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These predictions and previews may change and may not reflect my choices in pick'ems etc... NEW ORLEANS BOWL- DECEMBER 16 Troy St vs North Texas 12:00 ESPN I found this one really intriguing because of a couple of things... (1) The Troy win over LSU and (2) The quick emergence of UNT the past 2 years with their current HC at the helm... I really like Troy in this one who has already cemented their 2nd straight 10 win season. They have the talent pool to make quick work of this one if they execute. Troy by 10. FRISCO BOWL- DECEMBER 20 Louisiana Tech vs SMU 7:00 ESPN What a stupid name for a bowl in such a congested city... They need to find a namesake sponsor... The Gildan SureFit Underwear Bowl... Anyways.. We essentially have Louisiana Tech being who they've always been, a solid mid-major program playing SMU without Chad Morris, but a lot of young under-recruited talent. I like Louisiana Tech to be the more talented team, but I also feel like the home field advantage and the fact that SMU and the interim coach is playing for that job play a big part in this... SMU by 3. BIRMINGHAM BOWL- DECEMBER 23 Texas Tech vs South Florida 11:00 ESPN Charlie Strong did a lot of things he could never get going in the Big XII... A solid offense, decent defense (at times) and a winning season... They play Kliff Kingsbury's Red Raiders who somehow bought their coach 1 more year to fix their issues... After seeing how UCF carved up USF through the air, I just don't see them beating Texas Tech who will have a slightly better D than UCF. I will take Texas Tech by 10. TEXAS BOWL- DECEMBER 27 Texas vs Missouri 8:00 ESPN I won't bash the name of this bowl because I think it has a sausage or something as the sponsor But, this game will be discussed plenty. Texas wins this one easily. 1) Texas can play D 2) Mizzou can't. Horns by 6. CAMPING WORLD BOWL- DECEMBER 28 #13 Stanford vs #15 TCU 8:00 ESPN I usually like Patterson here with a month to prepare, but Stanford with a healthy Bryce Love... I will take the Cardinal by 3. BELK BOWL- DECEMBER 29 Wake Forest vs Texas A&M 12:00 ESPN Hey if you ever want to get ripped off on cheap clothing shop at Belk! Now for the game, Wake Forest always gives good teams problems. They have stability at the coaching spots and pretty solid D. Texas A&M has something WF doesn't have though... Playmakers... And if we have seen anything in Bowl games, its that playmakers take over in these. If A&M is smart, they will get the ball to Kirk as much as they can and win this game handily... TAMU by 8. COTTON BOWL- DECEMBER 29 #8 USC vs #5 Ohio St 7:30 ESPN I can't wait for the masses of California to boycott the name of this Bowl while they flee the wildfires (aka global warming)... Give me Ohio St by a lot... This game shouldn't even be fun to watch... Buckeyes by 14. FIESTA BOWL- DECEMBER 30 #11 Washington vs #9 Penn State 3:00 ESPN You guys know how much I love and respect Chris Peterson and what he has done at Washington, but seriously... the best team in the B10 barely lost to Ohio St... Give me James Franklin and Penn St by a FG here. ORANGE BOWL- DECEMBER 30 #6 Wisconsin vs #10 Miami 7:00 ESPN I love Mark Richt and I think he builds a powerhouse squad again in the U... but they don't have the horses to beat Wisconsin this year... Badgers by a TD. CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL- JANUARY 1, 2018 #12 Central Florida vs #7 Auburn 11:30 ESPN The Chick-Fil-A Hate Chicken Bowl is always a fun game to watch. I wish the mid major coaches didn't bail on good teams until after these bowls... I understand why, but gosh... it leaves UCF in a no-win situation... Auburn has more talent, and they now have a better HC... I will take Auburn by 13 in this one... CITRUS BOWL- JANUARY 1 #14 Notre Dame vs #17 LSU 12:00 ABC I think we are about to see Notre Dame get creamed in this one. LSU is the most balanced they have been in years. The defense is hitting their stride. LSU took down Auburn, gave Bama as much as they wanted and almost beat TROY! Notre Dame is a team that I liked early and fell off late... Because of that... GEAUX TIGERS by 20. (DJ CHARK is going to have 150+ yards in this one...) COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF ROSE BOWL- JANUARY 1 #3 Georgia vs #2 Oklahoma 4:00 ESPN Another game that will be discussed in detail on another thread, but give me the best player over the best RBs... OU by 4. #4 Alabama vs #1 Clemson 7:45 ESPN Clemson has the best D in the nation (IMHO)... Bama has the 2nd best (IMHO)... Clemson has an okay offense.. Bama has a better one... Bama has the best Coach in the Nation, Clemson has the 2nd... Give me Bama by 1 point.
Greenville vs Sulphur Springs Greenville is coming off an embarrassing loss at Longview where they seemingly didn't even get off the bus. Sulphur Springs is coming off a victory over Mount Pleasant. Last time these teams got together, Sulphur Springs started taking knees...with SIX minutes left in the game. It was not well received in Lion Land. This is always a heated rivalry that has been heavily slanted towards the Wildcats as of late. (Sorry 'bout the SS logo...couldn't find a large one, so had to blow this one up to size, hence the jaggedness.)
This game kicks off District 15-5A play this year. Greenville has ended a few losing streaks in nondistrict play (first overall win, first road win, first home win, first nondistrict win, all since 2009) but beginning this week, the games now count towards making the playoffs and the degree of difficulty rises exponentially. Greenville has not defeated the Tigers in the last decade, losing their last four contests, the most recent occurring in 2011, falling 21-14. Greenville's main motivation this season has been simply to snap the insanely long losing streak they had coming into this season, and to begin to turn around a losing culture in the Hunt County seat. They have accomplished the first already, and have begun the process on the second. They're basically playing with house money in district play this year. I'm afraid I don't know much about the 2014 Mount Pleasant Tigers, I'll let someone from there fill us in. Mount Pleasant: 0-3 (0-0 district), 7th (tie) in District 15-5A Greenville: 2-1 (0-0 district), 1st (tie) in District 15-5A