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2011 College Football Bowl Pick'Em: Week 2

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It's on to week 2 of the college football bowl season. How are your picks looking? Both Jeff and I are tied at 3-3 against the spread. Spreads matter!

Date Bowl Game Matchup Jeff Brian
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Southern Miss (-6) vs. Nevada So. Miss So. Miss
Dec. 26 Independence Bowl North Carolina vs. Missouri (-4) UNC Missouri
Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Purdue (-3) vs. Western Michigan WMU WMU
Dec. 27 Belk Bowl N.C. State (-3) vs. Louisville N.C. State Louisville
Dec. 28 Military Bowl Toledo (-3) vs. Air Force Toledo Air Force
Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl California vs. Texas (-3) Texas Texas
Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl Florida State (-3) vs. Notre Dame FSU FSU
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl Baylor (-9) vs. Washington Baylor Baylor
Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl BYU (-3) vs. Tulsa Tulsa Tulsa
Dec. 30 Pinstripe Bowl Iowa State vs. Rutgers (-2) Iowa State Rutgers
Dec. 30 Music City Bowl Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State (-7) MSU MSU
Dec. 30 Insight Bowl Iowa vs. Oklahoma (-14) Oklahoma Oklahoma

Bonus picks!

Jeff:

1. Notre Dame vs. Florida State (-3). FSU is a very good team this season while Notre Dame is not and Notre Dame just does not cover spreads in bowl games since Lou Holtz left.

2. Washington vs. Baylor (-9). There is good reason why RG3 won the Heisman.

Brian:

1. North Carolina vs. Missouri (-4). Missouri got the ol' BC treatment from the Big 12 -- leaving the conference? Let's send you to a bowl game that isn't even affiliated with the Big 12. Nevermind the fact the Tigers beat Iowa State, Texas A&M, Texas and Texas Tech this season -- teams that got slotted into actual Big 12 bowls. In addition, North Carolina is also playing in a bowl slot one higher than they should be by virtue of the Sugar Bowl gift the Hokies received. Last game for UNC interim coach Everett Withers. Like the Tigers big here.

2. California vs. Texas (-3). Forget that this game is played in California. A 4-5 team from the Big 12 > a 4-5 team from the Pac-12. Want more pithy analysis? Texas beat U.C.L.A. 49-20 earlier this year. Cal lost at U.C.L.A. 31-14.