Top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week – December 24th Edition

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 24, 2018 in

Take a look at some of the big NCAA Football games for this week. Be sure to check back for the latest odds right before placing your betting ticket!

Top NCAA Football Bowl Picks of the Week – December 24th Edition

Quick Lane Bowl

  • December 26 – Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech
  • 5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Ford Field, Detroit

The Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6) had an average, underwhelming season, but they did win two of their last three games to qualify for this bowl game.

They are going to have their hands full with an emotional Georgia Tech team (7-5) that will be saying goodbye to head coach Paul Johnson, who is retiring after this game.

Georgia Tech features Johnson’s option offense, and that unit has been consistent throughout the coach’s run with the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech is a 5.5-point favorite to this point.

Minnesota features freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim, who has shown the ability to break long runs for the Golden Gophers. He comes into this game with 936 rushing yards and has an excellent chance to break the 1,000-yard mark. Despite this, I still think the option offense will be too much to overcome for Minnesota.

I predict Georgia Tech to win over Minnesota 30 – 27.

Pinstripe Bowl – December 27

  • Miami vs. Wisconsin
  • 5:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Yankee Stadium, New York

The easy conclusion is that both teams enter the game disappointed to be there due to a campaign this season that falls short of their tradition.

Miami (7-5) had high hopes, but the Hurricanes endured a four-game losing streak in the middle of the season. Quarterback N’Kosi Perry represents the best chance for success in this game and for the future. He has thrown for 1,089 yards with a 13-5 TD-interception ratio and will look to add to that total in this one.

Miami should be one of your NCAA Football Bowl picks of the week.

Wisconsin has been one of the most consistent teams in college football through the years, but the Badgers struggled to find their mojo this season. However, Jonathan Taylor has rushed for 1,989 yards while averaging 7.1 yards per carry and scoring 15 rushing touchdowns.

Miami is a three-point favorite, but the Hurricanes will have a difficult time slowing down Taylor’s explosive ground game plus the weather is likely to be a factor. The cold weather makes it tough for dynamic passing attacks much like that of Miami’s, but aids to a trodding running game like Wisconsin’s. I’ll take Wisconsin to outlast Miami by a score of 35 – 21.

Music City Bowl

  • December 28 – Purdue vs. Auburn
  • 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

The Boilermakers (6-6) are a team on the rise, as they handed the only regular-season defeat to Big Ten champion Ohio State and displayed an explosive offense during the season. Head coach Jeff Brohm appears to be establishing a solid program, and he has a game-breaking player in speedy wideout Rondale Moore, who has 103 receptions for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns, making him a must watch in this matchup.

Auburn (7-5) is a four-point favorite in this game, and the Tigers are likely to carry a chip on their shoulder as they take the SEC banner in a game against a Big Ten opponent. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham has thrown for 2,421 yards with a 13-5 TD-interception ratio. Running back JaTarvious Whitlow comes into this game with 777 rushing yards and four touchdowns. I think the Tigers have been an underachiever, while the Boilermakers have been an overachiever thus far. With that being said, I’ll take the Tigers to win this one 30-21.

Those are a few of our favorite NCAA Football games this week!