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


AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Monday, December 31
3:45, ESPN, Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN 
Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Drew Lock in his final game about to get the O going against an Oklahoma State team with a high-powered offense that’s able to put up points in bunches. Mizzou has been one of the most underrated and most underappreciated teams all throughout the second half of the year, and it’s about to show why.

First Thought Prediction: Missouri 45, Oklahoma State 35
First Thought Line Guess: Missouri -7.5
Actual Initial Line: Missouri -6
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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Monday, December 31st
7:00, FS1, SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA 
Northwestern vs. Utah

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Both teams are just so mediocre offensively that it could make for an interesting game. The Utes will have time to take a breath and get the offense in order, but it’ll be the defense that takes over the game in a slugfest. It’ll be interesting and close, but if you like scoring, look elsewhere.

First Thought Prediction: Utah 23, Northwestern 20
First Thought Line Guess: Utah -6.5
Actual Initial Line: Utah -7.5
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TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Monday, December 31
7:30, ESPN, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 
NC State vs. Texas A&M

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: It’s not as much about the end of the first season of the Jimbo Fisher era than it is about what’s coming next. It was a good year, and now comes the tone-setting bowl performance for 2019. NC State can’t and won’t be able to run the ball, Texas A&M will, and A&M will be one of the hot teams going into the offseason.

First Thought Prediction: Texas A&M 34, NC State 23
First Thought Line Guess: Texas A&M -7
Actual Initial Line: Texas A&M -7
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Outback Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
12:00, ESPN2, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 
Iowa vs.  Mississippi State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Nick Fitzgerald getting a shot to turn it loose in a bowl game, the defense rested and among the best coming into the bowl season, and the Mississippi State team has the talent and upside to show just how good it really was – but had to deal with the SEC West world.

First Thought Prediction: Mississippi State 34, Iowa 16
First Thought Line Guess: Mississippi State -6
Actual Initial Line: Mississippi State -6.5
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VRBO Citrus Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
1:00, ABC, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL 
Kentucky vs. Penn State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Will Kentucky be able to get the offense going if Trace McSorley and the Nittany Lion attack goes off early on? The Wildcats have the make-up and toughness to grind this out, but Penn State is about to make a statement going into what should be a terrific 2019.

First Thought Prediction: Penn State 26, Kentucky 17
First Thought Line Guess: Penn State -6.5
Actual Initial Line: Penn State -7
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