After the first 15 bowl games this season, I was 8-7 and tied with Jerry Ahern and Jason King, while Tom Dienhart, Mike Huguenin and Olin Buchanan were all 7-8.

Here’s how I fared in the second half of the bowl season.

ARMED FORCES BOWL Dec. 31
Houston vs. Air Force
Houston’s air attack and the Falcons’ ground game will gouge each other’s defenses silly in this contest. Case Keenum is the difference.

Result: Holy Toledo! Air Force dominated Houston, intercepting Keenum 6 times in this game on their way to a good old fashioned butt-kicking of Houston, 47-20. The game featured back-to-back kickoff returns for TDs by each school.

SUN BOWL Dec. 31
Oklahoma vs. Stanford
If any team can stop Toby Gerhart this season, the Sooners can. But they won’t.

Result: The Sooners didn’t stop Gerhart (135 yards, 2 TDs) but Stanford couldn’t stop Landry Jones (30-51, 418 yds, 3 TDs) or Ryan Broyles (13 receptions, 156 yds, 3 TDs), either.

TEXAS BOWL Dec. 31
Navy vs. Missouri
Navy has impressed me this year, but Missouri has a very strong rushing defense and will win this one.

Result: Ricky Dobbs ran roughshod against the Missouri defense (30 carries, 166 yards, 3 TDs) and Navy hit the 10-victory mark for only the third time in program history in an impressive 35-13 romp over the Tigers.

INSIGHT BOWL Dec. 31
Minnesota vs. Iowa State
If Eric Decker is healthy and can play, the Golden Gophers will win.

Result: Decker didn’t play, so Iowa State pulled off a 14-13 nailbiter. It was Minnesota’s fourth straight bowl game loss and the first time they had dropped a game to the Cyclones in the past 22 meetings.

CHICK-FIL-A BOWL Dec. 31
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee
These two teams are evenly matched. Flip a coin. I did and the Vols won.

Result: Ryan Williams logged 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground and the V-Tech defense shut out Tennessee 20-0 in the second half as the Hokies crushed the Vols, 37-14.

OUTBACK BOWL Jan. 1
Northwestern vs. Auburn
This is one of two matchups this bowl season featuring Wildcats and Tigers. Northwestern will finally break their bowl jinx this time around.

Result: This turned out to be one of the best bowl games of the season. Rather than kicking a chip shot to tie the game and head into a second overtime, Pat Fitzgerald opted to go for the win and Northwestern fell short of the goal line, losing 38-35 to a relieved Auburn squad. Wildcat QB Mike Kafka passed for 532 yards and 4 TDs, but he also tossed 5 interceptions.

CAPITAL ONE BOWL Jan. 1
Penn State vs. LSU
JoePa’s teams are usually well prepared for their bowl games. They will struggle with LSU, but they’ll also find a way to pull this one out.

Result: Penn State held LSU to 202 total yards and pulled off a squeaker, 19-17. It was JoePa’s record-extending 24th bowl victory.

GATOR BOWL Jan. 1
Florida State vs. West Virginia
If the Seminoles can’t get up for this game and win it for Bobby then then I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

Result: Florida State won Bobby Bowden’s 22nd bowl game in 57 years of coaching and the Seminoles completed their 33rd consecutive season above .500. FSU 33 West Virginia 21

ROSE BOWL Jan. 1
Ohio State vs. Oregon
The Buckeyes have a good defense, but they haven’t seen a scoring machine like the Ducks this year. Oregon finally wins on New Year’s Day in Pasadena.

Result: Terrelle Pryor compiled 338 total yards and displayed flashes of former Rose Bowl Game hero, Vince Young, as Ohio State outlasted a pesky Oregon team, 26-17.

SUGAR BOWL Jan. 1
Florida vs. Cincinnati
The Gators have too much pride and too much talent to lose two games in a row.

Result: Florida annihilated Cincinnati, 51-24, and Tim Tebow racked up 533 total yards, 3 TD passes, and a score on the ground in the grand finale of his storied career with the Gators.

INTERNATIONAL BOWL Jan. 2
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois
This game should’ve been played early in December. The Bulls will trample the Huskies.

Result: USF defeated NIU behind Mike Ford’s 202 yards on the ground, 27-3.

PAPAJOHNS.COM BOWL Jan. 2
Connecticut vs. South Carolina
Huskies are no match for the Gamecocks in this one.

Result: So much for SEC dominance over the Big East. The Huskies handcuffed Stephen Garcia and the Gamecocks, 20-7.

COTTON BOWL Jan. 2
Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss
Look for Jevan Snead to get his act together in front of the home state crowd. Dexter McCluster will be a key for the Rebs, too.

Result: Thank you, Dexter. I thought I was starting to lose my touch. McCluster had 184 yards rushing and 2 TDs to lead Ole Miss to a 21-7 win over the Cowboys.

LIBERTY BOWL Jan. 2
East Carolina vs. Arkansas
The Pirates might have beaten Case Keenum in the C-USA title game, but they won’t defeat Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks.

Results: Arkansas nipped East Carolina, 20-17 in overtime on a 37 yard field goal by Alex Tejada.

ALAMO BOWL Jan. 2
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders passing attack will be too much for the suspension-depleted Spartans.

Result: Texas Tech showed no signs of slowing down without Mike Leach at the helm, racking up 579 total yards in their 41-31 victory over Michigan State.

FIESTA BOWL Jan. 4
Boise State vs. TCU
I think the Horned Frogs are good enough to be playing in the national championship game. Following that logic, they will hand Boise State their first loss in this battle of unbeatens.

Result: The Broncos got revenge on TCU for last year’s loss in the Poinsettia Bowl with a 17-10 win. While the Frogs held Kellen Moore to 202 yards passing, BSU turned the screws on TCU’s running game, holding them to 36 total yards on the ground.

ORANGE BOWL Jan. 5
Iowa vs. Georgia Tech
Iowa’s sturdy defense will be severely tested by the Yellow Jackets’ potent offense. Go with the O in this contest.

Result: Iowa won their first major bowl game since 1959, 24-14, over the Yellow Jackets. Ricky Stanzi threw for 231 yards and 2 TDs and the Hawkeye defense held Georgia Tech’s vaunted offense to 155 total yards.

GMAC BOWL Jan. 6
Troy vs. Central Michigan
Dn LeFevour will be the deciding factor for the Chippewas in this match-up with Troy.

Result: This was one of the other most exciting bowl games this season. CMU topped Troy in 2 overtimes, 44-41, on the strength of LeFevour’s 392 yards passing and Andrew Aguila’s 5 field goals (28, 35, 44, 42, and 37 yards) and 3 extra points.

BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Jan. 7
Alabama vs. Texas
Colt McCoy has all the motivation in the world to win this game, but Alabama’s defense will make sure that doesn’t happen.

Result: Alabama took McCoy out of the game in Texas’ first possession on their way to a 37-21 win over Texas. The game was actually closer than the score indicates, as the Tide led just 24-21 with just 3:02 remaining in the game. With first and 10 on the Texas 17-yard line and momentum in their back pocket, the Longhorns were looking to drive for a tying field goal or a winning score, but Alabama squelched that hope. Back-up QB Garrett Gilbert was sacked and fumbled away the pigskin. Alabama recovered at the 3-yard line and scored three plays later to go up 31-21. Gilbert was intercepted on the first play of Texas’ final possession and Nick Saban opted to rub it in for another score with just 47 seconds on the clock. Final score: Alabama 37 Texas 21.

My record for the second half of the bowl season was 10-9. Final tally for all bowl games this season was a very disappointing 18-16.