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


New Year’s Six Bowls

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 29th
12:00, ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Michigan vs. Florida

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: You think there’s pressure on Michigan after the way the Ohio State game went down? Florida has the defense and the lines to hold up, but this is where Michigan comes out and shows that it really was better than it looked in Columbus.

First Thought Prediction: Michigan 27, Florida 23
First Thought Line Guess: Michigan -5
Actual Initial Line: Michigan -6
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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
1:00, ESPN, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 
UCF vs. LSU 

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Everyone’s going to tell LSU to care about this game and try, and LSU is going to care about this game and try, but it’ll almost certainly be without a few key players who’ll sit out and get ready for the NFL, and … nah. UCF is that dangerous, but the Tiger lines will take over the game.

First Thought Prediction: LSU 30, UCF 23
First Thought Line Guess: LSU -8
Actual Initial Line: LSU -7.5
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Rose Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
5:00, ESPN, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA 
Ohio State vs. Washington

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: The Washington defense is the real deal and the running game is going to blast through the Buckeyes … for three quarters. The Ohio State skill talent and speed will be just enough to break through in the fourth. It might be a disappointing bowl game for a Buckeye team that wishes it was in the College Football Playoff, but this isn’t just some bowl game. It’s Urban Meyer’s first Rose Bowl, and the team will play up to the moment.

First Thought Prediction: Ohio State 30, Washington 24
First Thought Line Guess: Ohio State -5.5
Actual Initial Line: Ohio State -4.5
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Sugar Bowl

Tuesday, January 1st
8:30, ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA 
Texas vs. Georgia

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: How angry is Georgia? Just how much of a statement does it want to make? Yeah, it’s probably one of the three best teams in college football, but Texas will be great with the rest and the time off – for a quarter. Georgia is about to be fantastic as it shows the world what it missed out on.

First Thought Prediction: Georgia 38, Texas 24
First Thought Line Guess: Georgia -10
Actual Initial Line: Georgia -10.5
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