"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
Mr. Winston and the Florida State Seminoles capped a magical season by beating the team (Auburn) with seemingly the lions's hare of magic last night, edging the Tigers, 34-31, in the BCS Championship Game.
Thank goodness. FSU's win helped this sports scribe sneak above .500 for my 2013/2014 college bowl picks. I'd been getting along fairly well through New Year's Eve with a15-8 mark before losing six — all six — of the New Year's Day picks.
With Arkansas State's 23-20 win against Ball State on Sunday, I stood at 17-17. And with Auburn up 21-3 just before halftime on Monday night, I figured it'd be a losing campaign. But the Seminoles bailed me out.
Here's how each of the major conferences fared in the bowl games (ranked by total wins):
Pac 12: 6-3
Atlantic Coast: 5-6
Big 12: 3-3
Mountain West: 3-3
Sun belt: 2-0
Big 10: 2-5
• Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Albuquerque, N.M.
Matchup: Washington State vs. Colorado State
My pick: Washington State, 34-31
Result: Colorado State, 48-45
• Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Las Vegas, Nev.
Matchup: Fresno State vs. USC
My pick: USC, 27-24
Result: USC, 45-20
• Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise
Matchup: Buffalo vs. San Diego State
My pick: San Diego State, 44-41 (7 overtimes)
Result: San Diego State, 49-24 (0 overtimes)
• R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans
Matchup: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
My pick: Tulane, 34-20
Result: Louisiana-Lafayette, 24-21 2-2
• Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Matchup: East Carolina vs. Ohio
My pick: East Carolina, 42-23
Result: East Carolina, 37-20 3-2
• Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu
Matchup: Boise State vs. Oregon State
My pick: Oregon State, 35-34
Result: Oregon State, 38-23 4-2
• Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Detroit
Matchup: Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green
My pick: Bowling Green, 28-27
Result: Pittsburgh, 30-27
• S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego
Matchup: Utah State vs. Northern Illinois
My pick: Northern Illinois, 55-17
Result: Utah State, 21-14 4-4
• Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman Bowl, Annapolis, Md.
Matchup: Marshall vs. Maryland
My pick: Marshall, 41-24
Result: Marshall, 31-20
• Texas Bowl, Houston
Matchup: Syracuse vs. Minnesota
My pick: Minnesota, 37-21
Result: Syracuse, 21-17
• Fight Hunger Bowl, San Francisco
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Matchup: Washington vs. BYU
My pick: Washington, 41-40
Result: Washington, 31-16 6-5
• New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx, N.Y.
Matchup: Rutgers vs. Notre Dame
My pick: Notre Dame, 31-10
Result: Notre Dame, 29-16
• Belk Bowl, Charlotte, N.C.
Matchup: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina
My pick: North Carolina, 35-27
Result: North Carolina, 39-17
• Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Matchup: Miami vs. Louisville
My pick: Louisville, 45-30
Result: Louisville, 36-7
• Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Tempe, Ariz.
Matchup: Michigan vs. Kansas State
My pick: Kansas State, 27-10
Result: Kansas State, 31-14 10-5
• Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, Texas
Matchup: Middle Tennessee vs. Navy
My pick: Navy, 38-31
Result: Navy, 24-6
• Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tenn.
Matchup: Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech
My pick: Ole Miss, 28-24
Result: Ole Miss, 25-17
• Valero Alamo Bowl, San Antonio, Texas
Matchup: Oregon vs. Texas
My pick: Texas, 41-40
Result: Oregon, 30-7
• National University Holiday Bowl, San Diego
Matchup: Arizona State vs. Texas Tech
My pick: Arizona State, 75-63
Result: Texas Tech, 37-23 12-7
• AdvoCare V100 Bowl, Shreveport, La.
Matchup: Arizona vs. Boston College
My pick: Boston College, 31-13
Result: Arizona, 42-19
• Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Matchup: Virginia Tech vs. UCLA
My pick: UCLA, 27-24
Result: UCLA, 42-12
• AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn
Matchup: Rice vs. Mississippi State
My pick: Mississippi State, 31-10
Result: Mississippi State, 44-7
• Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta
My pick: Texas A&M, 44-41
Result: Texas A&M, 52-48 15-8
• TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.
Matchup: Nebraska vs. Georgia
My pick: Georgia, 33-27
Result: Nebraska, 24-19
• Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas
Matchup: UNLV vs. North Texas
My pick: UNLV, 41-40
Result: North Texas, 36-14
• Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Matchup: Wisconsin vs. South Carolina
My pick: Wisconsin, 30-28
Result: South Carolina, 34-24
• Outback Bowl, Tampa, Fla.
Matchup: Iowa vs. LSU
My pick: Iowa, 31-27
Result: LSU, 21-14
• Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Matchup: Stanford vs. Michigan State
My pick: Stanford, 37-34
Result: Michigan State, 24-20
• Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, Ariz.
Matchup: UCF vs. Baylor
My pick: Baylor, 55-27
Result: UCF, 52-42 15-14
• Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans
Matchup: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
My pick: Alabama, 41-13
Result: Oklahoma, 45-31 15-15
• AT&T Cotton Bowl, Arlington, Texas
Matchup: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri
My pick: Missouri, 31-30
Result: Missouri, 41-31 16-15
• Discover Orange Bowl, Miami
Matchup: Clemson vs. Ohio State
My pick: Ohio State, 28-24
Result: Clemson, 40-35 16-16
• BBVA Compass Bowl, Birmingham, Ala.
Matchup: Vanderbilt vs. Houston
My pick: Vanderbilt, 27-21
Result: Vanderbilt, 41-24 17-16
• GoDaddy Bowl, Mobile, Ala.
Matchup: Arkansas State vs. Ball State
My pick: Ball State, 44-27
Result: Arkansas State, 23-20 17-17
• VIZIO BCS National Championship Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Matchup: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
My pick: Florida State, 37-30
Result: Florida State, 34-31 18-17