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


Cheez-It Bowl

Friday, December 27
10:15 ET, ESPN, Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ 
Washington State vs. Air Force

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Can Washington State stop the run? Yeah, it’s been good at that at times throughout the season. Can Air Force stop the pass? Not really. Throw in the Power Five vs. Group of Five snobbery, and …

First Thought Prediction: Washington State 30, Air Force 20
First Thought Line Guess: Washington State -5
Actual Initial Line: Air Force -2
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Camping World Bowl

Saturday, December 28
12:00 ET, ABC, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Notre Dame vs. Iowa State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This is sort of a moment for Brian Kelly as a bowl coach. His teams get face-planted in the big, giant bowl games against the killer powerhouses, but this team is a whole lot better than Iowa State. The Irish had a terrific year that was dragged down by that one bad day against Michigan. This is where it shows up.

First Thought Prediction: Notre Dame 40, Iowa State 27
First Thought Line Guess: Notre Dame -9
Actual Initial Line: Notre Dame -3.5
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SERVPRO First Responders Bowl

Monday, December 30
12:30 ET, ESPN, Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
WKU vs. Western Michigan

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: This should turn out to be a better game than most people will think – lack of brand name here is a problem. Last year was Boise State and Boston College, and this year it’s … this. At least they’re going to play it this time. WMU, though, is AWFUL in bowls. It started with losing your 1961 Aviation Bowl, right on through getting destroyed BYU last year. WKU has a nice team in place with a good D.

First Thought Prediction: WKU 26, Western Michigan 17
First Thought Line Guess: WKU -3.5
Actual Initial Line: WKU -1.5
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Redbox Bowl

Monday, December 30
4:00 ET, FOX, Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Illinois vs. Cal

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: For those of you still scarred by last season’s Cheez-It Bowl, Cal’s matchup this year could be worse. Illinois doesn’t seem to like to score, and Cal doesn’t seem to like to give up points. Put it in Levi’s Stadium – where college football games go to die – and be happy that this will at least be a four quarter fight.

First Thought Prediction: Cal 23, Illinois 13
First Thought Line Guess: Cal -7
Actual Initial Line: Cal -6.5
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