The postseason bowl matchups are out, college football odds-makers are working overtime, and it’s time to break it all down. Forty games. Forty picks.
Ready, set, bowl:
A Closer Look At The 2015-16 College Football Bowl Best Bets
Bowl Season starts on Dec. 19 and lasts until Jan. 2. There are a total of 40 Bowl Games this year. Keep reading for my picks for every bowl game.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Arizona vs. New Mexico — Dec. 19, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
This is a home game for the Lobos who should exploit an Arizona defense that allows 463 yards and 35.7 points per game. Bet New Mexico.
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl – BYU vs. Utah — Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
Brigham Young’s offense, 52 points versus Fresno State and 51 versus Utah State, has been better lately than Utah’s. Brigham Young to win.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – Ohio vs. Appalachian State — Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Ohio Bobcats is the best team that Appalachian State has played against since the Mountaineers lost 27 to 40 to Arkansas State. Pick Ohio.
Cure Bowl – San Jose State vs. Georgia State — Dec. 19, noon (CBS Sports Network)
The Panthers finished the season going 6-0-1 ATS, much better than San Jose State who finished the season with a losing 5 and 7 record. I am backing Georgia State.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech — Dec. 19, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Arkansas State’s rushing attack, 236.7 yards per game, should control the clock against Louisiana Tech’s passing attack. Bet Arkansas State.
Miami Beach Bowl – USF vs. Western Kentucky — Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Hilltoppers offense, 520 yards and 44 points per game, will overwhelm South Florida’s highly regarded defense. Back Western Kentucky.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Akron vs. Utah State — Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Akron is hot after winning their last 4 games and covering in every one while Utah State lost 3 of their last 4 straight up. Akron to win.
Marmot Boca Raton Bowl – Temple vs. Toledo — Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
The Owls’ defense, 329 yards and 19 points allowed per game, should do enough to stop Toledo’s offense. Bet Temple.
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl – Boise State vs. Northern Illinois — Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Boise State lost to New Mexico and Air Force in 2 out of their last 4 games while Northern Illinois won 4 out of their last 6. I am picking Northern Illinois.
GoDaddy Bowl – Bowling Green vs. Georgia Southern — Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Bowling Green’s 561 yards and 43.4 points per game should have no trouble scoring at will against Georgia Southern’s defense. Bowling Green for the W.
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl – Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan — Dec. 24, noon (ESPN)
If you aren’t playing in a marquee bowl game, this is the invite you want. Playing on Christmas Eve in the Bahamas? What could be better than that? Middle Tennessee’s defense figures to get just a couple more stops in this game than Western Michigan’s defense will. Back Middle Tennessee.
Hawaii Bowl – Cincinnati vs. San Diego State — Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
The Aztecs finished the season winning 9 straight while Cincinnati lost 2 out of their last 4. San Diego State is the smart play.
St. Petersburg Bowl – Marshall vs. Connecticut — Dec. 26, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Connecticut’s defense allows 352 yards and less than 20 points per game while Marshall’s gave up 27 to Middle Tennessee and 49 to Western Kentucky this season. Bet Connecticut.
Hyundai Sun Bowl – Miami vs. Washington State — Dec. 26, 2 p.m. (CBS)
The Hurricanes’ hiring of Mark Richt to coach them next season should give them plenty of confidence against a Washington State team coming off of a horrible 10 to 45 loss to Washington. The U for the W.
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl – Washington vs. Southern Miss — Dec. 26, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Chris Petersen’s team finished the season winning 2 in a row while Southern Miss finished the season getting shell-shocked by Western Kentucky 45 to 28 in the CUSA Championship. Back Washington.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Duke vs. Indiana — Dec. 26, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
The time off should help Duke heal enough to beat an Indiana team that lost 6 games in a row at one point during the regular season. Duke is the smart play.
Camping World Independence Bowl – Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa — Dec. 26, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN)
The Hokies are playing for legendary coach Frank Beemer while Tulsa lost 2 out of their last 3 games to finish off a 6 and 6 regular season. I predict Virginia Tech will win.
Foster Farms Bowl – Nebraska vs. UCLA — Dec. 26, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN)
UCLA’s freshman QB Josh Rosen has plenty of time to study Nebraska’s defense in order to lead the Bruins to victory in this. UCLA for the W.
Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman – Pittsburgh vs. Navy — Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Pittsburgh’s defense is plenty good enough to contain Navy QB Keenan Reynolds. The Pitt Panthers are the smart play.
Quick Lane Bowl – Central Michigan vs. Minnesota — Dec. 28, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
The Golden Gophers’ better rushing attack, 143 yards per game, will control time of possession versus Central Michigan. Bet Minnesota.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Air Force vs. California — Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
California’s defense will have no answer for an Air Force rushing attack yielding 322.1 yards per game. Air Force is my pick.
Russell Athletic Bowl – North Carolina vs. Baylor — Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Tar Heels’s QB, Marquise Williams, will play while Baylor will most likely have to start their third string quarterback. North Carolina will win.
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Colorado State vs. Nevada — Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. (American Sports Network)
The Rams turned it on winning their last 4 games of the regular season while Nevada finished the season losing their last 2 straight up. Bet Colorado State.
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl – Texas Tech vs. LSU — Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Now that LSU is keeping Les Miles, the Tiger players are going to reward their fans with a huge bowl win over Texas Tech. LSU will ride Fournette to the Texas Bowl.
Birmingham Bowl – Memphis vs. Auburn — Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch will torch Auburn’s defense, which gives up 421.8 yards and 27 points per game. Memphis is the smart bet.
Belk Bowl – North Carolina State vs. Mississippi State — Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Bulldogs’ QB Dak Prescott, should have no trouble taking apart a North Carolina State defense that gave up 553 yards and 45 points to North Carolina in its final regular season game. Mississippi State should be playing in a better Bowl, they will let their frustrations out on an unsuspecting North Carolina State team.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Louisville vs. Texas A&M — Dec. 30, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis will come up with a game plan to stop Louisville’s offense. Bet the Aggies.
National University Holiday Bowl – Wisconsin vs. USC — Dec. 30, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Trojans’ offense, 450 yards and 35 points per game, will be able to break down Wisconsin’s very good defense. USC for the W.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Houston vs. Florida State — Dec. 31, 12 p.m. (ESPN)
Florida State’s defense, 328 yards and 16 points allowed per game, can handle Houston’s offense, 487 points and 41 points per game. The post-Jameis Seminoles are the smart bet.
Capital One Orange Bowl – Clemson vs. Oklahoma — Dec. 31, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
QB Baker Mayfield and RB Samaje Perine will provide a one-two punch on offense that should stun Clemson’s highly ranked defense. Oklahoma will win for a short at the National Championship.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – Alabama vs. Michigan State — Dec. 31, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Alabama’s defense, 74 rushing yards allowed per matchup, will force Michigan State to go to the air much more than the Spartans want to. Bet Bama.
Outback Bowl – Northwestern vs. Tennessee — Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2)
Northwestern’s defense, 16 points per game allowed, should be able to get enough stops against Tennessee’s much improved offense. Northwestern is the smart play
Fiesta Bowl – Notre Dame vs. Ohio State — Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Ohio State’s players may not get up for this game since it’s not a College Football Playoff Semifinal while Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly always gets his players up for a bowl game. The Irish will beat a shocked Buckeyes team that wanted to repeat.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl – Michigan vs. Florida — Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
The Wolverines should get better QB play out of Jake Rudock than what Florida will get out of QB Treon Harris. Hargaugh for the win!
Rose Bowl – Stanford vs. Iowa — Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Iowa’s defense, 334.2 total yards allowed per game, will be the answer to Stanford’s all-purpose yardage king, Christian McCaffrey. Iowa will use a blown shot at a national championship as fuel to demolish Stanford.
Sugar Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss — Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
The Rebels finished the season beating LSU and Mississippi State while Oklahoma State finished the season losing to Baylor and Oklahoma. Ole Miss is the smart bet.
TaxSlayer Bowl – Georgia vs. Penn State — Jan. 2, noon (ESPN)
The Bulldogs should carry over a 4 game regular season winning streak into an impressive win over Penn State in this. Georgia is the play.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Kansas State vs. Arkansas — Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)
Arkansas finished the regular season as the hottest team in the SEC with 5 wins out of their last 6 while Kansas State lost 4 out of their last 7 games. The Hogs for the W.
Valero Alamo Bowl – TCU vs. Oregon — Jan. 2, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN)
The Ducks’ offense, 548 yards and 43 points per game, should decimate a TCU defense that gave up 49 to Oklahoma State and 30 to Oklahoma this season. The post-Mariota Ducks are the smart bet.
Cactus Bowl – West Virginia vs. Arizona State — Jan. 2, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Arizona State’s defense allows 446 yards and 32 points per game, which won’t cut it against West Virginia’s offense. Bet on West Virginia.