Bowl Predictions: The Schwab Outpicks SportsNation!

Updated: January 9, 2007, 9:46 AM ET
SportsNation

Howie Schwab knows college football.

Our esteemed Coordinating Producer for ESPN's Studio Production, better known as "The Schwab" to fans of his regular appearances on various programs, came up two games short of SportsNation in predicting the winners of all of last season's bowl games. But Schwab, never one to back down from a challenge, came back this year for revenge and didn't disappoint.

Despite the numerous upsets this bowl season, Schwab picked 24 of 32 games correctly compared to SportsNation's 21. Sadly, neither picked Florida to upset Ohio State in the BCS championship. Nobody's perfect.

This season: SportsNation 21-11 | The Schwab 24-8
Last season: SportsNation 16-12 | The Schwab 14-14

Bowl Pick 'Em! Pick the Winners with ESPN's Howie Schwab!
Date Bowl Game
Nation Pick
Schwab's Pick
Winner
Dec. 19 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
TCU vs. Northern Illinois
Howie says: TCU has seven straight wins, NIU 3-3 in last six ... sorry Garrett Wolfe.
TCU
76%
TCU
34-20
TCU 37
NIU 7
Dec. 21 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
BYU vs. Oregon
Howie says: Too much John Beck for Cougars. BYU riding nine-game win streak, Oregon lost last three games. Look for a shootout.
BYU
54%
BYU
38-30
BYU 38
Oregon 8
Dec. 22 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Rice vs. Troy
Howie says: Rice's last four wins came by a total of 14 points. My friend Helen told me to pick Troy!
Rice
60%
Troy
24-20
Troy 41
Rice 17
Dec. 23 Papajohns.com Bowl
(1 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
South Florida vs. East Carolina
Howie says: I love this bowl for obvious reasons. Any game named after a pizza place works for me.
South Florida
79%
South Florida
24-17
SFU 24
ECU 7
Dec. 23 New Mexico
(4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
New Mexico vs. San Jose St.
Howie says: Lobos have an advantage playing in Albuquerque. Dick Tomey's club keeps this close
New Mexico
54%
New Mexico
27-20
SJS 20
NM 12
Dec. 23 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Tulsa vs. Utah
Howie says: Tulsa closed 1-3 in final four games of season.
Utah
56%
Utah
28-24
Utah 25
Tulsa 13
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Arizona St. vs. Hawaii
Howie says: Sun Devils end Dirk Koetter's era with tough loss. Colt Brennan breaks single-season TD pass mark.
Hawaii
81%
Hawaii
38-31
Hawaii 41
ASU 24
Dec. 26 Motor City
(7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Middle Tennessee vs. Central Michigan
Howie says: Middle Tennessee State lost to Maryland, Oklahoma, Louisville, South Carolina and Troy -- all bowl teams. Make it six losses to bowlers.
Central Michigan
78%
Central Michigan
38-24
CMU 31
MTU 14
Dec. 27 Emerald
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Florida St. vs. UCLA
Howie says: UCLA'S bowl game was a win over USC. Time for Bobby Bowden's team to come through for the future.
UCLA
68%
Florida St.
27-23
FSU 44
UCLA 27
Dec. 28 PetroSun Independence
(4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Oklahoma St. vs. Alabama
Howie says: Cowboys lost four games by six points or less. 'Bama really struggled down the stretch, happy to have season end.
OSU
50.1%
By 7 votes!
out of
45,000+
Oklahoma St.
23-17
OSU 34
Alabama 31
Dec. 28 Pacific Life Holidayo
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Cal vs. Texas A&M
Howie says: One of the most interesting bowl games and both closed 1-2 in final three games. Slight edge to Jeff Tedford's team.
Texas A&M
51.5%
Cal
27-20
Cal 45
A&M 10
Dec. 28 Texas
(8 p.m. ET, NFL Network)
Rutgers vs. Kansas St.
Howie says: Greg Schiano's dream season ends with a win, though it won't be easy.
Rutgers
78%
Rutgers
30-20
Rutgers 37
KSU 10
Dec. 29 Gaylord Hotels Music City
(1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Clemson vs. Kentucky
Howie says: Clemson's best performances came earlier in season. Kentucky has a lot to prove, pulls off stunner.
Clemson
67%
Kentucky
27-24
Kentucky 28
Clemson 20
Dec. 29 Brut Sun
(2 p.m. ET, CBS)
Oregon St. vs. Missouri
Howie says: Beavers beat USC, Hawaii, Oregon and Arizona State, all in bowls.
Oregon St.
64%
Oregon St.
30-21
OSU 39
Missouri 38
Dec. 29 AutoZone Liberty
(4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Houston vs. South Carolina
Howie says: When in doubt, go with Spurrier.
South Carolina
74%
South Carolina
23-14
S. Carolina 44
Houston 36
Dec. 29 Insight
(7:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network)
Texas Tech vs. Minnesota
Howie says: I know Minnesota won its last three games but this is not a great bowl team (will Glen Mason put this on a bulletin board?)
Texas Tech
75%
Texas Tech
37-24
Tex. Tech 44
Minnesota 41
OT
Dec. 29 Champs Sports
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Purdue vs. Maryland
Howie says: One of the toughest games to pick. I respect Tiller and Friedgen a lot.
Maryland
58%
Purdue
23-20
Maryland 24
Purdue 7
Dec. 30 Meineke Car Care
(1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Navy vs. Boston College
Howie says: Navy No. 1 in rushing, B.C. No. 13 in rush defense ... hmm. Going with a surprise.
B.C.
69%
Navy
23-20
B.C. 25
Navy 24
Dec. 30 Alamo
(4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Texas vs. Iowa
Howie says: Iowa had 19 takeaways, 29 giveaways. I hope Colt McCoy is healthy!
Texas
75%
Texas
31-17
Texas 26
Iowa 24
Dec. 30 Chick-fil-A
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Georgia vs. Virginia Tech
Howie says: Hokies defense had 16 INT, allowed just five TD passes.
Va. Tech
59%
Virginia Tech
24-14
Georgia 31
Va. Tech 24
Dec. 31 MPC Computers
(7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Miami vs. Nevada
Howie says: Sorry, but I am rooting for good guy Larry Coker to go out a winner. I hope Miami cares about this game.
Miami
61%
Miami
21-13
Miami 21
Nevada 20
Jan. 1 Outback
(11 a.m. ET, ESPN)
Tennessee vs. Penn St.
Howie says: Tough season for Joe Paterno.
Tennessee
59%
Tennessee
30-17
PSU 20
Tenn 10
Jan. 1 AT&T Cotton
(11:30 a.m. ET, FOX)
Auburn vs. Nebraska
Howie says: I am still surprised Nebraska won a bowl game last year!
Auburn
58%
Auburn
31-13
Auburn 17
Nebraska 14
Jan. 1 Toyota Gator
(1 p.m. ET, CBS)
West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech
Howie says: Georgia Tech lost last two games. Please tell me Pat White is healthy!
West Virginia
82%
West Virginia
27-20
WVU 38
GT 35
Jan. 1 Capital One
(1 p.m. ET, ABC)
Arkansas vs. Wisconsin
Howie says: Bret Bielema has done a great job and Badgers were screwed by BCS rules. Wisconsin deserves a lot more respect.
Arkansas
53%
Wisconsin
20-17
Wisconsin 17
Arkansas 14
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl presented by Citi
(5 p.m. ET, ABC)
USC vs. Michigan
Howie says: Remember how Auburn struggled a few years ago when it was snubbed?
Michigan
72%
USC
23-21
USC 32
Michigan 18
Jan. 1 Tostitos Fiesta
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
Boise St. vs. Oklahoma
Howie says: Boise State allowed five rushing TD all season; closer than most thought.
Oklahoma
63%
Oklahoma
24-21
BSU 43
OU 42
Jan. 2 FedEx Orange
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
Louisville vs. Wake Forest
Howie says: Going on a limb with a team that was a phenomenal story.
Louisville
74%
Wake Forest
20-17
Louisville 24
Wake Forest 13
Jan. 3 Allstate Sugar
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
Notre Dame vs. LSU
Howie says: At times Tigers were best team in nation this season. Can't take ND 'til they win a bowl & it has been a while!
LSU
64%
LSU
30-17
LSU 41
Notre Dame 14
Jan. 6 International
(noon ET, ESPN2)
Cincinnati vs. Western Michigan
Howie says: Strange game. I am looking forward to rendition of Oh Canada!
Cincinnati
68%
Cincinnati
21-15
Cincinnati 27
Western Michigan 24
Jan. 7 GMAC
(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Ohio vs. Southern Miss
Howie says: This will be a very competitive game.
Southern Miss
61%
Southern Miss
20-14
SMU 28
Ohio 7
Jan. 8 Tostitos BCS Championship Game
(8 p.m. ET, FOX)
Ohio St. vs. Florida
Howie says: Sorry Gators, Michigan would have put up a better fight.
Ohio State
67%
Ohio State
38-14
Florida 41
Ohio State 14