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COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKLY PICKS: BOWL GAMES

Welcome back, everyone, it’s BOWL SEASON! I thought the two-week football drought would NEVER end, but now we get rewarded with 42 football games between 84 teams in full don’t-give-a-hoot mode. What could be better?

Picks from both No Coast Bias College Football Contributor Brian Hall and myself, that’s what.

Author’s note: please play the following video while reading these picks:

DECEMBER 19

NEW MEXICO: New Mexico vs. Arizona

We better hope the Lobos win because if New Mexico loses in the New Mexico Bowl it opens a wormhole. Brian: Arizona 35, New Mexico 21, Taylor: Arizona 37, New Mexico 27

LAS VEGAS: BYU vs. Utah

Ute fans sure are being cute with this one, pretending they’re too good for their old rival . . . who’s currently on the schedule for this fall. Both schools sold out their allotment of tickets for this renewal of the Holy War. Brian: Utah 42, BYU 17, Taylor: Utah 27, BYU 24

CAMELLIA: Ohio vs. Appalachian State

You can bet App State will be charged for their first bowl game in school history, but Ohio under Frank Solich is about as steady a team as you’ll find. Brian: ASU 24, Ohio 21, Taylor: Ohio 29, ASU 24

CURE: Georgia State vs. San Jose State

Really great of 80s goth punk to sponsor a bowl. Brian: SJSU 28, GSU 10, Taylor: GSU 34, SJSU 20

N’AWLINS: Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech

This is a sneaky good game between two unheralded teams. Brian: ASU 42, LaTech 35, Taylor: LaTech 45, ASU 38

DECEMBER 21

MIAMI BEACH: Western Kentucky vs. South Florida

Another sneaky good game. WKU won the Conference USA but USF came on strong in the back end of the season. Great passing meets great running. Brian: USF 45, WKU 42, Taylor: WKU 41, USF 31

DECEMBER 22

POTATO: Akron vs. Utah State

Utah will blend into the turf better. Brian: USU 24, Akron 13, Taylor: USU 27, Akron 20

BOCA: Temple vs. Toledo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brian: Toledo 20, Temple 17, Taylor: Temple 28, Toledo 24

DECEMBER 23

POINSETTIA: Boise State vs. Northern Illinois

This bowl will poison your cats, so it’s fortunate it will be played by horses and dogs. Brian: BSU 35, UNI 31, Taylor: UNI 42, BSU 31

GODADDY: Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern

Only the classiest ads will be played during this one. Brian: BGSU 45, GSU 24, Taylor: BGSU 42, GSU 20

DECEMBER 24

BAHAMAS: MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS vs. WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS

Hmm, “Row the Boat” versus actual pirates, even blue ones which will better blend in with the sea. This is a toughie. Brian: MTSU 27, WMU 17, Taylor: WMU 31, MTSU 24

HAWAII: San Diego State vs. Cincinnati

Do you guys think the Hawaii Bowl is good? Brian: SDSU 38, Cincinnati 35, Taylor: SDSU 31, Cincinnati 21

DECEMBER 26

ST. PETERSBURG: Marshall vs. Connecticut

Я честно не знаю, почему эти две команды в миску игры . Коннектикут плохо, но Маршалл менее плохо.

Oh wait, the Florida St. Petersburg? Never mind. Brian: Marshall 24, UConn 10, Taylor: Marshall 31, UConn 16

SUN: Miami vs. Washington State

Ooh, the fun we would have had with this game in 1995. Brian: WSU 35, Miami 24, Taylor: WSU 37, Miami 30

HEART OF DALLAS: Washington vs. Southern Miss

I hope they don’t have to play for Dallas’ actual heart, that’s really gross and a whole city’s heart is probably too big to fit on the team’s charter plane. Actually this game will be good, both of these teams were on the up and up in the back half of the season. Brian: USM 30, Washington 24, Taylor: Washington 31, USM 21

PINSTRIPE: Duke vs. Indiana

Godspeed to these two teams, taking the miracle of college football into the dark, dark New York City streets. Brian: Duke 35, Indiana 17, Taylor: Indiana 35, Duke 27

INDEPENDENCE: Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech

Not exactly the finale we envisioned for Frank Beamer. Brian: Tulsa 27, VaTech 17, Taylor: Virginia 30, Tulsa 13

FOSTER FARMS: NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS vs. UCLA BRUINS

The 5-7 team that couldn’t defend the deep pass all year against Josh Rosen. What could go wrong? Brian: UCLA 66, Nebraska 20, Taylor: UCLA 34, Nebraska 30

DECEMBER 28

MILITARY: Pitt vs. Navy

Since we here at No Coast Bias are unabashed service academy fans, Navy by 1,000,000,000. Brian: Navy 27, Pitt 24, Taylor: Pitt 28, Navy 27

QUICK LANE: Central Michigan vs. Minnesota

Last year Rutgers beat down North Carolina, so look for the winner of this game to go completely in the tank and for the loser to go 11-2. Brian: CMU 35, Minnesota 24, Taylor: Minnesota 32, CMU 29

DECEMBER 29

ARMED FORCES: Air Force vs. California

Pencil this one in because Air Raid versus Option is always a blast. Brian: Cal 45, Air Force 35, Taylor: Cal 41, Air Force 34

RUSSELL ATHLETIC: North Carolina vs. Baylor

Baylor will have Jarrett Stidham back, so expect fireworks. Brian: UNC 42, Baylor 35, Taylor: Baylor 42, UNC 41

ARIZONA: Nevada vs. Colorado State

In my mind Colin Kaepernick is still at quarterback for Nevada so I like their chances. Brian: CSU 35, Nevada 24, Taylor: CSU 34, Nevada 24

TEXAS: Texas Tech vs. LSU

By S&P+ measures Tech has the 6th-ranked offense and the 128th-ranked defense. Leonard Fournette may not get tackled. Brian: Tech 42, LSU 24, Taylor: LSU 35, Tech 30

DECEMBER 30

BIRMINGHAM: Auburn vs. Memphis

Man, have things not gone well for Auburn this year. Man, things have gone well for Memphis this year. Brian: Auburn 38, Memphis 24, Taylor: Memphis 26, Auburn 20

BELK: NC State vs. Mississippi State

Dak Prescott’s regular season finale did not end well. Jacoby Brissett is a similar battering ram-type quarterback, so these defenses will be ready. Brian: NCSU 35, MSU 32, Taylor: MSU 34, NCSU 27

MUSIC CITY: Texas A&M vs. Louisville

Will the Aggies have a quarterback left on the roster for this game? Brian: Louisville 38, A&M 17, Taylor: Louisville 29, A&M 20

HOLIDAY: USC vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s unheralded defense tackles Clay Helton’s power run game, which he somehow installed in Los Angeles in just a few weeks. Brian: USC 42, Wisconsin 24, Taylor: USC 27, Wisconsin 17

JANUARY 1

OUTBACK: Northwestern vs. Tennessee

A lot of folks (namely Taylor) pointed to 2016 as the Wildcats’ big year. But it came early. Meanwhile Tennessee is 8-4 now and forevermore. Brian: Northwestern 17, Tennessee 14, Taylor: Northwestern 20, Tennessee 17

CITRUS: Michigan vs. Florida

Florida’s offense. That’s the joke. Brian: Michigan 24, Florida 13, Taylor: Michigan 27, Florida 10

JANUARY 2

TAXSLAYER: Penn State vs. Georgia

Ooh, the fun we would have had with this game in 1981. Brian: Georgia 27, Penn State 14, Taylor: Penn State 23, Georgia 20

LIBERTY: Kansas State vs. Arkansas

Poor Wildcats, running into the Late Season Arkansas Buzzsaw.

. . . ArkanSaw? Brian: Arkansas 28, Kansas State 14, Taylor: Arkansas 37, Kansas State 20

ALAMO: Oregon vs. TCU

💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥 Brian: Oregon 45, TCU 35, Taylor: Oregon 48, TCU 42

CACTUS: West Virginia vs. Arizona State

More like the “Lowered Expectations Bowl,” amirite? Brian: ASU 35, WVU 17, Taylor: WVU 31, ASU 27

CHECK BACK LATER FOR PICKS AND PREVIEWS OF THE NEW YEAR’S SIX AND PLAYOFF GAMES

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