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Dec. 26

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl

Utah vs. West Virginia

The biggest question is the availability of Will Grier. With him healthy WVU should win this game. Without him a disciplined, but not very talented Utah team might be able to hold their own.  Reportedly he will not play.  Utah 21 - WVU 20


 

Quick Lane Bowl

Duke vs. Northern Illinois

Another participation Bowl between a middling MAC squad and an ACC team that is luck to be eligible.  NIU 38 - Duke 28

 

Cactus Bowl

Kansas State vs. UCLA

Rosen had a chance to shine here for scouts and UCLA has some talent but they are winless on the road. With Rosen out it’s tough to see how UCLA wins. Kansas State 31 - UCLA 21

Dec. 27

Walk-On's Independence Bowl

Southern Miss vs. Florida State

This game being played as a bowl game offends me as a football fan. FSU 27 - USM 17

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa vs. Boston College

Boston College has not beaten a ranked team all year. Iowa has been serviceable on the road and played a much tougher schedule. The Hawkeyes are also far more consistent. Iowa 24 - Boston College 17

 

Foster Farms Bowl

Arizona vs. Purdue

Purdue peaked late in the season while Arizona fell off in their last few games. Khalil Mack will be the best player in the game though. Arizona 45 - Purdue 27

 

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Texas vs. Missouri

Missouri should score early and often against an overmatched Texas team. Missouri 45 - Texas 20.

Dec. 28

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman

Virginia vs. Navy

Virginia is headed in the right direction but they still have some improving to do offensively. Navy 34 - UVA 24

 

Camping World Bowl

No. 22 Virginia Tech vs. No. 19 Oklahoma State

Mason Rudolph and James Washington can go out winners again in their bowl game since they didn’t get it done during the regular season.  OSU 38 - Virginia Tech 23

 

Valero Alamo Bowl

No. 13 Stanford vs. No. 15 TCU

Stanford's power game vs TCU’s spread is a nice clash of philosophy. With better players and the more physical system, I would expect Stanford to pull this game out. Stanford 30 - TCU 24

 

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

No. 18 Washington State vs. No. 16 Michigan State

 

Washington State already has dismissed one of their best players. I expect Luke Falk to carry this team against Michigan State, but it won’t be enough.  MSU 31 - WSU 30

Dec. 29

Belk Bowl

Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

If the Aggies show up they’ll win by 3 scores. I expect them to show up under the watchful eyes of Jimbo Fisher. A&M 35 - Wake 17

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl

No. 24 NC State vs. Arizona State

There won’t be  a ton of defense in this game but NC State is the better program at this point. NC State 27 - ASU 20

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Kentucky vs. No. 21 Northwestern

Northwestern, quietly, had a good year. NU 31 - UK 21

 

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Utah State vs. New Mexico State

Meh. NMSU 30 - USU 27

Dec. 30

TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville vs. No. 23 Mississippi State

If Nick Fitzgerald hadn’t gotten injured this might have been a very good quarterback matchup. As it stands now Louisville probably has too much offense for the Bulldogs to keep up with. Louisville 35 - MSU 20

 

AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Iowa State vs. No. 20 Memphis

 

Give Matt Campbell some credit; few people, other than yours truely, saw Iowa State as a Bowl participant this season. Memphis is too good for them though. Memphis 45 - Iowa State 41

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

Michigan vs. South Carolina

South Carolina should win this game against an over hyped Michigan team. USC 27 - UM 24

 

*Major Bowls not included in this article will receive their own write up

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