Utes or Buckeyes for all the Roses?
Photo: Jeffrey Swinger USA Today
Article by WestCoastCFB
BYU (10-2) vs UAB (8-4)
Betting Line: BYU -6.5
BYU fans are rightly disappointed with their bowl draw after such a successful season but the players need to focus on the present and getting their 11th win. The Cougars have a great chance of securing an AP Top 10 finish with a victory and could end up as the top ranked team in the West for the 2nd straight season.
Prediction: BYU 42 vs UAB 24
Oregon St (7-5) vs Utah St (10-3)
Betting Line: OSU -7
Utah State and Blake Anderson were one of the best stories in college football after they won the Mountain West Championship over San Diego State. Anderson was a rising star in the coaching world and may have been a top contender for P5 jobs next Fall until a story broke revealing that he made a comment saying it "has never been more glamorized to be a victim" of sexual assault. His future as head coach now hangs in the balance and as a result we expect the Aggies to be distracted tomorrow. The Beavers will be highly motivated for their first bowl appearance since 2013 and should roll.
Prediction: Oregon State 35 vs Utah State 27
Oregon (10-3) vs Oklahoma (10-2)
Betting Line: Oklahoma -4.5
Two major brand names will face off in the Alamo Bowl without their head coaches after Cristobal left for Miami and Riley left for USC. These teams have talented rosters and a lot of pride. Expect this to be one of the most fun Bowl Games of the season.
Prediction: Oklahoma 38 vs Oregon 35
Arizona St (8-4) vs Wisconsin (8-4)
Las Vegas Bowl
Betting Line: Wisconsin -7
The Badgers were one of the hottest teams in the country at the end of the season while going 7-1 in their final 8 games. During that stretch, Wisconsin defeated #9 Iowa 27-7 and #25 Purdue 30-13. Paul Chryst's program ranks 6th in the country in defense and should make it a tough go for Jayden Daniels and squad.
Prediction: Wisconsin 27 vs Arizona State 24
WSU (7-5) vs Miami (7-5)
Betting Line: Miami -2.5
The Cougs overcame a lot of adversity this season and capped the year off with a phenomenal 40-13 win over the Huskies. Jayden de Laura is a rising star in college football and one of the best QB's in the Pac-12. The Sun Bowl will be his opportunity to make his name known across the Country.
Prediction: WSU 31 vs Miami 24
UCLA (8-4) vs NC State (9-3)
Betting Line: NC State -1
Dorian Thompson-Robinson could be playing in his final game for the Bruins and will get the chance to go out on a high note against Dave Doeren and NC State. Thompson-Robinson and Charbonnet dominate on the ground and lead the Bruins to a win.
Prediction: UCLA 41 vs NC State 38
Utah (10-3) vs Ohio State (10-2)
Betting Line: Ohio State -6.5
The Utes have finally reached the promised land. This is a truly special moment for Utah fans and they should soak in every second of it. The majesty of the Rose Bowl is undeniable and Utah players are going to be extremely motivated to win while Ohio State players may feel this season is a let down after their loss to Michigan kept them out of the Playoffs. Kyle Whittingham is a wizard in Bowl Games, going 11-3 during his career, and adds a Rose Bowl victory to his career accolades.
Prediction: Utah 34 vs Ohio State 31