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The Dubsism 2012-2013 College Football Bowl Predictions – The How Wrong We Were Edition

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This list was completed based on who has been ruled ineligible for post-season play as of the date we made the original prediction (August 30th, 2012). Bowl matchup predictions were made based on our conference finish predictions and traditional bowl contractual allegiances.

Taking all of that into consideration, here’s the full rundown on the Dubsism 2012-2013 Bowl Predictions, and exactly how wrong they were. Naturally, we are setting ourselves up for another “How Wrong We Were” Edition by predicting bowl winners.

Why yes, now that you ask, we are gluttons for punishment.

Bowl Championship Series:

BCS Championship:

  • Jan. 7
  • BCS #1 vs. BCS #2
  • Payout: $18,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: USC (Pac-12 #1) vs. LSU (SEC #1)
  • Actual Matchup: Notre Dame (Independent At-Large) vs. Alabama (SEC#1)
  • Predicted Winner: Alabama
  • Actual Winner:

Fiesta Bowl:

  • Jan. 3
  • Big 12 vs. At-large
  • Payout: $17,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Oklahoma (Big 12 #1) vs. Michigan (Big Ten #2)
  • Actual Matchup: Kansas State (Big 12 #1) vs. Oregon (Pac-12 #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Oregon
  • Actual Winner:

Sugar Bowl:

  • Jan. 2
  • SEC vs. At-large
  • Payout: $17,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Alabama (SEC #2) vs. Clemson (ACC #2)
  • Actual Matchup: Florida (SEC #2) vs. Louisville (Big East #1)
  • Predicted Winner: Florida
  • Actual Winner:

Orange Bowl:

  • Jan. 1
  • ACC vs. At-large
  • Payout: $17,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Florida State (ACC#1) vs. West Virginia (Big 12 #2)
  • Actual Matchup: Florida State (ACC #1) vs. Northern Illinois (MAC #1)
  • Predicted Winner: Florida State
  • Actual Winner:

Rose Bowl:

  • Jan. 1
  • Big Ten vs. Pac-12
  • Payout: $17,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Wisconsin (Big Ten #1) vs. Oregon (Pac-12 #2)
  • Actual Matchup:  Wisconsin (Big Ten #1) vs. Stanford (Pac-12 #1)
  • Predicted Winner:  Stanford
  • Actual Winner:

Other Bowl Games:

Capital One Bowl:

  • Jan. 1
  • Big Ten #2 vs. SEC #2
  • Payout: $4,550,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Michigan State (Big Ten #3) vs. Georgia (SEC #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Nebraska (Big Ten #2) vs. Georgia (SEC#3)
  • Predicted Winner: Georgia
  • Actual Winner:

Chick-fil-A Bowl:  

  • Dec. 31
  • ACC # 2 vs. SEC # 5
  • Payout: $3,967,500 ACC; $2,932,500 SEC
  • Predicted Matchup: Virginia Tech (ACC #3) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Clemson (ACC #2) vs. LSU (SEC #4)
  • Predicted Winner: LSU
  • Actual Winner:

Cotton Bowl:

  • Jan. 4
  • Big 12 #2 vs. SEC #3/4
  • Payout: $3,625,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Kansas State (Big 12 #3) vs. Arkansas (SEC #6)
  • Actual Matchup: Oklahoma (Big 12 #2) vs. Texas A&M (SEC #5)
  • Predicted Winner: Texas A&M
  • Actual Winner:

Gator Bowl :

  • Jan. 1
  • Big Ten #4/5 vs. SEC #6
  • Payout: $3,500,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Iowa (Big Ten #6) vs. Auburn (SEC #7)
  • Actual Matchup: Northwestern (Big Ten #3) vs. Mississippi State (SEC #6)
  • Predicted Winner: Mississippi State
  • Actual Winner:

Outback Bowl:

  • Jan. 1
  • Big Ten #3 vs. SEC #3/4
  • Payout: $3,500,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Nebraska (Big Ten #4) vs. South Carolina (SEC #4)
  • Actual Matchup: Michigan (Big Ten #4) vs. South Carolina (SEC #7)
  • Predicted Winner: Michigan
  • Actual Winner:

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (formerly the Insight Bowl):

  • Dec. 29
  • Big 10 #4/5 vs. Big 12 #4
  • Payout: $3,350,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Purdue (Big Ten #7) vs. TCU (Big 12 #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Michigan State (Big Ten #5) vs. TCU (Big 12 #5)
  • Predicted Winner: TCU
  • Actual Winner:

Alamo Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • Big 12 #3 vs. Pac-12 #2
  • Payout: $3,175,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Oklahoma State (Big 12 #4) vs. Utah (Pac-12 #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Texas (Big 12 #3) vs. Oregon State (Pac-12 #3)
  • Predicted Winner: Oregon State
  • Actual Winner:

Russell Athletic Bowl (formerly the Champs Sports Bowl):

  • Dec. 28
  • Big East #2 vs. ACC #3
  • Payout: $2,275,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Louisville (Big East #1) vs. Georgia Tech (ACC #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Rutgers (Big East #2) vs. Virginia Tech (ACC #7)
  • Predicted Winner: Rutgers
  • Actual Winner:

Holiday Bowl:

  • Dec. 27
  • Pac-12 #3 vs. Big 12 #5
  • Payout: $2,075,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Stanford (Pac-12 #4) vs. Baylor (Big 12 #6)
  • Actual Matchup: UCLA (Pac-12 #4) vs. Baylor (Big 12 #5)
  • Predicted Winner: UCLA
  • Actual Winner:

Sun Bowl:

  • Dec. 31
  • ACC #4 vs. Pac-12 #4
  • Payout: $2,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Virginia (ACC #6) vs. Washington (Pac-12 #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Georgia Tech (ACC #6)  vs. USC (Pac-12 #5)
  • Predicted Winner: USC
  • Actual Winner:

Music City Bowl:

  • Dec. 31
  • ACC#6 vs. SEC #7
  • Payout: $1,837,500
  • Predicted Matchup: North Carolina State (ACC #7) vs. Florida (SEC #8)
  • Actual Matchup: North Carolina State (ACC #5) vs. Vanderbilt (SEC #8)
  • Predicted Winner: Vanderbilt
  • Actual Winner:

Pinstripe Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • Big East #4 vs. Big 12 #7
  • Payout: $1,800,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Rutgers (Big East #3) vs. Notre Dame
  • Actual Matchup: Syracuse (Big East #4) vs. West Virginia (Big 12 #7)
  • Predicted Winner: West Virginia
  • Actual Winner:

Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl:

  • Dec. 28
  • Big 12 #6 vs. Big Ten # 6
  • Payout: $1,700,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Texas (Big 12 #7) vs. Northwestern (Big Ten #9)
  • Actual Matchup: Texas Tech (Big 12 #7) vs. Minnesota (Big Ten #7)
  • Predicted Winner: Texas Tech
  • Actual Winner:

Belk Bowl:

  • Dec. 27
  • Big East #3 vs. ACC #5
  • Payout: $1,700,000
  • Predicted Matchup: South Florida (Big East #2) vs. Miami (Fla.) (ACC #8)
  • Actual Matchup:  Cincinnati (Big East #2) vs. Duke (ACC #8)
  • Predicted Winner: Cincinnati
  • Actual Winner:

Liberty Bowl:

  • Dec. 31
  • C-USA #1 vs. Big East/SEC # 8/9
  • Payout: $1,437,500
  • Predicted Matchup: Houston (C-USA #1) vs. Mississippi State (SEC #9)
  • Actual Matchup: Tulsa (C-USA #1) vs. Iowa State (Big 12 #9)
  • Predicted Winner: Iowa State
  • Actual Winner:

Independence Bowl:

  • Dec. 28
  • SEC #10 vs. ACC#7
  • Payout: $1,150,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Texas A&M (SEC #10) vs. Wake Forest (ACC #9)
  • Actual Matchup: Louisiana-Monroe (Sun Belt #3) vs.  Ohio (MAC #6)
  • Predicted Winner: Louisiana-Monroe
  • Actual Winner:

Maaco Las Vegas Bowl:

  • Dec. 22
  • MWC #1 vs. Pac-12 #5
  • Payout: $1,100,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Boise State (MWC #1) vs. UCLA (Pac-12 #7)
  • Actual Matchup: Boise State (MWC #1) vs. Washington (Pac-12 #6)
  • Predicted Winner: Washington
  • Actual Winner:

Heart of Dallas (TicketCity) Bowl:

  • Jan. 1
  • Big Ten #7 vs. C-USA
  • Payout: $1,100,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Arizona (Pac-12 #8) Southern Methodist (C-USA #6)
  • Actual Matchup: Purdue (Big Ten #6) vs. Oklahoma State (Big 12 #4)
  • Predicted Winner: Oklahoma State
  • Actual Winner:

BBVA Compass:

  • Jan. 5
  • SEC #8/9 vs. Big East #5
  • Payout: $1,000,025 SEC; $900,000 Big East
  • Predicted Matchup: Missouri (SEC #11) vs. Pittsburgh (Big East #4)
  • Actual Matchup: Mississippi (SEC #9) vs. Pittsburgh (Big East #5)
  • Predicted Winner: Mississippi
  • Actual Winner:

Military Bowl:

  • Dec. 27
  • ACC #9 vs. Army/C-USA
  • Payout: $1,000,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Army vs. East Carolina (C-USA #5)
  • Actual Matchup: Bowling Green (MAC #4) vs. San Jose State (WAC #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Bowling Green
  • Actual Winner:

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • Pac-12 #6 vs. Navy/ACC #9
  • Payout: $837,500
  • Predicted Matchup: California (Pac-12 #7) vs. Navy
  • Actual Matchup: Arizona State (Pac-12 #7) vs. Navy (Independent)
  • Predicted Winner: Arizona State
  • Actual Winner:

GoDaddy.com Bowl:

  • Jan. 6, Mobile, Alabama
  • MAC #2 vs. Sun Belt #2
  • Payout: $750,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Northern Illinois (MAC #2) vs. Florida International (Sun Belt #2)
  • Actual Matchup: Kent State (MAC #2) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt #1)
  • Predicted Winner: Kent State
  • Actual Winner:

Armed Forces Bowl:

  • Dec. 29
  • C-USA #3 vs. MWC #4/5
  • Payout: $600,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Tulsa (C-USA #3) vs. Fresno State (MWC #4)
  • Actual Matchup: Rice (C-USA #5) vs. Air Force (MWC #4)
  • Predicted Winner: Air Force
  • Actual Winner:

Little Caesars Bowl:

  • Dec. 26
  • MAC #1 vs. Big Ten # 8
  • Payout: $750,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Western Michigan (MAC #1) vs. Arkansas State (Sun Belt #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Central Michigan (MAC #6) vs. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt #5)
  • Predicted Winner: Central Michigan
  • Actual Winner:

Hawaii Bowl:

  • Dec. 24
  • C-USA #2 vs. Hawaii/MWC#3
  • Payout: $650,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Southern Mississippi (C-USA #2) vs. Wyoming (MWC #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Southern Methodist (C-USA #3) vs. Fresno State (MWC #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Southern Methodist
  • Actual Winner:

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl:  

  • Dec. 21
  • Big East #6 vs. C-USA #4
  • Payout: $537,500
  • Predicted Matchup: Cincinnati (Big East #5) vs. Ohio (MAC #4)
  • Actual Matchup: Central Florida (C-USA #2) vs. Ball State (MAC #3)
  • Predicted Winner: Central Florida
  • Actual Winner:

New Orleans Bowl:

  • Dec.22
  • Sun Belt #1 vs. C-USA #5
  • Payout:$500,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt #1) vs. Louisiana Tech (WAC #2)
  • Actual Matchup: Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt #2) vs. East Carolina (C-USA #2)
  • Predicted Winner: Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Actual Winner:

Poinsettia Bowl:

  • Dec. 20
  • MWC #2 vs. BYU/WAC
  • Payout: $500,000
  • Predicted Matchup: Nevada (MWC #2) vs. Brigham Young
  • Actual Matchup:  San Diego State (MWC #3) vs. Brigham Young (Independent)
  • Predicted Winner: Brigham Young
  • Actual Winner:

New Mexico Bowl:

  • Dec. 15
  • MWC #4/5 vs. Pac-12 #7/WAC
  • Payout: $456,250
  • Predicted Matchup: San Diego State (MWC #5) vs. Bowling Green (MAC #6)
  • Actual Matchup: Nevada (MWC #5) vs. Arizona (Pac-12 #8)
  • Predicted Winner: Nevada
  • Actual Winner:

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl:

  • Dec. 15
  • WAC #1/2 vs. MAC #3
  • Payout: $325,000
  • San Jose State (WAC #1) vs. Toledo (MAC #3)
  • Actual Matchup: Utah State (WAC #1) vs. Toledo (MAC #4)
  • Predicted Winner: Utah State
  • Actual Winner:

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5 comments on “The Dubsism 2012-2013 College Football Bowl Predictions – The How Wrong We Were Edition

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  2. I still don’t understand how Baylor’s playing in the Holiday Bowl as my national champion.

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    • J-Dub
      December 3, 2012

      If you go back to the original bit about having a college football heavyweight champion, I went back to the first football game, the winner of that game being the first champion. Then, I followed the boxing model, meaning you are the champ until somebody beats you. When you follow that path all the way from 1869 to today, you end up at Baylor. All 1,460 games in which the title could change hands are listed in the original piece.

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  3. sportsattitudes
    December 4, 2012

    You can surely be forgiven for predicting Louisiana Tech to make a bowl this season. How could you have possibly known they’d find a way to not be in one after a) wanting to be in one and b) being invited to one? What a fiasco that turned out to be. At least it is good to know Karl Malone is available for the Athletics Director job…

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    • J-Dub
      December 5, 2012

      Wouldn’t you love to have been in the Athletic director’s office as this comedy of errors unfolded?

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