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The Pacific Takes staff picks every bowl game

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December 17th

Bowl: Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl- North Carolina Central vs. Grambling State

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Andy Burnett- Grambling

Nico Gervasoni- North Carolina Central- Because why not?

David Colangelo- Grambling- If you can be leading Arizona 21-3, you can beat NCCU.

Jose Bouquett- Grambling- I know Taylor thinks Grambling is trash so therefore I pick them.

Simeon Moses- Grambling- They almost beat Arizona early in the year.

Alios Piet- Grambling

Taylor Henry- Grambling- They have some playmakers on offense, and overcame a 17 point deficit in the SWAC Title game.

Bowl: Golden New Mexico Bowl- New Mexico vs. UTSA (Texas- San Antonio)

Location: University Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Andy Burnett- UTSA

Nico Gervasoni- New Mexico- Bob Davie’s got it... kinda rolling out there in the desert?

David Colangelo-New Mexico- Home Advantage is enough for UNM.

Jose Bouquett- UTSA- I’m a freaking homer. Go Runners.

Simeon Moses- New Mexico- UTSA is 6-6 and probably shouldn’t even be in a bowl.

Alios Piet- UTSA

Taylor Henry- New Mexico- I like the home team. Sleeping in their own bed, playing at their own stadium.

Bowl: Las Vegas Bowl- Houston vs. San Diego State

Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada

Andy Burnett- Houston

Nico Gervasoni- SDSU- I wonder how Houston will react to the coaching change, but Pumphrey vs. Oliver matchup is going to be FUN.

David Colangelo- Houston- Ward’s last hoorah at Houston, they get it done against the SDSU Pumphrey’s.

Jose Bouquett- Houston- Rise above the adversity Cougs. I believe in you.

Simeon Moses- Houston- When Greg Ward gets hot he can beat anyone, ask Louisville.

Alios Piet- Houston

Taylor Henry- Houston- Pumphrey is the real deal, but Houston even without Herman is going to be too much to handle for SDSU.

Bowl: Raycom Media Camellia Bowl- Appalachian State vs. Toledo

Location: Crampton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama

Andy Burnett- Toledo

Nico Gervasoni- App State- S&P+ projects this margin at 0.3, so your guess is as good as mine. I’ll take the better defense.

David Colangelo- Toledo- The who cares bowl. Toledo can throw the ball, they win.

Jose Bouquett- App State- Remember when App State beat Michigan?

Simeon Moses- Toledo- Toledo is a high powered offense and App State won’t keep up.

Alios Piet- Toledo

Taylor Henry- Toledo- They can score, and score they will. Just enough to beat App State.

Bowl: AutoNation Cure Bowl- UCF vs. Arkansas State

Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Andy Burnett- Arkansas State

Nico Gervasoni- UCF- Score another one for a team playing it bowl game at home.

David Colangelo- UCF- Arkansas State lost to Auburn 51-14 while UCF lost to Michigan 51-14. Michigan is better, so UCF is better. Transitive Property- it’s science.

Jose Bouquett- UCF- Blake Bortles went to UCF.

Simeon Moses- UCF- UCF may be 6-6. but Arkansas State hasn’t beaten any real teams this year. I guess UCF counts as a real team.

Alios Piet- UCF

Taylor Henry- UCF- I really like Scott Frost, they’ll make a statement in Orlando.

Bowl: R L Carriers New Orleans Bowl- Southern Miss vs. UL Lafayette

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Andy Burnett- UL Lafayette

Nico Gervasoni- Southern Miss- This game will get weird and fun with 2 inconsistent teams playing close to home.

David Colangelo- UL Lafayette- Why Not?

Jose Bouquett- Southern Miss- They’re favored, so why not?

Simeon Moses- Southern Miss- Southern Miss just beat a decent La Tech team and ULL probably isn’t as good as them.

Alios Piet- Southern Miss

Taylor Henry- Southern Miss got healthy 2 weeks ago, with Nick Mullins back they’re going to put up a lot of points.

December 19th

Bowl: Miami Beach Bowl- Central Michigan vs. Tulsa

Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida

Andy Burnett- Tulsa

Nico Gervasoni- Tulsa- This game has always been fun, so lets go with the better offense.

David Colangelo- Tulsa- Too much partying for CMU down in South Beach.

Jose Bouquett- Central Michigan- They “Beat” Oklahoma State this year so sure why not more BS?

Simeon Moses- Tulsa- Easy pick. Tulsa is hot right now. Their only loss was to Ohio State. They will crush CMU.

Alios Piet- Tulsa

Taylor Henry- Tulsa- Give me Tulsa, they can score in bunches.

December 20th

Bowl: Boca Raton Bowl- Memphis vs. Western Kentucky

Location- FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida

Andy Burnett- Memphis

Nico Gervasoni- Memphis- When in doubt, take the team in a bowl game that has a settled head coach.

David Colangelo- Memphis- Lot of points, but Memphis scores more.

Jose Bouquett- Memphis- Paxton Lynch went here. The Hilltoppers lost their coach. But dang, why a mascot.

Simeon Moses- Memphis- Memphis just beat a hot Houston team coming off a victory against Louisville. That makes Memphis now the hot team.

Alios Piet- Memphis

Taylor Henry- Western Kentucky- Even without Prohm, that offense can score a ton. This game may be 65-64. but Western Kentucky gets it done late.

December 21st

Bowl: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl- BYU vs. Wyoming

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Andy Burnett- BYU

Nico Gervasoni- Wyoming- One of the better turnaround stories that you probably missed out on the Powder River.

David Colangelo- BYU- BYU beat Arizona, so they must be good.

Jose Bouquett- BYU- One more big FU to annoying Utah fans out there.

Simeon Moses- BYU- Wyoming fought hard in conference play and did well, but BYU is more physical and will get the win.

Alios Piet- Wyoming

Taylor Henry- BYU- I really like Wyoming, but their QB is a gunslinger. He’ll make one or two mistakes that cost them the game. The future is bright in Laramie.

December 22nd

Bowl: Famous Idaho Potatoes Bowl- Idaho vs. Colorado State

Location: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho

Andy Burnett- Colorado State

Nico Gervasoni- Colorado State- Incredible to see Idaho in a bowl before they go down to FCS, but they’re up against it here.

David Colangelo- Idaho- Idaho wins 28-27, field goal as time expires. Book it.

Jose Bouquett- Colorado State- Why Not?

Simeon Moses- Colorado State- This CSU team blew out SDSU in their last game. Their offense can put up points in bunches.

Alios Piet- Colorado State

Taylor Henry- Colorado State- Nick Stevens was benched, then regained his starting job. He’s been great ever since.

December 23rd

Bowl: Popeyes Bahamas Bowl- Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion

Location: Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas

Andy Burnett- Old Dominion

Nico Gervasoni- Eastern Michigan- EMU looked stoked when they found out they were leaving Ypisilanti in the winter for a Bahamas trip.

David Colangelo- Old Dominion- Smooth country tones carry them in this blowout.

Jose Bouquett- Old Dominion- I have a friend that goes to ODU. #Homer

Simeon Moses- Old Dominion- The Monarch’s are on a 5 game winning streak. They get one more in the Bahamas to make it 6.

Alios Piet- Eastern Michigan

Taylor Henry- Eastern Michigan- I didn’t even know Old Dominion had football until last year.

Bowl: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl- Louisiana Tech vs. Navy

Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas

Andy Burnett- Navy

Nico Gervasoni- Louisiana Tech- This will be the most fun bowl game of the season.

David Colangelo- Navy- These colors don’t run.

Jose Bouquett- Navy- This is going to be an ugly game.

Simeon Moses- Navy- Who doesn’t love the triple option? I’ll tell you who. La Tech, after they give up 50 points.

Alios Piet- Louisiana Tech

Taylor Henry- Louisiana Tech- Navy lost their QB and their RB to broken legs. La Tech can score and score in a hurry. High scoring shootout, but give me La Tech and all those Dallas alumni they have.

Bowl: Dollar General Bowl- Ohio vs. Troy

Location: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama

Andy Burnett- Troy

Nic Gervasoni- Troy- Neal Brown is a heck of a coach who will start getting some calls for some Power 5 jobs this time next year.

David Colangelo- Ohio- Troy has the QB advantage but Ohio is used to a higher level of competition.

Jose Bouquett- Ohio- I couldn’t name one player on either team.

Simeon Moses- Ohio- I like Ohio in this one. They played Western Michigan close. I think Ohio edges the Trojans.

Alios Piet- Troy

Taylor Henry- Ohio- Solich always finds a way to win, and they gave Western Michigan all they could handle.

December 24th

Bowl: Hawaii Bowl- Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee State

Location- Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

Andy Burnett- Hawaii

Nico Gervasoni- Middle Tennessee State- The Blue Raiders finally get the bowl win they’ve missed on the past few seasons.

David Colangelo- Middle Tennessee State- Hawaii is what we in the biz call... not good.

Jose Bouquett- Hawaii- I LOVE ME SOME UPSETS. Go Rainbow Warriors.

Simeon Moses- Hawaii- Home field advantage always helps.

Alios Piet- Middle Tennessee State

Taylor Henry- Hawaii- I think MTSU is just going to be happy with a trip to Hawaii. Again, give me the home team.

December 26th

Bowl: St. Petersburg Bowl- Miami(Ohio) vs. Mississippi State

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Andy Burnett- Mississippi State

Nico Gervasoni- Mississippi State- Superior talent wins out despite the 5-7 record for the Bulldogs.

David Colangelo- Mississippi State- Too much talent from the Dogs

Jose Bouquett- Mississippi State- I don’t like picking against the SEC.

Simeon Moses- Mississippi State- The Dogs don’t deserve a bowl game with wins over Samford and a loss against South Alabama. They did just beat Ole Miss so maybe they have some Mojo going finally.

Alios Piet- Mississippi State

Taylor Henry- Mississippi State- even an under .500 SEC squad has enough athletes to beat Miami-Ohio.

Bowl: Quick Lane Bowl- Maryland vs. Boston College

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Andy Burnett- Boston College

Nico Gervasoni- Maryland- Let’s take the team on an upward trajectory under a good coach in D.J. Durkin.

David Colangelo- Maryland- Two mediocre teams, Maryland is less Mediocre.

Jose Bouquett- Boston College- #Homer

Simeon Moses- Boston College- In a matchup of two teams who can’t beat anyone above the equivalent of Punch-Out’s Glass Joe, BC squeaks out a close one.

Alios Piet- Maryland

Taylor Henry- Bost College- I really like their defense. The question is can they score? I think they will enough.

Bowl: Camping World Independence Bowl- North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt

Location: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana

Andy Burnett- Vanderbilt

Nico Gervasoni- Vanderbilt- Both teams are 6-6 but riding late end highs to make a bowl, but I’ll go with the Commodores in a weird game in one of the weirder bowl locations.

David Colangelo-NC State- Really good defense, just enough offense.

Jose Bouquett- Vanderbilt- I don’t like picking against the SEC.

Simeon Moses- NC State- The Wolfpack could have been much better than their record shows with an OT loss to Clemson. I’ll take NC State.

Alios Piet- Vanderbilt

Taylor Henry- NC State- I think they’ll be able to move the ball. Vanderbilt has a great D, but they won’t be able to score enough.

December 27th

Bowl: Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl- Army vs. North Texas

Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

Andy Burnett- Army

Nico Gervasoni- Army- It’s a rematch, Army gets revenge on the Mean Green.

David Colangelo- Army- I thought I told you? These colors don’t run.

Jose Bouquett- Army- I’m surprised UNT has a football program.

Simeon Moses- Army- North Texas is 5-7 and shouldn’t have made a bowl game. Army should win despite losing to North Texas early in the year.

Alios Piet- Army

Taylor Henry- Army- This is a team on a mission. They’ll win.

Bowl: Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman- Temple vs. Wake Forest

Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland

Andy Burnett- Temple

Nico Gervasoni- Wake Forest- Taking another team with a stable head coach.

David Colangelo- Temple- Wake Forest is comically overmatched here.

Jose Bouquett- Temple- Who needs a head coach when you have magic? Temple has the magic.

Simeon Moses- Temple- Temple just made a huge statement with their win over Navy. Temple should hold off a mediocre Demon Deacons team.

Alios Piet- Temple

Taylor Henry- Temple is a well rounded squad. Can play defense and offense. Wake can only play defense. Low scoring, but Temple will win.

Bowl: National Funding Holiday Bowl- Minnesota vs. Washington State

Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Andy Burnett- Washington State

Nico Gervasoni- Washington State- This game will be closer than you think, with the Gophers having a sneaky good defense.

David Colangelo- Washington State- WSU could score on Bama. Just kidding, not on Bama. But definitely on Minnesota.

Jose Bouquett- Washington State- I love Leach and the offense.

Simeon Moses- Washington State- Despite the ugly loss to Washington, Luke Falk can throw the ball and Minnesota doesn’t have the secondary UW has.

Alios Piet- Washington State

Taylor Henry- Washington State- Leach’s offense in warm weather in December? They’re going to score a lot of points.

Bowl: Motel 6 Cactus Bowl- Boise State vs. Baylor

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

Andy Burnett- Boise State

Nico Gervasoni- Boise State- Boise is an all-around better team and should win this easily.

David Colangelo- Boise State- Trick plays and domination to come shortly.

Jose Bouquett- Boise State- Baylor you are a horrible place.

Simeon Moses- Boise State- The Broncos just seem to be a great team in bowl games. Even without Petersen expect them to over perform.

Alios Piet- Boise State

Taylor Henry- Boise State- They’re just a better team.

December 28th

Bowl: New Era Pinstripe Bowl- Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Andy Burnett- Pittsburgh

Nico Gervasoni- Pittsburgh- Panthers will win and prove why they deserved to be put in the playoff. #PutPittIn

David Colangelo- Pittsburgh- If you beat Clemson, I am morally obligated to pick you to win your bowl.

Jose Bouquett- Pittsburgh- Pitt beat two of the top teams in the nation. But not Oklahoma State.

Simeon Moses- Pittsburgh- The huge upset of Clemson shows how good of a team this is. They also beat Penn State early in the year means they’re playing well and can beat anyone.

Alios Piet- Pittsburgh

Taylor Henry- Pittsburgh- I expect James Connor to have a huge day in his last Pitt game. He’s going to run all over Northwestern.

Bowl: Russell Athletic Bowl- West Virginia vs. Miami

Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Andy Burnett- West Virginia

Nico Gervasoni- Miami- In a good matchup of two interesting teams, I’m taking the better QB in Brad Kaaya.

David Colangelo- West Virginia- Love me some Dana. Potential to be a very good game. WVU pulls it out.

Jose Bouquett- West Virginia- I hate picking against Miami but I love Holgo. Miami will rise soon.

Simeon Moses- Miami- Brad Kaaya is a good QB. Fun fact his mother is “Felicia” from Friday.

Alios Piet- West Virginia

Taylor Henry- West Virginia- I like WVU this year. They fly around on defense, and can score. Basically a home game for Miami, but I doubt they’ll be inspired to play.

Bowl: Foster Farms Bowl- Indiana vs. Utah

Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

Andy Burnett- Utah

Nico Gervasoni- Indiana- #CHAOSTEAM gets the bowl victory they were robbed of last year in what will be a weird, stupid, and fun game.

David Colangelo- Utah- Messy coach situation at Indiana, Utah by a billion.

Jose Bouquett- Indiana- Another reason for Utah fans to hate me. I love the hate. Bring it on.

Simeon Moses- Utah- Despite losing to a terrible Oregon team and then Colorado the Utes are competitive and tough on D. They should beat an Indiana team struggling with a scandal.

Alios Piet- Utah

Taylor Henry- Utah- Indiana is in all sorts of turmoil. Utah has a great defense, and Joe Williams will bust at least one big one.

Bowl: Advocate V100 Texas Bowl- Kansas State vs. Texas A&M

Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Andy Burnett- Texas A&M

Nico Gervasoni- Kansas State- Bill Snyder will pull some wizardry and the angst meter in College Station will go into overdrive.

David Colangelo- Texas A&M- Four more sacks for Myles Garrett sounds about right.

Jose Bouquett- Kansas State- Bill Snyder, weeks to prepare, No Trevor Knight. I love it all.

Simeon Moses- Texas A&M- Early in the season it seemed as though A&M might make the CFP. The mighty have fallen but redemption against KSU awaits.

Alios Piet- Texas A&M

Taylor Henry- Kansas State- I don’t know why, but I can’t go against Bill Snyder. He’ll have KSU ready to roll.

December 29th

Bowl: Birmingham Bowl- South Florida vs. South Carolina

Location: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama

Andy Burnett- South Carolina

Nico Gervasoni- South Florida- Breaking my rule of picking against teams with unsettled coaches because USF has too much talent.

David Colangelo- South Carolina- Not a big fan of teams having just lost their coach. Gamecocks can over power USF.

Jose Bouquett- South Florida- I don’t like picking against the SEC, but it’s South Carolina.

Simeon Moses- South Carolina- With Willie Taggert I would have picked USF but without I’m going South Carolina because they’re a terrible SEC team but an ok out of conference team.

Alios Piet- South Florida

Taylor Henry- South Florida- South Carolina has improved the last couple of weeks, but South Florida has had a good season. I think they’ll be amped and ready to go against the SEC.

Bowl: Belk Bowl- Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech

Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Andy Burnett- Virginia Tech

Nico Gervasoni- Virginia Tech- This game will get the Hokies car humming down the 2017 Hype Highway.

David Colangelo- Virginia Tech- Almost good enough to win the ACC, definitely good enough to handle the Hogs.

Jose Bouquett- Arkansas- I have disliked VT since middle school. It continues even to this day.

Simeon Moses- Virginia Tech- VT Gave Clemson a good scare in the ACC title game but Arkansas won’t be as lucky and fall to a competitive Hokies squad.

Alios Piet- Virginia Tech

Taylor Henry- Virginia Tech- The Hokies will shut down the Arkansas run game, and make them throw. It won’t be enough.

Bowl: Valero Alamo Bowl- Oklahoma State vs. Colorado

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Andy Burnett- Colorado

Nico Gervasoni- Colorado- A bowl victory is a fitting end to a magical season in the Flatirons.

David Colangelo- Oklahoma State- Two good defenses, Buffaloes bested by the Cowboys, just like the good ole days.

Jose Bouquett- Oklahoma State- TAYLOR. IT’S ME AND YOU. I’M READY TAYLOR. I’M READY.

Simeon Moses- Oklahoma State- Colorado’s heart was broken with the blowout loss in the P12 Title game. Now OSU will finish them off and spoil the magical season CU had.

Alios Piet- Colorado

Taylor Henry- Colorado- The Rise is Real. Buffs were slighted out of the Rose Bowl, but this team will be ready to go. A healthy Sefo, and that defense? It’ll be enough.

December 30th

Bowl: AutoZone Liberty Bowl- Georgia vs. TCU

Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee

Andy Burnett- TCU

Nico Gervasoni- Georgia- TCU hasn’t been good this season, and I think Jacob Eason lights them up just enough to get the victory.

David Colangelo- TCU- Kenny Hill’s last stand? Kenny Hill’s last stand.

Jose Bouquett- Georgia- I don’t like picking against the SEC.

Simeon Moses- Georgia- The Bulldogs had an underwhelming season but TCU had a disappointing season. Georgia recently beat a good Auburn team, so that has to count for something.

Alios Piet- TCU

Taylor Henry- Georgia- Jacob Eason will take the next step, and win new coach Kirby Smart a bowl game in his first season.

Bowl: Hyundai Sun Bowl- Stanford vs. North Carolina

Location: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Andy Burnett- Stanford

Nico Gervasoni- Stanford- Christian McCaffrey gets the sendoff his college career thoroughly deserves.

David Colangelo- Stanford- No chance I’m picking against McCaffrey in his last college game. Dude might put up 450 all purpose yards.

Jose Bouquett- Stanford- Christian McCaffrey is going to be a stud on the Pats.

Simeon Moses- Stanford- After a disappointing start the Cardinal are back to being the hot team in the P12 North along with UW. McCaffrey is back to his top form and that is tough to stop.

Alios Piet- Stanford

Taylor Henry- Stanford- Stanford will quietly win 10 games this year. Expect McCaffrey to go off before he rides off into the sunset that is the NFL.

Bowl: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl- Nebraska vs. Tennessee

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Andy Burnett- Nebraska

Nico Gervasoni- Nebraska- Will any fanbase in America be more angst-ridden than Tennessee after they inexplicably lose this game.

David Colangelo- Tennessee- I just don’t think Nebraska is good, plus they stole Arizona’s best recruiter. Big no-no with me.

Jose Bouquett- Tennessee- I have several friends that go to UT. Hopefully Butch Jones doesn’t mess this up.

Simeon Moses- Nebraska- Tennessee had such high hopes for this season and Nebraska was one win away from competing for a B10 championship. I like the Huskers.

Alios Piet- Nebraska

Taylor Henry- Nebraska- I despise both of these teams, but I think Nebraska is the more stable choice at this point. Plus Mike Riley is such a nice guy.

Bowl: Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl- South Alabama vs. Air Force

Location: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Andy Burnett- Air Force

Nico Gervasoni- Air Force- Troy Calhoun has a good thing going up there in the Rocky Mountains.

David Colangelo- Air Force- Tons of TV viewers. I’m tired of telling you these colors don’t run.

Jose Bouquett- Air Force- Yeah, I don’t have a good reason for this one.

Simeon Moses- Air Force- Air Force notched some big wins over Navy and Boise State and the few games they lose were competitive. South Alabama is a .500 team and doesn’t really stand a chance.

Alios Piet- Air Force

Taylor Henry- Air Force- I really like Troy Calhoun. One of the better coaches who isn’t that well known. They’ll roll South Alabama.

Bowl: Capital One Orange Bowl- Michigan vs. Florida State

Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Andy Burnett- Michigan

Nico Gervasoni- Michigan- Deondre Francois will be a special QB, but he faces a tall task against this nasty Michigan defense.

David Colangelo- Michigan- Michigan by 100 Trillion thousand. Peppers gets at least 2 TD’s.

Jose Bouquett- Michigan- Harbaugh is the best coach in the land. FSU isn’t on their level.

Simeon Moses- Michigan- The Wolverines lose 2 games. One in OT. They could have easily been in the CFP had a spot on 4th down been moved back a few inches. Jabrill Peppers still plays on Michigan.

Alios Piet- Michigan

Taylor Henry- Michigan- Harbaugh talks the talk. He’ll walk the walk at the Orange bowl. I like their defense to shut down the FSU offense.

December 31st

Bowl: Buffalo Wilds Wings Citrus Bowl- LSU vs. Louisville

Location: Camping Runs Stadium, Orlando, Florida

Andy Burnett- Louisville

Nico Gervasoni- LSU- As special as Lamar Jackson is, he can’t overcome a fearsome Tiger defense without anyone to block for him.

David Colangelo- Louisville- No one can stop me from believing in Lamar Jackson. Fournette with a big day, Jackson with a huge day.

Jose Bouquett- LSU- I don’t like picking against the SEC. Plus Coach O is going to have his team running through walls for him.

Simeon Moses- Louisville- Lamar Jackson summons one last great performance to outscore Leonard Fournette who will also have a great game.

Alios Piet- Louisville

Taylor Henry- LSU- Dave Aranda is going to show the country why he got that extension making him the highest paid coordinator in the country. He’s going to shut down the Heisman winner in Orlando.

Bowl: TaxSlayer Bowl- Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky

Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Andy Burnett- Georgia Tech

Nico Gervasoni- Georgia Tech- This is one to watch if you like running the football. Triple Option vs. Boom Williams.

David Colangelo- Kentucky- Gross.

Jose Bouquett- Georgia Tech- This one’s for you TF3.

Simeon Moses- Georgia Tech- They beat an Ok Georgia team in their rivalry game and Kentucky is just an Ok SEC team so I expect GT to do the same.

Alios Piet- Kentucky

Taylor Henry- Georgia Tech- Triple option is tough to defend, even with a couple of weeks to prepare. Kentucky made a bowl, but they won’t win one.

January 2nd

Bowl: Outback Bowl- Florida vs. Iowa

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Andy Burnett- Florida

Nico Gervasoni- Florida- Because someone has to win if SMOD can’t.

David Colangelo- Florida- Iowa doesn’t score 15 against the Gators.

Jose Bouquett- Florida- I don’t like picking against the SEC.

Simeon Moses- Florida- Yes, Alabama destroyed them but Florida is a great team when not playing Bama. Great defense at least. It’ll be enough to beat Iowa.

Alios Piet- Florida

Taylor Henry- Florida- The Gators may have found something at QB against Bama. That defense is NASTY. They’ll bottle up the Iowa run game.

Bowl: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic- Western Michigan vs, Wisconsin

Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Andy Burnett- Wisconsin

Nico Gervasoni- Western Michigan- Why not Row The Dang Boat?

David Colangelo- Western Michigan- it’s real to me damnit.

Jose Bouquett- Western Michigan- I love PJ. I really want to see him succeed but Wisconsin is a force. I have faith. ROW THE BOAT.

Simeon Moses- Wisconsin- Sorry Western Michigan but despite the undefeated season the Badgers are a top 10 caliber team. The Broncos will “Row the Boat” home with their first loss of the season.

Alios Piet- Western Michigan

Taylor Henry- Wisconsin- I’ve went back and forth on this. Who has Wisconsin beat? Who has Western Michigan played? I think Wisconsin is too big, and too strong.

Bowl: Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual- USC vs. Penn State

Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Andy Burnett- USC

Nico Gervasoni- USC- Do you hear that? It’s the 2017 USC hype train rolling down the tracks and it’s coming fast.

David Colangelo- USC- USC is a top 3 team in the country at this moment, this game does nothing to change that fact.

Jose Bouquett- USC- This team is completely different from the one that played Bama. I love same Darnold. I also love James Franklin... This might be the game of the bowl season.

Simeon Moses- USC- The Trojans are probably the hottest team in the NCAA right now and would love to replay that first game against Bama where they got blown out. With Darnold they can beat anyone, including a surprising Nittany Lions team.

Alios Piet- USC

Taylor Henry- USC- It’s weak that USC made the Rose Bowl even though they couldn’t even win their own division. That being said, they’ll still beat Penn State.

Bowl: Allstate Sugar Bowl- Auburn vs. Oklahoma

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Andy Burnett- Oklahoma

Nico Gervasoni- Oklahoma- Baker Mayfield will light it up.

David Colangelo- Oklahoma- Mayfield puts up an MVP performance before we start the Jackson vs. Mayfield discussion for 2017 Heisman.

Jose Bouquett- Auburn- I will never pick OU. Ever.

Simeon Moses- Oklahoma- Baker Mayfield came on strong the second half of the season. That loss to Houston really stings as a win probably puts them in the CFP. Auburn is good but Mayfield is unstoppable right now.

Alios Piet- Oklahoma

Taylor Henry- Oklahoma- Mayfield and OU is on a tear. And it’ll continue against an Auburn team that doesn’t play offense.

December 31st

Bowl: Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl (CFB Semifinal) Washington vs. Alabama

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Andy Burnett- Washington

Nico Gervasoni- Alabama- UW’s fantastic season comes to an end, but the future in Seattle has never been brighter.

David Colangelo- Alabama- UW will actually keep this close until the 4th quarter, but Alabama is just too Bama.

Jose Bouquett- Alabama- I don’t like picking against the SEC. Saban has the best defense he’s probably ever had. Jonathan Allen is a stud. May God have mercy on Browning’s soul.

Simeon Moses- Washington- Most everyone will pick Bama, but I truly believe the Huskies matchup well against Bama and can beat them. I’m taking the underdog on this one and has no regrets. Thanks guy who held the “We Want Bama” sign at the beginning of the year, your wish has come true. Petersen has the magic to make it happen with the defense and Browning can summon a good game.

Alios Piet- Alabama

Taylor Henry- Alabama- This is the best defense Saban has ever had. Browning has struggled against every good defense he’s faced this year. This game will get ugly in the second half.

Bowl: PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (CFB Semifinal) Ohio State vs. Clemson

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Andy Burnett- Ohio State

Nico Gervasoni- Ohio State- In the more compelling of the two playoff games, OSU pulls it out in a squeaker.

David Colangelo- Clemson- I think Watson wants another shot at Bama, and I think he gets it. He carries the Tigers past the Buckeyes.

Jose Bouquett- Clemson- I love me some Dabo. Watson is a great QB. Mike Williams is a stud. I don’t have faith in OSU. Plus I’ll greatly enjoy Bama- Clemson Part II.

Simeon Moses- Ohio State- OSU lost one close game and beat a great Michigan team in OT. Clemson lost one game but also went into OT against a mediocre NC State team and couldn’t finish off their ACC rival in the Championship game. Despite Watson, I think OSU is just better.

Alios Piet- Ohio State

Taylor Henry- Ohio State- I think Clemson is good, but their defense won’t be able to get that one stop they need late. Ohio State in a close one.

January 9th

Bowl: College Football Playoff National Championship- Peach Bowl Winner vs. Fiesta Bowl Winner

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Andy Burnett- Washington vs. Ohio State

National Champion- Ohio State

Nico Gervasoni- Alabama vs. Ohio State

National Champion- Ohio State

David Colangelo- Alabama vs. Clemson

National Champion- Alabama- They are just too damn good. Roll Damn Tide.

Jose Bouquett- Alabama vs. Clemson

National Champion- Alabama- As much as I want to see Clemson win, I don’t like picking against the SEC.

Simeon Moses- Washington vs. Ohio State

National Champion- Washington- I’m drinking the Koolaid.

Alios Piet- Alabama vs. Ohio State

National Champion- Alabama

Taylor Henry- Alabama vs. Ohio State

National Champion- Alabama- A true freshman QB, an offensive coordinator leaving for FAU, and the nastiest defense I’ve seen in a long time. Roll Tide.