Pinstripe Bowl: Maryland vs VA Tech Spread: PK
Im not going to lie I haven't watched a ton Maryland football games this year, The one that did stand out to me was the 51-14 home loss to a mediocre Iowa offense. HOWEVER, General rule for the Pinestripe Bowl is pick the club located further north. Overall I think Taulia has been finding it and this offense is a lot better than they have been in the past gut feeling the Big Ten is a better conference than the ACC and Maryland is up to the challenge against their former ACC foe. The Pinestipe Bowl Championship comes back to the spring break capitol of the North East.
Final Score: Terps 34 Va Tech 27
Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Minnesota vs West Virginia Spread: Minnesota -3.5
The majority of people from what I have seen are taking Minnesota to win this game easily although Vegas is only having PJ Fleck and his Boat laying 4. I think Minnesota got shafted a bit getting this bowl game finishing higher than Penn State. I think this game will be pretty well attended in the Valley of the Sun. This game will come down to who is more ready to play. Nothing against the Gophers but coming off of a career defining win for PJ fleck I think they may come out a bit flat while the WVU team trying to put the pieces back together after Dana Holgerson skipped town to go to Houston makes them hungry. Neil Brown needs a statement win and the very solid WVU run defense I think comes to play. I think WVU covers and wins out right.
Final Score: WVU 31 Minnesota 28
Transperfect Music City Bowl: Purdue vs Tennessee (UTK) Spread: UTK -4.5
Another game that will likely comedown to who is more ready to play. UTK playing in their own backyard will certainly be a factor expect a big UTK crowd but also expect a solid amount of fans to come down from West La La as there hasn't been this much excitement around a Boilermaker football team since Drew Brees was slinging it around the yard. Notable scratches for Purdue will be Bell and Karlaftis opting to not play in the bowl game to get ready for the draft (Credit to them and thank you to all you have done for the University) Bigger News for the Boilermakers is that Adrian O'Connell will be returning for the bowl game and a 6th season next year. This Purdue team has over achieved all year and I don't think this turns into the Auburn Game from a few years ago, Also Tennessee had the opportunity to sleepwalk into the end of the season after getting blown out by UGA with wins over South Alabama and Vandy. Book the Boilers and Book the Under.
Final Score: Purdue 24 UTK 17 Bias Alert: I am a Purdue Homer and will be in attendance in NashVegas.
Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl: #10 Michigan State vs #12 Pittsburgh Spread: MSU -1.5
This entire game will comedown to if Heisman finalist Kenny Pickett plays in this game or not. I've been a big fan of Kenny all season and actually picked Pitt to win the ACC before we learned Clemson was slightly less than elite. KW3 will obviously play a big role for the Spartans on offense but if Pickett plays I think Pitt just wants this one more.
Final Score: Pitt 49 Michigan State: 27, WO Pickett MSU 26 Pitt 14
SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin vs Arizona State Spread: Wisconsin -7
This might be the drunkest bowl game in the history of college football, I would expect 70% of the stadium to be in Badger red. Wisconsinites never turn down an opportunity to party. While Wisconsin is coming off a loss to rival Minnesota I think they show up in this game. Also Arizona State is an awful football team. Wisconsin will run the ball all over this defense and and I don't think its remotely close
Final Score: Wisco 38 Arizona State 10
Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff): #2 Michigan vs #3 Georgia Spread: UGA -8
First Capital One is absolutely getting after it with their advertising budget. Second 8 points is an absolutely MASSIVE spread for a Michigan team that just beat the breaks off of an Iowa team. The SEC East is a bad division and I think UGA has been overhyped all season, getting beat bad by Bama is what it is but this is not a great Bama team. I think Kirby Smart folds up like a law chair again and Michigan wins this game relatively easily.
Final Score: Michigan 24 Georgia 10
Outback Bowl: Penn State vs #22 Arkansas Spread: Penn State -2.5
This game is the same old story of who is more happy to be here. This is Arkansas first bowl game in forever and a game Penn State did not deserve to be in, as well as the James Franklin rumors swirling throughout the entire back half of the season. He's got his money is he really going to be ready to roll against the Hogs?
Final Score: Pigs 45 Penn State 30
VRBO Citrus Bowl: #17 Iowa vs #25 Kentucky Spread: Kentucky +2.5
Even though Iowa just got beat bad by Michigan, I think the Hawks win this game. Iowa's front on both sides of the ball will be healthy and I think we will see a stout defensive performance from the Hawks. The polls SEC bias is really showing with UK ranked and Minnesota, UW, and Purdue not being ranked.
Final Score Iowa 26 UK 10
Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State vs #11 Utah Spread: Bucks -6.5
This is by far the most intriguing matchup of Bowl Season. I think this will be an incredible game all around. Utah has been trending in the right direction after a rocky start early in the season. Utah was one of my preseason CFB playoff picks and they are playing like that team right now. I think the OSU offense is going to struggle to score on the Utah defense but I do think the Ohio State finds a way to win this game some way some how and I think they do it through Special Teams. This will be a motivated club from Utah but I think Ohio State is too much. Bucks win but do not cover 6.5
Final Score: Ohio State 31 Utah 28