College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

College Football Predictions

College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Predictions, Lines

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Military Bowl Presented By Northrup Grumman

Friday, December 27
12:00 ET, ESPN, Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD
North Carolina vs. Temple

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Temple didn’t turn Daniel Jones into franchise quarterback draft pick, but last year’s bowl loss to Duke was the one game that Mr. Dimes looked the part. Mack Brown will have his Tar Heels interested, and more than that, it’s Rod Carey in a bowl game. The Temple head coach’s Northern Illinois teams were beyond miserable in the post-season – he’s 0-6, and in a big way.

First Thought Prediction: North Carolina 41, Temple 17
First Thought Line Guess: North Carolina -8.5
Actual Initial Line: North Carolina -5
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New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Friday, December 27, 3:20 ET, ESPN, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Wake Forest vs. Michigan State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Talk about limping your way into a bowl game. Wake Forest has lost three of its last four, and Michigan State lost five straight before getting the massive break of Rutgers and Maryland to get to six wins. The Big Ten has won’t three straight in this and four of the last five. Maybe this is when the Spartans decide to start their season.

First Thought Prediction: Michigan State 23, Wake Forest 20
First Thought Line Guess: Michigan State -4
Actual Initial Line: Michigan State -3
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Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Friday, December 27
6:45 ET, ESPN, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Okay, FINE … this should’ve been Texas vs. Texas A&M, but the politics around the whole Longhorn-Aggie thing are weird. Now is when A&M has to prove that its 7-5 season really was that mediocre because of the schedule – losing to Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Mike Gundy’s teams are usually amazing in bowls, though, winning four of the last five. Even so …

First Thought Prediction: Texas A&M 37, Oklahoma State 23
First Thought Line Guess: Texas A&M -6.5
Actual Initial Line: Texas A&M -4.5
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San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

Friday, December 27
8:00 ET, FS1, SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA
Iowa vs. USC

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: It’s the first game of the rest of Clay Helton’s life. Not that he has to win this or else, but it would make the next several months a whole lot easier if he could win this thing over an Iowa team that lost three close games to three good teams. Kirk Ferentz is going for his third straight bowl win.

First Thought Prediction: USC 26, Iowa 20
First Thought Line Guess: USC -3.5
Actual Initial Line: Iowa -1.5
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