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2019-20 College Football Bowl Guide – The Early Ones

This is the most wonderful time of the year for any football fan. Be it NCAA, NFL or local leagues, the amount of awesome college football that is on with all the bowls is like an all-you-can-eat football buffet

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This is the most wonderful time of the year for any football fan.  Be it NCAA, NFL or local leagues, the amount of awesome college football that is on with all the bowls is like an all-you-can-eat football buffet.  With no less than 40 postseason college-football games, you can catch up on action from teams from Hawaii to Washington, California to Boston, and anything in between. 

In our previous bowl guide we covered the College Football Playoffs (CFP) Bowls, but the action starts this weekend already, with many great games to watch. 

So here are the games to warm up with for the 2019-20 College Football postseason.  

 

Bahamas Bowl

Dec 20, 2:00 PM (ET), Nassau, Bahamas

Charlotte (7-5) vs. Buffalo (7-5)

The University of Buffalo Bulls are coming to this Bowl as veterans, where this is their third bowl already, compared to the Charlotte 49ers which are coming for their first bowl ever.  Both teams are 7-5 and have won five of their six games to make it to the bowl. 

The Bulls have the best scoring defense in the Mid-American Conference this season, allowing 22.3 points per game.  The 49ers will need to unleash their running attack on the ground, with the monster duo Quarterback Chris Reynolds and Running back Benny LeMay.  And it’s the Bahamas in December, pretty much the dream playing conditions for any football player. 

Prediction: Buffalo 38, Charlotte 31

Line: Buffalo -6.5

O/U: 57

 

Frisco Bowl

Dec 20, 7:30 PM (ET), Frisco, Texas

Utah State (7-5) vs. Kent State (6-6)

The Utah State Aggies have a 5-8 record in Bowl games, so coming in as favorites against the Kent State Golden Flashes that lost all three of their last bowl appearances. The Aggies have been playing in the last three years in bowls, and have appeared in eight bowls in their last nine seasons, whilst the Golden Flashes last appeared in a Bowl in 2012. 

Watch out for Aggies Quarterback Jordan Love, as this can be the last time we’ll see him in a Utah Jersey.  If he stars in the Frisco Bowl, this can be his ticket into the 2020 NFL draft.

Prediction: Utah State 41; Kent State 21

Line: Utah State -7.5

O/U: 65

 

New Mexico Bowl

Dec. 21, 2:00 PM (ET), Albuquerque, N.M.

  1. Michigan (8-5) vs. San Diego State (9-3)

Central Michigan Chippewas are travelling to New Mexico to face the San Diego State Aztecs.  The Aztecs have a defense that is, let’s just say underwhelming, but their well-oiled defense machine ranks second in the country in rushing defense (72.3) and ninth in interceptions (15).  The Chippewas had a huge turnaround since Jim McElwain came in as Head Coach last December. 

The Chippewas will need to crack that Aztec defense, and this will be touch, but still possible if Michigan’s Quarterback Quinten Dormaday has in his many options Tight End Tony Poljan, who made 30 receptions for 458 yards and 4 touchdowns.  

Prediction: Central Michigan 24; San Diego State 16

Line: San Diego State -3.5

O/U: 41

 

Cure Bowl

Dec 21, 2:30 PM (ET), Orlando, Fla.

Georgia Southern (7-5) vs. Liberty (7-5)

Two 7-5 sides are facing off, with the Liberty Flames from Virginia are going to sunny Orlando to face the Georgia Southern Eagles.  The Eagles are playing in the post season for the second year in a row, still it’s only the third time in the school’s history.  The Flames are an independent school that joined the FBS in 2018 and never played in a bowl game.  Also, in the last three meetings between the teams, Georgia Southern has beaten Liberty. 

The Flames have a powerful passing offense with Quarterback Stephen Calvert scoring 26 touchdowns and giving up 5 interceptions.  Eagles Running back J.D. King has 776 yards and in Georgia’s top rusher, and has 209 rushing yards and four touchdown in the last 4 games.  And then of course there’s Liberty Receiver Antonio Gandy Golden, with 74 receptions for 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns.  Still, this will be Liberty’s first ever bowl game.

Prediction: Georgia Southern 31, Liberty 23

Line: Georgia Southern -5

O/U: 58.5

 

Boca Raton Bowl

Dec 21, 3:30 PM (ET), Boca Raton, Fla.

FAU (10-3) vs. SMU (10-2)

The Southern Methodist Mustangs will bring their high-scoring offense which ranks 6 in the FBS and 9 in the nation, with 43 points in average per game.  But the Florida Atlantic Owls’ offense also knows how to score points, being Conference USA top scoring offense with 35.2 per game. 

Prediction: Southern Methodist 35, Florida Atlantic 31

Line: Southern Methodist -5

O/U: 70.5

 

Camellia Bowl

Dec 21, 5:30 PM (ET), Montgomery, Ala.

FIU (6-6) vs. Arkansas State (7-5)

The Arkansas State Wolves are coming to play in their ninth consecutive bowl appearance.  Featuring Receiver Omar Bayless with 84 receptions and 1,473 yards for 16 touchdowns.  Florida International Panthers Quarterback James Morgan has this season 13 touchdowns with only three interceptions, and with Shemar Thornton and Tony Gaiter IV packing 97 receptions for 1,189 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Prediction: Arkansas State 35, Florida International 24

Line: Arkansas State -2.5

O/U: 63

 

Las Vegas Bowl

Dec 21, 7:30 PM (ET), Las Vegas, Nev.

Boise State (12-1) vs. Washington (7-5)

This is Chris Peterson’s goodbye game as the Head Coach for the Washington Huskies, and in a twist of faith, his last game after six seasons in Washington is played against the team that gave him college football fame, the Boise State Broncos that he coached for eight seasons before leveraging his 92-12 success into the Huskies’ job.

We are sure Peterson will have a standing ovation from both sides of the stadium, but we predict his 18th straight and final bowl game will end in a loss. 

Prediction: Boise State 34, Washington 30

Line: Washington -3.5

O/U: off

 

New Orleans Bowl

Dec 21, 9:00 PM (ET), New Orleans

UAB (9-4) vs. Appalachian State (12-1)

The Appalachian State Mountaineers will be playing without their coach Eli Drinkwitz who left before finishing his first season to take a job in Missouri, days after taking the Mountaineers to a 45-38 win against Louisiana in the Sun Belt Championship.  Will offensive line coach Shawn Clark who’s now interim coach be able to keep the momentum going?

As Mountaineers’ luck has it, The University of Alabama Blazers are coming off the back of a 49-6 loss to Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA Championship game.  And Quarterback Tyler Johnson III didn’t has 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season, and didn’t complete a touchdown pass for the past 3 games.

Prediction: Appalachian State 39, UAB 20

Line: Appalachian State -16.5

O/U: 48

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