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39 college football bowl games from the AutoNation Cure Bowl To The Orange Bowl
All times Eastern
Tulane -3½ vs. Louisiana
1:30 PM, Dec. 15
This is a rematch of the 2013 New Orleans Bowl. Tulane has a chance for its first seven-win season since 2013 and just their second since 2002. UL Lafayette faced a tough schedule this season with one loss apiece to Alabama and Mississippi State and a pair to then-ranked Appalachian State. The Green Wave posses less of a threat than any of them for the Ragin Cajuns.
New Mexico Bowl
North Texas vs. Utah State -7½
2 PM, Dec. 15
North Texas reached the New Mexico primarily because of its offense while Utah was one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Time to find out if offense or defense wins.
Las Vegas Bowl
Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno State -5
3:30 PM, Dec. 15
The Las Vegas Bowl is one of the best out of the bunch. Both Arizona State and Fresno State impressed this season. The Bulldogs’ defense is one of the tops in the nation and will not have to worry about star Sun Devils receiver N’Keal Harry. He will sit this game out as he prepares for the NFL Draft. Plus Herm Edwards in Vegas is bound to be pure entertainment.
Eastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern -2½
5:30 PM, Dec. 15
The Eastern Michigan Eagles can defend but have trouble scoring touchdowns. Georgia Southern’s option attack is deadly. Combine that with consistent play from QB Shai Werts, and deadly becomes invincible. But don’t forget, Eastern Michigan plays everybody close. It yielded just one touchdown in the three closing regular season games and will have a couple of weeks off to plan a counter to Southern’s triple option. Moreover, EMU has gone 2-1 straight-up in bowls the last three Decembers.
New Orleans Bowl
Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State -7 +105
9 PM, Dec. 15
This is the last Bowl game of the first day of Bowl Season and features the Sun Belt champion facing the Conference USA runner-up. Middle Tennessee QB Brent Stockstill is one of the top passers in the country and is the Blue Raiders’ all-time leader in that category. Appalachian State will have to lean on their run game to avoid MTSU’s stout pass defense. Good thing the Mountaineers average 133.1 rush yards per game.
Boca Raton Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. UAB -2½ -115
7 PM, Dec. 18
There is no way to sugar coat this. This is going to be a low scoring game with little fanfare. The game total is dismal 43-points. UAB finished the season 8-4 ATS while Northern Illinois was a boring 6-6-1 ATS.
Ohio -3 -105 vs. San Diego State
8 PM, Dec. 19
Both teams are evenly matched, and I don’t see either side winning by more than a field goal. The game within the game will be Ohio’s rushing attack going versus San Diego State’s stout run defense. The winner of that battle will win the Frisco Bowl.
Marshall vs. South Florida -2½ -115
8 PM, Dec. 20
Barnone, The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, is the best-titled bowl game of the season. The Bulls will have home-field advantage, but will that be enough to motivate South Florida to win? Both teams went 4-5 ATS this season.
Florida International vs. Toledo -5½
12:30 PM, Dec. 21
Florida International tends to put up stinkers against teams at their level or better. Toledo qualifies as a 5.5-point favorite. The good news for FIU fans is that the Golden Panthers are 9-2 ATS while the Rockets of Toledo are 5-6 ATS.
Idaho Potato Bowl
BYU -12 vs. Western Michigan
4 PM, Dec. 21
Both teams closed out the season in dismal fashion. Western Michigan lost three of its last four. BYU lost five of its previous eight games. The Broncos did still average almost 450 yards per game on offense and will that to tangle with BYU’s 18th-ranked defense that gives up just 325 yards per game.
Wake Forest vs. Memphis -3½
12 PM, Dec. 22
This is a tremendous pre-Christmas bowl game. Two unranked teams with little national fanfare that can light up scoreboards is a cocktail for fun. The game total is a colossal 74.5-points, and it may be a little low. The Demon Deacons average 32.5-points per game while the Tigers put up an average of 43.6.
Armed Forces Bowl
Houston vs. Army -3 -115
3:30 PM, Dec. 22
Why is Houston, that rank fourth nationally with 46.4 points per game, an underdog in a game being played in Texas? Because they will be without injured QB D’Eriq King and star defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who left to prepare for the NFL draft. Army has won 10 games for the second straight season and is gunning for its third consecutive Bowl game win. Plus Army is playing in a military-themed bowl game.
Dollar General Bowl
Buffalo -2½ -105 vs. Troy
7 PM, Dec. 22
Buffalo is making its THIRD bowl game appearance in school history while Troy can hit a double-digit win season for the third straight time. The Bulls have an explosive offense led by QB Tyree Jackson. He threw for 2,857 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. Now Jackson faces a Trojans team that allows a mere 345.6 yards per game and is ranked 28th nationally in total defense.
Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii -1
10:30 PM, Dec. 22
The Hawaii Bowl will feature college football’s "Sack Daddy" facing a high-octane run-and-shoot offense. Louisiana Tech’s defensive end Jaylon Ferguson is tied for the FBS lead with 15 sacks and is third with 23½ tackles for loss. He is the FBS active leader with 42½ sacks and needs two sacks to break the FBS career record of 44 held by Terrell Suggs. Can Sack Daddy get to Hawai’i QB Cole McDonald who finished the season 35 touchdown passes?
First Responder Bowl
Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise State -3 -105
1:30 PM, Dec. 26
Boston College finished the season 6-5 ATS while Boise State went 7-5-1 ATS. Both teams matchup well. But with BC offensive coordinator taking the Head Coaching job at UMass, there may be questions about the Eagles offense.
Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech -5½
5:15 PM, Dec. 26
It’s Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson’s last game. He resigned last week after winning 82 games in 11 seasons. With a Yellow Jacket win, Johnson will finish his career with three straight Bowl game victories.
TCU vs. California Pick-em
9 PM, Dec. 26
The Cheez-It Bowl betting spread is set at a pick, and the game-total is a dismal 40.5-points. TCU averages 21.9-points per game while Cal sits at 20.9 points per game.
Duke vs. Temple -3½
1:30 PM, Dec. 27
Duke lost four of its final six games. Temple can win at least nine games for the third time in four seasons.
Miami -4 vs. Wisconsin
5:15 PM, Dec. 27
This would have been a marquee New Year’s day bowl game last year. But don’t be fooled, this will be a fun game. Miami’s defense ranks No. 2 in the nation in yards allowed but can be beaten by run-first offenses. Wisconsin can’t pass the ball if its life depended on it, but the Badgers average 268.4 rushing yards per game.
Vanderbilt -3½ vs. Baylor
9 PM, Dec. 27
Credit both coaches, Vandy’s Derek Mason and Baylor’s Matt Rhule for getting their teams bowl-eligible. Vanderbilt has reached bowl games in two of the last three seasons after going 7-17 in Mason’s first two seasons. The Commodores finished the season 8-3 ATS. The Bears won six games and went 5-5-1 ATS this season after a one-win 2017 campaign.
Music City Bowl
Auburn -3½ vs. Purdue
1:30 PM, Dec. 28
Auburn was a preseason top-10 team but finished the 2018 season with six wins and 5-6 ATS. More disappointing is that the Tigers are 1-4 in bowl games under coach Gus Malzahn. Purdue is energized with coach Jeff Brohm staying at the school. He rebuffed his alma mater, Louisville, to keep building with stars like wide receiver Rondale Moore. Plus with a win, the Boilermakers will post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2006-07.
Camping World Bowl
No. 20 Syracuse vs. No. 16 West Virginia -1½
5:15 PM, Dec. 28
The big news for the Camping World Bowl is West Virginia QB Will Grier sitting the game to prepare for the NFL draft. Miami transfer Jack Allison, who has career ten passes, gets the call. Syracuse can win ten games for the first time since 2001.
No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State -3½
9 PM, Dec. 28
Iowa State went 7-1 down the stretch. Big upset wins over Oklahoma State and West Virginia this season have the Cyclones pumped for an Alamo Bowl victory. Washington State had the Pac-12 crown and an invite to a New Year’s Bowl game in its sights. But the loss to in-state rival Huskies pulled the rug from under the Cougars.
No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan -7½
12 PM, Dec. 29
Two top-10 teams. Kings from the Big Ten and SEC. This could be the best Bowl game not scheduled for New Year’s Day. Florida’s offense ran up scores against sub-par defenses all season long. Yet, the Gators couldn’t score more than 17 measly points when facing the best SEC defenses. And Michigan was the scariest defense in the nation until the Buckeyes came along that is. Florida is no OSU.
South Carolina -4 vs. Virginia
12 PM, Dec. 29,
The 2018 Belk Bowl features one of the SEC’s best passing offenses facing one of the ACC’s best pass defenses. Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley threw for 2,953 yards, 27 TDs, and 12 INTs this season. He completed 63.9% of his attempts. The Cavaliers’ pass defense ranks 14th in the nation at 180.1 per game.
Arkansas State -1½ vs. Nevada
1:15 PM, Dec. 29
This is just a teaser before the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl are played later the same day.
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Clemson -11½
4 PM, Dec. 29
This is the first of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games. Clemson averaged 45.2 points per game and finished the season 7-5 ATS. Notre Dame scores 33.8 points per game went 6-5-1 ATS.
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Alabama -14
8 PM, Dec. 29
The Orange Bowl features the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and runner-up in Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Oklahoma possibly has the best offense in college football…ever. The Sooners’ porous defense is a liability against the best team in FBS history.
Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati
12 PM, Dec. 31
There are worse ways to spend your New Year’s Eve day. The Military Bowl either be very entertaining or a dud.
Pittsburgh vs. Stanford -6½
2 PM, Dec. 31
Pittsburgh is a run-heavy offense. Stanford stretches the field with its big pass catchers. The team that controls the clock wins.
Michigan State vs. Oregon -3
3 PM, Dec. 31
Michigan State has won five bowl games in a row after losing the previous four. However, in the Redbox Bowl, the Spartans face the neighboring Ducks who are an interstate ride away in Eugene. Thank the football gods that Duck Justin Herbert will play even though he is 2019’s top QB prospect. The Redbox Bowl would have been a disaster of a game if he decided to sit.
Oklahoma State vs. No. 23 Missouri -8
3:45 PM, Dec. 31
Oklahoma State went 6-5 ATS this season, but the Cowboys were a bi-polar 5-6 straight-up team. They beat Texas and West Virginia. Lost to Oklahoma by a single point. Then there were blowout losses to both Texas Tech and Kansas State. Missouri also went 6-5 ATS but was consistent straight-up at 7-4.
No. 22 Northwestern vs. No. 17 Utah -7
7 PM, Dec. 31
This is the game you want to skip and prep for New Year’s festivities.
NC State vs. No. 19 Texas A&M -6
7:30 PM Dec. 31
This is another Bowl game scheduled on New Year’s Eve night for a reason.
Iowa vs. No. 18 Mississippi State -7½ +115
12 PM Jan. 1
A noon kick-off gives the East Coast enough time to shake off the remnants of New Year’s Eve festivities. Plus the Hawkeyes have played in the Outback Bowl six times since 2003.
No. 14 Kentucky vs. No. 12 Penn State -6½
1 PM, Jan. 1
This is the last time you will see SEC defender of the year Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and Penn State standout QB Trace McSorley in a college game. Enjoy it.
No. 11 LSU -7½ vs. No. 8 UCF
1 PM, Jan. 1
Can UCF finish undefeated for the second straight season? Will the Knights extend their 25-game win streak? Did LSU learn from Auburn’s 34-27 defeat in 2017’s Peach Bowl to UCF? We find out on New Year’s Day.
No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State -7 +100
5 PM, Jan. 1
This will be Urban Meyer’s first trip to the Rose Bowl and last game as Ohio State’s coach. Another reason to tune in, QB Dwayne Haskins. He would have won the Heisman Trophy in any other season. He threw for 4,580 yards, 47 TDs, and 8 INTs. Plus Haskins had FIVE 400+ yard games, four more than any other Buckeye.
No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia -11½
8:45 PM, Jan. 1
Georgia lost its case to be one of the nation’s four best teams after blowing a 14-point lead against Alabama in the SEC championship game. A convincing Sugar Bowl victory or bust for UGA.