Happy New Year to everyone. Hope everybody has a prosperous, enjoyable 2019.
And this year starts off with 5 riveting bowl matchup particularly in the Fiesta, Rose and Sugar Bowls. Here’s a look at the first 5 on the slate for 2019 with an epic coming up next Monday Night in Santa Clara.
Overall: 248-86, 74%
No. 18 Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4)
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, 65,890
11 AM CT
Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath
Laundry, Pac-12, Chris Coyte
State by 7
Nick Fitzgerald caps off a really fine career as a winner in Tampa.
Mississippi State 24, Iowa 14
Playstation Fiesta Bowl
No.11 LSU (9-3) vs. No. 8 UCF (12-0)
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ., 63,400
12 PM CT
Levy, Grease, McShay
Yella Wood, ACC, Stuart Mullins
L-S-U by 7 1/2
UCF has won 25 games in a row. I don’t care who you’re playing, that’s spectacular. But I’m going with my main men, Joe and O. Joe Burrow and Coach O cap off a 10 win season, which should have been 11 if the Matt Austin officiating crew hadn’t royally screwed up the A&M game which LSU won about 4 times before falling in 7 overtimes, 74-72. There was some bad refereeing in that game that cost the Bengal Tigers. LSU prevails here though and with the 4th best recruiting class in the country in 2019, O has it going for next season.
LSU 37, UCF 28
No. 14 Kentucky (9-3) vs. No.12 Penn State (9-3)
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, 65,000
12 PM CT
Dave Flemming, Brock, Allison
Aladdin, ACC, Riley Johnson
Penn State by 5 1/2
I like a really close game. Benny Snell always gives the Wildcats a shot, and the Wildcats defense has been pretty stout all season. But I’ll take the Nittany Lions barely..
Penn State 24, Kentucky 21
No.9 Washington (10-3) vs. No.6 Ohio State (12-1)
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, 92, 542
4 PM CT
Chris, Kirk, Maria, Tom
Vogue, SEC, John McDaid
Urb by 6 1/2
Washington is a pretty good team, but Dwayne Haskins and his teammates are going to send Urb out as a winner. But I’m expecting Urb to break a pretty good sweat. The Huskies play good defense.
Ohio State 24, Washington 21
Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 15 Texas (9-4) vs. No. 5 Georgia (11-2)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, N’awlins, 74,295
7:45 PM CT
Sean, Todd, Holly
SudsnDuds Laundry Mat (that’s in the metro area if you’re interested, our smokers might be), Pac-12, Michael Mothershed
Them Dawgs by 11 1/2
The Dawgs should have been in the playoff despite the 2 losses. They should have played Clemson for the right to play the Crimson Tide. Notre Dame did NOT belong. They never do. They’re not tough enough. Never will be under “Cryin” Brian Kelly. Instead of being not ready to play for this game because of the disappointment of not making the playoff, I like Kirby Smart and his team to be totally focused and kick some tail.
Georgia 45, Texas 24
There has been a lot of discussion over the past 2 years of expanding the playoff from 4 to 8 teams. That’s a bad idea. Making the playoff is a privilege not a right. Since when did we start playing 1st grade softball where everybody gets a trophy. This is college football, you have to earn it. They should keep it at 4 teams forever. Making this exclusive is what makes it special. The best get to play for it all. So if you want to be in the top 4 recruit harder, coach’em up better and have a better game plan throughout the season. This doesn’t apply to Georgia because Georgia should have been in there and Notre Dame didn’t belong. The committee said they’d take the 4 best teams, but lost their courage when it was time to make the decision and gave Clemson a gimme in their playoff game. Clemson is an awesome team, it’s not their fault. But 4 teams belong in the playoff and that should be the law from now on. And they need to pick the 4 BEST teams, an undefeated team that played against a totally soft schedule and didn’t have to play a conference championship game.
The 4 best teams belong in the playoff and 4 should be the number. It’s called competition. It’s the true spirit of competition when there are 4 teams and it should always remain that way.
The over-under for headset breakage next Monday Night is 2.
Ohio State by 6 1/2