We should just stop listening to my predictions. Everything else I write is valuable, my predictions CLEARLY are not. I could just bow out and leave now, but I’m now trying to see how many I get wrong.
Let’s check out today’s matchup’s and see how bad my record could get:
My Current Bowl Record: 1-7
Georgia vs TCU
12 PM, Autozone Liberty Bowl
Who: Georgia RB Nick Chubb, TCU QB Kenny Hill.
What: Both teams were predicted to be better then they were. They were both supposed to have great seasons and probably end up in b better bowl games then this one but here we are. Georgia has Nick Chubb. Coming off a gruesome knee injury, Chubb has put up impressive numbers so far this season. Impressive, for a mediocre team that struggled, yet that is bound to happen with a freshman QB who struggles in the pocket. TCU doesn’t have a QB problem. Kenny Hill has been somewhat of a duel threat throwing for over 3,000 yards and running for over 500 of his own. Georgia can run the ball and when TCU is hot, they can stop anyone. If they keep the Dawgs off the board, it’s their game but if Chubb gets hot, it’s game over.
My Pick: Georgia
#18 Stanford vs North Carolina
2 PM, Hyundai Sun Bowl
Who: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford QB Ryan Burns, UNC QB Mitch Trubisky
What: Well, I would have loved to talk about McCaffrey, but he’s decided to leave us. So, in the absence of McCaffrey, Bryce Love will need to step up. The Cardinals have been best at the running game all season, so how will they end up without their main target? North Carolina is also explosive on offense. With Trubisky being the most effect QB in CFB right now, you’ve gotta be worried if this becomes a shoot out. Trubisky has multiple targets each with over 3 TD’s each. There’s no telling where the ball might go. Defense will be big for both teams. UNC has to stop the run and Stanford has to get to Trubisky.
My Pick: North Carolina
#21 Tennessee vs Nebraska
3:30 PM, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Who: TN QB Josh Dobbs, Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.
What: Tennessee had a magical run this year. Nebraska did what they usually do, they come in with big expectations and then falter and ruin it all. This becomes the game of the QB’s. Dobbs has been a duel threat for TN as their leading rusher and an explosive QB. On the other side, Armstrong isn’t the leading rusher but he is the second best. Will either teams defenses be able to hold these two QB’s back? The key for both teams is to keep the other teams offense off the field. Explosive offenses vs mediocre defenses could prove for some trouble.
This game also holds bigger for each team. It’s not just a bowl. For Nebraska they are continuing to honor their kicker Sam Foltz who was killed in the off season. For Tennessee they are wearing special uniforms to honor those lives lost in the wildfires that raged in Gatlinburg earlier this month.
My Pick: Nebraska
#6 Michigan vs #11 Florida State
8 PM, Capital One Orange Bowl
Who: Michigan QB Wilton Speight, Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
What: Florida State has Cook who was the best RB in the country this season. This kid can run and has proven it in years past. When the Seminoles want to score, they are going to give it to Cook. Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers knows that and will do what he can to stop it. A multi-purpose player, Peppers can light the fire on either side of the ball and look for him to do that. He’ll take the ball on returns and let Speight do the rest. If Michigan gets ahead it could be over for the Seminoles as Michigan doesn’t give up many big runs. If Cook can get it going, he better not stop because it won’t be easy with the defense Michigan has.
My Pick: Michigan
P.S. – There is another bowl game at 5:30 PM that I’m not previewing because who cares about South Alabama vs Air Force. Respect to Air Force though, you guys rock, just not at football. Sorrrrreeeey.