Fiorentino vs. Schilling Bowl Picks Round 2

The greatest rivalry in sports sees its second year of action. No, we’re not talking about a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch, a Duke-UNC game, or even a Notre Dame-USC contest, what we’re alluding to is far more heated. It’s The College Tailgate’s second annual college football bowl picks between Peter Fiorentino vs. Jamey Schilling. Schilling squeaked out a one point victory in last year’s edition, and now Fiorentino is out to even the score. The two competitors have spent countless hours analyzing footage, calculating statistics, and tallying results. Who needs a social life when you have the pride of knowing your luck-based predictions were slightly more correct than your fellow writer’s? Not these, guys, that’s for sure. It’s heated, it’s local, it’s Fiorentino vs. Schilling Bowl Picks Round 2.

Bowl game Matchup Peter’s pick Why Jamey’s pick Why?
AFR Celebration Bowl Alcorn St. vs. North Carolina A&T Alcorn St. Ceeeeeeelebrate good times, Al-CORN! North Carolina A&T Why are we celebrating, both teams are garbage.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Arizona vs. New Mexico Arizona  #BearDown Arizona  New Mexico doesn’t have an iced tea named after them, Arizona does. Advantage: Arizona.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl BYU vs. No. 22 Utah BYU

 I have two buddies from high school playing for BYU. Butch and Jherremya, BALL OUT!

(Also Butch, remember when you decided to wear pro dress every day of senior year?)

Utah Peter seems like he’s the type of guy who’d take the elevator to the second floor, and for that reason alone, I must pick against choice of BYU.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Ohio vs. Appalachian St. Appalachian St. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl? Seriously? We got a barn burner here, folks. Appalachian State.  I rarely support anything Ohio related. Why start now?
AutoNation Cure Bowl San Jose St. vs. Georgia St. San Jose St. San Jose is like the weird distant cousin of San Francisco who brings non-alcoholic apple cider to Thanksgiving. And I’m cool with that. Georgia State  There’s only one relevant Spartan team in the nation right now, and they’re not from San Jose…
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Arkansas St. vs. Louisiana Tech Arkansas St. Rodger Bumpass is a grad of Arkansas St., best known for his role as THE VOICE OF SQUIDWARD ON SPONGEBOB. I don’t even care who wins this game, I’m just happy I know who that man is. Louisiana Tech Remember that time in 2012 when La. Tech refused a bowl game offer because they thought they were going to receive better offers, but then none came? I do.
Miami Beach Bowl Western Kentucky vs. USF USF I have nothing funny to say about this one. What a boring game. Western Kentucky WKU’s mascot is a red blob. Any team that puts that little effort in to their mascot must be hardcore enough to win a meaningless bowl game.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Akron vs. Utah St. Akron Shady…
Slim Shady
 Utah State  Fun fact: Utah State made the I believe chant famous at the college level. Even more fun of a fact: I believe that they will win.
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Toledo vs. No. 24 Temple Temple  This is what I imagine their campus looks like: temple Temple  *see above statement about not supporting anything Ohio related.*
San Diego Poinsettia Bowl Boise St. vs. NIU Boise St. Breaking: Idaho potato farmers break out in massive sun burn in first trip to Southern California, but find will to win. Boise State The Statue of Liberty and the Hook and Ladder plays are still some of the dopest plays ever.
GoDaddy Bowl Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green Bowling Green Bowling Green sounds like a golf course in ye old England. “Here’s Speith, about to tee off on the 16th hole here at Bowling Green…” Georgia State I can’t tell the difference between Georgia State (mentioned above) and Georgia Southern, maybe Bowling Green will be equally confused and scout the wrong team.
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan Middle Tennessee This is a terrible game. I’ll pick MT because Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar is from there. Also, the winner had better get some damn good chicken.  Middle Tennessee  A few years ago Middle Tennessee had a quarterback named Dwight Dasher. This game is on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve, Dasher the Reindeer. Coincidence? I think not. Middle Tennessee victory confirmed.
Hawai’i Bowl San Diego St. vs. Cincinnati San Diego St. San Diego is in California. Cincinnati is not. Advantage: SDSU Cincinnati Ok, I’ll break my rule for picking against Ohio teams this one time.
St. Petersburg Bowl UConn vs. Marshall Marshall



Marshall UConn’t expect me to pick the Huskies with their terrible results from this year, or Conn you?
Hyundai Sun Bowl Miami (FL) vs. Washington St. Washington St. To be honest it just annoys me to have to decipher between (FL) and (OH). FIGURE IT OUT MIAMI SCHOOLS!  Miami Remember when Washington State was good? Yeah, me neither.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Washington vs. Southern Miss Southern Miss I really tried to pick two schools from Washington, but I’m not a fan of disappointment. Southern Miss Remember when Washington was good? Yeah, me neither.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Indiana vs. Duke Duke  I despise both of these schools. Duke has a slight edge just because of Coach K. Ugh. 3461826 Indiana One time a while ago there was a massive brawl in Bloomington, Indiana. Minutes later a participant stopped, picked up an ear that had been chopped off and asked Hoosier? My dad told me that joke years ago and I still find it hilarious.
Camping World Independence Bowl Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech Virginia Tech This really should be called the Hokie-Pokie Bowl.  Virginia Tech I have a bunch of friends that go to VT, for their sake I hope Frank Beamer’s last game is a win.
Foster Farms Bowl UCLA vs. Nebraska UCLA In this pick, I really have to separate my hatred of UCLA and my hatred of Jamey. NEBRASKA  Nebraska has no right being in a bowl game, and yet, here we are #GBR
Military Bowl Pittsburgh vs. No. 21 Navy Navy Those helmet designs vs. Army was the most badass thing to ever happen in NCAA football. Maybe. Navy I’d always play as Navy in NCAA Football the video game, come to think of it, I still do. #anchorsAweigh
Quick Lane Bowl Central Michigan vs. Minnesota Central Michigan  “The land of 10,000 lakes that is inferior to Wisconsin in every possible way.” – Peter Fiorentino Central Michigan Minnesota lost to Nebraska this year, that means they’re not good.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl California vs. Air Force California “California knows how to party.” – Tupac Shakur Air Force Say Peter, aren’t you from California? I pick Air Force.
Russell Athletic Bowl No. 10 UNC vs. No. 17 Baylor UNC  I think UNC is the most underrated team in the top 10. Barely lost to Clemson, would’ve liked to see them play Stanford or Michigan St.  Baylor Baylor? I hardly know her.
Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Nevada vs. Colorado St. Nevada If Nevada wins, they get all the ganja in Colorado. If Colorado wins, they get Vegas. Fair? Nevada *Obligatory marijuana joke about Colorado here*
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl No. 20 LSU vs. Texas Tech Texas Tech I’ve never been an LSU fan. LSU Leonard Fournette does that thing where he puts the ball in the end zone.
Birmingham Bowl Auburn vs. Memphis Memphis  I’m pretty sure “Waking up in  Memphis” is a Katy Perry song, right? No? Oh well. Go Tigers.137460793_640 Auburn I’m pretty sure there are no songs about Auburn, Alabama, nonetheless, go Tigers.
Belk Bowl NC State vs. Mississippi St. NC State I don’t use Internet Explorer. Mississippi State Peter also seems like the type of guy who uses Internet Explorer, by principal alone, I must pick against his choice of NC State.
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl Texas A&M vs. Louisville Louisville “We used to be good.” – Louisville, probably  Louisville “We miss Johnny Football’s talent, not so much the off field stuff.”    -Texas A&M, probably
National Funding Holiday Bowl No. 25 USC vs. Wisconsin USC

Jamey, want some pepper with that salt?

Fight on, baby.

 Wisconsin Peter likes USC. Therefore, I must choose against USC. Also I’m still slightly salty for them beating Nebraska last year. #GBR
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl No. 18 Houston vs. No. 9 Florida St. Houston *Jamey’s terrible picks drowned out by the incredible accuracy of my picks.*  Florida State *Jamey’s reason is drowned out by the sound of FSU’s annoying Seminole War Chant*
Capital One Orange Bowl No. 4 Oklahoma St. vs. No. 1 Clemson Oklahoma Hugh Jackman was in the original cast of “Oklahoma,” and Hugh Jackman is a badass. Clemson Hugh Jackman was in the original cast of “X-Men,” and Hugh Jackman is a badass. I don’t know where I’m going with this. Clemson.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Alabama Michigan St. Notable alumnus: Jackmerius Tacktheratrix Michigan State I picked Alabama last year, and they ended up being remarkably average. Hopefully that continues.
Outback Bowl No. 13 Northwestern vs. No. 23 Tennessee Northwestern Northwestern: proving you can be smart and halfway decent at sports since 1851. Northwestern

My roommate Ryan likes Northwestern.

(Hi Ryan!!)

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl No. 14 Michigan vs. No. 19 Florida Florida Sources can confirm Gator players will wear sweatbands that say “#FreeAaron” Michigan Harbaugh’s khakis end up being the difference.
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl No. 8 Notre Dame vs. No. 7 Ohio State Ohio State If there’s any team I despise more than Ohio St. It’s Notre Dame. BattleFrog is a pretty cool name for a bowl, though.  Ohio State If Ohio State is ballsy enough to have marijuana leaves on their helmets, they’re ballsy enough to beat Notre Dame.
Rose Bowl No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 5 Iowa Iowa Legendary broadcaster Gary Dolphin calls games for Iowa. I just became the biggest Hawkeye fan ever. Stanford Did you know that Iowa leads the nation in aggregate corn output? Somehow that ends up being a factor, and Stanford wins.
Allstate Sugar Bowl No. 16 Oklahoma St. vs. No. 12 Ole Miss Oklahoma St. I just got home and I wrote “Allstate” and put it on the sugar bowl next to the coffee pot. Ole Miss Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss fell from the fourth story of a building and was playing the saxophone in a jazz club mere days later. For that reason alone Ole Miss will win.
TaxSlayer Bowl Penn St. vs. Georgia Penn St. I highly recommend the Netflix documentary “Happy Valley.” How can you cheer against a team that is in Happy Valley?! Georgia “Just an ol’ sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.”
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Kansas St. vs. Arkansas Arkansas Which state has the most pirates? Arrrrrrrkansas. *drops mic*  Arkansas Do they still have Darren McFadden? No? Eh, I’ll pick em anyway.
Valero Alamo Bowl No. 15 Oregon vs. No. 11 TCU TCU I happen to think the Horned Frogs have the most intimidating mascot in all of college football.  Oregon Something something something neon Nike uniforms.
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl West Virginia vs. Arizona St. Arizona St. If someone can make the connection between a Motel 6 and a cactus, drop me a comment. “We’re Arizona St. and we’ll leave the light on for ya.” West Virginia Take me home, country road, to a bowl, that’s named after a plant!
CFP National Championship Semifinal winner vs. Semifinal winner Semifinal winner It seems like if you pick someone who isn’t even playing, you won’t win –> The viewers The viewers always win.

Scoring Update Current as of January 3, 2016: Jamey 28 Peter 19

Winner: Jamey

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