College Bowl predictions: Brady Klein and Connor Thompson

AdvoCare V100 Independence: Missouri (7-5) vs. North Carolina (7-5) Dec. 26

Brady
Both North Carolina and Missouri have had a lot of disappointing losses this year, as they both came close to toppling top ranked teams. North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner has completed nearly 70 percent of his passes and has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks this year. His ability to spread the field and Missouri quarterback James Franklin’s indecisiveness will lead to a hard earned victory for the Tar Heels. 34-23.

Connor
Missouri’s well rounded offense, and staunch defense will be enough to over power the traditionally weak North Carolina team. It wont be a blow out, but it will be a fairly decisive win. 42-17

Little Caesars Bowl Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6) Dec. 27

Brady
Purdue has had a hard time scoring this year, as all their wins have been fairly low scoring games and all have been close. When quarterbacks like NW graduate Alex Carder get a chance to attack a the weak Purdue secondary, it normally doesn’t end well for the Boilermakers. Carder and the high powered Western Michigan offense take this one easily. 48-12.

Connor
Northwest Graduate Alex Carder will face off against Purdue in the Little Caesars bowl and his high powered passing offense should take this game easily. Purdue does not have a good enough passing defense to stop them, and their offense doesn’t move the ball well. 45-17

The Alamo Bowl: Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5) Dec. 29

Brady
Washington’s defense has allowed their opponents to average 34 points a game against them. That is real good news for Robert Griffin III, as he is notorious for tearing up weak defenses. Washington’s offense will stay in it for awhile, but Baylor will win in the end. 51-38.

Connor
Baylor’s high powered offense led by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will demolish the weak Washington defense. There won’t be much on the defensive side for either team though. This offensive battle will come out Baylor’s way though. 49-35.

Cotton Bowl: Kansas State (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2) Jan. 6

Brady
I am a true believer that Tebowesque quarterback Collin Klein will lead the 10-2 Wildcats to victory. Arkansas has an athletic offense, but K-State’s secondary is one of the best in the Big XII. Kansas State wins this one in a shootout, 45-41.

Connor
Although neither team has a strong defense, Arkansas’ will definitely give them a better advantage. They will need to improve their run defense though to stop Quarterback Collin Klein. The strong passing offense of the Razorbacks will fly right over the defense though. Arkansas takes this one in a close game 24-20.

Orange Bowl: West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3) Jan. 4
Brady
Quarterback Geno Smith has been looked over by everybody this season despite being one of the most efficient pocket passers in the NCAA as he averages 341 passing yards a game. Clemson’s fast working offense will give the Mountaineers a run for their money, but in the end West Virginia gets the win. 37-35.

Connor
West Virginia has a well rounded team and a strong Quarterback in Geno Smith. I don’t even think that the Tigers will put up much of a fight. The weak Clemson defense hasn’t done well against the passing attack this year, and this game will prove to be no different. WVU 42-14.

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State (11-1) vs. Stanford (11-1) Jan. 2

Brady
I’m sorry but Stanford has no chance to even make this a game. Oklahoma State got ripped off and they are going to play with a chip on their shoulder. If they could destroy Oklahoma like they did, then Andrew Luck and Stanford have no hope. The Weeden to Blackmon combination will wear down the Stanford defense, and that suffocating defensive secondary that was so good against Oklahoma will shut down Andrew Luck. Oklahoma State wins big, 55-10.

Connor
Andrew Luck will lead the quick paced offense of Stanford to a Fiesta Bowl victory. This game that will be showcase of strong offenses but under the leadership of Luck a front runner for the number one pick in the NFL draft, (which would be solidified with a bowl win)Stanford will take this close one. 56-49.

Sugar Bowl: Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2) Jan. 3

Brady
Nobody has given Virginia Tech any credit, but their defense has been the best in the ACC this year. The only team that could even beat the Hokies was Clemson, as the Tigers beat them twice. Michigan’s offense is not reliant enough to beat Virginia Tech, as the Wolverines lose a low scoring game, 17-14.

Connor
This game will be a laugher. Michigan’s strong offense and staunch big 10 defense will run all over Virginia Tech, who are lucky to be in a BCS bowl game. They do not have a strong enough team on either side of the ball to make much of a stand in this one. 35-3.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin (11-2) vs. Oregon (11-2) Jan. 2

Brady
This will be the most exciting bowl game in my opinion as two of the best rushing offenses will square off against each other. Scrambling quarterbacks Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) and Darren Thomas (Oregon) will square off, as well as the two best running backs in the nation, Montee Ball (Wisconsin) and La’Michael James (Oregon). The game will be a high scoring affair as neither defense will have much of a chance in stopping the run. Overall, I give Wilson and Ball the edge as Wisconsin will win, 33-31.

Connor
The brick wall defense for Wisconsin will stop the quick offense of Oregon. Wisconsin’s strong offense is led by Hesiman Trophy Finalist, Montee Ball. Oregon will not stand a chance in the game, although it will not be very high scoring. Both offenses will be sure to put on a show in this battle. 24-7.

Allstate BCS National Championship Game: Louisiana State (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1) Jan. 9

Brady
This is the rematch that all Alabama fans have been dying to see. I love LSU and their two shut down defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. The LSU secondary has been so hard to stop, but I don’t think Alabama will have to stop them. Trent Richardson will run a path through the LSU front seven and the weak Tiger offense lead by quarterback Jordan Jefferson won’t get it done against Alabama and brilliant coach Nick Saban. The tide will roll 24-6.

Connor
Unfortunately there will be a rematch of the LSU Alabama defensive battle that the nation watched earlier in the year. This game will prove to be the same. Although both teams have a solid offense, neither will get anywhere. A national championship being fought on defense will not be exciting to watch but LSU will win once again. 17-10.