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Dec
12
2015

Predicting each 2015 ACC Bowl game.

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Dec. 26 Independence Shreveport, La. 5:45 p.m. (ESPN) Tulsa (6-6) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6)

The Hokies come in winners of 3 of their last 4 games. They have really played inspired if not high quality football since Frank Beamer announced his retirement. Tulsa frankly isn’t very good, and they give up tons of points.

Frank Beamer should go out a winner, as the Hokies will be able to put together a good enough effort to win this one rather comfortably.

Prediction : Virginia Tech 31 Tulsa 13

 

Dec. 26 Pinstripe Bronx, N.Y. 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Indiana (6-6) vs. Duke (7-5)

Indiana is 4 single digit losses from being 10-2. They played very competitive games with Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan. This is a dangerous team, that is appearing in their first bowl game since 2007. Duke fell apart after a controversial loss to Miami, losing 4 of their last 5 games. The Blue Devils defense played poorly to end their season and I think they will have problems with the Hoosiers explosive group.

Prediction : Indiana 34 Duke 27 

 

Dec. 26 Sun El Paso, Texas 2 p.m.  Miami (Fla.) (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4)

Washington St. opened the year with an embarrassing loss to Portland State, but they turned into a pretty quality team by the end of the year. They finished with wins over Oregon and UCLA. It is Mike Leach’s best Washington State team. Who knows what to expect from Miami. They are as capable of winning this game 42-21 and losing it to 42-21.

Brady Kaaya is a very good quarterback, and I feel like we’ll get motivated Miami team in this one. Players will want to play well in front on new coach Mark Richt, and send out interim head coach Larry Scott a victory. Emotion will carry the Canes to a win.

Prediction : Miami 30 Washington State 27

 

Dec. 28 Military Annapolis, Md. 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. Navy (9-2)

Navy’s triple option is always dangerous, but don’t think more triple option preparation is that much of advantage for Pitt. Navy has won their last 2 bowl games. What I’m wondering is how focused is Navy head coach Ken Niumataolo is on the game when he’s looking at the BYU job. Keenan Reynolds is a great QB, but Pittsburgh will be able to control the line of scrimmage with their pretty solid defense.

This should be a very competitive fun game to watch.

Prediction : Pittsburgh 27 Navy 23

 

Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando, Fla. 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) North Carolina (11-2) vs. Baylor (9-3)

UNC comes in playing for their best season since the last 90s. Baylor wonders where their playoff dreams went. I think that’s the difference. The Tar Heels are just as good as Baylor on offense and will be the more motivated team. We’re not even sure who will be Baylor’s quarterback in this game. Two teams headed in opposite directions.

There is  a chance UNC  rolls in this one.

Prediction : North Carolina 42 Baylor 27

 

Dec. 30 Music City Nashville, Tenn. 7 p.m. (ESPN) Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Louisville (7-5)

Texas A&M’s offense wasn’t nearly the explosive group many expected this year. The Aggies were a decent, but not great team. Louisville is similar. They did win 7 of their last 9 games, whiles Aggies went 3-4 in their last 7 games with all of the losses by double digits. The Aggies lost their starting QB Kyle Allen to transfer and are in a bit of disarray.

This one is a tossup, but I’m not sure the Cardinals are equipped to beat an Aggie team that still has pretty good talent across the board.

Prediction : Texas A &M 30 Louisville 24

 

Dec. 30 Belk Charlotte, N.C. 3:30 p.m. (EPSN) NC State (7-5) vs. Miss. State (8-4)

Even through NC State is playing closing to home, I don’t like this matchup with Mississippi State. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs can put up points, and the Wolfpack struggled big time with any of the credible offenses they played this year.

Jacoby Brissett will keep the Wolfpack in it, but they won’t be able to stay with Mississippi State. The Bulldogs will get a few more stops on defense.

Prediction : Mississippi State 38 NC State 31

 

Dec. 31 Peach Atlanta, Ga. Noon (ESPN) Houston (12-1) vs. Florida State (10-2)

I keep hearing about an upset in this one, and Houston is certainly capable of beating of FSU. Here’s the thing though Houston hasn’t seen anything like what FSU can bring defensively. The Noles quietly played some of the best defense in the country during the second half of the season. Houston will have no answer for Dalvin Cook either.

Here’s why motivation won’t be a factor either. The loss to Georgia Tech could have sent the Noles into a tailspin, but Noles went on to win 4 of their last 5 games only losing at Clemson. All 4 wins by at least 17 points.

Prediction : Florida State 34 Houston 20

 

Dec. 31 Orange (Semifinal) Miami, Fla. 4 p.m. (ESPN) No. 1 Clemson (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (11-1)

These teams are so evenly matched. Both can put up points. Both can at times play lock down defense. There are playmakers on both sides of the ball. When things are that close, I go with who is the best player on the field. That’s Clemson QB Dehsaun Watson who has never lost a game he’s started as Clemson quarterback.

This should be a great game.

Prediction : Clemson 41 Oklahoma 38

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