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

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Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

Monday, December 23
2:30 ET, ESPN, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL 
UCF vs. Marshall

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Here’s the problem. Normally, if this was against just about any other Group of Five program, this would be easy – UCF by a gajillion. However, Marshall head coach Doc Holliday is AWESOME in bowl games, going 6-0 including a whacking of USF in last year’s BBMG Bowl. UCF is the far better team, but it’s the Herd in a bowl game … this one is going to require several days of introspection.

First Thought Prediction: UCF 34, Marshall 24
First Thought Line Guess: UCF -12
Actual Initial Line: UCF -17.5
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SoFi Hawai’i Bowl

Tuesday, December 24
8:00 ET, ESPN, Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union Field at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
BYU vs. Hawaii

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: How have these two not played already? It seems like BYU has played everyone else in the Mountain West, and now it gets a Hawaii team that got thumped in last year’s bowl loss to Louisiana Tech. The Cougar pass defense comes up with lots and lots of picks.

First Thought Prediction: BYU 31, Hawaii 27
First Thought Line Guess: Hawaii -2.5
Actual Initial Line: BYU -1
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Walk-On’s Independence Bowl

Thursday, December 26
4:00 ET, ESPN,  Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA 
Miami vs. Louisiana Tech

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This is where we’re at, Miami? You’re in a low-level ACC bowl two years removed from playing in the ACC Championship and the Orange Bowl? Louisiana Tech is good when it has all the parts, but is has beaten at fat load of no one. Miami should be undervalued after losing to FIU and Duke coming into this, but expect the Power Fiver to show up.

First Thought Prediction: Miami 34, Louisiana Tech 20
First Thought Line Guess: Miami -7
Actual Initial Line: Miami -7.5
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Quick Lane Bowl

Thursday, December 26
8:00 ET, ESPN, Ford Field, Detroit, MI 
Pitt vs. Eastern Michigan

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: I love bowls, you love bowls, we all love bowls, but … yeeeeeeeuuuuuck. Eastern Michigan is plucky, but it also got rocked by Central Michigan and lost to Kent State and Ball State. Pitt isn’t good enough to take any game lightly – it only beat Ohio 20-10 – but this would be a massive disaster for the ACC if its team doesn’t show up.

First Thought Prediction: Pitt 27, Eastern Michigan 10
First Thought Line Guess: Pitt -10
Actual Initial Line: Pitt -11
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