Huge day for college football and its fans today. So far, this bowl season has been anticlimactic at best. If you watched the Washington State vs Iowa State last night, you at least got to see a good game for a change. Gardner Minshew put on a show while the Cyclones fought hard to make it a game. We can hope that today doesn’t disappoint with the 5 games on the slate.
Michigan vs Florida: Michigan is favored by 5.5 points, the O/U is 50. Michigan leads the all-time series 4-0. The Wolverines will be without a few starters today, including Devin Bush, Rashan Gary, and Karan Higdon. I still think they win and cover, primarily because of their defense. I doubt the Gators have enough offensive firepower to put up too many points. I also like the under here. Michigan has a few very able RBs to fill in for Higdon and this could become a ball control type of game.
South Carolina vs Virginia: The Gamecocks are favored by 4.5 points, the O/U is 54. South Carolina leads the all-time series 21-13-1. This is a nice match up between 2 middle of the pack Power 5 teams. QB Jake Bentley, along with WRs Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards will provide a strong passing attack for the Gamecocks. UVA Dual threat QB Bryce Perkins will be hard to contain. Throw in a solid running game with Jordan Ellis and the versatile Olamide Zaccheaus and you have a potential great game on hand. I like UVA and the points while pounding the over.
Nevada vs Arkansas State: The Wolfpack is favored by 2 points, the O/U is 56. Nevada leads the all-time series 3-2. Nevada QB Ty Gangi has had a very good season. He spreads the ball around (7 different receivers with a TD) and relies on a strong running game to keep defenses honest. On the other side of the ball, I’ve only watched Arkansas State once this season. I was impressed with their offensive depth, so this promises to be a pretty good game. I think Nevada wins and covers, I also like the over. We should see a lot of points in this one.
Clemson vs Notre Dame: Clemson is favored by 12 points, the O/U is 57. Clemson leads the all-time series 2-1. The Tigers will be without Dexter Lawrence who was suspended because he drank a protein shake. Cue the eye roll emoji. Clemson’s defense is so deep though. Although I’m sure they’ll miss Lawrence, they should still be fine up front. QB Trevor Lawrence has settled into his starting role and RB Travis Etienne is almost impossible to stop. The Irish also switched QBs this season. Ian Book has made this his team, showing complete confidence under center. This game could be decided by turnovers with these defenses. I have a slight edge for Clemson to cover, but not a lot of confidence in that pick. I also like the under because, like I mentioned, it should be a good defensive battle.
Alabama vs Oklahoma: Bama is favored by 14 points, the O/U is 79. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 3-1-1. The media is hyping this game as the Heisman Revenge Bowl. Kyler Murray deservedly won the trophy, but Bama fans wanted Tua to bring it home. Not that Saban needed any extra fire to put into his team, but there it is. This will be a game between the 2 best QBs in college football this season. We’ll see points, a lot of them. Murray is one of the most athletic players I’ve seen. Tua only had 1 bad game this year. Rest assured that the Sooners’ defense is not on the same level as Georgia’s. Understatement of the year? This will be a back-and-forth exciting game to watch. Gun to my head, I’m taking the points. I love the over though, as I feel both teams could score 40.
Again, this is a great day to be a college football fan. We have 5 games, 2 of which are playoff games. I’ll have to DVR the Bama/Sooners game as Pigeons Playing Ping Pong are in town tonight. Gotta have my hippie funk fix. Enjoy the games tonight, we’re coming to the end of the season.