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2019-2020 Bowl Picks

Welcome back to NoHustleSports! I am sorry it has been awhile since our last post, but we are back in business and here to give you a little insight into the bowl season to help you win your office pool and take home that big money!

The first games of the bowl season happen on Friday Dec. 20th. and the National Title Game is played on Monday January 13th.

Friday, December 20th (All Times are CST)

  • Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (1:00pm): Buffalo vs Charlotte. This is an easy pick for me. Charlotte wins, because the Buffalo players are just going to excited about not being in Buffalo to care about winning. (Charlotte)
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (6:30pm): Utah State vs Kent State. This bowl is played 30 mins from my house and still working to convince the fiance to go to this game. I think Utah State dominates from start to finish. (Utah State)

Saturday, December 21st

  • New Mexico Bowl (1:00pm): Central Michigan vs San Diego State. The Aztecs have the better team, but crazy things happen in New Mexico. I think the Chippewas get the win and have the best mascot in the bowl. (Central Michigan)
  • FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl (1:30pm): Liberty vs Georgia Southern. After Liberty beat Baylor a few years ago I simply can not pick against them in this bowl game. (Liberty)
  • Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl (2:30pm): SMU vs Florida Atlantic. SMU was riding high at the start of the season and FAU continued its dominance under the Lane Train in CUSA, but with the Lane Train gone to Ole Miss I think SMU wins in a nail biter. (SMU)
  • Camellia Bowl (4:30pm): Florida International vs Arkansas State. This game will be a blood bath, both are great Group of 5 powers that turn out good seasons every year. I think FIU has the edge, but wouldn’t surprise me if Ark State wins. (FIU)
  • Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (6:30): Boise State vs Washington. This is easily the best game of the weekend. It has the all of the potential to be one of the top bowl games of the year (mark my words). Look for big plays, trick plays, and anything scrappy from Boise that thinks that they should be in the Cotton Bowl. (Boise State)
  • R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (8:00): Appalachian State vs UAB. Both of these teams have something to prove, App State, like Boise, thinks they should be in the Cotton Bowl, and UAB wants to prove to the school that football is here to stay and should get canned again. (App State)

Monday, December 23rd

  • Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (1:30pm): UCF vs Marshall. This is the only game of the day, at it is an early start. I think UCF also starts scoring early and doesn’t look back. (UCF)

Tueday, December 24th

  • Hawaii Bowl (7:00pm): Hawaii vs BYU. A Christmas Eve tradition that we have grown to love. This year it is Hawaii playing in Hawaii vs a very mediocre BYU team. I think BYU comes out motivated and wins easy. (BYU)

Thursday, December 26th

  • Walk-On’s Independence Bowl (3:00pm): LA Tech vs Miami. Well This is where THE U is now…. in the walk-on bowl vs LA Tech and they will lose. Yikes. (LA Tech)
  • Quick Lane Bowl (7:00pm): Pitt vs Eastern Michigan. A team from Michigan playing in Michigan, and tickets are as look as 6 bucks… not a good game, but an easy win for the Panthers. (Pitt)

Friday, December 27th

  • Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman (11:00am): North Carolina vs Temple. Mack Brown gets UNC bowling, but runs into a hungry Temple team. (Temple)
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl (2:20pm): Michigan State vs Wake Forest. Well the best part of this game is that its at Yankee Stadium. Other than that… not much of a game. It will be low scoring and MSU will score a little more than WF. (Michigan State)
  • Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl (5:45pm): #25 Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M. This is my favorite game of the day. It features a team in the Big 12 vs a team that left the Big 12 for the SEC to still be little step brother of everyone. You have to think this game means more for the Mullet so I have Okie State winning. (Oklahoma State)
  • San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (7:00pm): #22 USC vs #16 Iowa. This game intrest me based on the fact that Iowa hates scoring points and you have to score points to win football games. At least they have the best kicker in the country. (USC because they will score a few TDs)
  • Cheez-It Bowl (9:15pm): Air Force vs Washington State. One team has Mike Leach…. One Team does not. The Fightin Mike Leachs win because they will stop the run and air it out against the force. (Washington State)

Saturday, December 28th

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl (11:00am): #17 Memphis vs #10 Penn State. Why is a New Years 6 bowl starting at 11… Stupid planning. Memphis lost their coach to FSU and Penn State is still Penn State. (Penn State)
  • Camping World Bowl (11:00am): #15 Notre Dame vs Iowa State. This is the 11:00am game I am looking forward too. When Penn State starts to kill Memphis, switch it over to this game and watch the Cyclones embaress ND. (Iowa State)
  • CFP Semifinal Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (3:00pm): #4 Oklahoma vs #1 LSU. This game will be a lot close then you think and I think OU actually upsets the Tigers and moves on to the Final. (Oklahoma)
  • CFP Semifinal Playstation Fiesta Bowl (7:00pm): #3 Clemson vs #2 Ohio State. Another upset happening…. Clemson gets the respect it deserves and contains Fields and wins the game (not by 30, but wins). (Clemson)

Monday, December 30th

  • Servepro First Responder Bowl (11:30am): Western Kentucky vs Western Michigan. The battle of the Westerns will be decided in Dallas… Once again trying to convince the the fiance that this will be awesome…. she knows I’m lying about it being awesome. But who doesn’t love the WKU mascot. (Western………. Kentucky)
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (3:00): Mississippi State vs Louisville. There is only one reason for my pick is that I used to live in Mississippi, so go cards! (Louisville)
  • Redbox Bowl (3:00pm) Cal vs Illinois. This game screams of boring football. Since the whole point of this is to pick a winner, I pick Cal. (Cal)
  • Capital One Orange Bowl (7:00) #9 Florida vs #24 Virginia. Well its 2 ranked teams playing in a New Years 6 Bowl. One team deserves to be there, the other is here because Clemson is in the Playoff. (Florida)

Tuesday, December 31st

  • Belk Bowl (11:00am): Virginia Tech vs Kentucky. Well VT needs Frank Beamer back, and Kentucky has hoops. Since it is a football game I will go with Virginia Tech because my friend Chase went there. (Virginia Tech)
  • Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl (1:00pm): Florida State vs Arizona State. Florida State sucks at football, Arizona has had some good moments lately. Gotta go with the Sun Devils. (Arizona State)
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl (2:45): #23 Navy vs Kansas State. Navy has been good all year, and K-State was competitive in the Big 12. I think that K-State musters up some magic and takes down ranked Navy. (Kansas State)
  • Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl (3:30): Wyoming and Georgia State. Another snoozer of excitement for this bowl. I’m going with the Cowboys, because why not??? (Wyoming)
  • Valero Alamo Bowl (6:30) #11 Utah vs Texas. Everyone thinks Utah will roll in this game… ask Georgia how good Texas was in a bowl game last year. I have UT by 2 scores. (Texas)

Wednesday, January 1st

  • Outback Bowl (12:00pm): #18 Minnesota vs #12 Auburn. This game could be close or a blowout, but either way I think the Tigers are too much for the row boat. (Auburn)
  • VRBO Citrus Bowl (12:00pm): #14 Michigan vs #13 Alabama. It will intersesting to see if Bama gets excited for a non playoff bowl game, we know Harbaugh will be coaching the wolverines up for this game to make a statement. I still have to go with Bama and their backup QB. (Alabama)
  • Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual (4:00pm): #6 Oregon vs #8 Wisconsin. In the Granddaddy of Them All I see the Ducks out scoring the fightin Johnathan Taylor Thomases. Ducks win a close game and end the year as #5. (Oregon)
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl (7:45pm): #5 Georgia vs #7 Baylor. This is solely a homer pick. I am picking the Bears. They will come out looking to prove something this game, and could use 3 QBs depending on health. It will come down to the final drive and John Mayers will hit a 42 yarder to win it. (Baylor)

Thursday, January 2nd

  • Ticketsmarter Birmingham Bowl (2:00pm): Boston College vs #21 Cincinnati. This is the last bowl that has a ranked team until the final. Cincy wins this in a blowout. Sorry BC Doug Flutie doesn’t have any eligibilty left. (Cincy)
  • Taxslayer Gator Bowl (6:00pm): Indiana vs Tennessee. One state has mountains the other…. nothing?? So rocky tops for the win! (Tennessee)

Friday, January 3rd

  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (2:30pm): Ohio vs Nevada. Wolf Pack allllllll day!!! Ohio will make it close, Nevada will pull it out. (Nevada)

Sarurday, January 4th

  • Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (10:30am): Southern Miss vs Tulane. I used to coach softball for USM. They were just starting to turn the corner at football and they have done it this year. USM beats Tulane in a game no one cares about. (Southern Miss)

Monday, January 6th

  • Lending Tree Bowl (6:30pm): Louisiana (formerly known as ULL) vs Miami (not that Miami… this is the Ohio one). ULL has been pretty solid all year on offense and they will hang 50 on Miami and win soundly. (ULL aka Louisiana)

Monday, January 13th

  • National Title Game…. I will discuss in a separate post one teams clinch. My prediction right now is Clemson over Oklahoma. (Clemson)