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5 Best College Football Bowl Predictions December 27-30
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Results so far: 79-68-1
Bowl season: 5-5
You can also flip a coin and hit .500 with a pick. We prove it year after year with our selection of Clucko the Chicken.
Anyone can go .500. My late grandmother could hit a .500 random guess pick and make mean pierogi while doing it. That’s not the content you’re here for.
However, this bowl season Insane.
Bless your heart if you were on the wrong end of Houston -6.5 in the final minute of the 2022 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl against Louisiana.
Merry Christmas to everyone who thought the San Diego State team, which held Middle Tennessee to -66 rushing yards, would not only fail to cover, but would lose outright.
Last-second opt-outs, key players getting hurt quickly, bad weather, worst play calls – welcome to the bowl ever. Almost everything we know from the regular season means jack squat fat loading.
But as we head towards the final kick this could become a lot easier. We have a better handle on who’s actually playing with these things and who isn’t. Suppose the team with the back somehow wins. Still, good luck.
On Thursday night, we’ll be making the final batch of New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff games.
Until then, here are five. should do it Start with what might be happening just as you are reading this…
Click on each game for a preview of the game
5. Camellia Bowl: Buffalo vs Georgia Southern
Tuesday, December 27, 12:00 ESPN
ATS line Southern Georgia -3.5
Choose Southern Georgia
I’m not going to lie. I’ve hit a wall with some of these bowl games trying to guess if some random guy who’s third on the depth chart is about to get up and swing. to keep
Select the team with the most regular season key starters. It’s obvious. However, sometimes there are just enough good parts in the rest of the team to make up for the missing parts. This is part 2 of the easy way to do this.
If all was well in the Neutral Site game in mid-October, who would you choose?
If all were even against Georgia Southern -3.5 Buffalo, a call would be made. Here, UB’s backfield is very thin, the offense isn’t strong enough to keep up, and the Eagles are far better equipped to hang out in back and forth shootouts.
But the Buffalo defense takes the ball en masse. Unless Georgia Southern gets slaughtered in a battle for sales margins, this shouldn’t matter.
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4. TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl: East Carolina vs Coastal Carolina
Tuesday, December 27, 6:45 ESPN
ATS line East Carolina -7
Choose east carolina
Yeah, all the things I mentioned about Georgia Southern picking Buffalo and taking a team with a returning regular starter – take it and throw in a head coach.
East Carolina is missing a few players, but nothing that adds a major twist. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina lost head coach Jamie Chadwell to Liberty, new head man Tim Beck is absent, and the team is missing some key pieces on the line.
and Grayson McCall.
He’s on the transfer portal and it’s all going through the process, the star Coastal Carolina quarterback is prepping to play in this one, he’s looking to pick up speed after missing time, and his team is James Maddison finished the regular season in 47-7th place and rolled to Troy 45-26 in the Sun Belt Championship.
All of that, and the East Carolina offense, should throw free as they try to win the program’s first bowl game since 2013.
And now I’m trying to make a choice that completely contradicts things…
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3. San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: Oregon vs. North Carolina
December 28 (Wednesday) 8:00 FOX
total points 75
There is a lot to unpack here.
Usually when you make a final call for a game pick in preview, you choose a final score, lock it, don’t look at the line until the end, and don’t change it unless it’s on the line or something happens.Strange events – weather, injuries, etc.
My first thought was that this was going to be an intense shootout.
Both Oregon and North Carolina have star quarterbacks returning next year. Drake May from North Carolina and Bo Nix from Oregon.
1) If you’ve been with me for the last 25 years, you know my rules. If the world gives you a total of 70+ in college football, you take a step back, say thank you, and move on no matter what… It’s really hard to break through 70+ .
2) These bowl games are generally low scoring and terribly shabby. Any missing parts are important.
3) No North Carolina’s Josh Downs. Drake May lacks his top receiver and Oregon lacks offensive depth.
4) Okay, be careful here. Oregon has lost a ton of defensive talent, and North Carolina’s defense has basically lost most of the people they can play. Either offense could look like he’s throwing against an eight-player defense on the field.
After all, I’m a little surprised that both teams don’t have offensive coordinators, with North Carolina’s Phil Longo headed to Wisconsin and Oregon’s Kenny Dillingham as Arizona’s new head coach. Some pretty aggressive shows.
Again, once you’ve done that, enjoy the show and move on.
Next: Spread No. 2 College Football Picks Against Military Bowl
2. Military Bowl: UCF vs Duke
Wednesday, December 28 at 2:00 on ESPN
ATS line Duke -3.5
First and foremost, Duke is actually better.
Go past the school name. If Miami went 8-4 with one of four losses by touchdown and two, and the other three losses were by three points each, it would be the hottest one going into the 2023 season. .
By the way, Duke beat Miami 45-21 at Miami Gardens.
Mike Elko’s team is consistent, never losing to penalties or turnovers, and has enough defense to thrive in a game like this.
All of that, and Duke takes back everyone who matters for this bowl, not UCF.
Of course, UCF has the coaching and talent to get you up and running in a game like this. That’s what the program is for. But the quarterback situation gets interesting depending on whether or not John Rhys Plumlee is really okay, and not having enough starters in the transfer portal – sore top target Ryan O’Keeffe – becomes a problem. .
Long said bowl year without doing much based on what happened in the regular season, Duke is as close as it gets to being normal.
Next: College Football Picks vs. The Spread No. 1 Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl
1. Bad Boy More’s Pinstripe Bowl: Syracuse vs Minnesota
Thursday, December 29, 2:00 on ESPN
ATS line Minnesota -10
Oh, how I hate giving double-digit points in bowl games.
At this flake fest of exhibition season, when in doubt, take the underdog, especially if you’ve scored 10 or more points. But at least with this you should know exactly what you’re getting.
Syracuse is without star RB Sean Tucker. That’s okay – he wasn’t used as much as he should have been this year – but his absence would still sting. Even with him, Syracuse was completely off the map in the second half of the season .
They were blown out with 10 or more in four straight games before winning over a corrupt Boston University team.
Tucker is not alone.
Part of the reason for the slide was defense thinned out by injuries. With an already thin line to go with a secondary hit by a transfer portal, this didn’t exactly get better.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is also missing some of its secondary, but its offensive line is still amazing – John Michael Schmitz is probably the best center to go in the draft and he’s playing – and that goes to Mohammed. Ibrahim and a heart-pounding Gopher Bucks rotation.
At least Ibrahim is going to play.
The program has won four straight bowl games, with PJ Fleck’s team beating West Virginia 18-6 last year.
Expert recommendation December 28-January 2, NY6, CFP
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