The Picks Are In!

By Phil Steele




Phil Steele’s 2012-13 Bowl Confidence Contest


Part of ESPN’s Bowl Mania!


Are you ready to take Phil Steele on in a head-to-head matchup? Pick the winners of all 35 bowl games and then rank them in confidence from 1-35 with 35 being your most confident pick and 1 being your least confident pick. See how you stack up against one of the nation’s top college football analysts by entering the 2012-13 Bowl Confidence Contest in conjunction with ESPN’s Bowl Mania!

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. Three years ago we had our biggest entry pool with nearly 1,200 and it was a huge success with more than double the entries of ‘08! Two years ago we outdid ourselves again with an incredible 2,922 entries and last year we had more than 3,000! This year I am teaming with ESPN’s Bowl Mania and will again have a “Bowl Confidence Contest” with my own separate group and I hope there will be many more participants!

You can enter the contest by simply clicking here. Click the create and join link and log in your information. Right away you will notice that the bowls are set up to read : Bowl, TV station, Team, Date/Time, Other Team, Confidence. Begin by picking the team you think will win each of the 35 bowl games. You then award your confidence points to each. The team you are most confident in to win their game would get your strongest rating of 35 points. A bowl game that you believe is a tough call would get your lowest rating of 1. If you’re on the fence about a team or would like to see where other voters are putting them in terms of confidence, click on the question mark after the Date/Time and get a breakdown of the votes so far. For more information on how to play…click here.

The Top 3 Finishers in the group will get a complete set of the 2013 Phil Steele Magazines!

For each team that you correctly picked to win the bowl, 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 15th at 1:00 PM EST so enter today! Good Luck!!

For more contest rules click here and if you have any questions or concerns please email

Also, make sure to check 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 in.

And here they are


Phil Steele’s Bowl Confidence Contest Picks:

Date Bowl Game Time (ET) TV Team Pick to Win Pts
1/1 Orange 8:30 p ESPN N Illinois vs Florida St 35
1/1 Heart of Dallas 12:00 p espnU Purdue vs Oklahoma St 34
1/2 Sugar 8:30 p ESPN Louisville vs Florida 33
12/28 Meineke Car Care 9:00 p ESPN Minnesota vs Texas Tech 32
12/21 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 7:30 p ESPN Ball St vs UCF 31
12/31 Chick-fil-A 7:30 p ESPN Clemson vs LSU 30
12/29 Fight Hunger 4:00 p espn2 Navy vs Arizona St 29
12/31 Sun 2:00 p CBS GA Tech vs USC 28
12/31 Music City 12:00 p ESPN NC State vs Vanderbilt 27
12/15 New Mexico 1:00 p ESPN Nevada vs Arizona 26
12/27 Holiday 9:45 p ESPN Baylor vs UCLA 25
12/20 Pointsettia 8:00 p ESPN SDSt vs BYU 24
12/28 Russell Athletic 5:30 p ESPN Rutgers vs Virginia Tech 23
1/1 Gator 12:00 p espn2 Miss St vs Northwestern 22
1/5 Compass 1:00 p ESPN Pittsburgh vs Mississippi 21
12/28 Independence 2:00 p ESPN Ohio vs ULM 20
1/1 Capital One 1:00 p ABC Nebraska vs Georgia 19
1/4 Cotton 8:00 p FOX Texas A&M vs Oklahoma 18
12/29 Alamo 8:45 p ESPN Oregon St vs Texas 17
12/15 Idaho Potato 4:30 p ESPN Toledo vs Utah St 16
12/24 Hawaii 8:00 p ESPN SMU vs Fresno St 15
12/29 Armed Forces 11:45 a ESPN Rice vs Air Force 14
1/7 BCS Championship 8:30 p ESPN Notre Dame vs Alabama 13
1/1 Rose 5:00 p ESPN Wisconsin vs Stanford 12
12/22 Las Vegas 3:30 p ESPN Boise St vs Washington 11
1/3 Fiesta 8:30 p ESPN Kansas St vs Oregon 10
1/1 Outback 1:00 p ESPN Michigan vs S Carolina 9
12/29 Buffalo Wild Wings 10:15 p ESPN TCU vs Michigan St 8
12/22 New Orleans 12:00 p ESPN E Carolina vs Louisiana 7
12/26 Little Caesars Pizza 7:30 p ESPN C Michigan vs WKU 6
1/6 9:00 p ESPN Kent St vs Arkansas St 5
12/27 Military 3:00 p ESPN Bowling Grn vs San Jose St 4
12/29 Pinstripe 3:15 p ESPN Syracuse vs W Virginia 3
12/27 Belk 6:30 p ESPN Cincinnati vs Duke 2
12/31 Liberty 3:30 p ESPN Iowa St vs Tulsa 1

Where would you rank them? Enter today!

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