<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Alabama vs. Clemson: National Championship - 1/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/09/alabama-vs-clemson-national-championship-1/9/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers clash Monday night in the college football national championship at Raymond James Stadium on ESPN.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for their 17th claimed national title and fifth since 2009 CFB season. The Alabama Crimson Tide are also looking for their 12th undefeated season in school history. Jalen Hurts is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,649 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Hurts has one or less touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. ArDarius Stewart and Calvin…

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The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers clash Monday night in the college football national championship at Raymond James Stadium on ESPN.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking for their 17th claimed national title and fifth since 2009 CFB season. The Alabama Crimson Tide are also looking for their 12th undefeated season in school history. Jalen Hurts is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,649 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Hurts has one or less touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley have combined for more than 1,585 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while O.J. Howard has 41 receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 246.7 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 1,013 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 11.4 points and 244 yards per game. Reuben Foster leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 103 tackles, Jonathan Allen has 9.5 sacks and Minkah Fitzpatrick has six interceptions.

The Clemson Tigers look for their second national title and first since the 1981 CFB season. The Clemson Tigers also look to win 14 games for the second straight season. Deshaun Watson is completing 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,173 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 13 games. Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett have combined for more than 1,908 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Deon Cain has 33 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 175.3 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 1,087 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 17.1 points and 306.9 yards per game. Ben Boulware leads the Clemson Tigers with 110 tackles, Carlos Watkins has 10.5 sacks and Jadar Johnson has five interceptions.

The Tigers are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. The Crimson Tide are 14-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Crimson Tide last 7 games overall and the over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 games overall.

I think the Clemson Tigers proved in their dominating win over the Ohio State Buckeyes that they have the combination of offense and defense to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. Clemson has the defensive line to slow down the Alabama running game and the pass rush to confuse and force Hurts into mistakes. Remember, Alabama didn't do much last week offensively against a smaller Washington defensive front. But the deciding factor for me in this game is at the quarterback position, as Clemson has the best quarterback in the country in Watson, while Alabama still has a freshman at QB, who is completing just 53 percent of his passes with one touchdown in his last two games. If this turns into a high-scoring contest, Alabama will be in trouble. Let's not forget Clemson dropped 40 points on Alabama in last years national title game, and that was against a better Alabama defense, and the Tigers didn't have Mike Williams.

There's also the motivation factor, as Clemson mentioned it wanted to face Alabama for a rematch after falling just short last season. This has the same vibes as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors from a year ago.

I'm rather confident that the Clemson Tigers win this game, so I'm saying forget the points, and I'm backing Dabo Swinney and company in an outright victory.

See you folks next season!

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:55:19 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=69866
<![CDATA[Penn State vs. USC: Rose Bowl - 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/penn-state-vs-usc-1/2/17-college-football-rose-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The USC Trojans and Penn State Nittany Lions clash Monday afternoon in the college football Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl on ESPN.

The USC Trojans look for their 10th victory of the season and their 10th bowl victory since the 2002 CFB season. The USC Trojans have 25 double-digit winning seasons. Sam Darnold is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,633 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Darnold has two or more touchdown passes in eight straight games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers have combined for 1,435 receiving yards and…

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The USC Trojans and Penn State Nittany Lions clash Monday afternoon in the college football Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl on ESPN.

The USC Trojans look for their 10th victory of the season and their 10th bowl victory since the 2002 CFB season. The USC Trojans have 25 double-digit winning seasons. Sam Darnold is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,633 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Darnold has two or more touchdown passes in eight straight games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers have combined for 1,435 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Deontay Burnett has 43 receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 207.2 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 22.2 points and 359 yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the USC Trojans with 79 tackles, Porter Gustin has 5.5 sacks and Adoree' Jackson has four interceptions.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their 12th victory of the season and their second bowl win under coach James Franklin. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t won 12 games since the 1994 CFB season. Trace McSorley is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 3,360 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki have combined for 1,463 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while DaeSean Hamilton has 34 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 168.8 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 23.4 points and 352 yards per game. Marcus Allen leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 101 tackles, Garrett Sickels has six sacks and Brandon Smith has two interceptions.

The Trojans are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

I get it, it's tough to turn down a free touchdown with Penn State considering the Nittany Lions are one of the hottest teams in the country and made a strong case to be a playoff team. However, USC is playing some great football as well and has the overall talent advantage at damn near every position in this contest. This is also pretty much a home game for the USC Trojans, and they've had a truckload of success playing in the Rose Bowl. With the way Darnold is playing quarterback and that improved USC defense, Penn State could get a dose of reality if its not careful.

This is a game USC could win by double digits.

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:15:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66563
<![CDATA[Iowa vs. Florida: Outback Bowl - 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/iowa-hawkeyes-vs-florida-gators-outback-bowl-1/2/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Florida Gators will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in college football action.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 8-4 (6-3) this season after beating Nebraska by a score of 40-10 in their last game. Iowa finished the season by winning their last 3 games and finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten West standings. Iowa has wins over Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, Rutgers, Iowa State, and Miami (OH). The Iowa offense is averaging 26.8 points per game with 171.9 rushing yards and 161.33 passing yards per game. C.J. Beathard is completing 58.6% of his passes…

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The Florida Gators will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on January 2nd in college football action.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 8-4 (6-3) this season after beating Nebraska by a score of 40-10 in their last game. Iowa finished the season by winning their last 3 games and finished tied for 2nd in the Big Ten West standings. Iowa has wins over Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Purdue, Minnesota, Rutgers, Iowa State, and Miami (OH). The Iowa offense is averaging 26.8 points per game with 171.9 rushing yards and 161.33 passing yards per game. C.J. Beathard is completing 58.6% of his passes for 1874 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for Iowa. LeShun Daniels has rushed for 1013 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Akrum Wadley has rushed for 966 yards and 10 scores for the Hawkeyes. Riley McCarron has caught 41 passes for 506 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Jerminic Smith has added 23 catches for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns for Iowa. The Iowa defense is giving up 17.9 points per game with 153.2 rushing yards and 199.6 passing yards per game. Josey Jewell has led the Iowa defense with 114 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks, while Bo Bower has added 88 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. Keith Duncan has gone 8-9 on field goals, with a long of 41 yards.

The Florida Gators are 8-4 (6-2) this season after losing to Alabama by a score of 54-16 in the SEC Championship Game. Florida has lost 2 games in a row, but was able to win a weak SEC East Division. Florida has wins against Massachusetts, Kentucky, North Texas, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina this season. The Florida offense is averaging 23.4 points per game with 129.8 rushing yards and 215.2 passing yards per game. Austin Appleby is completing 61.4% of his passes for 1225 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions for Florida. Jordan Scarlett has rushed for 795 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Lamical Perine has ran for 402 yards and 1 score for the Gators. Antonio Callaway has caught 47 passes for 666 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Brandon Powell has added 43 catches for 372 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Gators. The Florida defense is giving up 17.9 points per game with 142.2 rushing yards and 156.3 passing yards per game. Marcell Harris has led the Florida defense with 64 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Jarrad Davis has added 60 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. Eddy Pineiro has gone 18-22 on field goals, with a long of 54 yards.

Florida is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The over is 6-1 in Florida’s last 7 games against the Big Ten. Iowa is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 6-0-1 in Iowa’s last 7 games on grass.

Florida had a successful season despite their issues at the quarterback position. Iowa started the season slow but finished strong and will be looking for their 9th win. Both of these defenses are very good and we should be in for a low scoring game. Florida has more speed than Iowa and I expect that to be the difference. 

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:15:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=67199
<![CDATA[Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan: Cotton Bowl- 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/wisconsin-badgers-vs-western-michigan-broncos-1/2/17-college-football-cotton-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up in college football action on Monday, January 2 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, it’s the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, featuring the Western Michigan Broncos and the Wisconsin Badgers. 

Wisconsin comes into this game with a 10-3 record on the year, bagging a six-game win streak toward the end of the season but stumbling against Penn State 38-31 in their last game. In that one, Wisconsin RB Corey Clement rushed 21 times for 164 yards and a TD, but it wasn’t enough. 

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Coming up in college football action on Monday, January 2 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, it’s the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, featuring the Western Michigan Broncos and the Wisconsin Badgers. 

Wisconsin comes into this game with a 10-3 record on the year, bagging a six-game win streak toward the end of the season but stumbling against Penn State 38-31 in their last game. In that one, Wisconsin RB Corey Clement rushed 21 times for 164 yards and a TD, but it wasn’t enough. 

On the season, Alex Hornibrook leads the passing categories for the Badgers with 1243 yards, eight touchdowns and seven picks, while Clement is tops in the running game on 1304 yards and 14 touchdowns on 292 carries. Jazz Peavy is Wisconsin’s top receiver on 43 catches for 635 yards and five scores. 

Over on the Western Michigan side, they’re coming into the Cotton Bowl with a flawless 13-0 record, running the gauntlet with wins against Northwestern on September 3 all the way through the 29-23 victory over Ohio that marked the end of the season. In that one, Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell tossed a pair of picks but made up for it with a pair of TDs to help win the game. 

On the year, Terrell sits on 3376 yards, 32 touchdowns and three picks, while Jarvion Franklin is tops in the Western Michigan running game with 241 carries for 1300 yards and 12 scores. Corey Davis is the Broncos’ top receiver with 91 catches for 1427 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

Wisconsin is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games as a favorite, and 6-2-1 ATS against a team with a winning record. Wisconsin is also 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral-site games as a favorite, and 5-0 ATS in their last five versus the MAC. 

Meanwhile, Western Michigan is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, and 6-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Western Michigan is also 7-0 ATS in their last seven non-conference games, and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games as an underdog. 

This should be a fun matchup. Even though the Broncos are supposedly outclassed here, they’ve got an explosive offense that should serve to give Wisconsin fits deciding who to focus on. The line is thick enough that I think Western Michigan can cover, finish this one close and maybe even pull out an upset victory.

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<![CDATA[Oklahoma vs. Auburn: Sugar Bowl - 1/2/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/01/02/sugar-bowl-oklahoma-sooners-vs-auburn-tigers-1/2/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oklahoma Sooners look to close their college football season with a win versus the Auburn Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.

The Auburn Tigers were given very little chance of doing anything this season and now here they are at 8-4 in the Sugar Bowl so perhaps the experts were a little bit off. The Tigers were strong on both sides of the ball with 32 points on 449 yards with the #6rushing attack averaging 279 yards. The Auburn defense allowed under 16 points on 348 yards with just 125 yards coming on the ground. The first thing the Tigers need is a healthy Sean White under center after he…

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The Oklahoma Sooners look to close their college football season with a win versus the Auburn Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.

The Auburn Tigers were given very little chance of doing anything this season and now here they are at 8-4 in the Sugar Bowl so perhaps the experts were a little bit off. The Tigers were strong on both sides of the ball with 32 points on 449 yards with the #6rushing attack averaging 279 yards. The Auburn defense allowed under 16 points on 348 yards with just 125 yards coming on the ground. The first thing the Tigers need is a healthy Sean White under center after he threw for 1,644 yards on 65% with Tony Stevens (29-466) leading the receiving corps. Auburn made their living on the ground with Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson combining for almost 2,000 yards.

The offensive minded Oklahoma Sooners are a very good 10-2 but that’s one loss too many for reaching the National Championship playoffs. The #3 offense in the land averaged 557 yards and almost 45 points with 320 yards coming through the air although the defense gave up 440 yards and nearly 30 points. OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was the real deal with 3,669 yards on 71% and 38 touchdowns with Dede Westbrook easily the top pass catcher with 1,465 yards on 74 receptions. The Sooners were dangerous on the ground as well with Joe Mixon approaching nearly 1,200 yards while Samaje Perine ran for 974 so this offense was dangerous everywhere.

Auburn are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game and the Auburn are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while Auburn  are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games. Oklahoma are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and Oklahoma are 5-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record while Oklahoma  are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.

Right now I’ll look at the Tigers above average defense but there is time to look this over…

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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:15:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=67307
<![CDATA[Alabama vs. Washington: Chick-fil-A-Peach Bowl - 12/31/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/12/31/alabama-crimson-tide-vs-washington-huskies-chick-fil-a-peach-bowl-12/31/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Huskies look for the upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A- Peach Bowl college football semifinals.

Chris Petersen was hired to bring Washington Huskies football on to the national stage and he did it in 2016. The 12-1 Huskies were tough on both sides of the ball as they averaged 477 yards and over 40 points with the balance to run or throw equally well. Defensively UW was a top ten unit with 316 yards and just 17 points allowed. Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for nearly 3,300 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven picks with John Ross (76-1122), Dante…

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The Washington Huskies look for the upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A- Peach Bowl college football semifinals.

Chris Petersen was hired to bring Washington Huskies football on to the national stage and he did it in 2016. The 12-1 Huskies were tough on both sides of the ball as they averaged 477 yards and over 40 points with the balance to run or throw equally well. Defensively UW was a top ten unit with 316 yards and just 17 points allowed. Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for nearly 3,300 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven picks with John Ross (76-1122), Dante Pettis (50-796) and Chris McCutcher (29-580) giving the passing attack three productive options. When Washington ran the ball, Myles Gaston totaled 1,339 yards while Lavon Coleman (107-836) gave the offense production everywhere.

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide seem to be attached at the hip along with the National Championship and that is the case in 2016 again (still). The Crimson Tide average 471 yards and 40.5 points while the top ranked defense in the game gives up 248 yards and less then 12 points with the best rush defense in the land giving up a laughable 64 yards per contest. Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 2,563 yards with 21 scores and nine interceptions on over 65% with ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley combining for 117 receptions for 1,550 yards. The Crimson Tide were formidable on the ground with Damien Harris and Hurts totaling 983 yards and 841 yards respectively while Joshua Jacobs and Bo Scarbrough combining for almost 1,100 yards. 

The over is 3-0-1 in Huskies last 4 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game and the over is 6-0 in Huskies last 6 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game while the Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in December. The over is 5-1 in Crimson Tide last 6 games in December and the under is 5-1 in Crimson Tide last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game and the Crimson Tide are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.

I think the world will be on Alabama and I’m not saying they are wrong but while the line moves I’ll take the over…

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Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:30:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66644
<![CDATA[Louisville vs. LSU: Citrus Bowl - 12/31/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/12/31/louisville-cardinals-vs-lsu-tigers-12/31/16-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The LSU Tigers will play the Louisville Cardinals in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31st.

The Louisville Cardinals are 9-3 (7-1) this season after losing to Kentucky by a score of 41-38 in their last game. Louisville lost their last 2 games of the season and finished tied for 1st in the ACC Atlantic standings. Louisville has beaten Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, Duke, NC State, Marshall, Florida State, Syracuse, and Charlotte this year. The Louisville offense is averaging 45.3 points per game with 256.8 rushing yards and 302 passing yards per game. Lamar Jackson…

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The LSU Tigers will play the Louisville Cardinals in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on December 31st.

The Louisville Cardinals are 9-3 (7-1) this season after losing to Kentucky by a score of 41-38 in their last game. Louisville lost their last 2 games of the season and finished tied for 1st in the ACC Atlantic standings. Louisville has beaten Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia, Duke, NC State, Marshall, Florida State, Syracuse, and Charlotte this year. The Louisville offense is averaging 45.3 points per game with 256.8 rushing yards and 302 passing yards per game. Lamar Jackson was the Heisman winner this season and is completing 57.6% of his passes for 3390 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions for Louisville. Lamar Jackson has rushed for 1538 yards and 21 touchdowns, while Brandon Radcliff has added 877 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for the Cardinals. James Quick has caught 42 passes for 688 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Cole Hikutini has caught 49 passes for 656 yards and 8 scores for Louisville. The Louisville defense is giving up 23.3 points per game with 110 rushing yards and 206.3 passing yards per game. Keith Kelsey has led the Cardinals defense with 81 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Stacy Thomas has added 74 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Blanton Creque has gone 13-16 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards.

The LSU Tigers are 7-4 (5-3) this season after beating Texas A&M by a score of 54-39 in their last game. LSU lost 2 of their last 4 games and finished tied for 2nd in the SEC West standings. LSU has wins against Texas A&M, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Jacksonville State this season. The LSU offense is averaging 28.3 points per game with 238.1 rushing yards and 187.6 passing yards per game. Danny Etling is completing 60% of his passes for 1906 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for LSU. Derrius Guice has rushed for 1249 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Leonard Fournette (Questionable) has added 843 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Tigers. Malachi Dupre has caught 34 passes for 454 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Travin Dural has added 28 catches for 280 yards and 1 score for LSU. The LSU defense is giving up 16.4 points per game with 121.8 rushing yards and 201.2 passing yards per game. Kendell Beckwith has led the LSU defense with 91 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Duke Riley has added 85 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 1 interception. Colby Delahoussaye has gone 9-12 on field goals, with a long of 44 yards for the Tigers.

LSU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The under is 11-3-2 in LSU’s last 16. Louisville is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 9-2 in Louisville’s last 11 games on turf.

This should be a fantastic game between a very good offensive Louisville team and a very good defensive LSU team. Louisville hasn’t played well to end the season, while LSU is coming off of a nice win. Lamar Jackson will be looking to give us an encore to his Heisman season, but will be facing a stiff defense. LSU hasn’t been very good ATS in their recent bowl games, so I am going with Louisville. 

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Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:30:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=67205
<![CDATA[Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech: TaxSlayer Bowl - 12/31/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/12/31/kentucky-wildcats-vs-georgia-tech-yellow-jackets-12/31/16-college-football-taxslayer-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Saturday, December 31 from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, we’ve got college football action in the TaxSlayer Bowl between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Kentucky Wildcats. 

Georgia Tech enters play here with an 8-4 record, rebounding from a three-game losing streak to win five of their last six games. That most recent game was a 28-27 nail-biter against Georgia, during which the Yellow Jackets racked up 226 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. 

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Coming up on Saturday, December 31 from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, we’ve got college football action in the TaxSlayer Bowl between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Kentucky Wildcats. 

Georgia Tech enters play here with an 8-4 record, rebounding from a three-game losing streak to win five of their last six games. That most recent game was a 28-27 nail-biter against Georgia, during which the Yellow Jackets racked up 226 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. 

On the year, Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas sits on 1454 yards with eight touchdowns and two picks, while Marcus Marshall has 624 yards and four touchdowns on 96 carries to lead the rushers. Clinton Lynch is the Yellow Jackets’ top receiver with 16 catches for 490 yards and six scores. 

Kentucky comes into this game at 7-5 on the season, bagging five wins in their final seven games to qualify for a Bowl bid. Kentucky’s most recent win was a 41-38 squeaker over Louisville, and in that one QB Stephen Johnson put up a 16-of-27 line for 338 yards and three scores. 

On the season, Johnson holds 1862 yards with 12 touchdowns and six picks, while Stanley Williams is tops for Kentucky in rushing with 160 carries for 1135 yards and seven scores. Jeff Badet is the Wildcats’ top receiver on 28 catches for 639 yards and four scores. 

Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win, and 9-20 ATS in their las 29 games following an ATS win. Kentucky is also 4-0 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, Georgia Tech is 2-6 ATS in their last eight bowl games, and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win. Georgia Tech is also 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in December. 

It’s pretty easy to see what the game plan will be here for both sides: run, run, and run some more. Neither the Jackets nor the Cats have much going on in the passing game, so it’s going to be a heavy dose of ball control. That said, Kentucky’s running game is marginally better than Georgia Tech’s (the top two Wildcat rushers each have over 1,000 yards and 20 combined touchdowns) and the finale win over Louisville should give the team some momentum coming in. I’ll take Kentucky to cover and win outright.

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Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:30:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66740
<![CDATA[Clemson vs. Ohio State: Fiesta Bowl - 12/31/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/12/31/clemson-vs-ohio-state-12/31/16-college-football-fiesta-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers meet New Years Eve night in the Fiesta Bowl college football playoff at University of Phoenix Stadium on ESPN.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for their 12th victory of the season while getting back to the national championship game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won at least 12 games seven times in school history. J.T. Barrett is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Barrett has one or less touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Curtis Samuel and…

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The Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers meet New Years Eve night in the Fiesta Bowl college football playoff at University of Phoenix Stadium on ESPN.

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for their 12th victory of the season while getting back to the national championship game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won at least 12 games seven times in school history. J.T. Barrett is completing 61.8 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Barrett has one or less touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown have combined for more than 1,207 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Dontre Wilson has 27 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 258.3 yards per contest, and Mike Weber leads the way with 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 14.2 points and 281.6 yards per game. Raekwon McMillan leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 87 tackles, Tyquan Lewis has 7.5 sacks and Malik Hooker has six interceptions.

The Clemson Tigers look for their 13th victory of the season to make back-to-back national title appearances. The Clemson Tigers have won five of their last eight bowl games. Deshaun Watson is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,914 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Watson has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 11 games. Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett have combined for more than 1,808 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Deon Cain has 32 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 173 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 1,002 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 18.4 points and 313.9 yards per game. Ben Boulware leads the Clemson Tigers with 105 tackles, Carlos Watkins has 8.5 sacks and Jadar Johnson has five interceptions.

The Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and the over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.

I'm sorry, but the Clemson Tigers haven't looked good for much of the season and have barely skated by against subpar competition. If those Clemson Tigers show up in this contest, this game will get out of hand quickly. Either way, I don't pick against Urban Meyer in big games, and I'm certainly not going to do it when he has a month to prepare. It’s really that simple. In terms of the game itself, the Buckeyes defense is good enough to rattle Watson and the dual-threat ability of Barrett will keep this Clemson defense on its heels. Ohio State shouldn't have much trouble winning this game and advancing to the national title game.

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Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:30:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66557
<![CDATA[Tennessee vs. Nebraska: Music City Bowl - 12/30/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2016/12/30/tennessee-vs-nebraska-12/30/16-college-football-music-city-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Tennessee Volunteers meet Friday afternoon in the college football Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium on ESPN.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers look to win 10 games in a season for the first time since 2012. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have split their last 12 bowl appearances. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Armstrong has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. Jordan Westerkamp and Stanley Morgan Jr. have combined for 951…

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Tennessee Volunteers meet Friday afternoon in the college football Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium on ESPN.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers look to win 10 games in a season for the first time since 2012. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have split their last 12 bowl appearances. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Armstrong has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. Jordan Westerkamp and Stanley Morgan Jr. have combined for 951 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Alonzo Moore has 20 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 178.1 yards per contest, and Terrell Newby leads the way with 864 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 22.8 points and 350.6 yards per game. Josh Banderas leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 89 tackles, Ross Dzuris has 5.5 sacks and Kieron Williams has five interceptions.

The Tennessee Volunteers look for their third straight bowl victory under head coach Butch Jones. The Tennessee Volunteers have split their last 10 bowl appearances overall. Joshua Dobbs is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,655 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Dobbs has two or more touchdown passes in four straight games. Josh Malone and Jauan Jennings have combined for 873 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Alvin Kamara has 33 receptions. The Tennessee Volunteers ground game is averaging 203.1 yards per contest, and Dobbs leads the way with 713 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 29.3 points and 460.2 yards per game. Todd Kelly Jr. leads the Tennessee Volunteers with 67 tackles, Derek Barnett has 12 sacks and Micah Abernathy has two interceptions.

The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The over is 7-0 in Volunteers last 7 neutral site games and 4-0 in Volunteers last 4 bowl games. 

Say what you want about Butch Jones and the Vols not meeting expectations, but he's won his two bowl games with the team and that includes wins over a ranked Northwestern and Iowa. Nebraska has fallen flat recently and can be hit or miss on the offensive side of the ball. I look for Dobbs to have a big game and for the Vols to play hard for a coach who may be sitting on a hot seat. This is also pretty much a home game for the Volunteers with it being played in Nashville. I like the Vols and the small chalk here.

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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 01:00:00 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66620