Recapping the second week of bowl games.
The second week is in the books.
Congratulations to Concrete Charlie for the top record of the week at 8-2.
Two others joined me with solid 7-3 records this week as well.
Savannah_Domer once again heads to the top of the pack overall and is tied with IrishColts17.
1) East Carolina 34 at Louisiana-Lafayette 43
Winner: Louisiana-Lafayette (-5.5)
93% picked correctly
The Ragin' Cajuns raced out to a 28-7 lead, but the game got real close in the second half before ULL put it away with a couple field goals in the fourth quarter.
2) Washington 26 at Boise State 28
Winner: Washington (+5.5)
41% picked correctly
No player disappointed this season quite like Keith Price, as his interception on Washington's final possession was the nail in the coffin of a 7-6 season for the Huskies.
Bishop Sankey (great name) did run for 205 yards though. I thought UW's defense would do a little better but they gave up 407 yards to a pretty pedestrian Boise State offense.
3) Fresno State 10 at SMU 43
Winner: SMU (+12.5)
62% picked correctly
The first real surprise of the bowl season in the ever-wacky Hawaii Bowl.
After a scoreless 1st quarter, SMU scored 22 unanswered in the 2nd quarter and cruised to victory in a boring game the rest of the way.
4) Western Kentucky 21 at Central Michigan 24
Winner: Central Michigan (+5.5)
52% picked correctly
A small upset as the Chippewas sneak past the Hill Toppers.
5) San Jose State 29 at Bowling Green 20
Winner: San Jose State (-7.5)
59% picked correctly
Bowling Green put up a fight but just didn't have the offense to stay with the Spartans down the stretch.
A blocked punt resulting in a safety for San Jose State really turned the Tide. SJSU finishes the season at an impressive 11-2.
6) Cincinnati 48 at Duke 34
Winner: Cincinnati (-7.5)
90% picked correctly
Duke had it all wrapped up! Then a 99-yard touchdown drive and a pick six later and Cincinnati went from an embarrassing loss to a cover.
One of the best back door covers of the season!
7) Baylor 49 at UCLA 26
Winner: Baylor (PK)
38% picked correctly
And what an up and down year for both of these teams. Baylor finished strong and climbed out of an early season hole to finish 8-5, and UCLA ends up at 9-5.
Decent job by Jim Mora but that's now the 6th straight season with at least 5 losses for UCLA---and 9 out of the last 10 seasons.
8) Ohio 45 at Louisiana-Monroe 14
Winner: Ohio (+7.5)
41% picked correctly
Ohio romped in this one with a +242 total yard advantage and a 24-7 halftime lead.
The Bobcats were a good team that never should have gone 4-4 in MAC play this year.
9) Rutgers 10 at Virginia Tech 13
Winner: Virginia Tech (-2.5)
21% picked correctly
196 total yards for each team---and this one went to overtime!
Just an ugly, ugly game and I'm super pissed Va Tech was able to cover too.
These teams were a combined 8 for 40 on third downs.
10) Minnesota 31 at Texas Tech 34
Winner: Minnesota (+12.5)
24% picked correctly
I incorrectly thought Kingsbury would be coaching this game. Whoops!
Remember when Kansas State's schedule was getting a huge boost for a win over highly ranked Texas Tech? Now the Red Raiders end their season at 8-5 by scraping by a 7-loss awful Minnesota team.