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The Square Pigeon Pipeline is in its 4th year here at the Spooky Express. Jason delivers his thoughts and picks on both college football and the NFL each and every week. This week, he is focused on the the 4th set of College Bowls!
College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana – #1 LSU vs. #3 Clemson
I’ve been trying to stay in order throughout these articles, but I figured I would throw this one on top since it’s the only game left that matters. Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow destroyed Oklahoma to get into the championship.
63 points were hung on the Sooners with Burrow responsible for eight (seven passing and one rushing). No other team this bowl season has put up that many points. Now he sets his sights on the defending national champions.
Those champions, Clemson, are in familiar territory with their fourth appearance in the big game in five years. Alabama was annihilated by Clemson last season 44-16.
Trevor Lawrence played amazing in the championship last year as a true freshman. This season, Travis Etienne will be the breakout player. Etienne’s versatility and instincts gives Clemson the best chance to move the ball against LSU.
This game should end up very competitive, and it is hard to pick a winner. I really feel like Joe Burrow is unstoppable right now. I’m leaning towards LSU.
PICK: LSU -5 UNDER 69
TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama – Boston College vs. #21 Cincinnati
Besides the national championship game, Cincinnati is the last ranked team to play this season. They get to take on a program that has seen better days. Former head coach of Boston College, Steve Addazio, was fired at the end of the season. Rich Gunnell will lead the Eagles into this game, but this will do little to help the pummeling they will take at the hands of Cincinnati.
PICK: CINCINNATI -7.5 UNDER 54.5
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida – Indiana vs. Tennessee
Two bad teams from good conferences take to the field in the last of many bowl games in Florida. Tennessee’s season was over as soon as it started after they lost their first two games to Georgia State and Brigham Young. They only last to Florida, Georgia, and Alabama the rest of the way. They really seemed to put it together as the season went on. Indiana was painfully average all season. Their fourth losses came against teams who were ranked at the time. I expect a low scoring game, but that is all that I am sure of.
PICK: TENNESSEE -2.5 UNDER 54.5
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho – Ohio vs. Nevada
This game is a big mismatch. Ohio spent the season racking up points against opponents while Nevada was giving up as many points as possible. The Wolf Pack won a couple of upsets later in the season against Fresno State and San Diego State. I’m not sure how they did it, but it isn’t enough to switch my pick.
PICK: OHIO -8 OVER 58.5
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas – Southern Mississippi vs. Tulane
The end of the season wasn’t kind to either of these teams. Southern Mississippi lost their final two games while Tulane dropped the last three and five of the last six. I will say, Tulane’s schedule was pretty tough as they played several of the best smaller schools in the country (Memphis, Navy, Temple, UCF, SMU). I’ll take Tulane in this one.
PICK: TULANE -7 UNDER 56.5
Lending Tree Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama – Louisiana vs. Miami (Ohio)
The final bowl game before the championship couldn’t be any less interesting. I guess that isn’t entirely fair. The Ragin’ Cajuns were the runner up in the Sun Belt after losing the championship game to Appalachian State, and the Redhawks won the MAC. So, they are two comparable small schools. I still don’t think it will be a good game. Louisiana will run the score up, and Miami can’t keep up since their offense is trash.