Sugar Bowl Preview

The Sugar Bowl is the Finale of the the New Years Six and it will be a good one. Ole Miss has no intent on ending their season like they did last year in the Peach Bowl. After TCU clobbered the Rebels and embarrassed them,images-7 Ole Miss has been on a mission. Beating Alabama was the highlight of their season, but they are not just a one trick pony. Laquon Treadwell is one of the best players in the country and is a huge deep threat for explosive quarterback Chad Kelly. The Rebels are known for their great defense, but trust me they are the best offense in the SEC.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys started off winning their first ten games. 5627dbc722a01.imageThey were looking like they were ready to roll to the Playoff, and then they lost their last two games of the season. The Cowboys move the ball up and down the field with their explosive offense, but their defensive line has been great. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has been sensational this season.
Oklahoma State’s offensive line has been shaky this year, but star Defensive Tackle, Robert Nkemdiche has been suspended for the game. I think Ole Miss will still be able to rush the passer, and they will be able to throw the ball all over the field and out run Oklahoma State.
Prediction: Ole Miss 48, Oklahoma State 38
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Rose Bowl

It is New Year’s Day, and that means it is time for the Grandaddy of them all. Iowa faces Stanford in the Rose Bowl. This game just feels like a classic Rose Bowl game, unlike last year’s game when Florida State was in it. It images-5feels great seeing B1G vs Pac 12 in this iconic Bowl game. Nobody would have thought Iowa would have the season they are having, well except the Hawkeye fans. This team plays great defense, runs the ball well, and has a quarterback in CJ Beathard who makes their offense so much more versatile. It is the first time in a while that Iowa has a difference maker at that position. Beathard has been shaken up by a groin injury, but says he feels 100%.
Stanford’s season has been a long and emotional one. Starting the season with a stunning loss to Northwestern in the battle of the brains. After this images-6loss everyone wrote the Cardinal off. They rebounded and they were on a tear winning game after game. Then they hosted the Oregon Ducks. That night was a night to forget for Cardinal fans. It was the Vernon Adams show as Oregon’s magical quarterback did everything and destroyed Stanford’s, playoff dreams. Once again the Cardinal bounced back, beating Notre Dame in one of the best games of the year.
This game is going to be awesome. Many people believe it will be all Stanford fans because of proximity, but trust me Hawkeye nation will come in waves. This game will be back and forth, running the football down the field. Christian McCaffrey is going to have to be the difference in the game for Stanford. The Heisman Trophy runner-up has to have a huge game. Iowa is a better version of Northwestern, and we all remember what Northwestern did to Stanford. That is why I am picking the Hawkeyes to win their first Rose Bowl in a while.

Fiesta Bowl Preview

A few weeks ago, Notre Dame and Ohio State were in the top four. These two powerhouses came short of their championship dreams, but this is a pretty good consolation prize. The Ohio State Buckeyes were picked to win back to back championships by everyone. The amount of NFL talent on this team is unbelievable. Notre Dame had an emotional season full of injury. They were two plays away from being in the Final Four. This Irish squad is also full of NFL talent. The x-factor in this game is if both teams will be focused on the game and not their professional future. I believe because of the name brands these two teams are they will both be focused. Ezekiel Elliott will get things going and the Buckeyes will come out on top.
Prediction: Ohio State 40, Notre Dame 35
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Citrus Bowl

The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus bowl is a matchup of the two premier coaching hires of the offseason, Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan imgres-8Wolverines vs Jim McElwain and his Florida Gators. This game may be lower scoring than the first half of the Cotton Bowl. These two defenses are incredible, they both rank in the top 10 in scoring defense and they are both full of talent. Michigan started off the season hot, but since their “loss” to Michigan State they have never been the same. Quarterback Jake Rudock finally got a feel of the offense, and he has been rolling. Jabrill Peppers is the x-factor for this Michigan team, Peppers is the star for the maize and blue. If Peppers is fully healthy, look for him to have a big game. Florida has the most talented defense in the country, but their offense is just painful to images-3watch. Almost as painful to watch as the Cotton Bowl. The Gators have trouble completing a forward pass. Florida is going to have to score on special teams and defense. This will not be a high scoring affair, but Jake Rudock and Michigan will get a feel of the Gator defense and run away with the game.
Prediction: Michigan 17, Florida 3

Outback Bowl Preview

The Outback Bowl is a classic B1G vs SEC matchup. Northwestern has quietly been a great team. The Wildcats season had big wins against images-2Stanford and Wisconsin. Most people only saw the Cats in their two blowout loses to Michigan and Iowa. Trust me they are a better team then they showed those two weeks. Northwestern has a tough defense, and a smash mouth running back, Justin Jackson. Tennessee may be the most talented team in the SEC, and in my opinion the best in the East division. This inexperienced team blew leads to Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama. Imagine if they just kept those leads, we would be talking aboutimgres-7the Playoff. Quarterback Josh Dobbs is one of the most dynamic players in the country. I believe Tennessee is bigger, more talented, and I don’t think they are going to give Northwestern any respect. That is why I am picking the Wildcats. They will have a massive chip on their shoulder. The Outback will be giving free coconut shrimp, because the B1G will win this one.
Prediction: Northwestern 17, Tennessee 14

Cotton Bowl Preview

The second Playoff matchup of the day, number two Alabama vs number three Michigan State, is a tough old school game. These two teams are going to run the ball and play great defense. This is the formula both programs have used to thrive this past decade. After Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss early this year, Bama made a  lot of changes, but the biggest difference they made was that they started to hand the ball to Heisman winning running back, Derrick Henry. He has been a complete beast this year, breaking the SEC’s single season rushing record. Alabama is going to have to continue pounding defenses with the run game.derrick-henry-ncaa-football-cowboys-classic-wisconsin-vs-alabama-850x560
Michigan State has been a team of destiny, or it may be that they are just lucky. I am not taking anything away from Michigan State because it is really good to have luck on your side. It is just mind boggling how MSU has pulled out some of their wins. Connor Cook is finally healthy, and I think that is going to he a huge difference in the game. Madre London and LJ Scott, Michigan State’s two running backs are going to have to find some space against Alabama’s huge front seven. Michigan State will need to control the ball, run the ball, and keep the defense honest for them to have a chance in this game. dfp0908cook
This game will be full and drama and excitement. Reggie Ragland and the Crimson Tide defense will force Connor Cook into some trouble, but I do not think Jake Coker will be able to make enough plays against the Spartans veteran defense, and he will turn the ball over too many times like he did against Ole Miss.
Prediction: Michigan State 28, Alabama 24

Orange Bowl Preview

The wait is finally over, New Year’s Eve has come, and every sports fan should know that the second College Football Playoff is here. Clemson the imgres-5number one team in the country faces off against number four Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, winner advances to the National Championship. In my opinion this is the better game out of the two semi-finals. We are all going to witness a fantastic quarterback battle, the best we have seen since last year’s Rose Bowl between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. According to the Heisman voters, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, are the top two quarterbacks in the country. Clemson has had a dream undefeated season, and completely got rid of that word they all hate, “Clemsoning” I guess the new definition of “Clemsoning” is going undefeated, winning a conference championship, and beating Notre Dame. The Tigers have constantly been the best team in the country.
Ever since Oklahoma’s bad loss to rival Texas, no one has been playing better ball then they have. Baker Mayfield has channeled his inner Johnny Football, and has created magic. Mayfield is one of the most excitingimgres-6 players to watch, and he always makes something out of nothing. The Sooners are going to have to get their run game going. Sophomore running back, Samaje Perine needs to have a game. Clemson’s defense is the most physical defense the Sooners have faced all year.
I believe that this will be one of the greatest games of the year, but Clemson’s defense will force a crucial turnover late, and Clemson will win the Orange Bowl, and advance to the National Championship.
Prediction: Clemson 43, Oklahoma 42

Belk Bowl Preview

The Belk Bowl is the first time this bowl season we will see a matchup between two great senior quarterbacks. Dak Prescott and Jacoby Brissett have been the saviors of their programs. Both these quarterbacks have brought their two struggling programs back from the dead. I am so excited to see these talented players square off. Mississippi State has a strong defense and they are expected to shutdown Brissett and the NC State offense. I disagree, Brissett has a feel for SEC defenses during his brief time as a Florida Gator. Prescott has had a wonderful career and is the greatest quarterback in Mississippi State history, but I think Jacoby Brissett and the North Carolina State Wolfpack will out duel him.

Prediction: NC State 31, Miss State 28

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl Preview

The first half of the season LSU was running over anyone in their way, the legend of Leonard Fournette was growing, and then they ran into Alabama. Ever since that dreadful night in Tuscaloosa, the Tigers season has gone down the drain. Texas Tech has had an up and down year, but their quarterback Patrick Mahomes has quietly had a great year. The Red Raiders were a tipped pass away from upsetting TCU earlier this year, and it seems like they have not been able to rebound form that moment. Early on in the year they beat Arkansas, a team who plays a similar game to LSU, and Arkansas also blew out the Tigers. Texas Tech will get their points on imgres-1the board, but their defense ranks the worst in the country against the run. That smells trouble against the most talented running back in the county Leonard Fournette. Fournette will run wild on this weak Tech defense and the Tigers will win a surprisingly close game.
Prediction: LSU 32, Texas Tech 28

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview

The Russell Athletic bowl is a matchup between North Carolina, who came out of nowhere and had a surprising year vs Baylor, a team who had national title dreams this season. Baylor’s season has been riddled with imagesinjury at the quarterback position. Starter Seth Russell broke his neck against Iowa State, and second string QB Jarrett Stidham’s season came to an end with an ankle injury. That gives sophomore Chris Johnson the starting role in this exciting bowl matchup. On Baylor’s official roster, Johnson is labeled as a WR/QB, but he looked very impressive in the Bears win vs Oklahoma State. One of the bright spots this year for Baylor has been the play of star WR Corey Coleman, but Coleman is out for the Russell Athletic Bowl.
On the other hand, North Carolina has had something close to a dream season. Senior quarterback, Marquise Williams has been incredible. I truly believe he did not get enough Heisman trophy talk. Williams has shredded every defense he faced, including Clemson. Tailback Elijah Hood has also imgresbeen sensational. Hood has added a physical element to this high-powered offense. Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik has been the best assistant coach hire of the year. Chizik took a historically bad defense a year ago, and made them into a physical tough defense. Although the UNC’s defense has drastically improved, this will still be an offensive shootout. Baylor is known for their up-tempo offense and will score a lot, but I do not think Chris Johnson with out his biggest weapon will be able to keep up with Marquise Williams in his last game wearing Carolina Blue.
Prediction: North Carolina 54, Baylor 40