Plan Accordingly: Top Games – BOWL EDITION

Bowls are ranked like recruits: 5 stars, 4 stars, and 3 stars. Just like in recruiting, 2-star and 1-star bowls won’t be given much attention.

Bowls are ranked using a super-scientific system comparing the overall quality of the two teams and the closeness of the match-up. The quality of each team is found using Brian Fremeau’s, Bill Connelly’s, and ESPN’s advanced stats ranking systems.

PICK RESULTS

All Games Pct. Upset Picks Pct.
Last Week 7-0 1.000 0-0 N/A
Overall 116-66 .637 15-17 .469

Without further ado: the BOWLS. All times AZ. Picks in CAPS.

BOWL OF THE YEAR

Orange: #1 CLEMSON*** vs. #4 Oklahoma
Thu., Dec. 31, 2:00 PM, ESPN
Upset Special / Overtime Bowl

FIVE-STAR BOWLS

National Championship Possibility: #2 ALABAMA vs. #1 Clemson
Mon., Jan. 11, 6:30 PM, ESPN

National Championship Possibility: #2 ALABAMA vs. #4 Oklahoma
Mon., Jan. 11, 6:30 PM, ESPN

Fiesta: #8 Notre Dame vs. #7 OHIO ST.
Fri., Jan. 1, 11:00 AM, ESPN
Upset Special / Overtime Bowl

FOUR-STAR BOWLS

National Championship Possibility: #3 Michigan St. vs. #1 CLEMSON
Mon., Jan. 11, 6:30 PM, ESPN

Cotton Bowl Classic: #2 ALABAMA vs. #3 Michigan St.
Thu., Dec. 31, 6:00 PM, ESPN

National Championship Possibility: #3 Michigan St. vs. #4 OKLAHOMA
Mon., Jan. 11, 6:30 PM, ESPN

Citrus: #19 Florida vs. #14 MICHIGAN
Fri., Jan. 1, 11:00 AM, ABC
Upset Special

Russell Athletic: #17 Baylor vs. #10 NORTH CAROLINA***
Tue., Dec. 29, 3:30 PM, ESPN
Upset Special

Alamo: #15 Oregon vs. #11 TCU
Sat., Jan. 2, 4:45 PM, ESPN

THREE-STAR GAMES

Las Vegas: BYU vs. #22 UTAH
Sat., Dec. 19, 1:30 PM, ABC
Upset Special

Holiday: #25 USC vs. Wisconsin
Wed., Dec. 30, 8:30 PM, ESPN

Boca Raton: #24 Temple vs. TOLEDO*
Tue., Dec. 22, 5:00 PM, ESPN
G5 Bowl of the Year / Upset Special

Sugar: #16 Oklahoma St. vs. #12 OLE MISS
Fri., Jan. 1, 6:30 PM, ESPN

Rose Bowl Game: #5 Iowa vs. #6 STANFORD
Fri., Jan. 1, 3:00 PM, ESPN

San Francisco: Nebraska vs. UCLA
Sat., Dec. 26, 7:15 PM, ESPN

Belk: MISSISSIPPI ST. vs. NC State
Wed., Dec. 30, 1:30 PM, ESPN

Music City: Louisville vs. TEXAS A&M
Wed., Dec. 30, 5:00 PM, ESPN

Military Bowl: #21 NAVY vs. Pitt
Mon., Dec. 28, 12:30 PM, ESPN

Gator: GEORGIA vs. Penn St.
Sat., Jan. 2, 10:00 AM, ESPN

Birmingham: Auburn vs. MEMPHIS*
Wed., Dec. 30, 10:00 AM, ESPN

Peach: #9 FLORIDA ST. vs. #18 Houston
Thu., Dec. 31, 10:00 AM, ESPN

Miami Beach: South Florida vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
Mon., Dec. 21, 12:30 PM, ESPN

Cactus: ARIZONA ST. vs. West Virginia
Sat., Jan. 2, 8:15 PM, ESPN

Hawai’i: Cincinnati vs. SAN DIEGO ST.*
Thu., Dec. 24, 6:00 PM, ESPN
Overtime Bowl

Poinsettia: BOISE ST. vs. Northern Illinois
Wed., Dec. 23, 2:30 PM, ESPN

Sun: MIAMI* vs. Washington St.
Sat., Dec. 26, 12:00 PM, CBS

Texas: #20 LSU vs. Texas Tech
Tue., Dec. 29, 7:00 PM, ESPN

New Orleans: Arkansas St. vs. LOUISIANA TECH*
Sat., Dec. 19, 7:00 PM, ESPN
Overtime Bowl

Heart of Dallas: Southern Miss vs. WASHINGTON
Sat., Dec. 26, 12:20 PM, ESPN

*Upset picks
**Vegas favorite despite lower ranking
***Vegas underdog despite higher ranking

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