Ok ok, I know what you’re all thinking. Yes I went 1-3 yesterday with my picks but those were ACTUALLY GOOD GAMES. Can we just look at the positive that we got four good games yesterday filled with action vs boring blow outs? That’s what is most important, not my lack of predicting games.
Time for today’s batch which includes my favorite team:
South Carolina vs South Florida
2 PM, Birmingham Bowl
Who: SC QB Jake Bentley, SF QB Quinton Flowers
What: This game is going to be very interesting. South Florida is more than likely the better team. They won 11 games this season. But, they play in the American League, against a lot of no name teams. Not digging on the Bulls though, they had some notable wins in their conference. SF has a big advantage over South Carolina and his name is Quinton Flowers. An incredible duel threat QB, he’s thrown for just over 2,500 yards and ran for almost 1,500. This kid does not mess around, if he get’s pressure in the pocket, he’ll just run it up himself. While the Gamecocks have struggled on offense this year, they’ve held their own on defense (minus the Clemson game). South Carolina will need to disrupt Flowers at his game in order to keep this thing interesting. Lucky for the Cocks, Bentley has been a saving grace. After the struggle at QB for most of the season, Bentley has been able to put up points when the Cocks need it. Look for Bentley to aim for his favorite targets WR Deebo Samuel and RB Rico Dowdle to get the momentum swinging for the Cocks.
My Pick: South Carolina, duh.
#22 Virginia Tech vs Arkansas
5:30 PM, Belk Bowl
Who: VT QB Jerod Evans, Arkansas QB Austin Allen
What: Another interesting game on the slate today. Both teams have had their ups and downs all season. Virginia Tech spent time quite a bit of time ranked and they recently made headline news when it was reported that they had accepted leaked information from Wake Forest. To say the Hokies are looking to end the season positively would be an understatement. The Hokies do have Evans though, a guy who can throw and run the ball extremely well. With just over 3,100 passing yards and 1,300 rushing yards, this is how the Hokies thrive. Evans isn’t the only star on the team, WR Isiah Ford can add momentum too. They must break through the defense of the Razorbacks though. A decent defense that can hold it own, the Razorbacks must keep the defense tight or it might be all over. On the other side of the ball, the Razorbacks can control the clock like no other. They lead the SEC in offensive possession. With Allen and RB Rawleigh Williams III on the field, they will chip away at you and keep the chains moving.
My Pick: Arkansas
#10 Colorado vs #12 Oklahoma State
9 PM, Valero Alamo Bowl
Who: OSU QB Mason Rudolph, Colorado QB Sefo Liufau
What: The Cowboys offense is one of the best. Ranked 9th nationally in passing yards, this team has more than one big target. Rudolph has a handful of guys he can trust to catch the ball. With four receivers with over 30 catches each, you never know where Rudolph might throw it. The air isn’t the only place this team succeeds. RB Justice Hill has over 1,000 yards on the ground for the Cowboys, so when they can’t go airborne, look to the ground for support. On the other end, Colorado has a powerful defense. The Buffaloes have held opponents to only 31 TD’s this season among many other impressive stats. Even on the offensve side, Colorado has some big play makers of their own. Liufau has thrown for over 2,000 yards himself. He’s got a great ground reinforcement in RB Phillip Lindsay. So how does this game play out? Does this become a shoot out or can the Buffaloes stop Oklahoma State?
My Pick: Colorado