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Free Picks: Win Predictions for College Bowl Games and NFL For the Week of 12/17-12/20
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Free Picks: Win Predictions for College Bowl Games and NFL For the Week of 12/17-12/20

We went 9-5 last weekend picking 13 NFL games and the Army-Navy battle. That brings our record to 385-128 (75%) for the season. The College Football bowl season starts Friday night and there are nine games scattered from Friday to Monday. The NFL is done with the bye weeks so there is a full schedule to try and figure out. We hit our Lock of the Week as the Packers covered and we are 10-5 for the year in that category.r However, the Jets lost against the Saints and that dropped the Upset Special record to 13-8. Here are our win predictions for this week’s bowl games and the NFL. Keep in mind, these are straight up wins, not involving the point spreads.

FRIDAY 12/17:

BAHAMAS BOWL at Nassau, Bahamas: Toledo 7-5 vs. Middle Tennessee State 6-6 Not much to say about this one. Toledo 27 Middle Tennessee 17

CURE BOWL at Orlando: Coastal Carolina 10-2 vs. Northern Illinois 9-4 On paper, Coastal Carolina is much better, but the Huskies will keep it close. Coastal Carolina 38 Northern Illinois 30


BOCA RATON BOWL at Boca Raton, FL: Appalachian State 10-3 vs. Western Kentucky 8-5 Two teams coming off losses in their conference championship games. Appalachian 37 Western Kentucky 31

NEW MEXICO BOWL at Albuquerque: UTEP 7-5 vs. Fresno State 9-3 Fresno State is the better team. Fresno State 42 UTEP 20

INDEPENDENCE BOWL at Shreveport, LA: UAB 8-4 vs. No.12 BYU 10-2 If the Cougars are interested, they should win with ease. BYU 31 UAB 20

LENDING TREE BOWL at Mobile, AL: Eastern Michigan 7-5 vs. Liberty 7-5 Honestly does anyone care? Liberty 35 Eastern Michigan 24

LA BOWL at Inglewood, CA: Oregon State 7-5 vs. Utah State 10-3 A so-so Pac-12 team against the surprising Mountain West Champion, Aggies. Utah State 38 Oregon State 35 in an upset.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL at New Orleans, LA: Marshall 8-5 vs. No.16 Louisiana 12-1 I’m a little surprised that Louisiana isn’t playing in a better bowl game. Louisiana 34 Marshall 17


Las Vegas 6-7 at Cleveland 7-6: Who the Hell is going to play in this game for the Browns? I’m still picking them. Cleveland 17 Las Vegas 16

New England 9-4 at Indianapolis 7-6: Seems strange to me that the Colts are the favorite. They could win but……. New England 27 Indianapolis 24

SUNDAY 12/19:

Carolina at Buffalo 7-6: Surely, the Bills win this one. *Lock of the Week* Buffalo 34 Carolina 13

Arizona 10-3 at Detroit 1-11-1: Might be closer than people think. Arizona 27 Detroit 17

Dallas 9-4 at NY Giants 4-9: Another trap type game. Dallas 28 Giants 20

Houston 2-11 at Jacksonville 2-11: Is this the worst game ever? Jacksonville 19 Houston 17

New York Jets 3-10 at Miami 6-7: Must win for the Dolphins. Miami 24 Jets 10

Tennessee 9-4 at Pittsburgh 6-6-1: This could go either way. Pittsburgh 23 Tennessee 21

Washington 6-7 at Philadelphia 6-7: Should be a close game between these two rivals. Philadelphia 24 Washington 20

Atlanta 6-7 at San Francisco 7-6: 49ers can take a major step to the playoffs. San Francisco 27 Atlanta 20

Cincinnati 7-6 at Denver 7-6: Can the Bengals step up? Cincinnati 24 Denver 17

Seattle 5-8 at Los Angeles 9-4: The Seahawks have COVID problems. Rams 24 Seattle 14

Green Bay 10-3 at Baltimore 8-5: Green Bay is better; the Ravens need a win. *Upset Special* Baltimore 24 Green Bay 21

New Orleans 6-7 at Tampa Bay 10-3: Bucs win but don’t cover. Tampa Bay 30 New Orleans 20

MONDAY 12/20:

MYRTLE BEACH BOWL at Myrtle Beach, SC Old Dominion 6-6 vs. Tulsa 6-6 The winner will have a winning record. Tulsa 28 Old Dominion 21

Minnesota 6-7 at Chicago 4-9: The Vikings are so unpredictable. Minnesota 21 Chicago 17



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