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NFL 2019: Week 13 Predictions (Condensed Version)


The Buffalo Bills will be looking to stay in the AFC playoff conversation by making a statement in Dallas on Thanksgiving.


By: Elias McMillan

Last Week: 9-5

Season: 103-72-1

Week 13 Picks

Bears over Lions – Detroit losing on Thanksgiving is a tradition. Chicago’s defense should be able to take care of Jeff Driskel.

Bills over Cowboys – Dallas didn’t get hammered physically last week in New England. It was mentally which could be even worst. If they don’t recover and focus up on a short week, this Bills team could shock them. Buffalo needs this to stay the AFC wildcard race.

Saints over Falcons – Atlanta embarrassed New Orleans in their first meeting. The Saints haven’t forgot and they’ll be looking for revenge in the Super Dome.

Jets over Bengals – Cincy blew their chance at getting a victory last week. Now, they come crawling back to Andy Dalton. Not a good look.

Titans over Colts – Indy is banged up. Tennessee is beginning to look like a team that could sneak their way into the playoff conversation.

Eagles over Dolphins – Philly is such a mess currently. It wouldn’t surprise me if Miami gave them trouble on the road.

Packers over Giants – Green Bay got taken back to the woodshed last week. Hopefully, this road trip to the Big Apple will be more successful for them.

Steelers over Browns – Cleveland is the much more talented team even without Myles Garrett. But the wounded Steelers will have blood in their eyes still from what happened at the end of the last meeting just two weeks ago. When was the last time Cleveland swept the season series with Pittsburgh?

Panthers over Washington – Kyle Allen has to make the offseason decision at QB hard for Carolina. A loss here would really hurt his cause.

Buccaneers over Jaguars – Not saying that the two are linked but it seems that Jacksonville lost its juice when Nick Foles returned. Hmmm.

Ravens over 49ers – Here’s a possible Super Bowl preview. Shame that most of the country won’t be able to see it. It will be strength vs. strength when you talk about the Ravens offense and the 49ers defense. Maybe the long road trip for the Niners will play a factor. I have too much trust in Lamar Jackson to pick against him right now.

Rams over Cardinals – LA needs a pick me up victory in the worst way.

Chargers over Broncos – I’m excited to see the return of Chargers safety Derwin James. If not injured, I think LA’s season might be going differently.

Chiefs over Raiders – I’m not sure why everyone was shocked about Oakland’s loss to the Jets last week. The Raiders have a history struggling with long road trips. However, they’ll take their lumps again this Sunday against the Chiefs.

Patriots over Texans – Stephon Gilmore vs. DeAndre Hopkins will be must see TV. Let’s see if the New England offense can respond against an offense that maybe able to score more than 9 points.

Seahawks over Vikings – In what should be a close matchup, I’ll go with Russell Wilson as Kirk Cousins usually falters under the primetime lights.

NFL 2017: Week 16 Predictions! (Condensed)

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley and the Rams are looking strong in the NFC weeks away from the post-season.

By: Elias McMillan


Last Week: 12-4

Season: 132-92

Week 16 Picks

Ravens over Colts – Indianapolis allowed Brock Osweiler to look like a serviceable QB last week. Joe Flacco and the Ravens are marching towards a post-season berth.

Vikings over Packers – With Atlanta winning last week, Green Bay is eliminated from postseason contention and they are shutting down key players like Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. Minnesota is rolling with plenty left to play for.

Browns over Bears – Cleveland gotta win this week. Because they wont win in Pittsburgh next week. I don’t want to see a 0-16 team.

Bengals over Lions – Going out on a limb here. Cincy has been awful recently. Detroit is fighting for a playoff spot but isn’t doing so convincingly. Expect a big game from A.J. Green.

Rams over Titans – I’m ready to close the book on the Titans season. Marcus Mariota’s struggles seem to be holding the team back. The Rams are getting hot at the right time. They could be a tough out in the playoffs.

Chiefs over Dolphins – Kansas City saved their season last week at home. I see more home cooking this week against Jay Cutler.

Patriots over Bills – I wonder if certain Buffalo defenders will be gunning for Rob Gronkowski in this game. Buffalo should stay away from that as a loss here in Foxboro could really be damaging to their post-season dreams.

Saints over Falcons – New Orleans lost their composure in Atlanta two weeks ago. They learn from that and bounce back strong at home this time.

Chargers over Jets – The Chargers still have postseason hopes. They may be slim but there’s a chance.

Washington over Broncos – Defenses will look good in this one. Kirk Cousins will do more to win it than lose it at home.

Panthers over Buccaneers – Tampa is too injured to play spoiler here.

Jaguars over 49ers – This is a trap game for Jacksonville. San Fran is playing well with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. The Jaguars defense must get in his face early and often.

Cowboys over Seahawks – The return of Ezekiel Elliott will be huge. The status of left tackle Tyron Smith will be bigger. Seattle got crushed last week. I don’t see them being able to bounce back on the road. Russell Wilson will have to win this game pretty much by himself. Not impossible but it will be tough for him with the state of his offensive line.

Giants over Cardinals – Eli Manning will basically be auditioning for Bruce Arians.

Steelers over Texans – Pittsburgh on the road against a bad Houston team. Get ready for all the “playing down to their weaker opponents” narrative. The Steelers will have to try really hard to lose this one on the road.

Eagles over Raiders – Oakland isn’t the team they were in 2016. The Eagles will dominate another weaker opponent this week. Sigh.

Fantasy Football Picks of the Week

QB: Cam Newton (Panthers) – Newton is playing well right now and Tampa allows the most yards through the air.

RB: C.J. Anderson (Broncos) – Anderson will get his touches with the Broncos QB situation the way it is.

WR: Adam Thielen (Vikings) – Adam Thielen has been a great story this season. Him and Stefon Diggs should have a solid day at the office against the Green Bay secondary.

TE: Antonio Gates (Chargers) – Gates is back as the main option at the TE position for the Chargers. Rivers will look for him in the red zone.

DEF: Baltimore – The Ravens defense will put on a strong performance at home against an almost toothless Colts offense.


NFL 2016: Week 17 Predictions! (Condensed Version)

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

Despite a setback last week at home, Seattle still has a slim chance of earning the second seed in the NFC.

By: Elias McMillan


Last Week: 10-6

Season: 149-89-2

Week 17

Baltimore @ Cincinnati – We wont be seeing the Ravens in the post season so this will be the last game in the career of Steve Smith. Baltimore will be aiming to end his career on a positive note. My Pick: Ravens

Houston @ Tennessee – The Texans will be resting multiple starters in preparation for the playoffs but I have a hard time believing that the Titans will win with Matt Cassell starting. My Pick: Texans

Jacksonville @ Indianapolis – The Jaguars got their only home victory of the season last week. Just in time for them to lay an egg on the road to close out the season. Colts DE Robert Mathis will be playing in his final game. My Pick: Colts

New England @ Miami – The Pats still need to wrap up home field in the AFC. Miami needs to start to prepare for Pittsburgh next weekend. They will rest many of their starters, I think. My Pick: Patriots

Chicago @ Minnesota – A tough second half of the season for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings. They need something positive to take with them to the offseason. My Pick: Vikings

Buffalo @ New York Jets – The Bills organization is a mess and the players are starting to take wind of this. Many people dislike Rex Ryan because of how loud he can be. But the bottom line is that Rex is actually a good coach and he definitely deserved more than two years to help Buffalo turn it around. On top of that firing, Buffalo will start EJ Manuel on Sunday. I know that the Jets have been worst this season but Buffalo is imploding. My Pick: Jets

Dallas @ Philadelphia – The Cowboys will be resting their starters and the Eagles will be looking for anything positive to take with them into the offseason. I hope Tony Romo doesn’t play. He deserved a send off last week at home and not one in Philly where he will definitely get booed. My Pick: Eagles

Cleveland @ Pittsburgh – I’m glad that Cleveland got their one win last week. Pittsburgh will be resting many of their starters. But it won’t matter. My Pick: Steelers

Carolina @ Tampa Bay – The Buccaneers have a laundry list of a playoff scenario to pull off if they hope to make it. Step one: beat Carolina. Step two: Pray. My Pick: Buccaneers

New Orleans @ Atlanta – The Falcons have a good shot at gaining the number 2 seed in the NFC and a first week playoff bye. That’s too big of an opportunity to lose especially at home. My Pick: Falcons

Oakland @ Denver – The injury to David Carr really stinks. Oakland was looking to possibly have the number 2 seed in the AFC. Now, they will have to feed their back up QB to an angry Denver defense on the road. The Raiders will be getting ready for Houston after this one. My Pick: Broncos

Arizona @ Los Angeles – Could this be Larry Fitzgerald’s last game as a Cardinal? My Pick: Cardinals

Kansas City @ San Diego – There is nowhere to go but up after you lose to Cleveland. But Kansas City will be looking to make the jump from wild-card team to AFC West Champions. The Chiefs will be ready to take care of business in this one. My Pick: Chiefs

Seattle @ San Francisco – The Seahawks suffered a major let down last week at home. Now, they will probably have to play next weekend instead of having a bye week in the playoffs. My Pick: Seahawks

New York Giants @ Washington – The Giants really don’t have anything to play for but they don’t want to take their foot off the pedal going into next weekend. Why not knock your rivals out of playoff contention? My Pick: Giants

Green Bay @ Detroit – This is the scenario that everyone saw coming weeks ago. Despite leading in the division for weeks, the Lions have allowed the Packers to catch up and they will now play a winner takes all on Sunday night for the NFC North title. Despite the run that Green Bay is currently on, I don’t see them as a threat in the NFC but that doesn’t mean that they wont be able to finish the job on the road in Detroit. The Lions are basically powered by Matt Stafford and their ability to stage comebacks late in games. I don’t have a reason why Detroit will be able to stop the Packers on offense. At the same time, I could say the same about Green Bay and their defense. This game will be about the QBs: Stafford and Rodgers. I bet the Lions will start out hot at home and Rodgers will start to limp around, causing the commentators to assume the worst about his health. But then in the second half, Rodgers will start playing out of his mind and Stafford will not have an answer. I also predict a happy ending for both teams, as we will see them both next week. My Pick: Packers

Happy New Year!

2015 College Football Holiday Bowl Picks!


By: Elias McMillan

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to fill out one of these bowl pick ‘em sheets and I finally found time to do so this year. So, here is how I see the college bowl season finishing out.

Dec. 19

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl – Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T: This inaugural bowl game features two HBCUs as a throwback to when the MEAC and SWAC champions would meet back in the day in the Pelican Bowl in the 70’s and then in the Heritage Bowl in the 90’s. This is an awesome opportunity for HBCU’s who are trying to rebound and gain exposure after a rough recent history. My take: I know Steve McNair went to Alcorn State. I also know that A&T is the rival school to NC Central. This is relevant because growing up in NC, I use to go to a summer camp at NCCU. Therefore I should be rooting against the Aggies. But I don’t even know where Alcorn St is location. I’m going A&T. Also, the halftime show should be ridiculously good considering the bands involved. Pick: North Carolina A&T

Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Arizona vs. New Mexico: The Lobos will be playing in an unofficial home game in this bowl as they are coming off a huge upset at Boise State on the blue turf. Arizona hasn’t been the same since losing star LB Scooby Wright to injury. At least Wright returns in this game. My take: I say the Lobos have the advantage playing at home plus I still cant stand Rich Rod. Pick: New Mexico

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl – BYU vs. Utah: An in-state rivalry highlights this year’s Las Vegas Bowl. Utah was highly ranked during the first month of this season. BYU got off to a good start this season as well until they faced Michigan in the Big House. What in the hell is “Royal Purple”? My take: I love rivalries in bowl games. I want to see a fight. And considering the teams, we will probably see one. The trash talk has already begun between the two teams and BYU has a rep as a chippy team. BYU’s coach is leaving after this game and that usually isn’t a good sign when the focus may appear to be elsewhere. I’m taking the Utes but once again, the focus should be on the fight that will happen and how many players will get ejected. Top-notch entertainment. Pick: Utah

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – Ohio vs. Appalachian State: Growing up in the south watching ACC games, I remember Raycom Media very well. As for the teams, I don’t know much about either one. Ohio scores a lot of points and this is Appalachian’s first bowl game since making the jump from FCS to FBS. My take: The Mountianeers would take the “I’m just happy to be here” approach. Pick: Appalachian State

Cure Bowl – San Jose State vs. Georgia State: Seriously, who is gonna watch this game? Two no name schools in a bowl that you never heard of. The Cure Bowl? Oh. Actually the bowl is sponsored by a hospital trying to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. At least it is not Susan B. Komen. My take: Once again, Georgia State is playing in its first bowl game as a FBS school and they have a QB that throws for a bunch of yards. The game is in Orlando so San Jose State is traveling the furthest distance. Maybe the Spartans will suffer from jet lag. Pick: Georgia State

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech: The first day of college bowl games wraps up with two schools that I don’t know much about. My take: The Bulldogs are lead by Jeff Driskel who is a transfer from Florida. Pick: Louisiana Tech

Dec. 21

Miami Beach Bowl – Western Kentucky vs. South Florida: I hate this bowl because the site is the former Orange Bowl that no one in Miami wanted. South Florida hasn’t won a bowl game in six years. Western Kentucky won 11 games this season. My take: South Florida flirted with being a legit program many years ago but its been downhill ever since then. Pick: Western Kentucky

Dec. 22

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Akron vs. Utah State: Out of all the obscure bowl names with silly corporate sponsorship, this one has the best name. The Zips have one of the top defenses in the MAC while Utah State has quietly been a regular in bowl season in recent years. My take: I’m a big fan of the often-injured QB Chuckie Keeton. Keeton will be playing in his last game and I’m sure that his teammates want to win this one for him. Pick: Utah State


Marmot Boca Raton Bowl – Toledo vs. Temple: Temple has some time in the national spotlight this season for the first time in awhile. Toledo had an impressive 9-2 season including a road win at Arkansas. My take: Temple has one of the better defensive players in the nation in LB Tyler Matakevich. Temple will be playing for its first 11-win season in school history. Pick: Temple

Dec. 23

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl – Boise State vs. Northern Illinois – Without head coach Steve Peterson, you could tell that the edge was off this season in Boise, Id. The Broncos do boast one of the nations top rushing attacks. Northern Illinois came real, real close to shocking Ohio State earlier this season. My take: Boise State needs something positive going into the offseason. NIU struggles with keeping late leads. Plus, December 23 is my birthday. Boise State wears blue and orange. My favorite NBA team wears blue and orange. Pick: Boise State

GoDaddy Bowl – Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green: The biggest question surrounding this game: will we get one of those racy GoDaddy commercials that will make things uncomfortable if your watching this game with your mom? My take: I don’t know much about Georgia Southern but Bowling Green wears Orange and Brown. The same colors as my high school. Did I mention that it’s my birthday? Pick: Bowling Green

Dec. 24

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl – Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan: The Blue Raiders are riding a nice winning streak after a rough start to the season. Western Michigan ended a losing streak at the end of the season by defeating a ranked Toledo team. My take: Why does “Popeyes” have a bowl? When it comes to national chicken joints, its Bojangles or nothing. Must be awesome to earn a bowl trip to the Bahamas. Let alone one sponsored by a national chicken joint. Western Michigan has the worst color scheme in college sports. Pick: Middle Tennessee

Hawai’i Bowl – San Diego State vs. Cincinnati: San Diego State should be the favorites in this one as Cincinnati had a disappointing season. My take: It’s a long way to travel for Cincy. But I guess I’m taking the Bearcats only because SDSU alum Marshall Faulk is such an annoying hater as an analyst on the NFL Network. Pick: Cincinnati

Dec. 26

St. Petersburg Bowl – Connecticut vs. Marshall: The Huskies were barely average this season and their record shows that. Marshall had a strong season and a win in this game would mean three straight ten win seasons for the school. My take: UConn isnt really good and “The Thundering Herd” is just an awesome team name. Pick: Marshall

Hyundai Sun Bowl – Miami vs. Washington State: How did Miami make a bowl game? Their season has been a disaster outside of that miracle win vs. Duke. Remember that game? With all those crazy laterals? It should not have counted but it was hilarious. Washington State hasn’t won a bowl game since 2003. My take: Remember when the Big East would send a school to the Sun Bowl and it would usually end in disaster from them? Those were fun times. But seriously, Miami was awful this season. How did they get 8 wins? Pick: Washington State

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl – Washington vs. Southern Miss: Washington barely made it to bowl season with 6 wins on the season. Southern Miss has a really good offense. My take: I don’t know what Zaxby’s is. Heart of Dallas Bowl? Who has the heart of Dallas? Tony Romo? Or Dirk Nowitzki? Washington has the top defense in the Pac-12. Why cant defense matter in a bowl game for once? Pick: Washington

New Era Pinstripe Bowl – Indiana vs. Duke: This would make a better college basketball game. Indiana looked good at times this season while Duke feel apart after losing in hilarious fashion to Miami. My take: If you know me, you know there was no way I was picking Dook to win anything. I would pick Dook to win only if they were playing against ISIS. Pick: Indiana

Camping World Independence Bowl – Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech: With this being Frank Beamer’s last game with the Hokies, this game will have a lot of significance for VT. Last time I checked, Tulsa doesn’t make it to many bowl games. My take: I wonder what the Camping World gift basket will look like. Beamer will probably score some nice gear just in time for those retirement hobbies. Pick: Virginia Tech

Foster Farms Bowl UCLA vs. Nebraska: Nebraska and UCLA both had disappointing seasons. UCLA has the home field and the overall talent advantage. My take: The way Nebraska beat Michigan State this season doesn’t sit right with me. Pick: UCLA

Dec. 28


Military Bowl – Pittsburgh vs. Navy: This is an unofficial home game for Navy. Both Pitt and Navy had surprising success in 2015. Navy is lead by a senior QB, Keenan Reynolds, who set all types of rushing marks in his final season. Pitt has a nasty defense. My take: Navy loves to run the ball. But Pitt has the beef up front to slow them down. WR Tyler Boyd will have a chance to show off for the pro scouts one last time in game action. Pick: Pittsburgh

Quick Lane Bowl – Central Michigan vs. Minnesota: Both of these teams have gone through a lot this season with both head coaches battling with cancer. My take: Minnesota has 5 wins. What are they doing in this game? I can’t look past that. Pick: Central Michigan

Dec. 29

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – California vs. Air Force: California has a QB that the pro scouts are trying to hype up. Air Force will be motivated after being so close to winning their conference in the last game of the regular season. My take: Air Force has lost in each of their road games this season, I think. Playing in the Armed Forces Bowl is like a home game, right? If Navy can’t win the Military Bowl, the pressure will be on Air Force. Pick: Air Force

Russell Athletic Bowl – North Carolina vs. Baylor: This should be a fun game to watch featuring to teams with high-powered offenses. UNC probably has the better defense while Baylor will be starting its third string QB. My take: Russell Athletic products are mostly found in Wal-Mart. What’s more “North Carolina” than Wal-Mart? But seriously, Carolina’s season deserves a happy ending after getting robbed at a chance to tie number one Clemson. Pick: North Carolina

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Nevada vs. Colorado State: I’ll probably skip this one. Or at least use this game for naptime. My take: The Rams had tough losses in two non-conference games vs. Power Five schools. I dunno. Does that mean anything? Pick: Colorado State

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl – LSU vs. Texas Tech: After an emotional end to the season, Les Miles can finally focus on his team moving forward. Texas Tech gain some serious momentum this season and could be a sleeper team going into next season. My take: LSU’s Leonard Fournette is probably still upset about not getting invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. Give him the ball 30 times and let him take it out on a Big-12 defense. Pick: LSU

Dec. 30

Birmingham Bowl – Auburn vs. Memphis: Memphis had a great season led by QB Paxton Lynch. Auburn greatly under performed in 2015. My take: The hype surrounding Lynch will grow even larger after this game. Auburn has been awful this season. Pick: Memphis

Belk Bowl – NC State vs. Mississippi State: The Wolfpack will have the home crowd on their side. The Bulldogs have talent but they probably should have won more than 8 games. My take: Dak Prescott is Mississippi State’s Tim Tebow. He plays similar to Tebow but even I can admit that Tebow looked like the better passer at Florida. Prescott sucks at the throwing the football, period. This will probably be the last time he’ll take snaps from behind the center in his career unless he goes to the CFL. NC State can score one here for the ACC. Pick: NC State

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Texas A&M vs. Louisville: Both of these schools under performed this season. My take: With all the transfers happening at the QB position, Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin is starting to take some heat. But I think his players will rally around him and get a big victory in this game. Pick: Texas A&M

National Funding Holiday Bowl – USC vs. Wisconsin: Wisconsin left a lot of plays on the field this season. USC dealt with some controversies but they’ve quietly rebounded and finished respectfully. My take: I think USC will be able to score points and the Badgers wont be able to go blow for blow with them. Pick: USC

Dec. 31

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Houston vs. Florida State: Florida State had some disappointing moments this season but they are still loaded with talent. Houston is a great story and they have an entertaining offense. My take: Both teams will win because I’m guessing that Chick-fil-A will provide both teams with some chicken sandwiches. I don’t care about Chick-fil-A’s political affiliations. As long as they keep slinging out them sandwiches, they are cool with me. Florida State QB Everett Golson is from Myrtle Beach and I have a lot of family there. I also read that Houston coach, Tom Herman, got fitted for a “grill” by rapper Paul Wall. Pick: Florida State

Capital One Orange Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal) – Oklahoma vs. Clemson: Besides a lapse vs. rival Texas, Oklahoma has been as impressive this season as any team in the nation. Clemson finished an undefeated regular season where they were barely challenged. My take: I’m salty still because those ACC refs were determined to get Clemson into the CFB Playoff. North Carolina was onsides, damn it! Anyways, Clemson hasn’t faced anything like Oklahoma this season in the ACC. Trust. Pick: Oklahoma


Goodyear Cotton Bowl (College Football Playoff Semifinal) – Michigan State vs. Alabama: Alabama is dominant as always but their dominance has started to really bore me. They have a Heisman winning RB. They have a defense full of future NFL players. Nick Saban. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Michigan State made it through a tough Big 10 schedule and their only loss came via an awful call on the road. Yea, they got lucky against Michigan but still. That was probably the best ending out of any game this season. My take: I love Michigan State because they have been apart of some of the most exciting endings in ballgames in recent history. Alabama may dominate them and that would be so boring. This Michigan State teams fight until the last whistle. They wont go down easy and they’ll be rewarded by their efforts. You know, the usual with this team. Pick: Michigan State

Jan. 1 (Happy New Year)

Outback Bowl – Northwestern vs. Tennessee: The Wildcats are battle tested and had a decent 2015 campaign. Tennessee started slow out the gate but finished the regular season with some momentum. My take: Has anyone even been to an Outback Steakhouse. I see the commercials all the time and the food looks good. But for some reason, I’ve never been. I’ve never had a Blooming Onion. Anyways, its New Years Day, I’m hungover, I’m lying on the couch, and the Outback Bowl is on. Its an awesome feeling I look forward to each year because I know that I’m not moving from the couch and that more games are on the horizon. Tennessee’s bright orange might help me wake up and Tennessee has the best fight song in college sports. “Rocky Toooooooop! You’ll always be home sweet home to meeeeeeeeeee!!! Good ole’ Rocky Top! Wooo! Rocky Top Tennessee! Pick: Tennessee

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl – Michigan vs. Florida: Two household names in this bowl game. Michigan had a strong season under first year coach Jim Harbaugh. My take: I’ve only been to Buffalo Wild Wings a couple times. The food smells excellent but it really isnt that great. Buffalo Wild Wings is like if Taco Bell had a bar inside. The food may be awesome at the time but after you stuffed your face, your stomach will remind you that you made a grave mistake. Florida can’t score points. Michigan should kill them. Pick: Michigan

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl – Notre Dame vs. Ohio State: I don’t like Notre Dame but I can’t knock them this season. They were oh so close to being very deserving for a spot in the playoffs. Ohio State can say the same though. They had some rocky times this season but they still have top-notch talent across the board. My take: Ohio State will probably be the best team Notre Dame has faced all season. DE Joey Bosa is such a beast. Oh, before I forget, anyone figure out what the hell a “BattleFrog” is? Isn’t that an old video game or something? Pick: Ohio State

Rose Bowl – Stanford vs. Iowa: This should be a nice hard fought matchup between tow traditional Big Ten and Pac-12 teams. Iowa is coming off an undefeated regular season and only faced defeat in the conference championship game. Stanford rebounded from an early loss to Northwestern and had a nice season led by Heisman candidate Christian McCaffrey. My take: I like Iowa because everyone was waiting for them to lose every week and they strived on disappointing everyone. But I don’t think Iowa will be able to slow down McCaffrey and the Stanford offense. Pick: Stanford

Allstate Sugar Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss: Ole Miss beat Alabama for its signature win of the season. Oklahoma State looked like they were ready for the big time until they ran into the Sooners. My take: I like Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell. The Cowboys have a decent defense but they wont be able to slow him down. Pick: Ole Miss

Jan. 2

TaxSlayer Bowl – Penn State vs. Georgia: Is Christian Hackenberg going pro after this game? Penn State has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. They should’ve done better this season. My take: Georgia lost to Florida so I don’t really tink much of them. Plus, they fired their coach for no reason. Also, forget what the announcers say during the game. It’s the Gator Bowl. Not TaxSlayer. Gator Bowl. Pick: Penn State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl – Kansas State vs. Arkansas: I don’t think much of any Big-12 North teams. Arkansas had a fun victory in overtime this season against Ole Miss. My take: Kansas State is a boring team to watch. Pick: Arkansas

Valero Alamo Bowl – Oregon vs. TCU: TCU is pretty much a carbon copy of Oregon so this should be a fun game to watch. Lots of scoring. My take: I don’t think TCU QB Trevone Boykin will be playing QB in the pros but he is a fun player to watch. He’ll have a chance at a nice Texas farewell in this game. Oregon doesn’t play defense. Pick: TCU

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl – West Virginia vs. Arizona State: Pitt fans will hate watch this, which is awesome. Two high scoring offenses in this one much like TCU/Oregon. My take: This game is just full of trashy references. It’s ridiculous. First off, Arizona State is basically the West Virginia of the West. A trashy, redneck, party school. I hope that both fan bases can pack Chase Field for this one. ESPN should cover the drinking games during the tailgate in the parking lots for this one. Beerpong, Flipcup, Quarters. All of it. It will be like a Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field. Plus, its sponsored by Motel 6 and one of the teams is coached by Todd Graham. You can’t get anymore trashier than that. Pick: West Virginia


College Football Playoff National Championship – Oklahoma vs. Michigan State: I picked both upsets in the College Football Playoff Semifinals. The more unlikely of the two is probably Michigan State but I wouldn’t complain about a Bama/OU final either. My take: Who said Bob Stoops can win big games anymore? Oklahoma will stop the Big Ten from going back-to-back in the first two years of the playoff system. Pick: Oklahoma