Predictions for 4 games today and 2 Monday

TaxSlayer Bowl

Louisville (8-4, 4-4 ACC) vs. No. 23 Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL. 67, 164

11 AM CT

ESPN

Tom Hart, JRodg, Cole

Whistles, Big Ten, Jerry McGinn

'Ville by 7

This has the makings of a blowout. Mississippi State is without its starting quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald, who is out till the spring or maybe even fall practice of 2018. Lamar Jackson could go berserk in this one.

Louisville 42, State 24

 

Liberty Bowl

Iowa State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) vs. No. 20 Memphis (10-2, 7-1 American)

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, 61,008

11:30 AM CT

ABC

Mike Patrick, Tubby, Paul Carcaterra

Refs: ACC, Duane Heydt

Memphis by 4

I like quarterback Riley Ferguson and the Memphis Tigers to have a big day, but in a competitive game. Iowa State can put some points on the board, too.

Memphis 45, Iowa State 40

 

Fiesta Bowl

No. 11 Washington (10-2, 7-2 PAC-12) vs. No.9 Penn State (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten)

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ. 63,400

3 PM CT

ESPN

Dave Pasch, Gregory, Lugues

Refs, Big 12 Dan Defee, some serious artillery on those arms

Penn State by 3

I'm going with the slight upset here. Chris Peterson and the Huskies take down the Nittany Lions in a classic.

Washington 38, Penn State 35

 

Orange Bowl

No.6 Wisconsin (12-1, 9-0 Big Ten) vs No. 10 Miami (10-2, 7-1 ACC)

Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, 65,326

7 PM CT

ESPN

Steve Levy, Grease, Molly McGrath, McShay

Laundry, SEC, Matt Loeffler

Whisky by 6

Going with the Canes in another upset.

Miami 35, Wisconsin 31

 

Monday

Outback Bowl

Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) vs. South Carolina (8-4, 5-3)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL. 65,890

11 AM CT

ESPN2

Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath

Refs, ACC,  Stuart Mullins

Michigan by 7 1/2

I like James and the Wolverines, but expecting a very competitive game.

Michigan 27, South Carolina 24

 

Citrus Bowl 

No. 14 Notre Dame (9-3) vs. No. 17 LSU (9-3, 6-2 SEC)

Camping World Stadium, Orlando, 65,438

12 PM

ABC

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

Refs, Big 12,  Cooper Castleberry.

LSU by 3

I'm looking at a blowout here. Derrius Guice and the Tigers run all over the Irish.

LSU 45, Notre Dame 17

 

Tomorrow afternoon

Previews, predictions

Playoff Semifinal 1: Rose Bowl

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

4 PM CT, ESPN

Playoff Semifinal 2: Sugar Bowl

No.4 Alabama vs. No.1 Clemson

7:45 PM CT, ESPN

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

No.7 Auburn vs. No. 12 UCF

11:30 AM CT ESPN