Bowl Predictions: The Herd Outwits the Nation

Check out the final standings in the SportsNation vs. Colin Cowherd Pick' Em Challenge.

Updated: January 8, 2008, 1:18 PM ET
SportsNation


Colin outpicked the Nation.

For the second year in a row, SportsNation, you picked 21 of 32 bowl games correctly. And for the second year in a row you were outpicked by an ESPN expert.

ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd improved upon ESPN researcher extraordinare Howie Schwab by picking 25 of 32 games correctly this season.

As you gear up for next year, consider this sage advice from this year's winner.

""Take your heart out of it, look at the games objectively and it's not hard to pick winners," says Cowherd. "There will always be upsets but good coaches and good quarterbacks usually prevail."

See you next year!

2007 vs. Colin Cowherd: SportsNation 21-11 | Colin Cowherd 25-7
2006 vs. Howie Schwab: SportsNation 21-11 | The Schwab 24-8

Bowl Pick 'Em! Pick the Winners with ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd!
Date Bowl Game
Nation Pick
Colin's Pick
Winner
Dec. 20 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
(9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Utah vs. Navy
Colin says: Paul Johnson's built a solid defensive-first football team that'll carry with them in the bowl game.
Navy
63%

Navy
20-17
Utah 35
Navy 32
Dec. 21 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Memphis vs. Florida Atlantic
Colin says: Schnellenberger knows how
to prepare teams for bowl games.
Memphis
53%

FAU
28-26
FAU 44
Memphis 27
Dec. 22 Papajohns.com Bowl
1 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Southern Miss vs. Cincinnati
Colin says: Cincinnati is the most underrated team in the country with double-digit wins.
Cincinnati
88%

Cincinnati
27-17
Cincinnati 31
S. Miss 21
Dec. 22 New Mexico
(4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Nevada vs. New Mexico
Colin says: New Mexico has won the last 12 games in which they score on the first possession. This game could be decided in the first five minutes.
Nevada
52%

UNM
27-24
UNM 23
Nevada 0
Dec. 22 Pioneer Las Vegas
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
UCLA vs. BYU
Colin says: This game means more to
the Cougars.
BYU
68%

BYU
33-13
BYU 17
UCLA 16
Dec. 23 Sheraton Hawaii
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Boise State vs. East Carolina
Colin says: Could East Carolina travel
any further?
Boise St.
94%

Boise State
34-14
ECU 41
Boise St. 38
Dec. 26 Motor City
(7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Purdue vs. Central Michigan
Colin says: A rare bowl win for the Big Ten.
Purdue
75%

Purdue
28-24
Purdue 51
CMU 48
Dec. 27 Pacific Life Holiday
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Arizona State vs. Texas
Colin says: I'll go with the better QB and the better big-game coach.
Texas
53%

Arizona State
31-28
Texas 52
ASU 34
Dec. 28 Champs Sports
(5 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Boston College vs. Michigan State
Colin says: Boston College was once the second-best team in the country. Matt Ryan is this difference in the game.
Boston College
75%

Boston College
21-20
BC 24
Mich. St. 21
Dec. 28 Texas
(8 p.m. ET, NFL Network)
TCU vs. Houston
Colin says: The coaching situation is much more stable in TCU than Houston.
TCU
73%

TCU
30-28
TCU 20
Houston 13
Dec. 28 Emerald
(8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Maryland vs. Oregon State
Colin says: The Beavers are playing their best football at the end of the season.
Oregon State
73%

Oregon State
28-20
Oreg. St. 21
Maryland 14
Dec. 29 Meineke Car Care
(1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
UConn vs. Wake Forest
Colin says: I like the Demon Deacons by a 3 pointer at the buzzer.
UConn
55%

Wake Forest
30-27
W. Forest 24
UConn 10
Dec. 29 AutoZone Liberty
4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
UCF vs. Mississippi State
Colin says: Sylvester Croom wins the games he should win.
UCF
52%

Mississippi State
28-24
Miss. St. 10
UCF 3
Dec. 29 Valero Alamo
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Penn State vs. Texas A&M
Colin says: Coaching instability hurts the Aggies in this game.
Penn State
68%

Penn State
31-20
Penn St. 24
A&M 17
Dec. 30 PetroSun Independence
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Alabama vs. Colorado
Colin says: The desperate Tide just need this baby more.
Alabama
65%

Alabama
24-16
Alabama 30
Colorado 24
Dec. 31 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
(12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
California vs. Air Force
Colin says: I like what Jeff Tedford can do with time to prepare.
California
65%

California
38-28
California 42
Air Force 36
Dec. 31 Roady's Humanitarian
(2 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State
Colin says: This is a tough, physical matchup. Georgia Tech's defense is the difference.
Ga. Tech
65%

Georgia Tech
20-17
Fresno St. 40
Ga. Tech 28
Dec. 31 Brut Sun
2 p.m. ET, CBS)
South Florida vs. Oregon
Colin says: Oregon's running game will pound away at the Bulls.
S. Florida
70%

Oregon
28-24
Oregon 56
S. Florida 21
Dec. 31 Gaylord Hotels Music City
(4 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Kentucky vs. Florida State
Colin says: I'll take the better QB, Andre Woodson, in a wild shootout.
Kentucky
83%
Kentucky
38-36
Kentucky 35
FSU 28
Dec. 31 Insight
(6 p.m. ET, NFL Network)
Indiana vs. Oklahoma State
Colin says: The volatile Mike Gundy fires his team up and beats another overrated Big Ten team.
Oklahoma State
66%

Oklahoma State
34-17
Ok. State 49
Indiana 33
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A
(7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Clemson vs. Auburn
Colin says: Tuberville is good in big games and senior QB Brandon Cox will finish strong.
Auburn
63%

Auburn
21-20
Auburn 23
Clemson 20
Jan. 1 Outback
(11 a.m. ET, ESPN)
Wisconsin vs. Tennessee
Colin says: Streaky QB Erik Ainge finishes his career on a high note.
Tennessee
62%

Tennessee
36-30
TENN 21
Wisconsin 17
Jan. 1 AT&T Cotton
(11:30 a.m. ET, FOX)
Missouri vs. Arkansas
Colin says: A couple of Heisman
hopefuls shine.
Missouri
52%

Missouri
28-27
Missouri 38
Arkansas 7
Jan. 1 Gator
(1 p.m. ET, CBS)
Texas Tech vs. Virginia
Colin says: I'll take the better coach, Mike Leach, with time to prepare.
Texas Tech
65%

Texas Tech
31-24
TTU 31
Virginia 28
Jan. 1 Capital One
(1 p.m. ET, ABC)
Michigan vs. Florida
Colin says: Tim Tebow will give the Wolverines' defense headaches.
The Lloyd Carr era is finally over.
Florida
72%

Florida
41-27
Michigan 41
Florida 35
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Citi
(4:30 p.m. ET, ABC)
Illinois vs. USC
Colin says: USC's speed defense makes this a tough matchup for the Illini.
USC
70%

USC
28-13
USC 49
Illinois 17
Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar
(8:30 p.m. ET, FOX)
Hawaii vs. Georgia
Colin says: I just don't think Hawaii has the personnel to win.
Georgia
61%

Georgia
39-28
Georgia 41
Hawaii 10
Jan. 2 Tostitos Fiesta
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
Oklahoma vs. West Virginia
Colin says: The Sooners offense will control the smaller WVU defense.
Oklahoma
75%

Oklahoma
38-28
W. Va. 48
Okla. 28
Jan. 3 FedEx Orange
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
Virginia Tech vs. Kansas
Colin says: How did Kansas get into this game anyway?
Virginia Tech
65%

Virginia Tech
30-26
Kansas 24
Va. Tech 21
Jan. 5 International
(Noon ET, ESPN2)
Rutgers vs. Ball State
Colin says: Toronto has a bowl game? Huh?
Rutgers
89%

Rutgers
28-17
Rutgers 52
Ball St. 30
Jan. 6 GMAC
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Bowling Green vs. Tulsa
Colin says: Tulsa is closer to Alabama, which gives the Golden Hurricane the edge.
Tulsa
68%

Tulsa
28-24
Tulsa 63
Bowling Green 7
Jan. 7 Allstate BCS Championship Game
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
LSU vs. Ohio State
Colin says: A tougher schedule pays off for LSU.
LSU
64%

LSU
33-27
LSU 38
Ohio St. 24