TGIS Bowl Picks

2019 SEASON RECORD: 91-75-1 (54.8%)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – December 28th

Peach Bowl
Orlando, FL
#1 LSU (-13.5) vs. #4 Oklahoma UNDER 76- 3:00pm

Game Preview: LSU’s offense is rolling with Joe Burrow (Bureaux). While the Oklahoma’s defense is improved it is nowhere near ready for LSU. LSU’s defense has also been much better giving up on average 12.3 points in their last three games. The Oklahoma offense will not be able to keep up. LSU to the Championship

Pick: LSU 45-24

Fiesta Bowl
Orlando, FL
#2 Ohio State vs. #3 Clemson (-2)- 7:00pm

Game Preview: The best game of bowl season. Ever since Clemson had their scare against North Carolina, they have been unstoppable. Ohio State will be by far their toughest opponent though. Both defenses are good, but not elite. This will come down to the offenses. Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Justyn Ross, and Tee Higgins are too dangerous and will lead Clemson to the championship.

Pick: Clemson 34-20

BOWL PICKS (All Times CST)

December 20

Bahamas Bowl
Nassau, Bahamas
Buffalo (-6.5) vs. Charlotte – 1:00pm

Buffalo is one of the most up and down teams. However, when they are on they put up a ton of points. They’ll turn it up for the Bahamas.

Frisco Bowl
Frisco, TX
Kent State vs. Utah State (-7.5)- 6:30pm

The last game for Utah State QB Jordan Love. He’ll put on a show despite being cited for marijuana possession earlier this week.

December 21

New Mexico Bowl
Albuquerque, NM
Central Michigan vs. San Diego (-3.5)- 1:00pm

San Diego State is a very good Mountain West team finishing the year at 9-3. Central Michigan on the other hand played well in MACtion, but the MAC isn’t a strong conference. Aztecs win by double digits.

Cure Bowl
Orlando, FL
Liberty vs. Georgia Southern (-5)- 1:30pm

Liberty may be the worst bowl team out there. They played a weak schedule including New Mexico State twice. Georgia Southern wins.

Boca Raton Bowl
Boca Raton, FL
FAU vs. SMU (-3) OVER 69.5- 2:30pm

No Lane Kiffin will have an impact. SMU has slumped down the stretch, but they’re still a good team. Expect a high scoring game.

Camellia Bowl
Montgomery, AL
Arkansas State vs. Florida International (+2.5)- 4:30pm

Butch Davis got his team pumped up enough to beat Miami, he is good enough to get them motivated to beat Arkansas State in a bowl game

Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, NV
#19 Boise State vs. Washington (-3.5)- 6:30pm

Chris Petersen’s last game as a coach for the Huskies against his former team. Boise State has played some close games with below average opponents. Washington wins with their talent.

New Orleans Bowl
New Orleans, LA
#20 Appalachian State (-16) vs. UAB- 8:00pm

UAB played a weak non-conference and got destroyed by FAU. Appalachian State wins big.

December 23

Gasparilla Bowl
Tampa, FL
Marshall (+18) vs. UCF- 1:30pm

From a New Years Six bowl to the Gasparilla Bowl. UCF wins, but doesn’t blow out a decent Marshall team.

December 24

Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu, HI
BYU (-1.5) vs. Hawaii- 7:00pm

The Hawaii bowl is back on Christmas Eve! BYU is the better team and wins on the island.

December 26

Independence Bowl
Shreveport, LA
Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (-6.5)- 3:00pm

Miami already has some players sitting out and ended the season terribly. But less than a touchdown favorite against Louisiana Tech? I’m not going that far.

Quick Lane Bowl
Detroit, MI
Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh (-11)- 7:00pm

Eastern Michigan finished last in the MAC West and is somehow faced against one of the better ACC teams… Pitt wins big.

December 27

Millitary Bowl
Annapolis, MD
North Carolina (-4.5) vs. Temple – 11:00am

North Carolina will be excited to be there in Mack Brown’s first year. They seem to be going the right direction following their 41-10 win over NC State. Tar Heels by a touchdown

Pinstripe Bowl
New York, NY
Michigan State vs. Wake Forest (+4.5)- 2:20pm

Two very average football teams who didn’t finish the season great. I’d take Wake Forest and the points.

Texas Bowl
Houston, TX
#25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M (-7)- 5:45pm

Oklahoma State is not the same without Spencer Sanders. A&M can minimize Chuba Hubbard and finally get their quality win.

Holiday Bowl
San Diego, CA
#16 Iowa vs. #22 USC (+2)- 7:00pm

Iowa finished the season struggling against Nebraska and Illinois. USC meanwhile posted an average of 46.5 points in their last two games. I’m going with the hot team and emerging USC QB Kedon Slovis.

Cheez-It Bowl
Phoenix, AZ
Air Force vs. Washington State (+3)- 9:15pm

Air Force lost twice this year to Boise State and Navy. They haven’t seen an offense like the Cougars yet though. Washington State QB Anthony Gordon plays great in his last game as a Coug.

December 28

Camping World Bowl
Orlando, FL
#15 Notre Dame (-3) vs. Iowa State- 11:00am

Notre Dame’s offense has been rolling, but they face a tougher Iowa State defense. I don’t trust Iowa State’s offense against the Notre Dame defense though. Fighting Irish win by double digits.

Cotton Bowl Classic
Arlington, TX
#10 Penn State vs. #17 Memphis (+6.5)- 11:00am

There’s a lot going on in this game. Memphis coach Mike Norvell isn’t coaching and they face a tough Penn State defense. But I don’t really trust the Penn State offense or Memphis defense. I have no idea what will happen so I’m just going to take the points and the team more motivated to play in this game. At least I’m honest with you guys.

December 30

First Responder Bowl
Dallas, TX
Western Kentucky (-2.5) vs. Western Michigan- 11:30am

Western Kentucky have played good football down the stretch including beating Arkansas 45-19. Western Kentucky also has played the better schedule. Really like the Hilltoppers here.

Music City Bowl
Nashville, TN
Louisville vs. Mississippi State (-4.5)- 3:00pm

Louisville couldn’t handle Kentucky’s run game… no idea how they are going to stop Mississippi State. Bulldogs win without the Cowbells.

Redbox Bowl
Santa Clara, CA
California vs. Illinois (+6.5)- 3:00pm

I have no idea what to expect from Illinois. They are good enough to beat Wisconsin, but can be bad enough to lose to Northwestern. It will be a low scoring affair though so take Illinois with the points and just hold on.

Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, FL
#9 Florida (-14.5) vs. #24 Virginia- 7:00pm

Virginia’s offensive line is bad. Florida’s defensive line is really good. Expect a blow out in the Orange Bowl.

December 31

Belk Bowl
Charlotte, NC
Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech (-3)- 11:00am

Kentucky’s offense the second half of the season has been to run the ball with Lynn Bowden. Virginia Tech’s Defensive Coordinator Bud Foster coaches his last game and should be able to figure out a plan to stop him. Hokies win a close one.

Sun Bowl
El Paso, TX
Arizona State (-5.5) vs. Florida State – 1:00pm

All season we’ve trusted Herm Edwards… why stop now. QB Jayden Daniels is a special freshman and RB Eno Benjamin plays in his last game. Florida State’s best player RB Cam Akers is also skipping. Sun Devils win big.

Liberty Bowl
Memphis, TN
Kansas State vs. Navy (+1) UNDER 52- 2:45pm

If you love QBs throwing it all over the field… this game is not for you. Expect Run, run, run, and more run plays. Navy runs the ball better and wins.

Arizona Bowl
Tuscon, AZ
Georgia State vs. Wyoming (-7)- 3:30pm

Trust a good team in the Mountain West over an average Sun Belt team.

Alamo Bowl
San Antonio, TX
#11 Utah (-7) vs. Texas – 6:30pm

Utah’s run game is going to give the Texas defense trouble. Their defensive line should also not make it easy on Sam Ehlinger. Texas may be able to keep it close, but I don’t see them winning. Utah by 9.

January 1

Citrus Bowl
Orlando, FL
#13 Alabama (-7) vs. #14 Michigan OVER 59- Noon

Alabama has basically their entire team playing. Mac Jones and the Bama offense should outscore Michigan by a decent margin and try to make a statement. Alabama 41-24.

Outback Bowl
Tampa, FL
#12 Auburn (-7) vs. #18 Minnesota- Noon

Minnesota’s top linebacker is sitting out the bowl game. The Tigers will be by far the toughest defense the Golden Gophers face. Auburn wins by double digits.

Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA
#6 Oregon (+3) vs. #8 Wisconsin – 4:00pm

Oregon’s the better football team and can minimize RB Johnathan Taylor’s impact on the game. It should be close, but Oregon wins.

Sugar Bowl
Pasadena, CA
#5 Georgia (-6.5) vs. #7 Baylor UNDER 41 – 7:45pm

Expect very little scoring. Georgia’s left tackle is sitting out the game and their right tackle might be also. Their offense has not been great and Baylor’s defense isn’t bad. Still the Georgia defense will give Baylor more problems. 24-10 Georgia.

January 2

Birmingham Bowl
Birmingham, AL
#21 Cincinnati (-7) vs. Boston College UNDER 55 – 4:00pm

With no AJ Dillon and an interim coach I don’t see Boston College being able to do much. Like the UNDER.

Gator Bowl
Jacksonville, FL
Indiana vs. Tennessee (-1.5)- 6:00pm

Tennessee have won it’s last five… Indiana has lost two of its last three. Tennessee wins and this line is too easy.

January 3

Famous Idaho Bowl
Boise, ID
Nevada (+7.5) vs. Ohio – 2:30pm

I’m taking Nevada that beat a good San Diego State team. Ohio has been blowing out MAC teams, but Nevada should at least cover.

January 4

Armed Forces Bowl
Fort Worth, TX
Southern Miss (+7) vs. Tulane – 11:30am

Tulane has QB Justin McMillan who is up and down. Southern Miss is talented enough to keep this game close.

January 6

Lending Tree Bowl
Mobile, AL
Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio) (+14)- 6:30pm

The MAC Champs can keep it within 14.

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