College Football Playoff & Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

College Football Playoff & Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

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College Football Playoff & Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines


Frisco Bowl

Wednesday, December 19
8:00, ESPN, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX 
Ohio vs. San Diego State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This game should take about ten minutes. San Diego State has no offensive pop, and it’s no the team it was last year, but Ohio has a running game and the program battles hard in bowl games. Sheepishly going with the Bobcat ground game.

First Thought Prediction: Ohio 23, San Diego State 17
First Thought Line Guess: San Diego State -1
Actual Initial Line: Ohio -3
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Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Thursday, December 20
8:00, ESPN, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 
USF vs. Marshall  

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Does the home field advantage matter in any way for the Bulls? Marshall is D, no O, and USF is some O, little D. It’s a tough Herd team that will show up and play well in a strong road bowl statement.

First Thought Prediction: Marshall 30, USF 23
First Thought Line Guess: USF -3
Actual Initial Line: USF -2
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Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl

Friday, December 21
12:30, ESPN, Thomas Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas 
FIU vs. Toledo

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Both teams were bowl disasters last season and now they’re looking to make amends. The FIU passing game has been efficient and dangerous, but Toledo’s offense – despite the struggles through the air at times – can put up points in bunches. FIU had a miserable strength of schedule, and it’s about to show – but it’ll be a good game.

First Thought Prediction: Toledo 34, FIU 30
First Thought Line Guess: Toledo -5
Actual Initial Line: Toledo -4.5
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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Friday, December 21
4:00, ESPN, Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID 
Western Michigan vs. BYU

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: BYU should bring the interest and enough fans to crank up some interest in the stadium. Western Michigan is a funky team that’s a bit too inconsistent, and BYU has little to no offense. However, the Cougars will be inspired enough to roll on the blue turf – or, at least, roll as much as they’re able with this offense.

First Thought Prediction: BYU 27, Western Michigan 17
First Thought Line Guess: BYU -7.5
Actual Initial Line: BYU -12.5
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Birmingham Bowl

Saturday, December 22
12:00, ESPN, Legion Field, Birmingham, AL 
Memphis vs.  Wake Forest

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This is one of those games the American Athletic Conference has to have. Memphis is one of the conference’s elite teams, and Wake Forest is a mediocre ACC squad. No matter what, expect the points, and expect a wild shootout – and a chance for America so focus on Tiger home run hitting running back Darrell Henderson.

First Thought Prediction: Wake Forest 38, Memphis 34
First Thought Line Guess: Memphis -4
Actual Initial Line: Memphis -4.5
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Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Saturday, December 22
3:30, ESPN, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX 
Houston vs. Army

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Ed Oliver isn’t going for Houston, but the Army running game will be front-and-center as it goes for its third bowl win in three years. Houston is entertaining, but its offense won’t be on the field. Get ready for Army to go Army and control the clock for more than 40 minutes.

First Thought Prediction: Army 40, Houston 35
First Thought Line Guess: Army -3.5
Actual Initial Line: Houston -3
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Dollar General Bowl

Saturday, December 22
7:00, ESPN, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL 
Buffalo vs. Troy

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Watch out for an angry Buffalo team being very, very, very well motivated after the MAC Championship collapse. The talented skill guys will be too much for a Troy team without a ton of offensive punch, even though it’s a Trojan home game.

First Thought Prediction: Buffalo 27, Troy 24
First Thought Line Guess: Troy -1.5
Actual Initial Line: Buffalo -4
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Hawai’i Bowl

Saturday, December 22
10:30, ESPN, Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 
Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Louisiana Tech doesn’t have a whole ton of offensive pop, but it’ll show up against this Hawaii defense. At home, the Rainbow Warrior offense will get rolling from the start in a fun late night game worth staying up for.

First Thought Prediction: Hawaii 41, Louisiana Tech 37
First Thought Line Guess: Hawaii -3
Actual Initial Line: Hawaii -2.5
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