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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New Year’s Six Bowls Schedule

GoodYear Cotton Bowl Classic

Saturday, December 28
12:00 ET, ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Memphis vs. Penn State

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Just how jazzed up will Penn State be for this? It’s a big bowl game, but … it’s the kid’s table New Year’s Six game, and the Nittany Lions wanted the Cotton Bowl. Memphis will enjoy at least a bit of the Ryan Silverfield era with Mike Norvell gone to Florida State, and he’s still got the same offensive firepower to work with. Penn State will have the defense, but it’ll be a fight.

First Thought Prediction: Penn State 27, Memphis 24
First Thought Line Guess: Penn State -6.5
Actual Initial Line: Penn State -7.5
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Capital One Orange Bowl

Monday, December 30
8:00 ET, ESPN
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Virginia vs. Florida

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Florida had better bring it. A fantastic season is closing out with what should be a bit of a home game for South Florida Gator fans. Virginia will bring the energy, it has the pass rush, and it has more than it was able to show against Clemson. Don’t expect last year’s bowl destruction of South Carolina in this one, though.

First Thought Prediction: Florida 38, Virginia 17
First Thought Line Guess: Florida -14
Actual Initial Line: Florida -13.5
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Rose Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
5:00 ET, ESPN
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Wisconsin vs. Oregon  

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: The Badgers have won four straight bowl games under Paul Chryst and five in a row overall, but they dropped three straight Rose Bowls including the 2012 shootout against the Ducks. Oregon might actually be the fourth-best team in college football, and they’re about to show it. It has the lines to hold up.

First Thought Prediction: Oregon 34, Wisconsin 24
First Thought Line Guess: Oregon -3
Actual Initial Line: Wisconsin -3
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AllState Sugar Bowl

Wednesday, January 1
8:45 ET, ESPN
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Georgia vs. Baylor

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: How many guys will Georgia lose early to the NFL? Will it learn from last year’s lesson in the loss to Texas and care about this bowl? Yippee … finishing No. 5 in the CFP again is GREAT. This is a rock-solid Bear team with the lines to hold up, but Georgia will methodically work its way to a win.

First Thought Prediction: Georgia 27, Baylor 17
First Thought Line Guess: Georgia -8
Actual Initial Line: Georgia -7
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