshall got out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, which proved to be too much for Ohio to overcome. Still, Marshall needed an interception by DeQuan Bembry in the final seconds to seal the win.
Meineke Car Care Bowl
Pre-game pick: Pittsburgh 23, North Carolina 19
Actual score: Pittsburgh 19, North Carolina 17
The skinny: Pittsburgh came into this game in a similar situation as Oregon State -- a team coming off a tough loss to end the regular season and not playing in the bowl game they really wanted. Well, credit the Panthers. Pittsburgh shook off the crushing loss to Cincinnati and gutted out a win. North Carolina's defense, which came into the game ranked sixth nationally in total defense, couldn't stop Pittsburgh freshman phenom Dion Lewis, who rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown. Lewis broke Tony Dorsett's freshman rushing record, finishing the season with 1,799 yards. Pittsburgh also reached 10 wins for the first time since 1981, when the Panthers went 11-1.
Pre-game pick: USC 24, Boston College 16
Actual score: USC 24, Boston College 13
The skinny: USC certainly missed star taliback Joe McKnight, managing just 88 rushing yards. But freshman quarterback Matt Barkley stepped up, throwing for 350 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Stanley Havili -- and ran for another as the Trojans picked up the win. As predicted in my original post, USC has just enough talent on offense -- even without McKnight and tight end Anthony McCoy -- and too much defense. Boston College was in the game at 17-13 in the fourth quarter, but Dave Shinskie threw a costly interception that swung momentum to USC's side. Damian Williams caught 12 passes for 189 yards for the Trojans.