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Phil Steele’s Bowl Confidence Contest Picks!

As of today here are my picks for the 2011-12 Bowl Confidence Contest. Naturally the team highlighted in green is my pick to win the game and the pts column represents how confident I am with that pick. I may or may not make a change tomorrow before the 2:00 PM ET deadline but will post the new picks (if there are some) in tomorrow’s blog. Enjoy and make sure you check out the information below on how to sign up for this year’s contest!

Phil Steele’s 2011-12 Bowl Confidence Picks

Date
Bowl Game
Time (ET)
TV
TEAM
VS
Pick
Pts
Dec. 30 Music City Bowl
6:40 PM
ESPN
Wake Forest
VS
Mississippi St
35
Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl
8:00 PM
ESPN
Arizona St
VS
Boise St
34
Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl
8:00 PM
ESPN
Louisiana Tech
VS
TCU
33
Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl
7:30 PM
ESPN
Virginia
VS
Auburn
32
Dec. 30 Insight Bowl
10:00 PM
ESPN
Iowa
VS
Oklahoma
31
Dec. 31 Car Care Bowl
12:00 PM
ESPN
Northwestern
VS
Texas A&M
30
Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl
8:00 PM
FOX
Kansas St
VS
Arkansas
29
Dec. 29 Champs Sports
5:30 PM
ESPN
Notre Dame
VS
Florida St
28
Dec. 27 Belk Bowl
8:00 PM
ESPN
Louisville
VS
NC State
27
Jan. 4 Orange Bowl
8:30 PM
ESPN
West Virginia
VS
Clemson
26
Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl
1:00 PM
ESPN
Nebraska
VS
South Carolina
25
Dec. 28 Holiday
8:00 PM
ESPN
California
VS
Texas
24
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl
9:00 PM
ESPN
Washington
VS
Baylor
23
Jan. 2 Outback Bowl
1:00 PM
ABC
Michigan St
VS
Georgia
22
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl
8:00 PM
ESPN
Nevada
VS
Southern Miss
21
Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl
3:30 PM
ABC
Cincinnati
VS
Vanderbilt
20
Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
4:30 PM
ESPN
Purdue
VS
Western Mich
19
Dec. 30 Armed Forces Bowl
12:00 PM
ESPN
Tulsa
VS
BYU
18
Jan. 9 BCS Championship
8:30 PM
ESPN
LSU
VS
Alabama
17
Dec. 31 Fight Hunger Bowl
3:30 PM
ESPN
UCLA
VS
Illinois
16
Jan. 2 Gator Bowl
1:00 PM
espn2
Florida
VS
Ohio St
15
Jan. 7 Compass Bowl
1:00 PM
ESPN
SMU
VS
Pittsburgh
14
Dec. 31 Sun Bowl
2:00 PM
CBS
Georgia Tech
VS
Utah
13
Jan. 2 TicketCity Bowl
12:00 PM
espnU
Houston
VS
Penn St
12
Jan. 2 Fiesta Bowl
8:30 PM
ESPN
Oklahoma St
VS
Stanford
11
Dec. 28 Military Bowl
4:30 PM
ESPN
Toledo
VS
Air Force
10
Dec. 20 St Petersburg Bowl
8:00 PM
ESPN
FIU
VS
Marshall
9
Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl
8:30 PM
ESPN
Michigan
VS
Virginia Tech
8
Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl
9:00 PM
ESPN
Northern Illinois
VS
Arkansas St
7
Dec. 30 Pinstripe Bowl
3:20 PM
ESPN
Iowa St
VS
Rutgers
6
Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl
9:00 PM
ESPN
Louisiana
VS
San Diego St
5
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl
5:00 PM
ESPN
Wisconsin
VS
Oregon
4
Dec. 26 Independence Bowl
5:00 PM
espn2
North Carolina
VS
Missouri
3
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl
2:00 PM
ESPN
Wyoming
VS
Temple
2
Dec. 17 Idaho Potato Bowl
5:30 PM
ESPN
Utah St
VS
Ohio
1

 Phil Steele’s 2011-12
Bowl Confidence Contest

Pick the Winners of all 35 Bowl Games and rank them in order of 1-35 with 35 being your most confident pick and 1 being your least confident pick.

FREE to ENTER with Cash Prizes!!!

1st Place: $250 and a Set of 2012 Preview Magazines
2nd Place: $100 and a Set of 2012 Preview Magazines
3rd Place: $50 and a Set of 2012 Preview Magazines

One Picksheet Per Person!

All picks must be completed by Saturday Dec 17th at 2:00 PM EST

The last couple of years I have had a Bowl Confidence Contest that generated a lot of interest on our site and we had hundreds and hundreds of entries. Two years ago we had the biggest entry pool yet with nearly 1200 entries and it was a huge success with more than double the amount of entries compared to ‘08! Last year we outdid ourselves again with an incredible 2922 entries! This year we will again have a “Bowl Confidence Contest” and I hope there will be many more participants!

You can enter the contest by simply clicking here. To enter, just go to the sign up page and log in your information. Then after that go to your picksheet page and simply pick who you think will win each of the 35 bowl games. You then award your confidence points to each. The team you think will definitely win their game would get 35 points and the team who you picked at the bottom which was very tough for you to call would get 1 point.

For each team that wins their bowl game that you picked correctly, you get the confidence points you assigned to them. Those with the highest points are the winners. The first bowl game takes place on December 17th at 2:00 PM EST and Good Luck!!

One Bowl Entry Per Person Please!! For more contest rules click here and if you have any questions or concerns please email brandon@philsteele.com.

Make Your Group and Compete Against Your Friends!

Also make sure to check PhilSteele.com everyday for complete information and coverage on all the bowl matchups. On the homepage click on the Bowl Matchups link, where you will find all 35 bowl games. Click on the bowl logo for each game to get all the information you need to become an expert! Start doing your homework now and get your 35 bowl predictions done.

FCS Semifinal Playoff Forecast

#4 Montana at #1 Sam Houston St

Rushing
Passing
Points
TO’s
ST
MONTANA 151
185
28
2.2
-
SAM HOUSTON ST
209
130
26
1.6
-
Sam Houston St is 13-0 the only undefeated FCS team, the Southland Champion and the #1 seed. Two weeks ago Sam Houston St trailed Stony Brook 10-3 at half and the teams were tied 3 times in the 2H before the Bearkats scored the game winning TD with 1:01 left for a 34-27 win. That was SHSU’s only FCS game that they did not win by 14+ pts with only their 48-45 win over FBS New Mexico being closer. That includes a 31-10 win over Central Arkansas with a 415-271 yd edge. Last week they beat Big Sky member, Montana St 49-13 with a 501-349 yd edge (+1TO), leading 21-6 at half and 42-3 after 3Q (1 KR TD). Montana is 11-2, The Big Sky Champion and the #4 seed. They started the season 2-2 losing to Tennessee 42-16 but after losing to Sacramento St 42-28 won their 9 straight and are 11-2. Two weeks ago Montana on the other hand had a 415-290 yd edge and after leading 31-0 at half over Southland conference member Central Arkansas cruised to a 41-14 win. Last week Montana had a 463-257 yd edge over Northern Iowa and were +3 TO’s winning 48-10 (28-10 at half). They have defeated their last 4 FCS opponents by a combined 166-40. Including a 36-10 win over Montana St, Montana won 36-10 with a 473-250 yd edge (+1 TO). This is the way the playoffs are supposed to work with the #1 seed taking on the #4 seed in this side of the bracket. This will be Montana’s first road game since they ended the regular season at rival Montana St. However, while Montana played their home games in front of and avg 24,878 (#3 FCS). Sam Houston St despite a undefeated season has averaged just 7,547 (#60 FCS) but did have 9,077 last week. Both teams outperformed the computers predictions last week. Look for a High scoring affair, that should be a great game to watch.

PHIL’S FORECAST: SAM HOUSTON ST 28 MONTANA 27

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