<![CDATA[CFB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Georgia vs. Alabama - 1/8/18 College Football National Title Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/08/georgia-vs-alabama-1/8/18-college-football-national-title-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs meet Monday in the college football national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are fresh off smoking the Clemson Tigers and look to win their 17th national championship in school history. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last six neutral site games. Jalen Hurts is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 2,060 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception. Hurts has one touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 1,179 receiving…

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The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs meet Monday in the college football national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are fresh off smoking the Clemson Tigers and look to win their 17th national championship in school history. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won five of their last six neutral site games. Jalen Hurts is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 2,060 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception. Hurts has one touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 1,179 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Henry Ruggs III has nine receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 255.7 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 983 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 11.1 points and 252.4 yards per game. Ronnie Harrison leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 70 tackles, Raekwon Davis has 7.5 sacks and Mack Wilson has four interceptions. 

The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off a double-overtime victory over the Oklahoma Sooners and hope to win their third national championship in school history. The Georgia Bulldogs have won their last four neutral site games. Jake Fromm is completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,383 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. Fromm has two touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Javon Wims and Terry Godwin have combined for 1,295 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Mecole Hardman has 23 receptions. The Georgia Bulldogs ground game is averaging 267.3 yards per contest, and Nick Chubb leads the way with 1,320 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 15.7 points and 289.5 yards per game. Roquan Smith leads the Georgia Bulldogs with 124 tackles, D'Andre Walker has 5.5 sacks and Dominick Sanders has four interceptions.

The Crimson Tide are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in January and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 conference games and the under is 4-1 in Crimson Tide last 5 games overall.

The Alabama Crimson Tide stepped up last week and looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide of old, playing physical, nasty defense and doing just enough offensively to pull away. However, Alabama won that game with its defense, giving the offense a short field with an interception and then getting a pick six. I'm still concerned about the Tide not having enough firepower offensively to comeback if they get down early. The Georgia Bulldogs have the running game to control the tempo of a game, the offensive line dominates most plays and Chubb and Michel are homerun hitters who can house it if there's space. Also, like Alabama, Georgia also has a top defense in the country, especially against the run, that's going to force Hurts to make plays through the air. This game is also in Atlanta, and while Alabama fans travel well, you can expect somewhat of a home field advantage for the Georgia Bulldogs. Bottom line is if Georgia takes care of the ball and can put together a few drives, I think the Dawgs win this thing outright. Give me the points.

See you folks next season!

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Mon, 08 Jan 2018 03:35:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=108227
<![CDATA[Alabama vs. Georgia - 1/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/08/alabama-vs-georgia-1/8/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Monday evening, the College Football Playoff National Championship is coming between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Georgia comes into this one with a 13-1 record overall. The Bulldogs opened up the year on a roll, winning their first nine games. The lone blemish came on November 11 at Auburn in a 40-17 loss, but Georgia would meet the Tigers again and win. In the Rose Bowl game, the Bulldogs secured their trip to the national championship by snagging a thrilling 54-48 2OT win over Oklahoma. 

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Out at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Monday evening, the College Football Playoff National Championship is coming between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Georgia comes into this one with a 13-1 record overall. The Bulldogs opened up the year on a roll, winning their first nine games. The lone blemish came on November 11 at Auburn in a 40-17 loss, but Georgia would meet the Tigers again and win. In the Rose Bowl game, the Bulldogs secured their trip to the national championship by snagging a thrilling 54-48 2OT win over Oklahoma. 

Jake Fromm leads Georgia from under center, and he's got 2283 yards with 23 TDs and five picks this year. Nick Chubb is the top Georgia rusher with 1320 yards and 15 TDs from 205 carries, while Javon Wims leads the team with 704 yards and seven TDs receiving. 

Over on the Alabama side, they’re coming in at 12-1 overall. The Tide “rolled” through their first 11 games, but then were tripped up by a pesky Auburn team 26-14 back on November 25. The Tide righted the ship in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson, bagging a 24-6 victory. 

Calling the signals for Alabama this year is Jalen Hurts, who has managed 2060 yards with 17 TDs and one pick this year, while Damien Hurts is the lead rusher on 983 yards and 11 TDs. Leading the receivers for the Tide is Calvin Ridley with 935 yards and four scores on 59 catches. 

The Tide are 5-1 ATS in their last six neutral-site games and 1-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Alabama is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games in January and 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games. 

Georgia, meanwhile, is 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games and 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall. The Bulldogs are also 4-0 ATS int heir last four neutral-site games and 6-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

Georgia fans are still catching their collective breath after a Rose Bowl game which was nothing short of epic. The big heroes there were Chubb and Sony Michel, who combined to rush for a whopping 326 yards and five touchdowns. As for Alabama, they got it done defensively against Clemson, putting up two interceptions and holding the Tigers to 64 yards rushing. This is a really nice matchup and should be a fun one to watch. All things considered, I’d like to go with defense here but with Georgia pouring in so many points lately I’m taking the Bulldogs.

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Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:00:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=108678
<![CDATA[South Carolina vs. Michigan - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/south-carolina-vs-michigan-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Monday in the college football Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

The Michigan Wolverines head into this bowl game splitting their last eight games and hope to win at least nine games for the fourth time in the last seven years. The Michigan Wolverines have lost eight of their last 11 bowl appearances. Brandon Peters is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 486 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Peters is probable for this game despite missing the Ohio State matchup due to a concussion. Grant…

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The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Monday in the college football Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

The Michigan Wolverines head into this bowl game splitting their last eight games and hope to win at least nine games for the fourth time in the last seven years. The Michigan Wolverines have lost eight of their last 11 bowl appearances. Brandon Peters is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 486 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Peters is probable for this game despite missing the Ohio State matchup due to a concussion. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 592 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Zach Gentry has 15 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 186.3 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 929 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 18.3 points and 268.6 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 94 tackles, Chase Winovich has eight sacks and Lavert Hill has two interceptions. 

The South Carolina Gamecocks have yet to lose back-to-back games this season and have a chance to win at least nine games for the first time since 2013. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won four of their last five bowl appearances. Jake Bentley is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,555 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Bentley has one or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Bryan Edwards and Hayden Hurst have combined for 1,223 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Shi Smith has 26 receptions. The South Carolina Gamecocks ground game is averaging 127.2 yards per contest, and A.J. Turner leads the way with 517 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, South Carolina is allowing 20.8 points and 374.6 yards per game. Skai Moore leads the South Carolina Gamecocks with 88 tackles, D.J. Wonnum has six sacks and Keisean Nixon has two interceptions.

The Wolverines are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games on grass and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games in January. The Gamecocks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The under is 8-3 in Gamecocks last 11 games overall and the over is 23-9-1 in Wolverines last 33 games overall.

I'm not sure what the Michigan Wolverines have done this season to deserve laying this many points against anybody. Michigan continues to struggle on the offensive side of the ball, the defense caves due to being on the field too many times in tough spots and I'm not real confident in Jim Harbaugh getting his team prepared overall. Also, while I'm not trying to pick on the Wolverines, they don't have a single victory against a team with a winning record, as Purdue at 6-6 was the best team they beat this season. South Carolina held its own in the SEC this season, beating the teams its supposed to beat and three of its four losses were respectable and expected. The South Carolina Gamecocks play hard and get after it defensively. In my eyes, these teams have a lot in common. Play hard, defensive first and scoring can be like pulling teeth. I want points in my pocket.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:26:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104405
<![CDATA[Notre Dame vs. LSU - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/notre-dame-vs-lsu-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Camping World Stadium on New Year’s Day, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the LSU Tigers will be meeting up in the Citrus Bowl. 

Notre Dame comes into this one with a 9-3 record overall. The Irish were 8-1 at the beginning of November but lost two of their last three versus Miami and Stanford. In that Cardinal game, Irish QB Brandon Wimbush put up 249 yards, two TDs and two picks. 

This year, Wimbush has 1818 yards with 16 TDs and six INTs, and Josh Adams is the top Notre Dame rusher on 1386 yards and nine TDs from 191 carries. Equanimeous…

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Down at Camping World Stadium on New Year’s Day, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the LSU Tigers will be meeting up in the Citrus Bowl. 

Notre Dame comes into this one with a 9-3 record overall. The Irish were 8-1 at the beginning of November but lost two of their last three versus Miami and Stanford. In that Cardinal game, Irish QB Brandon Wimbush put up 249 yards, two TDs and two picks. 

This year, Wimbush has 1818 yards with 16 TDs and six INTs, and Josh Adams is the top Notre Dame rusher on 1386 yards and nine TDs from 191 carries. Equanimeous St. Brown leads the Irish in receiving with 468 yards and four scores off 31 catches. 

Over on the LSU side, they’re sitting at 9-3 on the year. The Tigers last fell to Alabama on November 4, and since have beaten Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M. In that last game, LSU QB Danny Etling logged 347 yards with three touchdowns. 

On the season, Etling has bagged 2234 yards with 14 TDs and two picks, and Derris Guice is the leading LSU rusher on 1153 yards and 11 TDs. Tops in receiving for the Tigers is DJ Clark’s 811 yards and three scores from 35 grabs. 

The Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games. Notre Dame is also 0-4 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four in January. 

Meanwhile, LSU is 5-0 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win and 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven following an ATS win. The Tigers are also 6-0 ATS in their last six overall and the under is 19-8-2 in their last 29 games overall. 

Notre Dame looked strong about a month ago, but a 41-8 loss to Miami and a 38-20 loss to Stanford rattled their proverbial cage a little. As for LSU, they put up just 10 points versus Alabama, but in their last three games have posted at least 30 in each and allowed just 41 points total. I like the LSU offense to keep it cooking here, so I’m taking the Tigers to cover.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:24:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104465
<![CDATA[Clemson vs. Alabama - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/clemson-vs-alabama-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Sugar Bowl gives us the college football playoff battle between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have secured yet another berth in the college football playoffs in a rematch of last season’s title game. Alabama continues to be a national title contender because of their ability to score and defend. The Crimson Tide averaged 39 points on 470.8 yards behind the #10 rushing attack that racked up 265 yards per game. The Alabama defense was a shutdown unit that allowed 11.5 points on a mere 260 yards with the third ranked run ‘D’ giving up only 95.2…

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The Sugar Bowl gives us the college football playoff battle between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have secured yet another berth in the college football playoffs in a rematch of last season’s title game. Alabama continues to be a national title contender because of their ability to score and defend. The Crimson Tide averaged 39 points on 470.8 yards behind the #10 rushing attack that racked up 265 yards per game. The Alabama defense was a shutdown unit that allowed 11.5 points on a mere 260 yards with the third ranked run ‘D’ giving up only 95.2 yards.

Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 136-224 (60.7%) for 2,005 yards with 15 touchdowns and just a single interception. Hurts was the second leading rusher for the Crimson Tide as well with 758 yards on 137 carries and eight scores while Damien Harris topped the team with 906 yards on 110 touches. Calvin Ridley was easily the top Alabama receiver with 55 receptions for 896 yards with next five receivers combining for 57 catches. 

The Clemson Tigers will be looking for back to back National Championships when the team opposes Alabama in the college football playoffs with a trip to the championship going to the winner. Clemson was also potent on both sides of the football with the team averaging 35.4 points on 449 yards with the #33 ground game producing 205 yards. The Tigers defense was suffocating with only 12.8 points given up on 228 yards behind the #8 passing defense with the 13th ranked run ‘D’ allowing 112.8 yards.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was accurate and productive as he completed 67.4% of his 362 throws for 2,678 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Tigers did not lack for receiving options with Deon Cain, Hunter Renfrow and Ray-Ray McCloud combining for 153 receptions and 1,700+ yards. Clemson was explosive on the ground with Travis Etienne posting 744 yards on 103 carries and a hefty 7.2 yard average while Tavien Feaster logged 659 yards on 103 touches for a 6.4 yard average.

Alabama are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf and Alabama are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and Alabama are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in January. Clemson are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 bowl games and Clemson are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and over is 4-0 in Tigers last 4 games in January. 

This is the third straight matchup between these programs with everything on the line. I simply think Clemson is the better squad and I’ll gladly take the points and hit the ML as well…

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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:24:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104555
<![CDATA[Oklahoma vs. Georgia - College Football Playoff - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/oklahoma-vs-georgia-college-football-playoff-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments One of the College Football Playoff matchups pits the #3 Georgia Bulldogs against the #2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl on ESPN on New Year's Day.

The #3 Georgia Bulldogs booked their spot in the playoff thanks to an 11-1 regular season record, including an 8-1 record in SEC play, culminating in a 28-7 victory in the SEC championship over Auburn, avenging their only loss of the season from 3 weeks prior. Jake Fromm threw for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 145 of 230 passing, good for a 63% completion percentage. The Bulldogs boasted one of the most lethal ground…

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One of the College Football Playoff matchups pits the #3 Georgia Bulldogs against the #2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl on ESPN on New Year's Day.

The #3 Georgia Bulldogs booked their spot in the playoff thanks to an 11-1 regular season record, including an 8-1 record in SEC play, culminating in a 28-7 victory in the SEC championship over Auburn, avenging their only loss of the season from 3 weeks prior. Jake Fromm threw for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 145 of 230 passing, good for a 63% completion percentage. The Bulldogs boasted one of the most lethal ground attacks in all of college football, with Nick Chubb leading the team with 1,175 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, while Sony Michel added 948 rushing yards and 13 TDs of his own. Javon Wims led the team with 631 yards, 38 catches and 6 touchdowns, while Terry Godwin added 540 yards and 6 TDs of his own. Georgia posed one of the toughest defensive units in the country, holding their opponents to 19 points or less in all but 2 of their 12 games this season, helping the Bulldogs hold their opponents to just 13.2 points per game this season. Georgia also gave up just over 270 yards of total offense per game, the 4th-lowest mark in the country in addition to just over 158 yards passing per game this season.

The #2 Oklahoma Sooners booked their spot in the playoffs after posting a 12-1 record this season, including an 8-1 Big 12 conference record culminating in a 41-17 win over TCU in the conference championship. Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 262 of 369 passing, good for a 71% completion percentage. Rodney Anderson led the Sooners with 960 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns while Trey Semon added 710 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns and the aforementioned Mayfield added 5 rushing scores of his own. Marquise Brown led the team with 981 receiving yards to go along with 6 touchdowns and 49 receptions, while Mark Andrews caught a team-high 58 passes for 906 yards and a team-leading 8 TDs. CeeDee Lamb also chipped in 741 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. All of this while the Sooners led FBS with 583.3 yards of total offense per game, including 367.4 passing yards (3rd-most) and 44.9 points per game (4th-most). Defense wasn’t necessarily the strongest suit for Oklahoma, but the Sooners were decent defensively, giving up just 25 points per game and 384 yards of total offense per game this season.

Georgia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 non-conference games. Oklahoma is 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the SEC.

Normally for a bowl game with this much pro potential, I’d be concerned about players resting up for the NFL combine. However, with this being for a spot in the National Championship, I’m expecting all hands on deck. With that said, the Sooners will have their hands full trying to break down the Georgia secondary. Even in their loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs still held Jarrett Stidham to just 214 passing yards, but the 3 touchdowns were mostly done on a short field. The bulk of Auburn’s damage was done on the ground, and Oklahoma’s strength is their passing, not their ground attack. Plus, the Sooners gave up 38 or more points in 5 of their last 9 games of the season. I think if Georgia can get on the board early, the Bulldogs may be able to do enough defensively to control the game, which I think they will so I’ll lay the points with Georgia here.

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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:23:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104675
<![CDATA[Auburn vs. UCF - 1/1/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/auburn-vs-ucf-1/1/18-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 12th ranked UCF Knights will square off against the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, January 1st.

The UCF Knights finished off their perfect, 12-0, regular season after defeating the 20th ranked Memphis State Tigers, 62-55 in 2OT, in the AAC Championship game. UCF has made an amazing turn around under head coach Scott Frost, who will be taking over the head coaching duties at Nebraska next season, as Frost help turned around a UCF team that finished 0-12 just two seasons ago. On the season, UCF is averaging 49.4 ppg on 540.4…

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The 12th ranked UCF Knights will square off against the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday, January 1st.

The UCF Knights finished off their perfect, 12-0, regular season after defeating the 20th ranked Memphis State Tigers, 62-55 in 2OT, in the AAC Championship game. UCF has made an amazing turn around under head coach Scott Frost, who will be taking over the head coaching duties at Nebraska next season, as Frost help turned around a UCF team that finished 0-12 just two seasons ago. On the season, UCF is averaging 49.4 ppg on 540.4 total yards per game (339.3 passing yds/g; 201.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCF has been led by QB McKenzie Milton who completed 69.2% of his passes for 35 TD and 9 INT while averaging 316.3 passing yds/g. Milton has also done some damage with his legs this season as he had 7 rushing TD’s while averaging 41.42 yds/g. The leading receivers for Milton and the Knights have been WR Tre’Quan Smith (4.5 rec/g, 90.2 yds/g, 13 TD), Dredrick Snelson (3.5 rec/g, 54.7 yds/g, 7 TD), TE Jordan Akrins (2.7 rec/g, 41.7 yds/g, 4 TD), and WR Gabriel Davis (2.1 rec/g, 29.4 yds/g, 4 TD). Leading the way for the UCF backfield has been the Adrian Killins Jr. (9.3 att/g, 63.5 yds/g, 10 TD) and Taj McGowan (5.8 att/g, 19.6 yds/g, 8 TD). Defensively, UCF is allowing their opponents to average 25.2 ppg on 428.5 total yards per game (262.8 passing yds/g; 165.7 rushing yds/g). The Knights have forced 29 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +15.

The Auburn Tigers were one of the best teams in College Football season, and although they have to be disappointed they couldn’t make to the College Football Playoffs, the Tigers still have to be happy with their 10-3 season which included back to back wins against Georgia and Alabama. Auburn finished SEC-West play with a 7-1 conference record, however, couldn’t win the SEC Championship after being defeated by Georgia by a 28-7 margin. On the season, Auburn is averaging 34.4 ppg on 454.0 total yards per game (225.8 passing yds/g; 228.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Tigers have been led by RB Kerryon Johnson who had 17 rushing TD’s while averaging 120.0 yds/g on 23.9 att/g. QB Jarrett Stidham has completed 66.7% of his passes for 17 TD and 4 INT while averaging 217.5 passing yds/g. The leading receivers for the Stidham and the Tigers have been Ryan Davis (5.8 rec/g, 59.1 yds/g, 5 TD), Darius Slayton (2.0 rec/g, 47.8 yds/g, 5 TD), and Will Hastings (1.5 rec/g, 31.4 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, Auburn is holding their opponents to an average of 17.3 ppg on a total of 312.3 yards per game (177.8 passing yds/g; 134.5 rushing yds/g). LB Jeff Holland has been outstanding on the defensive end for the Tigers this season as he led the team with 9 sacks. The Tigers forced 18 turnovers on the season and had an overall turnover margin of +1.

The Knights are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. SEC opponents. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 game following a ATS loss however, are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

This should be one of the more intriguing matchups in the all the bowl games as we will find out if the UCF offense can still have success against one of the better SEC defenses in the Tigers. UCF finished the season with the 7th ranked passing offense, however, the Tigers were successful defending the pass as they finished with the 14th ranked passing defense. UCF defense has done a great job forcing turnovers on the season, however, their 66th ranked rushing defense could have trouble against the solid Auburn offensive line and their star RB, Kerryon Johnson. I want to pick UCF as it’s amazing to see their turnaround, however, as long as Kerryon Johnson and Tigers defense is healthy, I think Auburn will be too much for the Knights and win this one by double-digits. Take Auburn to cover. 

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Mon, 01 Jan 2018 02:22:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=104753
<![CDATA[Alabama vs. Clemson - 1/1/18 College Football Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/alabama-vs-clemson-1/1/18-college-football-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments  The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers meet Monday in the college football playoffs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Alabama Crimson Tide hope to win at least 12 games for the 11th time in school history while reaching yet another national championship. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 10 of their last 12 neutral site games. Jalen Hurts is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,940 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception. Hurts has one touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 1,140…

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 The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers meet Monday in the college football playoffs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Alabama Crimson Tide hope to win at least 12 games for the 11th time in school history while reaching yet another national championship. The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 10 of their last 12 neutral site games. Jalen Hurts is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,940 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception. Hurts has one touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 1,140 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Cam Sims has 13 receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 265.3 yards per contest, and Damien Harris leads the way with 906 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 11.5 points and 257.8 yards per game. Ronnie Harrison leads the Alabama Crimson Tide with 68 tackles, Raekwon Davis has 6.5 sacks and Levi Wallace has three interceptions. 

The Clemson Tigers look to win at least 13 games for the third time in school history while reaching a third straight national championship. The Clemson Tigers have won four straight neutral site games. Kelly Bryant is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 2,678 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. Bryant has one or less touchdown passes in 10 of his last 13 games. Deon Cain and Hunter Renfrow have combined for 1,230 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Ray-Ray McCloud has 46 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 204 yards per contest, and Travis Etienne leads the way with 744 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 12.8 points and 277.9 yards per game. Kendall Joseph leads the Clemson Tigers with 86 tackles, Clelin Ferrell has 8.5 sacks and Trayvon Mullen has three interceptions.

The Crimson Tide are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in January, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 7-2-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 10-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 7-2-1 in Tigers last 10 games overall and the under is 5-2 in Crimson Tide last 7 games overall.

You could make a strong argument that the Alabama Crimson Tide shouldn't even be in this game after struggling down the stretch the way they did and getting outplayed by the Auburn Tigers. Alabama is also still banged up on the defensive side of the ball, something that doesn't help when playing a Clemson offense that's loaded with athletes. The difference for me in this game is Hurts against this Tigers defense. Hurts is simply not a difference maker at the quarterback position, and you need your signal caller to make plays to have success against this nasty Clemson defense. Alabama will not be able to line up and run it with consistent success if plays aren't made through the air. Say what you want about Kelly Bryant, but he has topped 200 passing yards each of his last three games and has combined for six touchdowns during that span, good enough to make defenses respect his ability. In a battle where both teams will have issues moving the ball, I side with Clemson due to the better QB play. I'll take the free field goal but will also be on the ML.

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017 02:31:39 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=108017
<![CDATA[LSU vs. Notre Dame - 1/1/18 Citrus Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/lsu-vs-notre-dame-1/1/18-citrus-bowl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and LSU Tigers meet Monday in the college football Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a shot at double-digit wins for the third time in the last six years and their first bowl victory since 2014. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have split their last eight bowl appearances. Brandon Wimbush is completing 49.8 percent of his passes for 1,818 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wimbush has two or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Equanimeous St. Brown and Chase Claypool have combined…

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and LSU Tigers meet Monday in the college football Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a shot at double-digit wins for the third time in the last six years and their first bowl victory since 2014. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have split their last eight bowl appearances. Brandon Wimbush is completing 49.8 percent of his passes for 1,818 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wimbush has two or less touchdown passes in each of his last six games. Equanimeous St. Brown and Chase Claypool have combined for 870 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Kevin Stepherson has 19 receptions. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ground game is averaging 279 yards per contest, and Josh Adams leads the way with 1,386 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame is allowing 21.8 points and 366.7 yards per game. Te'von Coney leads the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 99 tackles, Jerry Tillery has four sacks and Julian Love has three interceptions.  

The LSU Tigers have a chance to win double-digit games for the first time since the 2013 season. The LSU Tigers split their last eight bowl appearances. Danny Etling is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,234 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. Etling has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last five games. DJ Chark and Darrel Williams have combined for 1,138 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Russell Gage has 19 receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game is averaging 210.7 yards per contest, and Derrius Guice leads the way with 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, LSU is allowing 18.8 points and 311.7 yards per game. Devin White leads the LSU Tigers with 127 tackles, Greg Gilmore has 6.5 sacks and Andraez Williams has five interceptions.

The Fighting Irish are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in January, 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 19-8-2 in Tigers last 29 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Fighting Irish last 5 games overall.

The LSU Tigers have been a completely different team since that loss to Troy, and their only loss since then came against Alabama, a game they were in until the end. Meanwhile, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have lost pretty much every time they've stepped up in comp this season, and they were dominated on both ends by Miami and Stanford, two of their last three games. The LSU Tigers are one of the best defenses in the country, so they'll keep Notre Dame's ground game in check, and the offensive line should be able to counter that atheltic Notre Dame defensive front. We've seen the Irish struggle time and time again when they play these physical teams that play with an edge. LSU rolls here.

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017 02:09:12 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=108014
<![CDATA[Georgia vs. Oklahoma - 1/1/18 College Football Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2018/01/01/georgia-vs-oklahoma-1/1/18-college-football-playoffs-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners meet Monday in the college football playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a chance to win 13 games for the second time in school history and advance to the national championship. The Georgia Bulldogs have won their last three neutral site games. Jake Fromm is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Fromm has two touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Javon Wims and Terry Godwin have combined for 1,171 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while…

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The Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners meet Monday in the college football playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a chance to win 13 games for the second time in school history and advance to the national championship. The Georgia Bulldogs have won their last three neutral site games. Jake Fromm is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Fromm has two touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Javon Wims and Terry Godwin have combined for 1,171 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Mecole Hardman has 22 receptions. The Georgia Bulldogs ground game is averaging 263.5 yards per contest, and Nick Chubb leads the way with 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 13.2 points and 270.9 yards per game. Roquan Smith leads the Georgia Bulldogs with 113 tackles, D'Andre Walker has 4.5 sacks and Dominick Sanders has three interceptions.   

The Oklahoma Sooners have a chance to win 13 games for the second time in school history and advance to the national championship. The Oklahoma Sooners have won their last four neutral site games. Baker Mayfield is completing 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions. Mayfield has three or more touchdown passes in his last six games. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews have combined for 1,887 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while CeeDee Lamb has 40 receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 215.9 yards per contest, and Rodney Anderson leads the way with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 25 points and 384.8 yards per game. Emmanuel Beal leads the Oklahoma Sooners with 89 tackles, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has eight sacks and Parnell Motley has two interceptions.

The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 7-1 in Sooners last 8 neutral site games and the under is 6-2 in Bulldogs last 8 neutral site games.

Those who have followed me all season know that I have a love/hate relationship with the Oklahoma Sooners. I trust them in big games, they lose. I give up on them and fade them, they win. Either way, I always think it's only a matter of time before Oklahoma craps the bed. The Georgia Bulldogs have proven that they're a balanced football team that plays aggressive defensively and has a big play offense with a ground game that can control the tempo. The Oklahoma Sooners put up sexy video game numbers, but they play in a Big 12 conference that has limited defenses, and the Sooners defense itself isn't good. The Sooners are likely going to get a dose of reality in this spot, as I think a lot of success comes from who they play. I'll take Georgia by a touchdown.

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017 01:52:21 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=108011