First off, Happy New Year’s Day to everyone out there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t available throughout the weekend, so the Cotton Bowl was my last prediction. With the Buckeyes taking care of the Trojans as predicted, my bowl record jumped to 2-2. My overall record is now 51-19 and my winning percentage is 72.9% as of today. I’ll be picking the Peach, Citrus and College Football Semifinals for today. Let’s go ahead and get this thing started!
We kick things off in Atlanta for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The undefeated 12th ranked UCF Knights will take on the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers in what should be an entertaining game. With the Knights, they were the lone undefeated team in the FBS, but they’re still looking for respect. Despite being named new Head coach of Nebraska, Scott Frost elected to finish what he started at UCF. Can the Knights pull off the upset against the tough and physical Tigers? Auburn had an incredible at the end of the season where they beat Georgia and Alabama in a three-week span. They faced a totally different Bulldog team in the SEC title game, but how will the Tigers react? Will the team that beat Georgia and Alabama show up? Or will they feel disappointed they’re not in the playoff and not take the Knights seriously? I’m thinking the real Tigers will show up and edge out the Knights.
Auburn Win 31-27
We head a little south to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s. The 14th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will meet the 17th ranked LSU Tigers. After losing their second game of the year to Georgia, the Fighting Irish was the hottest team in the country. They went to Miami and they went ripped apart by the Hurricanes and lost their finale against Stanford. Will the Fighting Irish rebound and beat the Tigers? With LSU, you just don’t know what you’re getting from this team. This is the team that lost to Troy, but beat Florida and Auburn the following weeks. It seems like their offense has looked better and they still have that tough defense. I’m riding with the Tigers to win a tough, physical game.
LSU Win 28-24
This is the granddaddy of them all and of course, this is the Rose Bowl. The 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the 2nd ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The talk for the Bulldogs all week has been their tough defense and running game. If the Bulldogs are going to win this game, Jake Fromm will have to control this offense and the running game will be key. One way to stop an explosive offense, you run the ball and slow the game down. Can the Bulldogs control the game by running the ball and beat the Sooners? The big question for the Sooners has been the health of Baker Mayfield as he’s been absent with an undisclosed illness. The Sooners defense will have to play the game of the year to contain the Georgia running game. This is a tough one for me, but with Baker Mayfield being sick I’m giving the advantage to Georgia, but the defense will make a big play and the Sooners will edge out the Bulldogs.
Oklahoma Win 41-38
The finale will take place in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The 4th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will meet the top-ranked Clemson Tigers for the 3rd consecutive year. Of course, the previous two years saw these two teams meet in the championship game. I’ve said all year that this doesn’t look like a typical Tide defense as I don’t think their as dominant. Jalen Hurts will have to play his best game of the year against the dominant front four for Clemson. On the other hand, Clemson has looked like the best team all year and Kelly Bryant has gotten better as the year gone by. Clemson will have to rely on their great defense to contain the Tide’s running game and physical offensive linemen. I’m going with the Clemson to beat the Tide and advance to the championship game.
Clemson Win 34-24
Which game are you looking forward to the most? Who do you have advancing to the championship game next Monday? Leave a comment below.