Picking The Top Five College Football Bowl Games Of 2015-16

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Picking The Top Five College Football Bowl Games Of 2015-16

For college football fans, New Year’s Eve/Day is like Christmas!  This New Year’s Eve is the two semifinal games. Before the semifinals is the Peach Bowl between No. 18 Houston and No. 8 Florida State. The first semifinal is between No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 1 Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The second is between No. 3 Michigan State and No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. There are a couple of great matchups on New Year’s Day. No. 8 Notre Dame battles No. 7 Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and No. 18 Oklahoma State takes on No. 15 Mississippi in the Sugar Bowl. Click here for more CFB bowl coverage.

How To Pick The Winners Of The 2015-16 New Year’s Eve/Day College Football Bowl Games

What: Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl
Who: No. 18 Houston Cougars (12-1) at No. 9 Florida State Seminoles (10-2)
When: Thusrday, December 31, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET 
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Weather:
Spread: Florida State -7
Moneyline: Houston +242 vs Florida State -280
Game Total: 53
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Listen: Houston vs Florida State

Houston’s lone loss this season was a ridiculous 17 to 20 game against Connecticut. It’s likely that Houston didn’t take the Huskies as seriously as they should have. The Cougars didn’t dominate a single team of note during their 12 and 1 season. They beat Memphis by only a point. They escaped with a 33 to 30 win over Cincinnati. Florida State is the best team that Houston has faced all season long. It’s not even close. The Seminoles finished the season by winning 4 out of their last 5. Their only loss was to No. 1 Clemson. Florida State goes into the Peach Bowl off of a terrific 27 to 2 win over SEC East Champion Florida. 

What: Capital One Orange Bowl – CFP Semifinal
Who: No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) at No. 1 Clemson Tigers (13-0)
When: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Kickoff: 4:00 PM ET 
Where: Miami, FL
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: N/A
Spread: Oklahoma -4
Moneyline: Oklahoma -175 vs Clemson +155
Game Total: 65
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Listen: Oklahoma vs Clemson

Oklahoma finished the season by winning 7 games in a row. The Sooners are favored over the number one team in the nation, Clemson, to move on in the first semifinal on New Year’s Eve. Oklahoma’s offense is very good. QB Baker Mayfield has been one of the top quarterbacks in college football this season. Mayfield relies on great running back Samaje Perine. Clemson’s claim to fame this season is a terrific bend but don’t break defense. The Tigers might have the best secondary in college football making this a great matchup between a top passing game and a terrific defensive backfield.

What: Goodyear Cotton Bowl – CFB Semifinal
Who: No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (12-1) at No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1)
When: Thursday, December 31, 2015
Kickoff: 8:00 PM ET 
Where: Arlington, TX
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Weather: N/A
Spread: Alabama -9.5
Moneyline: Michigan State +285 vs Alabama -345
Game Total: 49
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Listen: Michigan State vs Alabama

On paper, these two teams don’t look evenly matched. Alabama has the Heisman Trophy winner playing for them in RB Derrick Henry. The Crimson Tide also has the best rushing defense in the nation. It allows 74 yards on the ground per game. What Michigan State has that Alabama doesn’t is an awesome QB in Connor Cook throwing to an equally awesome WR in Aaron Burbridge. Since Michigan State is aware of Alabama’s excellent run stoppers, expect the Spartans to air it out more than they usually do. On the other side, Alabama’s offense is likely to be as conservative as we have seen it all season long.

What: Battlefrog Fiesta Bowl
Who: No.8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) at No.7 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)
When: Friday, January 1, 2016
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET 
Where: Glendale, AZ
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium
Weather:
Spread: Ohio State -6.5
Moneyline: Notre Dame +200 vs Ohio State -260
Game Total: 53.5
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Listen: Notre Dame vs Ohio State

This could have been a College Football Playoff battle. Both teams were in the Top 4 for a long time during the regular season. This should be one of the best bowl games of the entire bowl season. But, Ohio State has committed mental errors during games against inferior foes. Notre Dame may not even be an inferior foe. It will be interesting to see if Notre Dame’s freshman QB Deshone Kizer is going to be able to beat an Ohio State defense that yields an average of 14 points per game.

What: Allstate Sugar Bowl
Who: No. 16 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2) at No. 12 Ole Miss Rebels (9-3)
When: Friday, January 1, 2016
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET 
Where: New Orleans, LA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Weather:
Spread: Ole Miss -7
Moneyline: Oklahoma State +240 vs Ole Miss -280
Game Total: 67
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Listen: Oklahoma State vs Ole Miss

At times during the regular season both of these teams looked great. Oklahoma State beat TCU 49 to 29. Ole Miss beat Alabama 43 to 37. At other times during the season neither team appeared deserving of a New Year’s Day Bowl Game. Oklahoma State lost 23 to 58 to rival Oklahoma at home. Ole Miss lost 10 to 38 to Florida. Expect a high-scoring game as both teams will air it out. Oklahoma State averages 357.3 passing yards per matchup while Ole Miss averages 333.7 passing yards per matchup.