NCAA Bowl Games 2015 Predictions: Picks Against the Spread – Details

NCAA Bowl Games 2015 Predictions: Picks Against the Spread

College Football 2015 Predictions: Picks Against Spread For Every Bowl Game.

1. Hark! The Houston Cougars win

Both Houston and Florida State have momentum heading into their showdown in the Peach Bowl. But the little guy has shown he has what it takes to slay the giant in previous New Year’s Six and BCS bowls and this year figures to be no different. The Cougars will have their hands full trying to contain Dalvin Cook, but their dynamic offense should keep it close. Tom Herman comes up with his biggest win since departing Ohio State, as Houston wins 29 – 24.

2. On the first day of ’16 OK State will surely see a victory over coach Freeze

We don’t know yet if Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche will play in the Sugar Bowl after his recent transgressions. But at a minimum, the Rebels will have the distraction of dealing with questions regarding their star defensive player heading into their match-up with Oklahoma State. I like the Cowboys in this one either way, as Ole Miss has been inconsistent since their early season win over Alabama, just like last year. I think we see a repeat of their bowl performance from last season as well, though maybe not quite as lopsided. Oklahoma State cruises to a 38 – 24 victory.

3. Do you see what I see? Fifteen, fifteen, gashing Notre Dame; With another two hundred in a game; With another two hundred in a game

A lot of people point to OSU’s 12th ranked rushing attack vs Notre Dame’s 65th ranked rushing defense as a mismatch in this year’s Fiesta Bowl. I am one of those people. Zeke had a mere 33 yards in their pivotal loss to Michigan State, but followed it up with a big 214 yard day against the Wolverines in the Buckeyes’ regular season finale. I think #15 finishes off his college career with another masterful performance, as he tallies 200+ yards and carries Ohio State to a 35 – 23 win over the Irish in the desert.

4. I’m dreaming of a Hawkeye bowl win, just like the ones I used to know; Where the linemen clash and the running backs dash, to score long touchdowns against their foe

It’s the “Granddaddy of Them All” and Iowa is returning for just the sixth time in program history and the first time in 25 years. Stanford, on the other hand, has reached the Rose Bowl fifteen times previously, this being their third visit in the past four years. I don’t know if the novelty has worn off for the Cardinal but I think the excitement surrounding this game for the Hawkeyes will give them a definite edge. Both teams are tough, gritty football squads but I like Iowa in this one. They put up a very good fight against Michigan State in the Big Ten championship and I think they will surprise people again with a close win on New Year’s day. 20 – 14, Hawkeyes.

5. You better watch out, you better not cry; You better not pout, I’m telling you why; Florida’s gonna score a touchdown

The Gators’ offense has been abysmal this year, coming in at 109th nationally in total offense. Michigan, meanwhile, is ranked 4th in total defense. But maybe, Florida will find a way into the end zone in the Citrus bowl. It won’t be enough to beat the Wolverines, though, as the Gators fall 17 – 10.

2015-16 college football bowl game and playoffs schedule

Monday, Dec. 21
Miami Beach Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. South Florida, 2:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 22
Idaho Potato Bowl: Akron vs. Utah St., 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl: Temple vs. Toledo, 7 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 23
Poinsettia Bowl: Boise St. vs. Northern Illinois, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
GoDaddy Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green, 8 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 24
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee St. vs. Western Michigan, noon, ESPN
Hawaii Bowl: San Diego St. vs. Cincinnati, 8 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 26
St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut vs. Marshall, 11 a.m., ESPN
Sun Bowl: Miami (FL) vs. Washington St., 2 p.m., CBS
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Washington vs. Southern Miss, 2:20 p.m., ESPN
Pinstripe Bowl: Indiana vs. Duke, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Independence Bowl: Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech, 5:45 p.m., ESPN
Foster Farms Bowl: UCLA vs. Nebraska, 9:15 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Dec. 28
Military Bowl: Pitt vs. Navy, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Quick Lane Bowl: Central Michigan. vs. Minnesota, 5 p.m., ESPN2

Tuesday, Dec. 29
Armed Forces Bowl: UC-Berkeley vs. Air Force, 2 p.m., ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl: North Carolina vs. Baylor, 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Arizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Colorado St., 7:30 p.m., AMSN
Advocare V100 Texas Bowl: LSU vs. Texas Tech, 9 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 30
Birmingham Bowl: Auburn vs. Memphis, noon, ESPN
Belk Bowl: N.C. State vs. Mississippi St., 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Music City Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Louisville, 7 p.m., ESPN
Holiday Bowl: USC vs. Wisconsin, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 31
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Houston vs. Florida St., Noon, ESPN
Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Clemson, 4 p.m., ESPN
Cotton Bowl: Michigan St. vs. Alabama, 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Jan. 1
Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Tennessee, noon, ESPN2
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio St., 1 p.m., ESPN
Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Florida, 1 p.m., ABC
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Iowa, 5 p.m., ESPN
Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma St. vs. Ole Miss, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Jan. 2
Taxslayer Bowl: Penn St. vs. Georgia, noon, ESPN
Liberty Bowl: Kansas St. vs. Arkansas, 3:20 p.m., ESPN
Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. TCU, 6:45 p.m., ESPN
Cactus Bowl, West Virginia vs. Arizona St., 10:15 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Jan. 11
National championship: Okla/Clemson vs. Mich St/Alabama, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

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