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How cute is this young horned lizard?

This roundtail horned lizard is one of the smallest of the horned lizards, reaching an adult length of only about 7.5-10 cm (3-4 in).
This lizard lays egg clutches of up to 9 eggs in early summer. The color of roundtail horned lizards usually reflects the color of the soil in their native habitat. Watch out for them when hiking – they will flatten their bodies and remain motionless when threatened. Their favorite place to hang out is near ant colonies for food.

Bowl Preview: December 21st

The beginning of bowl season is upon us! Tomorrow the bowls begin in the countdown to the final BCS National Championship Game and the other grand BCS match ups.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Colorado State 7-6 (5-3 MWC) vs Washington State 6-6 (4-5 PAC 12): This game is a return to the postseason for two long suffering programs. Colorado State hasn’t been to a bowl since 2005 when the Rams beat Fresno State in that year’s incarnation of the New Mexico Bowl. Washington State has been out of the bowl scene for a whole decade, when the Cougars beat Texas in the 2003 Holiday Bowl. Wazzu has made strides in Mike Leach’s second year at the helm, doubling their win total from last year with their high flying air raid offense. Washington State is trending up in the crowded PAC 12 North, and it will help them against Colorado State. CSU is already past the 7 win frontier thanks to the extra game playing at Hawaii allows. The Rams are also climbing thanks to a second year coach Jim McElwain. A chance to build up Colorado State to a Mountain Division rival to Boise State and Utah State will gain some momentum with an upset over their PAC 12 foe.

Pick: Washington State

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl #20 Fresno State 11-1 (7-1 MWC) vs #25 USC 9-4 (6-3 PAC 12): Two good California squads face off in neighboring Nevada for the Las Vegas Bowl. Another Mountain West-PAC 12 tilt features the offensive firepower of Bulldog QB Derek Carr against USC’s more balanced attack. Fresno State was very close to becoming the final BCS buster of the BCS era but an end of the season 62-52 shootout upset to rival San Jose State sunk their chances. USC has had a year of ups and downs featuring 3 different coaches but through it all the Trojans came back after a disappointing 7-6 season last year. Both teams lost their bowl last year, with Fresno State getting blown out by SMU in the Hawaii Bowl and USC falling to Georgia Tech with a whimper in the Sun Bowl. Coaching will be key to this game, as Clay Helton is the interim coach for the embattled Trojans following Ed Orgeron’s resignation. This one could get interesting.

Pick: USC but not confident

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Buffalo Bulls 8-4 (6-2 MAC) vs San Diego State Aztecs 7-5 (6-2 MWC): The third Mountain West bowl game on the season features Buffalo of the MAC against my SDSU Aztecs. Buffalo has come off a solid season and the Bulls are only in their second bowl game in their entire team history. The Buffalo Bulls lost the 2009 International Bowl in their only other appearance. SDSU is attending their 4th straight bowl appearance but the Aztecs have seemingly taken a step or two back from when they were Mountain West co-champions a season beforehand. The Aztecs began the season a disappointing 0-3 including a loss at home to Eastern Illinois but rebounded to win 7 games. A loss to UNLV during the last week of the season dampened their momentum and they won’t be as used the cold as Buffalo.

Pick: San Diego State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Louisiana-Lafayette 8-4 (5-2 Sun Belt) vs Tulane 7-5 (5-3 C-USA): This is an interesting matchup for a bowl that is usually rather uninteresting. In-state opponents Tulane and ULL face off in the New Orleans Bowl, which has seen Lafayette the past two seasons. They have been Louisiana-Lafayette’s only bowl games to date and they are played in the Superdome where Tulane normally hosts games (not that it usually gives them much of an advantage). Tulane has much to be happy about as it is the Green Wave’s first bowl bid since their win in the 2002 Hawaii Bowl. This game might not move the national interest meter but for these programs and their fan bases it’s a big deal.

Pick: Louisiana-Lafayette