Top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week – December 31st Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 31, 2018 in

Take a look at the top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week alongside the latest NCAAF Odds.

Top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week – December 31st Edition

Oregon vs. Michigan State

  • December 31, 2018, 3 p.m. ET, Fox
  • Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Oregon quarterback, Justin Herbert, surprised the nation earlier this week by announcing he will not be enrolling for the NFL draft this season, but instead, he will be coming back for his final season of eligibility with the Ducks. This must be giving the team quite a boost heading into their matchup with the Spartans of Michigan State.

The green and white have shown to be quite resilient this year with losses to both Michigan and Ohio State, but victories over Purdue and Penn State. Their run defense has been in the top five nearly all season long and they will look to shut down Herbert and the Ducks in this one. I think that task is simply too much for the Spartans which is why I’m picking the Ducks to rally and win by a score of 30 – 17.

Kentucky vs. Penn State

  • January 1, 2019, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
  • Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.

The Penn State Nittany Lions were favored to win the big ten by some. Trace McSorley has quietly had a good enough season, but the loss of an outstanding leader and running back, SaQuon Barkley was felt, especially early. Miles Sanders has stepped up and the team has adjusted to life without SaQuon.

Penn State should be one of your NCAA Football Bowl Picks.

Kentucky, on the other hand, well, they used to be the doormat of the SEC. No longer is that the case. Their squad has looked great this season and I fully expect these guys to be around for a while. We have seen it in the past with the Wildcats, but they never seem to string together more than a few seasons of hope before falling back to the reality of being a basketball school. I’ll take the Nittany Lions to roll in what could be a statement win for them moving forward.

Washington vs. Ohio State

  • January 1, 2019, 5 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.

For Washington, it’s the Huskies first appearance in the Rose Bowl since beating Drew Brees and Purdue, 34-24, in the 2001 game. The Huskies earned their spot in this season’s game by beating Utah in the Pac-12 title game, 10-3. Ohio State went 12-1, but missed out on the College Football Playoff semifinals, ranking only No. 6. But Ohio State shouldn’t have to worry about finding extra motivation, as it will be coach Urban Meyer’s final game with the Buckeyes.

The game of football is a team sport, however, this game will be determined primarily by the performances of two individuals. For Ohio State, can Dwayne Haskins continue on his record-breaking season? He is the nation’s leading passer and he has already surpassed Drew Brees’ big ten touchdown record.

For Washington, can Myles Gaskins prove he is the best running back in the nation while imposing his will on one of the top defenses in the country? I’ll take Ohio State simply because of emotions and dynamic ability on offense to score in a variety of ways and quickly. I think this one will get out of hand with a final score of 37 – 16.