College Football Bowl Preview Part 2
We have a few days of bowl games behind us but fear not because we have so many more games to go. If you missed my previous predictions click here.
Cincinnati (9-3) vs Virginia Tech (6-6)
Military Bowl, Annapolis, MD, Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Sat., Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. ET
To what should be an interesting matchup, Cincinnati is coming into the game with the 26th top scoring offense with an average 35.4 points per game while Virginia Tech is the 17th ranked defense in points allowed. Cincinnati 28 – VA Tech 17.
(15) Arizona State (9-3) vs Duke (9-3)
Hyundai Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX, Sun Bowl Stadium, Sat., Dec. 27 2:00 p.m. ET
With tough losses at Miami and against Virginia Tech and North Carolina Duke supporters believe that they could’ve ended the season ranked while Arizona State had an impressive 4-2 record this season against teams ranked in the top 25. Arizona State 42 – Duke 17.
Miami (6-6) vs South Carolina (6-6)
Duck Commander Independence Bowl, Shreveport, LA, Independence Stadium, Sat., Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. ET
After a pair of disappointing seasons both programs here are looking to end the season higher than .500 record. Expect to see lots of big plays between the two teams with the Hurricanes blowing past the Gamecocks, Miami 42 – South Carolina 28.
Boston College (7-5) vs Penn State (6-6)
New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Bronx, NY, Yankee Stadium, Sat., Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ET
This is one of the few bowl games not to take place in the south, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Though not expected to be a high scoring affair, BC’s defense has only allowed 20.5 points per game (18th in the country) and Penn State has only allowed 17.7 (8th in the country), Vegas odds has the over/under at 39. Boston College 24 – Penn State 17.
Nebraska (9-3) vs (24) USC (8-4)
National University Holiday Bowl, San Diego, CA, Qualcomm Stadium, Sat., Dec. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET
History isn’t on Nebraska’s side in this game. The Cornhuskers have faced the Trojans four times since 1969 and have not won a single game with the most recent in 2007 with a 49-31 loss. I’m expecting this trend to continue as all of Nebraska’s losses this season came at the hands of teams ranked in the top 25. Nebraska 28 – USC 45.
Texas A&M (7-5) vs West Virginia (7-5)
AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN, Liberty Bowl, Mon., Dec. 29, 2:00 p.m. ET
With two of the country’s best passing programs, the Aggies are 12th and the Mountaineers are 9th overall, it’s no wonder that this game has an over/under of 63. While both teams played five ranked teams this season with Texas A&M having a better record I expect West Virginia to win this game, Texas A&M 28 – West Virginia 42.
(17) Clemson (8-4) vs Oklahoma (9-3)
Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando, FL, Florida Citrus Bowl, Mon., Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET
In what should be an interesting game to watch Vegas has the game being a pick, meaning it could go either way. Clemson’s defense is 7th best in allowing 17.6 points per game while Oklahoma’s offense is ranked 11th overall allowing 38.9 points per game. Clemson 25 – Oklahoma 38.
Arkansas (6-6) vs Texas (6-6)
AdvoCare Texas Bowl, Houston, TX, NRG Stadium, Mon., Dec. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET
In the 78th meeting between these two teams I expect this to be a loud, low scoring, sloppy game for both teams. Arkansas is only allowing 20.3 points per game to be scored on them while Texas is only allowing 23.3. Arkansas 28 – Texas 21.
Notre Dame (7-5) vs (23) LSU (8-4)
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl, Nashville, TN, LP Field, Tue., Dec. 30, 3:00 p.m. ET
In disappointing seasons for both teams, probably more so for Notre Dame who was in talks to be in the playoff hunt. Notre Dame has thrown for an average 293.8 yards per game while LSU has only allowed a measly 16.4 points per game. Expect a good game! Notre Dame 21 – LSU 38.
(13) Georgia (9-3) vs (21) Louisville (9-3)
Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC, Bank of America Stadium, Tue., Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. ET
This will be the first bowl game that will feature both teams ranked in the top 25. Georgia is coming in averaging the 13th most rushing yards in the country while Louisville is only giving up 20.5 points per game. I’m leaning toward the Bulldogs, Georgia 35 – Louisville 31.
Maryland (7-5) vs Stanford (7-5)
Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara, CA, Levi’s Stadium, Tue., Dec. 30, 10:00 p.m. ET
Maryland’s first season in the Big Ten didn’t go in their favor, having lost four out of five games to teams in their new conference. Stanford on the other hand went 1-5 against teams in the top 25, but I’m going with the Cardinals in this game. Maryland 28 – Stanford 42.
(9) Ole Miss (9-3) vs (6) TCU (11-1)
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta, GA, Georgia Dome, Wed., Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. ET
This game marks the beginning of New Year’s Eve bowl games and this is a game that I’d definitely like to see. Mississippi’s defense has allowed the fewest points per game in the whole country, 13.8! TCU’s offense has averaged the second most points per game at 46.8. It’ll be interesting to see who makes the first mistake. Mississippi 27- TCU 38.
(20) Boise State (11-2) vs (10) Arizona (10-3)
Vizio Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ, U. of Phoenix Stadium, Wed., Dec. 31, 4:00 p.m. ET
Two of the teams with the oddest losses are Boise State and Arizona. Boise State started off with a loss this year to Ole Miss and then lost to Air Force! Arizona had a bit more difficult schedule going 3-2 against teams in the top 25. Boise State 35 – Arizona 28.
(7) Mississippi St. (10-2) vs (12) Georgia Tech (10-3)
Capital One Orange Bowl, Miami Gardens, FL, Sun Life Stadium Wed., Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m. ET
Two of the best teams are set to face off in Miami for the Orange Bowl game. Mississippi State comes in with the 15th best offense in scoring points and 10th best defense in allowing points to be scored on them and Georgia Tech comes in with 3rd most rushing yards per game. Mississippi St. 38 – Georgia Tech 27.
Again, check back next week to see my final predictions, including the final playoff game.
(Slider image credit: bkd-tv.net)
Latest posts by David Hildenbrand (see all)
- Brewery review: The Tank Brewing Company - May 8, 2017
- Event Preview: MIA Beer Co’s 2nd anniversary party - February 22, 2017
- Best looking beer labels: part 4 - August 29, 2016
- The 7 best jazz themed beers - May 2, 2016
- The best looking beer labels: Part 3 - April 11, 2016