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WHY I DON'T FORECAST INTEREST RATES. It's no easier being a football prognosticator. Here's USA Today's Erick Smith last December, with the results.

Poinsettia Bowl— Northern Illinois vs. Texas Christian, Dec. 19 ... TCU 30, Northern Illinois 14.

TCU 37-7. Ouch.

Las Vegas Bowl— Brigham Young vs. Oregon, Dec. 21 ... Brigham Young 30, Oregon 21.

BYU 38-8.

New Orleans Bowl — Troy vs. Rice, Dec. 22 ... Rice 20, Troy 19.

Troy 41-17. Oops.

Papajohns.com Bowl — East Carolina vs. South Florida, Dec. 23 ... East Carolina 24, South Florida 23.

South Florida 24-7.

New Mexico Bowl — San Jose State vs. New Mexico, Dec. 23 ... New Mexico 17, San Jose State 14.

San Jose State 20-12.

Armed Forces Bowl — Utah vs. Tulsa, Dec. 23 ... Utah 24, Tulsa 21.

Utah 25-13.

Hawaii Bowl — Arizona State vs. Hawaii, Dec. 24 ... Hawaii 42, Arizona State 28.

Hawaii 41-24.

Motor City Bowl — Middle Tennessee vs. Central Michigan, Dec. 26 ... Central Michigan 31, Middle Tennessee 20.

Central Michigan 31-14.

Emerald Bowl — Florida State vs. UCLA, Dec. 27 ... UCLA 20, Florida State 17.

Florida State 44-27.

Independence Bowl — Oklahoma State vs. Alabama, Dec. 28 ... Oklahoma State 26, Alabama 20.

Oklahoma State 34-31. Will T. Boone Pickens put up the money to hire Saban from Alabama?

Holiday Bowl — Texas A&M vs. California, Dec. 28 ... California 34, Texas A&M 28.

California 45-10.

Texas Bowl — Kansas State vs. Rutgers, Dec. 28 ... Rutgers 21, Kansas State 20.

Rutgers 37-31.

Music City Bowl — Kentucky vs. Clemson, Dec. 29 ... Clemson 34, Kentucky 26.

Kentucky 28-20.

Sun Bowl — Missouri vs. Oregon State, Dec. 29 ... Missouri 28, Oregon State 27.

Oregon State 39-38.

Liberty Bowl — Houston vs. South Carolina, Dec. 29 ... South Carolina 33, Houston 26.

South Carolina 44-36.

Champs Sports Bowl — Purdue vs. Maryland, Dec. 29 ... Purdue 24, Maryland 21.

Maryland 24-7.

Insight Bowl — Minnesota vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 29 ... Texas Tech 42, Minnesota 30.

Texas Tech 44-41.

Meineke Car Care Bowl — Navy vs. Boston College, Dec. 30 ... Boston College 26, Navy 21.

Boston College 25-24.

Alamo Bowl — Iowa vs. Texas, Dec. 30 ... Texas 28, Iowa 14.

Texas 26-24. Quite the comedown for last year's champs.

Chick-fil-A Bowl — Virginia Tech vs. Georgia, Dec. 30 ... Virginia Tech 23, Georgia 14.

Georgia 31-24.

MPC Computers Bowl — Nevada vs. Miami (Fla.), Dec. 31 ... Nevada 21, Miami (Fla.) 20.

Miami 21-20. Margin of error.

Outback Bowl — Penn State vs. Tennessee, Jan. 1 ... Tennessee 24, Penn State 13.

Penn State 20-10.

Cotton Bowl — Nebraska vs. Auburn, Jan. 1 ... Auburn 24, Nebraska 17.

Auburn 17-14.

Capital One Bowl — Wisconsin vs. Arkansas, Jan. 1 ... Arkansas 24, Wisconsin 19.

Wisconsin 17-14. Yay!

Gator Bowl — Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia, Jan. 1 ... West Virginia 30, Georgia Tech 20.

West Virginia 38-35.

Rose Bowl — Michigan vs. Southern California, Jan. 1 ... Southern California 21, Michigan 17.

Southern California 32-18.

Fiesta Bowl — Boise State vs. Oklahoma, Jan. 1 ... Oklahoma 33, Boise State 20.

Boise State 43-42, overtime.

Orange Bowl — Wake Forest vs. Louisville, Jan. 2 ... Louisville 38, Wake Forest 23.

Louisville 24-13.

Sugar Bowl — Notre Dame vs. Louisiana State, Jan. 3 ... LSU 34, Notre Dame 21.

Louisiana State 41-14.

International Bowl — Western Michigan vs. Cincinnati, Jan. 6 ... Western Michigan 20, Cincinnati 19.

Cincinnati 27-24. More bad news for the Mid-American. Why is this bowl mixed in with the championship series?

GMAC Bowl — Ohio vs. Southern Mississippi, Jan. 7 ... Southern Mississippi 30, Ohio 17.

Southern Mississippi 28-7. Same observation, same question.

BCS National Title Game — Florida vs. Ohio State, Jan. 8 ... Ohio State 27, Florida 20.

Just ended. Florida 41-14.

Fourteen misses, including the alleged championship game, in 32 tries, and a number of victory margins misplaced. Sports-bar prognosticators can do as well with a coin flip.

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