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Bowl Game Picks: Experts Weigh In With Predictions

Yesterday, I made predictions on this weekends bowl games and now it is time to see how others are picking the games.

First up is Houston Chronicle's Joseph Duarte who is picking every bowl game this season. He does not predict the score, but he does predict each winner.

New Mexico Bowl: BYU
Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois
New Orleans Bowl: Ohio

Kevin McGuire from the Examiner has his predictions as well.

New Mexico Bowl: BYU
Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois
New Orleans Bowl: Ohio

ESPN's Andrea Adelson has her predictions of the first weekend's slate of games.

New Mexico Bowl:

PREDICTION: BYU 30, UTEP 13. The Cougars are better defensively, and enter on a bit of a hot streak, having won four of their final five games. They nearly upset Utah in the season finale. UTEP has lost five of its last six, and a hobbled Vittatoe is going to hurt the Miners. Another fun fact to remember: UTEP has not won a bowl game since 1967.

Humanitarian Bowl:

PREDICTION: Fresno State 28, Northern Illinois 20. The Bulldogs are going to be helped by a healthier Robbie Rouse, who broke his hand against Boise State. I also think they will be able to control both lines of scrimmage.

New Orleans Bowl:

PREDICTION: Ohio 30, Troy 24. Troy was not as strong as it usually is this season, and has struggled at times behind Corey Robinson and on defense. Yes, Ohio blew a chance to play for the MAC title game, but the Bobcats should be able to run on Troy and control time of possession.

The computers get in on the action in predicting the scores. These projections are from AccuScore who run 10,000 simulations.

New Mexico Bowl: They predict BYU to be the winner by an average score of 30.9 to 23.1 with BYU winning 65 percent of the time.

Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois is their projected winner by an average score of 34.0 to 27.7 over Fresno State, and by winning 63 percent of the time.

New Orleans Bowl: This is the closest of the bunch with Ohio winning by an average score of 31.9 to 28.1 over Troy with the Bobcats winning 58 percent of the time.

Finally, SB Nation's SEC-centric site Team Speed Kills puts together a full chart with a prescribed method and predicts the bowl games from winners, against the spread and in the over/under.

Their winners for these three games mirror the other projections with BYU, Northern Illinois and Ohio winning their bowl games.