Our writers give their Bowl’d predictions

Our writers give their Bowl’d predictions
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It is the most wonderful time of the year to be a college football fan and in true college football fashion, things are going to get weird. Our writers decided to get together to try and make some ‘Bowl’d’ predictions for bowl season.

Oli Hodgkinson

Chase leads Clemson to National Championship!

Last year, Alabama backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa pounced from the pine to lead the Crimson Tide past Georgia in the National Championship Game. This time around, Clemson backup Chase Brice comes in to the game and wins the title for the Tigers. Remember, he steered Clemson to the win over Syracuse earlier in the season after an injury to starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence. 

LSU end UCF’s winning streak! 

It was fun whilst it lasted but UCF finally fall to defeat in the Fiesta Bowl. It doesn’t sound very bold to say an SEC team will beat an AAC team but let’s not forget that UCF triumphed over Auburn last year. Looking to end the season on a high after their SEVENTH overtime period defeat to Texas A & M, the Tigers overpower a Knights team missing McKenzie Milton. 

BIG 10 Storms the SEC

There are four BIG 10 vs SEC Matchups in this year’s Bowl season headlined by Florida vs Michigan in the Peach Bowl. For my final bold prediction, I’m predicting a win for the BIG 10 in each game. So that’s Purdue taking down Auburn. The Wolverines devouring the Gators. Mississippi State losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes and finally Penn State mauling the Wildcats of Kentucky. You heard it here first! 

George Somerville

The Orange upset the Mountaineers

Best of all this is a rivalry game with some real bad blood between these two sides. Will Grier and Yodny Cajuste will sit this game out to concentrate on their NFL draft preparation. WVU should be hot favourites, but the 9-3 Orangemen have been hard to beat this season, only being beaten by Clemson (narrowly), Notre Dame and Pitt. Orangemen to win 27-14

Wisconsin runs all over Miami

One of my favourite bowl games, in NYC and played at a baseball stadium! I picked Wisconsin to go far this year and boy was I wrong. A disappointing year for the badgers has been equally matched by the “Turnover Chain Gang” who started the year well but have wilted since. I reckon the “U” don’t fancy the cold and wind of the Bronx and the Badgers end their season on a high.

Badgers to win 30-16 

NC State to punch above its weight?

Taxslayer Gator Bowl, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida Dec 31

If you look at draft boards, NC State are a team that is featured heavily. Following on from Bradley Chubb’s move to the NFL, NC State is anticipated to have as many as 3 players taken in the first round of the draft in Nashville next year. While WR Kelvin Harmon will sit this out to prepare for April, QB Ryan Finley will play this game. Wolfpack to defeat the Aggies 31-17 in what would be quite the upset.

Alex Chinery

Gardner Minschew to throw for 600?

Washington State and their high-powered offense go up against Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl. Iowa State may be without running back David Montgomery as he turns his focus to the NFL draft which will decimate their ball control offense. Factoring this in with Minschew wanting to make a statement that will increase his draft stock lead me to believe that Mike Leaches team will go wild.

Florida puts Harbaugh on the Hot Seat.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be rueing the missed opportunity to be playing for a spot in the national championship game as his team takes the field against Florida. This team looked like it was going to get over its habit of losing big games until it ran in to Ohio State last month. That loss could have done irreparable damage to this iteration of the wolverines and I think a resurgent gators side upsets the one-time national championship contenders and heaps all the pressure on to Harbaugh.

The legend of Rondale Moore continues to grow as he goes over 250 all-purpose yards and at least three touchdowns.

Purdue’s star true freshman will have his big chance to impress on the national stage this bowl season as his team faces Auburn. Moore returns kicks and punts, takes hand offs and is a top-notch receiver. I’m backing him to have a huge game on the big stage, going over 250 all-purpose yards on the day with at least three touchdowns. 

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