Daily Blog •December 14, 2012


Phil Steele's 2012-13 Bowl Confidence Picks

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

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 brandon@philsteele.com.

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 in.