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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NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
4:30 ET, CBS Sports Network, Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Georgia State vs. Wyoming

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: It’s the bowl game no one has ever seen since it’s always going on when what seems like 19 other bowls are happening. This will be a friends and family event, but it should be close with the Wyoming defense battling a strong Georgia State offense that will bring plenty of fight.

First Thought Prediction: Wyoming 20, Georgia State 15
First Thought Line Guess: Wyoming -4.5
Actual Initial Line: Wyoming -6.5
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Valero Alamo Bowl

Tuesday, December 31
7:30 ET, ESPN, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Texas vs. Utah

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Good luck trying to figure this one out. Tom Herman of Texas is 3-0 in bowl games, Kyle Whittingham was 11-1 in bowls before losing in last year’s Holiday, but he didn’t have his stars in the backfield. Utah is punching down, Texas is punching up, it’s in San Antonio … this is going to be one of those picks that should change several times over the next few weeks.

First Thought Prediction: Texas 27, Utah 24
First Thought Line Guess: Utah -5.5
Actual Initial Line: Utah -6.5
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VRBO Citrus Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
1:00 ET, ABC, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Alabama vs. Michigan

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: GOOD … LUCK … WITH … THIS. Okay, investors, here’s the trick – predict just how many Tide starters are going to skip this thing to get ready for the NFL. The line should change wildly, so if you like this a certain way now, jump one way or another. The world will like Bama no matter what, so the line will be artificially high, but this just feels like …

First Thought Prediction: Michigan 30, Alabama 26
First Thought Line Guess: Alabama -7.5
Actual Initial Line: Alabama -7
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Outback Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
1:00 ET, ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Minnesota vs. Auburn

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: It’s the Confirmation Bowl – at least for the Big Ten team. After all the good things Minnesota was able to do this year, it’ll all seem like a quirky aberration if it doesn’t play well against Auburn. The problem is a Tiger defense that has the ability to close down just about everything the Gophers like to do.

First Thought Prediction: Auburn 27, Minnesota 17
First Thought Line Guess: Auburn -8.5
Actual Initial Line: Auburn -8.5
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