College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Thought Predictions, Analysis For All 44

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College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Thought Predictions, Analysis For All 44

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College Football Playoff, Bowl Game First Thought Predictions, Analysis For All 44

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New Year’s Six Bowl Schedule

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Thursday, December 30
ESPN, 7:00 pm
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Michigan State vs Pitt 

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Uh oh. Kenny Pickett? This Pitt passing game? Against the worst pass defense in college football? Michigan State will look to get physical from the start and control the game and the clock, but the Pitt defensive front will come up with its share of stops and Pickett will go off in his last showcase moment before going on to bigger and better things.

No Research Bowl Prediction: Pitt 37, Michigan State 34
Early Bowl Line Guess: Pitt -2.5
Actual Line: Pitt -3.5

Playstation Fiesta Bowl

Saturday, January 1
ESPN, 1:00 pm
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Notre Dame vs Oklahoma State 

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Okay, Marcus Freeman. Let’s see how this is all going to work. Both teams were just this close to being in the College Football Playoff, but don’t expect any letdown. Freeman won’t allow it with the Irish, and Oklahoma State will try to make amends for the – let’s just call it what it was – gack in the Big 12 Championship. The Cowboys are always a tad hit-or-miss under Mike Gundy in bowl games, but that D is about to hit very, very hard.

No Research Bowl Prediction: Oklahoma State 26, Notre Dame 20
Early Bowl Line Guess: Notre Dame -4
Actual Line: Notre Dame -2.5

Rose Bowl Game

Saturday, January 1
ESPN, 5:00 pm
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Ohio State vs Utah 

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Pound and pound and pound some more. That’s what Utah is able to do with its great lines, and it should be able to do that against the Buckeyes. The energy will be with the Utes – the fans will pack the place – and there might be a thought that they whacked Oregon twice and Oregon got Ohio State, and … whatever. Ohio State with this talent and this coaching staff will be sitting on that Michigan loss for way too long. Assuming most of the Buckeye stars are back …

No Research Bowl Prediction: Ohio State 37, Utah 24
Early Bowl Line Guess: Ohio State -6.5
Actual Line: Ohio State -6.5

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Saturday, January 1
ESPN, 8:45 pm
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Baylor vs Ole Miss 

Knee-Jerk Instant Analysis: Does Ole Miss have everyone around for this? If so, uh oh. Baylor might have a fantastic running game that should go off, but it’s not going to slow down the Rebel attack as long as Matt Corral is not busy preparing for the NFL Draft. Get ready for everyone to gush over this matchup, and then the Lane Train will rumble on through.

No Research Bowl Prediction: Ole Miss 38, Baylor 20
Early Bowl Line Guess: Ole Miss -5
Actual Line: Ole Miss -1.5

2021-2022 Bowl First Thoughts 
Dec 17-18: Bahamas, Cure, Boca Raton
New Mexico, Indy, LendingTree, LA
Dec 20-25: Myrtle, Potato, Frisco, AF
Frisco Classic, Gasp, Hawaii, Camellia
Dec 27-28: Quick Lane, Military, Birm
SERVPRO, Liberty, Holiday, Guar Rate
Dec 29-30: Fenway, Pinstripe, Cheez-It
Alamo, Mayo, Music City, Peach, Vegas
Dec 31-Jan 4 Gator, Sun, Arizona, Texas
CFP Cotton, Orange | CFP NC
Bowl Schedule, Game Times

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