The line: Oregon by 6
The pick: Oregon 42-38
Oklahoma State (11-1) vs. Stanford (11-1)
Where: Glendale, Ariz.
When: Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: A nice quarterback duel between Stanford's Andrew Luck and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden. Luck has one more TD (35 to 34) and three fewer picks (nine to 12) in 149 fewer attempts. But Weeden has 1,158 more yards. Oklahoma State has forced a nation's-high 42 turnovers; Stanford has committed 15.
The line: Oklahoma State by 3.5
The pick: Stanford 38-33
Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2)
Where: New Orleans
When: Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: This is Michigan's first BCS bowl since the 2006 season; it's the Hokies' fourth in five seasons. This features an interesting quarterback matchup between Michigan's Denard Robinson and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas.
The line: Michigan by 2.5
The pick: Michigan 28-23
Clemson (10-3) vs. West Virginia (9-3)
When: Jan. 4, 8 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: There will be a lot of orange-clad folks in attendance, as this is Clemson's first-ever BCS appearance and first "traditional" New Year's Day bowl since the 1981 season – when the Tigers beat Nebraska in the Orange Bowl to win the national title.
The line: Clemson by 3.5
The pick: Clemson 34-24
Arkansas (10-2) vs. Kansas State (10-2)
Where: Arlington, Texas
When: Jan. 6, 8 p.m./Fox
The buzz: This is K-State's 15th bowl all-time – and Bill Snyder has been the coach for 13 of them. Postseason football doesn't seem to agree with Arkansas: The Hogs are 3-13 in bowls in the past 25 seasons.
The line: Arkansas by 7.5
The pick: Arkansas 34-24
Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5)
Where: Birmingham, Ala.
When: Jan. 7, 1 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: The NFL playoffs start this day. Why do we think there will be far more attention focused on those games than this one?
The line: Pitt by 4.5
The pick: Pitt 23-17
Arkansas State (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3)
Where: Mobile, Ala.
When: Jan. 8, 9 p.m./ESPN
The buzz: The Sun Belt winner vs. the MAC winner. This one should have a lot of offense, as NIU averages a bit more than 38 points per game and Arkansas State a bit more than 35.
The line: Arkansas State by 1.5
The pick: NIU 38-35
BCS TITLE GAME
Where: New Orleans
When: Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m./ESPN
MATCHUP: Alabama (11-1) vs. LSU (13-0)
The buzz: The SEC West heavyweights collide again, two months after their first meeting. The last time a rematch decided the national title was in 1996, when Florida beat Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. FSU had won the regular-season meeting.
The line: LSU by 1
The pick: LSU 17-13
YEAR TO DATE: 577-197 straight up, 328-348-4 against the spread (no spread on games involving FCS schools)
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