College Football Picks Bowl Preview Part 2 NCAA Predictions Previews Odds From Mitch on Tonys Picks TV 12-16-2014

December 17, 2014

Mitch from Sports Chat Place guests on the Tonys Picks TV Show and offers his picks, predictions, previews and odds from the College Football Bowl Games in Part 1.

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Friday December 26th

1PM ET–Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech (Heart of Dallas Bowl) (ESPN)
Louisiana Tech favored by -6 points with a total of 58 points.
Illinois is a 6-6 team that rallied with wins at home to Penn St and on the road to Northwestern to get bowl eligible. They have a notable home victory to Minnesota. They are a bad defensive team 123rd against the run.
Louisiana Tech finished at 8-5 and showed great improvement over last year. Losers of two of their past three games with a three point overtime loss at Old Dominion and a three point loss at Marshall in the Conference USA title game. Team is 13th in scoring at 37 points a game.
4:30PM ET–Rutgers vs. North Carolina (Quick Lane Bowl) (ESPN)
North Carolina favored by -3 points with a total of 66 ½ points.
Rutgers is 7-5 on the year. They had trouble stepping up in competition with ugly losses to Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio St and Michigan St. They did beat bowl bound Maryland and Navy this year.
North Carolina is 6-6 and makes a bowl game by beating Pittsburgh and Duke late in the year prior to a 35-7 loss in the season finale at home to NC State. The Tar Heels rank 119th in the nation in total defense as they defended the pass and run poorly.
8PM ET –North Carolina St vs. UCF (St Petersberg Bowl) (ESPN)
Central Florida favored by -2 points with a total of 49 ½ points
NC State is 7-5 and won two straight to close out the year. They did put up 41 points at home to Florida this year. The team is 38th ranked rushing offense in the league putting up 206 yards on the ground per game. They had huge issues stepping up with big losses to Georgia Tech, Boston College, Florida St and Clemson.
Central Florida finishes a respectable 9-3 as they earned a miracle win at East Carolina to close out the regular season with a Hail Mary pass. As the offense restructured the Knights went back to their roots and played solid defensing ranking third in the nation in total defense.
Saturday December 27th
1PM ET–Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech (Military Bowl) (ESPN)
Cincinnati favored by -3 points with a total of 51 points.
The Bearcats finished the year at 9-3 with seven straight wins. The offense carried a bad defense this year. Four victories came against offensively challenged AAC teams like UCONN, SMU, South Florida and Temple.

Virginia Tech suffered a down season for their standards as they needed a 24-20 home win to Virginia to become bowl eligible. That 6-3 overtime road loss to Wake Forest is ugly. They gave Ohio St their only loss of the season way back in week two.
2PM ET–Arizona St vs. Duke (Sun Bowl) (CBS)
Arizona St favored by -7 ½ points with a total of 66 ½ points.
Both teams are 9-3 and suffered disappointing late losses that cost them bids into their conference championship game. ASU has wins against USC, Stanford, Utah and Notre Dame.
Duke has a notable road win at Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils played well defensively except in games against North Carolina where they gave up 45 points and to Pittsburgh where they allowed 48 points. In their other 10 games Duke allowed 25 or fewer points.
3:30PM ET–Miami vs. South Carolina (Independence Bowl) (ABC)
Miami favored by -3 points with a total of 61 points.
Both teams enter with disappointing 6-6 records.
Miami dropped three straight to close out the regular season giving up 30 or greater points per game. They showed weakness away from home going 1-4 with the only win coming at Virginia Tech.
South Carolina played poor defense for much of the year. They are 108th against the run and allows 31 points per game ranking 93rd in the nation. They lost at Clemson 35-17 to close out the regular season.
4:30PM ET–Boston College vs. Penn St (Pinstripe Bowl) (ESPN)
Boston College is favored by -2 ½ points with a total of 20 points.
Penn St is 6-6 and is losers of two straight including a bad 16-14 defeat late in the season at Illinois. The Nittany Lions were horrid offensively ranking 115th in the national by averaging less than 20 points per game.
Boston College is 7-5 and has a notable home win to USC this year. After a bye week they lose by three point at Florida St. BC is the 12th best defense in college football as they defend the run third best in the nation.
8PM ET–Nebraska vs. USC (Holiday Bowl) (ESPN)
USC favored by -6 ½ points with a total of 61 ½ points.
Nebraska is 9-3 and fires head coach Bo Pelini. Bad losses at Wisconsin, Michigan St and Minnesota meant the Sooners were 0-3 in the step up Big Ten games.

USC finished up at 8-4 as they blow out Notre Dame at home in the season finale. Prior they were blown out 38-20 at UCLA. USC had trouble against physical teams with their other losses coming against Utah, Arizona St and Boston College.
Monday December 29th
2PM ET–Texas A&M vs. West Virginia (Liberty Bowl) (ESPN)
West Virginia is favored by -3 ½ points with a total of 67 points.
Texas A&M is 7-5 and closed out the regular season with home losses to Missouri and LSU. The defense was poor for the Aggies but the offense was inconsistent.
West Virginia is 7-5. They had a three game losing streak was snapped in a 37-24 road win at Iowa St to close out the regular season. Bad loss came at Texas losing 33-16 in early November.
5:30PM ET–Oklahoma vs. Clemson (Russell Athletic Bowl) (ESPN)
Oklahoma favored by -3 points with a total of 54 points.
Lost in all of the excitement of Championship Saturday was Oklahoma choking away Bedlam losing 38-35 in overtime at home to Oklahoma St. They punt to Tyreek Hill with under a minute left and Hill runs for a 92 yard punt return TD to force overtime. The Sooners finished at 9-4.
Clemson is 9-3 and winners of eight of their past nine games to close the season. They beat South Carolina 35-17 to close the regular season. The Tigers are the number one defense in college football giving up 259 yards per game.
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