Full transparency: we had a bad year final year.
Seriously. we went 19-22, that enclosed a inhabitant championship prophecy of Clemson violence Oklahoma (how’d that spin out?), usually one scold New Year’s Six prophecy (Wisconsin over Miami) and gems such as SMU over Louisiana Tech (Louisiana Tech won 51-10) and Toledo over Appalachian State (Appalachian State won 34-0). we don’t even collect opposite a spread. Imagine a fear if we did.
But emancipation is in a air. Myriad factors minister to a win or detriment in football, and perplexing to means in outmost factors (coaching changes), proclivity (was it a unsatisfactory season?), players (will they play? Skip?), statistics and a ton of other things can make a preference of a leader be a some-more daunting charge than one would think.
I wish my predictions are improved this year, yet college football can be a variable thing.
Ready, set, bowl!
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: North Carolina AT vs. Alcorn State
(Noon ET on ABC during Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)
I can’t go opposite North Carolina AT and my male Sam Washington, whose “tell them to move me my money” stays one of a quotes of a year in college football. This diversion is always close, and Noah Johnson keeps Alcorn State close, yet Darryl Johnson and a AT invulnerability will overflow down a stretch.
Prediction: North Carolina AT 27, Alcorn State 20
New Mexico Bowl: North Texas vs. Utah State
(2 p.m. ET on ESPN during Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Utah State already has mislaid a manager (Matt Wells) and North Texas might, if Seth Littrell lands a Kansas State job. Expect copiousness of points with dual energetic quarterbacks in Utah State’s Jordan Love and North Texas’ Mason Fine, yet we like a Aggies to prevail.
Prediction: Utah State 38, North Texas 29
AutoNation Cure Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana
(2:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network during Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida)
It’s an all-Louisiana matchup in executive Florida between dual teams that finished a deteriorate well. The Ragin’ Cajuns lapse home happy, as prolific using tandem Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell find gaps in a Tulane defense.
Prediction: Louisiana 31, Tulane 27
Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. Arizona State
(3:30 p.m. ET on ABC during Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada)
I adore what Jeff Tedford has finished during Fresno State, that won a Mountain West since of trained invulnerability and fit offense. Herm Edwards did a plain pursuit during ASU, yet with far-reaching receiver K’Neal Harry entering a breeze and capricious to play, Fresno State will bend down and Marcus McMaryion throws dual second-half touchdowns.
Prediction: Fresno State 36, Arizona State 24
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan
(5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama)
Eastern Michigan’s incredible play plea paid off as a Eagles are headed to their second play in a past 3 seasons. Both teams urge good yet Georgia Southern’s choice attack, behind quarterback Shai Werts and using behind Wesley Fields, is a difference.
Prediction: Georgia Southern 34, Eastern Michigan 27
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State
(9 p.m. ET on ESPN during Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)
The large means here is Scott Satterfield and either he’s still coaching his alma mater or Louisville when this diversion kicks off. Appalachian State is an glorious team, yet a coaching doubt leads me to go with Middle Tennessee and a fast Stockstills (coach Rick and quarterback Brent). Brent Stockstill throws dual after touchdown passes in his final college diversion to convene a Blue Raiders to victory.
Prediction: Middle Tennessee 29, Appalachian State 27
2018-19 College Football Playoff and play schedule
Here’s a demeanour during a whole College Football Playoff and play lineup for 2018-19.
First demeanour during Alabama-Oklahoma and Clemson-Notre Dame
The College Football Playoff semifinals are set, and here’s what we’re awaiting to see when a Sooners face a Crimson Tide and a Tigers face a Irish.
Alabama scarcely mislaid and is even some-more widespread now since of it
As widespread as Alabama had looked all deteriorate before a SEC championship game, one thing it was blank was a hard-fought victory. It got that Saturday, that creates a Tide seem even some-more unbeatable.
Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl: UAB vs. Northern Illinois
(7 p.m. ET on ESPN during FAU Football Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida)
Two Group of 5 discussion champions accommodate during a residence Lane Kiffin built (well, not exactly). Both defenses are intensely talented, so design a low-scoring diversion with highlights from star defenders such as UAB’s Jamell Garcia-Williams and NIU’s Sutton Smith. It’s tough to go opposite a Blazers and manager Bill Clark, generally given NIU’s play struggles underneath Rod Carey.
Prediction: UAB 26, Northern Illinois 13
DXL Frisco Bowl: San Diego State vs. Ohio
(8 p.m. ET on ESPN during Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas)
The diversion pits dual comparison coaches who regularly uncover they haven’t mislaid their reason in San Diego State’s Rocky Long (68) and Ohio’s Frank Solich (74). While a Aztecs’ invulnerability is miserly as usual, their bad finish seems tough to ignore, generally when Ohio won 5 of a final 6 behind surging using behind A.J. Ouellette (739 rush yards, 7 touchdowns in a final 5 games).
Prediction: Ohio 31, San Diego State 20
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall vs. South Florida
(8 p.m. ET on ESPN during Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida)
USF is during home and boasts higher jaunty talent, yet this Bulls group has been entirely unimpressive, dropping a final 5 regular-season games after an arrogant start. Marshall has a means invulnerability that will means adequate difficulty for USF and get a large diversion from far-reaching receiver Tyre Brady and other local Floridians in their lapse to informed ground.
Prediction: Marshall 38, South Florida 30
Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Florida International vs. Toledo
(12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas)
Toledo burnt me in final year’s predictions, yet I’m a constant guy. The Rockets scored 45 points or some-more in 4 of their final 5 games, and rising using behind Bryant Koback helps his group exist James Morgan and FIU in a high-scoring diversion in a islands.
Prediction: Toledo 42, Florida International 38
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. BYU
(4 p.m. ET on ESPN during Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho)
The teams have a common foe in Northern Illinois — Western Michigan won, BYU mislaid — yet a Cougars’ offense showed alleviation down a stretch, and we don’t buy that a Broncos’ invulnerability has incited things around. BYU is some-more means and physical, and gets Kalani Sitake his second play win.
Prediction: BYU 36, Western Michigan 27
Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest
(noon ET on ESPN during Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama)
Both offenses are able of scoring in bunches, and Memphis using behind Darrell Henderson and Wake Forest far-reaching receiver Greg Dortsch are dual underrated inhabitant stars. Tulane is a common foe (Wake Forest squeaked by while Memphis lost). This is a tough one yet Wake Forest rides immature quarterback Jamie Newman to a late rally.
Prediction: Wake Forest 42, Memphis 38
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Army
(3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas)
No Ed Oliver or D’Eriq King for Houston. Army’s relentless triple-option offense and underrated invulnerability (which reason Oklahoma to 21 points in regulation). A military-themed play game. It all works in Army’s favor, and Jeff Monken’s group frustrates a Cougars for 3 hours.
Prediction: Army 35, Houston 24
Dollar General Bowl: Buffalo vs. Troy
(7 p.m. ET on ESPN during Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama)
Buffalo didn’t have a finish it wanted, spendthrift a 19-point lead in a second half opposite Northern Illinois in a MAC pretension game. we adore Lance Leipold a Bulls’ talent and experience, yet they’ll be personification a practical highway diversion opposite a Troy group equally well-coached by Neal Brown. Troy’s play knowledge underneath Brown (2-0) pays off in this one.
Prediction: Troy 28, Buffalo 25
Hawai’i Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs. Hawai’i
(10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Aloha Stadium in Honolulu)
Both teams went by swoons this deteriorate yet Hawai’i finished stronger with a win during San Diego State, and we like Cole McDonald (35 touchdown passes) and manager Nick Rolovich’s group to urge a home turf.
Prediction: Hawai’i 36, Louisiana Tech 26
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Boston College vs. Boise State
(1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Cotton Bowl in Dallas)
Both defenses are unequivocally solid, yet Boston College’s offense unequivocally ran out of gas late in a season. Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien, meanwhile, can widespread a round around to 4 or 5 receivers and prominence a means Eagles secondary. we like Rypien and Boise State to follow Syracuse’s diversion devise to exist a Eagles.
Prediction: Boise State 31, Boston College 28
Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech
(5:15 ET on ESPN during Ford Field in Detroit)
I like where Minnesota is going underneath P.J. Fleck, whose late-season defensive coordinator switch paid off as a Gophers dominated Purdue and Wisconsin. But Georgia Tech wants to send manager Paul Johnson out with a win, and a triple choice clicks in a second half as a Yellow Jackets convene for CPJ.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 42, Minnesota 34
Cheez-It Bowl: Cal vs. TCU
(9 p.m. ET on ESPN during Chase Field in Phoenix)
Two defensive-minded coaches (Cal’s Justin Wilcox and TCU’s Gary Patterson) will have their particular units ready. But Patterson’s play lane record (10-6) and Cal’s sad offense — tied for 119th in descent points scored (19.2) and 118th in yards per play (4.96) — make TCU a collect here.
Prediction: TCU 23, Cal 10
Jonathan Vilma says that Alabama won’t have to change a approach they ready a diversion devise in a Orange Bowl vs. Oklahoma.
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Temple vs. Duke
(1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana)
I desired what we saw from Temple down a stretch. Geoff Collins’ group showed it could win points fests (59-49 over Houston) and grinders (24-17 over Cincinnati). Duke, meanwhile, forsaken 4 of a final 6 contests. Temple’s offset offense surges while Duke’s descent unemployment continues.
Prediction: Temple 34, Duke 17
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt
(9 p.m. ET on ESPN during NRG Stadium in Houston)
Both coaches (Matt Rhule and Derek Mason) merit a lot of credit for removing their teams bowl-eligible. Vanderbilt was improved down a stretch, though, winning 3 of a final 4 and pulling Kentucky and Missouri in losses. Kyle Shurmur displays his heading potency opposite a exposed Baylor defense, and Vanderbilt boundary informed face Jalen Hurd and a Bears offense.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 37, Baylor 24
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin
(5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN during Yankee Stadium in New York)
They should call this a Disappointment Bowl as dual preseason top-10 teams fell massively brief of expectations. The sourroundings should preference Wisconsin, yet Miami is clearly a higher defensive team. In a diversion someone has to win, I’ll go with a Badgers behind using behind Jonathan Taylor.
Prediction: Wisconsin 24, Miami 21
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Purdue vs. Auburn
(1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee)
Motivation should be a means here. Purdue is energized with manager Jeff Brohm staying during a propagandize to keep building with stars like far-reaching receiver Rondale Moore. Auburn, a preseason top-10 team, envisioned most grander goals and has copiousness of tragedy swirling around a coaches. Brohm calls an assertive game, Moore scores 3 times and quarterback David Blough sparkles in his final college game.
Prediction: Purdue 35, Auburn 31
Camping World Bowl: West Virginia vs. Syracuse
(5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN during Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida)
A Big East adversary is renewed with dual fun-loving coaches — Dana Holgorsen and Dino Babers — who adore to rope a round around. Senior quarterbacks Will Grier (WVU) and Eric Dungey (Syracuse) both put adult large numbers yet Grier and his receivers will be a disproportion in a high-scoring game.
Prediction: West Virginia 48, Syracuse 45
Valero Alamo Bowl: Iowa State during Washington State
(9 p.m. ET on ESPN during Alamodome in San Antonio)
It would have been good to see Uncle Rico (Gardner Minshew) and a Pirate (Mike Leach) in a New Year’s Six, yet this isn’t a bad consolation. Iowa State is intensely good coached and boasts a plain invulnerability led by lineman Ray Lima and others. But after struggling in a snowy Apple Cup, Minshew shines in a architecture as a Cougars finish 11-2.
Prediction: Washington State 41, Iowa State 34
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Florida vs. Michigan
(noon ET on ESPN during Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)
The Wolverines are better, yet will they be encouraged after a Ohio State meltdown? While Michigan will be yet several draft-eligible defensive standouts, a offense stairs adult as Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon any comment for dual touchdowns and a Wolverines equivocate a second true play face-plant.
Prediction: Michigan 31, Florida 21
Belk Bowl: South Carolina vs. Virginia
(noon ET on ABC during Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina)
Bronco Mendenhall will unequivocally need his invulnerability to step adult opposite Jake Bentley, Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards and a South Carolina offense that looked unequivocally prolific down a stretch. After dual heartless Virginia waste to finish a unchanging season, it’s tough to see a Cavaliers gripping adult with Will Muschamp’s team.
Prediction: South Carolina 37, Virginia 21
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Nevada
(5:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network during Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona)
Only dual spots apart these teams in FPI (Nevada is 85th, Arkansas State is 87th). Jay Norvell has finished an glorious pursuit removing Nevada on lane in Year 2, yet Arkansas State played unequivocally good down a widen and boasts a higher quarterback in Justice Hansen (27 touchdowns, 67 percent completions, one interception in his final 6 games).
Prediction: Arkansas State 33, Nevada 28
College Football Playoff semifinal during a Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Notre Dame vs. Clemson
(4 p.m. ET on ESPN during ATT Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
Notre Dame’s invulnerability and Ian Book‘s arm will make this diversion competitive, yet a Irish haven’t faced a group with as many elite-level athletes as Clemson. Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne gleam in a second half, and a front 4 shuts down Dexter Williams and pressures Book, as Clemson advances.
Prediction: Clemson 35, Notre Dame 27
College Football Playoff semifinal during a Capital One Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
(8 p.m. ET on ESPN during Hard Rock Stadium in Miami)
Kyler Murray will give Alabama’s invulnerability by distant some-more difficulty than any quarterback Quinnen Williams and a Tide have seen all season. The problem for OU: Alabama competence measure on any singular possession. I’m still not shopping a Sooners’ invulnerability opposite Tua Tagovailoa Co.
Prediction: Alabama 55, Oklahoma 37
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
(noon ET on ESPN during Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland)
One of these teams is intensely advantageous to be in a bowl. The other had a breakthrough deteriorate behind a versatile and means defense, and a warn star in beginner quarterback Desmond Ridder. Virginia Tech’s destiny is still splendid with Justin Fuente yet Cincinnati wins this one.
Prediction: Cincinnati 30, Virginia Tech 17
Hyundai Sun Bowl: Stanford vs. Pittsburgh
(2 p.m. ET on CBS during Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas)
Both of these offenses are lunatic — Pitt is a complicated run team, while Stanford can widen a margin with a large receivers and parsimonious ends — and both teams mislaid during Notre Dame (Pitt played better). Still, we like how Stanford responded from a unequivocally severe October. Expect a large diversion from K.J. Costello and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in El Paso.
Prediction: Stanford 37, Pitt 27
Redbox Bowl: Oregon vs. Michigan State
(3 p.m. ET on Fox during Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California)
Oregon’s Justin Herbert, who some consider will be a initial quarterback drafted in 2019, faces a inhuman Michigan State invulnerability led by finish Kenny Willekes. It’s only tough to trust in a Spartans’ offense, though, and Herbert leads a late touchdown expostulate to lift his group to victory.
Prediction: Oregon 23, Michigan State 20
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
(3:45 p.m. ET during Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee)
Prediction: Oklahoma State competence be a weirdest group in a nation this season, with wins over Texas and West Virginia, a 1-loss detriment to Oklahoma and blowout waste to both Texas Tech and Kansas State. Give me a some-more unchanging group in Missouri, that finished unequivocally good down a widen and gets a large opening from quarterback Drew Lock.
Prediction: Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 27
San Diego Credit Union Holiday Bowl: Northwestern vs. Utah
(7 p.m. ET on FS1 during SDCCU Stadium in San Diego)
Two joining pretension diversion losers accommodate in a diversion where points will be in brief supply. Northwestern has a some-more means quarterback (Clayton Thorson, personification his final college game), a register that should be removing healthy and improved new play performances. But we only can’t gamble opposite a play aristocrat Kyle Whittingham (11-1). Chase Hansen and a Utes’ invulnerability rises in a end.
Prediction: Utah 21, Northwestern 14
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: NC State vs. Texas AM
(7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN during TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida)
Clemson is a common foe and Texas AM fared most improved in better to a Tigers than NC State did. The Aggies also have dual top-15 wins (LSU, Kentucky), while NC State’s record came opposite mostly diseased competition. Quarterbacks Kellen Mond (Texas AM) and Ryan Finley (NC State) both perform well, yet manager Jimbo Fisher’s group owns a fourth entertain to finish 9-4.
Prediction: Texas AM 38, NC State 28
Outback Bowl: Mississippi St. vs. Iowa
(noon ET on ESPN2 during Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida)
Both of these teams underachieved a bit this season. Both are means during a line of struggle and can close down hostile offenses. Mississippi State is a collect since of defensive line tandem Montez Sweat and Jeffrey Simmons, who force Iowa’s Nathan Stanley into some mistakes. Tight finish Noah Fant‘s deficiency also hurts a Hawkeyes in this one.
Prediction: Mississippi State 28, Iowa 17
VRBO Citrus Bowl: Kentucky vs. Penn State
(1 p.m. ET on ABC during Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida)
Record-setting Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley takes on inhabitant awards claimant Josh Allen and a inhuman Kentucky defense. Expect a unequivocally parsimonious game, yet a Lions are a some-more finish group and McSorley goes out a leader after prominence tilt touchdown scurry in a final minute.
Prediction: Penn State 28, Kentucky 23
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCF
(1 p.m. ET on ESPN during State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona)
I adore a approach UCF rallied behind new quarterback Darriel Mack to win another AAC pretension and post another ideal unchanging season, honoring harmed QB McKenzie Milton in a process. But a strain ends in a dried as an LSU team, some-more encouraged than Auburn was final year, uses a run diversion and invulnerability to reason a Knights down only enough.
Prediction: LSU 40, UCF 33
Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual: Washington vs. Ohio State
(5 p.m. ET on ESPN during Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)
Jimmy Lake’s invulnerability vs. Ryan Day’s offense will be fun to watch, yet Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins and his receivers make adequate plays to overtake Jake Browning and a Huskies in manager Urban Meyer’s Rose Bowl debut. Haskins throws for 3 scores on a means Washington delegate in what expected will be his final college game.
Prediction: Ohio State 34, Washington 21
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Texas vs. Georgia
(8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN during Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)
Texas competence be a some-more encouraged group and Sam Ehlinger and his means receivers will exam Georgia’s means secondary. But Bulldogs backfield tandem D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, along with a bullying descent line, overcome a Longhorns in a second half.
Prediction: Georgia 38, Texas 27
College Football Playoff National Championship presented by ATT: Clemson vs. Alabama
(8 p.m. ET on ESPN during Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California)
Some might be sleepy of this pairing, yet a immature quarterbacks, Tagovailoa and Lawrence, supplement a singular element. Expect both to put on a uncover along with their particular ancillary casts, yet Alabama’s flitting diversion will be a disproportion opposite a leaky Clemson secondary.
Prediction: Alabama 41, Clemson 31