College Football 2016 Pre-Christmas Bowl Recap

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The college football bowl season, or Capital One Bowl Mania, splits into two parts. There’s the pre-Christmas bowl games, and the post-Christmas bowl games. The 2016 pre-Christmas bowl games are in the books. These 14 games stretched from the first game of the bowl season, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on December 17, to the Hawai’i Bowl on Christmas Eve. How’re your bowl picks doing? I’m sitting at a very respectable 9-5, a little better than my pre-Christmas picks from a year ago. Bowl games are hard to pick, and that’s what makes them fun to watch. There was plenty of excitement as many of these games were close coming down to the final minutes. Did you watch San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey break the NCAA FBS career rushing record? I did, and I don’t understand these records. The number of games keeps increasing, and in one era bowl games didn’t count towards overall statistics, but now they do. Can’t they go back and make adjustments to try to make everything equal in the spirit of fairness? The post-Christmas bowl schedule is about the start, mere hours away as of this posting. Let’s take a looks back on the pre-Christmas bowls with winners, scores, and of course, my picks.

College Football 2016-2017 Pre-Christmas Playoff & Bowl Schedule
December 17, 2016: (4-2), (4-2)
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina Central Eagles (9-2) vs. Grambling State Tigers (11-1)
12:00 PM on ABC from Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA
My Pick: Grambling State Tigers (11-1)
Winner: Grambling State Tigers (12-1) 2016 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Champion after a 10-9 victory.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico Lobos (8-4) vs. Texas San-Antonio Roadrunners (6-6)
2:00 PM on ESPN from University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM
My Pick: New Mexico Lobos (8-4)
Winner: New Mexico Lobos (9-4) after a 23-20 victory.

Las Vegas Bowl Presented by Geico
3:30 PM on ABC from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Houston Cougars (9-3) vs. San Diego State Aztecs (10-3)
My Pick: San Diego State Aztecs (10-3)
Winner: San Diego State Aztecs (11-3) after a 34-10 victory.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
5:30 PM on ESPN from Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL
Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-3) vs. Toledo Rockets (9-3)
My Pick: Appalachian State Mountaineers (9-3)
Winner: Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-3) after a 31-28 victory.

AutoNation Cure Bowl
5:30 PM on CBSSN from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
UCF Knights (6-6) vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5)
My Pick: UCF Knights (6-6)
Winner: Arkansas State Red Wolves (8-5) after a 31-13 victory.

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
9:00 PM on ESPN from Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (6-6) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6)
My Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6)
Winner: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-6) after a 28-21 victory.

December 19, 2016: (1-0), (5-2)
Miami Beach Bowl
2:30 PM on ESPN from Marlins Park in Miami, FL
Central Michigan Chippewas (6-6) vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3)
My Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane (9-3)
Winner: Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3) after a 55-10 victory.

December 20, 2016: (1-0), (6-2)
Boca Raton Bowl
7:00 PM on ESPN from FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL
Memphis Tigers (8-4) vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-3)
My Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (10-3)
Winner: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (11-3) after a 51-31 victory.

December 21, 2016: (0-1), (6-3)
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
9:00 PM on ESPN from Qualcomm Stadium in Sand Diego, CA
BYU Cougars (8-4) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
My Pick: Wyoming Cowboys (8-5)
Winner: BYU Cougars (9-4) after a 24-21 victory.

December 22, 2016: (1-0), (7-3)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
7:00 PM on ESPN from Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID
Idaho Vandals (8-4) vs. Colorado State Rams (7-5)
My Pick: Idaho Vandals (8-4)
Winner: Idaho Vandals (9-4) after a 61-50 victory.

December 23, 2016: (2-1), (9-4)
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
1:00 PM on ESPN from Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas
Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-5) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (9-3)
My Pick: Old Dominion Monarchs (9-3)
Winner: Old Dominion Monarchs (10-3) after a 24-20 victory.

Lockhead Martin Armed Forces Bowl
4:30 PM on ESPN from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, TX
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-5) vs. #25 Navy Midshipmen (9-4)
My Pick: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-5)
Winner: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-5) after a 48-45 victory.

Dollar General Bowl
8:00 PM on ESPN from Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL
Ohio Bobcats (8-5) vs. Troy Trojans (9-3)
My Pick: Ohio Bobcats (8-5)
Winner: Troy Trojans (10-3) after a 28-23 victory.

December 24, 2016: (0-1), (9-5)
Hawai’i Bowl
8:00 PM on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI
Hawai’i Warriors (6-7) vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4)
My Pick: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (8-4)
Winner: Hawai’i Warriors (7-7) after a 52-35 victory.

 Copyright © Drew Martin 2016

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