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Let’s Go Bowling – Against The Number

The School Football Playoff takes place on Saturday December 29th and fans might be chomping at the bit to see which two groups will sq. off within the title recreation on January 7th, 2019. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have all dominated the competition each at residence and on the street this season. The playoff teams are a mixed 23-1 on the street or on a neutral area website with the only loss coming by the Sooners to Texas in the Purple River rivalry (48-45).

2018 Street/Neutral Area Data of 4 Playoff Teams
Alabama gained their six street video games by a mean margin of victory of 33.1 ppg.
Clemson gained their six street games by a mean margin of victory of 31.eight ppg.
Notre Dame gained their six street video games by a mean margin of victory of 20.5 ppg.
Oklahoma gained their five street video games by a mean margin of victory of 11.0 ppg.

Cotton Bowl 4:00pm EST
#2 Clemson vs. #3 Notre Dame
Notre Dame will look to problem a Clemson protection that’s allowing 99.0 dashing ypg and has given up 183 passing ypg to opposing offenses this season. Notre Dame quarterback, Ian Ebook, has completed 70% of his passes for 2,468 yards with 19 TD’s and 6 INT’s this yr. Search for the Irish to be aggressive early on first and second downs in this contest due to the peak differential of their broad receivers. Miles Boykin (6’4), Chase Claypool (6’5) and tight end Alize Mack (6’5) have mixed for 136 receptions for 1,783 yards with 15 TD’s this yr. Their measurement can create leap ball alternatives towards the smaller defensive backs for the Tigers especially in purple zone alternatives and will open up operating lanes for Dexter Williams later within the contest. While Trevor Lawrence has had a dynamic season (24 TD passes, Four INT’s), needless to say he nonetheless is a freshman-which could possibly be a factor in this contest. Clemson has gained the final eight video games of 2018 by 38.2 ppg. but anticipate Notre Dame to push the Tigers to the limit in this contest.
Nevertheless, in the long run the Tigers will prevail and transfer on to the title recreation.

Clemson 35 Notre Dame 30

Orange Bowl eight:00pm EST
#1 Alabama vs. # Four Oklahoma
Alabama is 26-1 towards SEC groups over the previous three seasons and have gained these 26 video games by a mean margin of victory of 27.5 ppg. This season the Crimson Tide have been 9-0 towards SEC teams and gained these games by 29.eight ppg. The Crimson Tide last played a Massive 12 workforce back on Jan 2nd, 2014. That group, Oklahoma, defeated Alabama 45-31 within the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma will look to push the tempo with Heisman trophy winner, Kyler Murray, on the helm. Murray has completed 70% of his passes for Four,Zero53 yards with 40 TD’s and seven INT’s this yr. Oklahoma is averaging 254 dashing ypg and is passing for 324 ypg getting into this contest. Alabama is yielding 117 dashing ypg and 178 passing ypg to opposing quarterbacks. Search for Alabama to drive Murray into lengthy third down situations which can make the offense predictable and permit the Crimson Tide’s protection to dial up multiple blitz packages to confuse Murray into studying coverage. This recreation shall be gained within the trenches and search for the Sooners to wrestle a lot the best way they did within the second half towards Georgia last season in the Semi-final recreation. Alabama’s dashing attack (202.Zero ypg) ought to take over in the second half of the competition and wear down the Sooners smaller defensive front (156.Zero dashing ypg) as the game progresses

.Alabama 52 Oklahoma 31

Outback Bowl 12:00pm EST New Yr’s Day
Iowa vs. Mississippi State
Bulldogs are only permitting 12.Zero ppg and have two dominant defensive linemen in Jeffrey Simmons (59 complete tackles) and Montez Sweat (51 complete tackles). Mississippi State is allowing 104 dashing ypg and solely 164 passing ypg getting into this contest. Iowa struggled with the mobility of Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and look for Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to put strain on the Hawkeyes defense on the perimeter. Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead understands the personnel of Iowa as he was the Penn State offensive coordinator for 2 seasons (2016-2017).

MSU 28 Iowa 17

Citrus Bowl 1:00pm EST New Yr’s Day
Penn State vs. Kentucky
Kentucky’s offense shouldn’t be constructed to play from behind because the Wildcats are averaging 164 passing ypg and are pounding the rock for 202.0 ypg getting into this contest. While leading rusher, Benny Snell, will play in this ball recreation, he has committed to the NFL Draft in Might. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorely will look to end his senior season on a high observe after a 2018 campaign that noticed him full 53% of his passes for two,246 yards with 16 TD’s and 6 INT’s this yr. Penn State head coach James Franklin is Four-Three in bowl games and has all the time had his groups ready when it comes to recreation plans towards the opposition.

Penn State 38 Kentucky 21

Fiesta Bowl 1:00pm EST New Yr’s Day
After last season’s bowl win over Auburn (34-27), do not anticipate the Tigers to take the Knights frivolously getting into this recreation. Even without defensive again Greedy Williams not enjoying in this recreation, the Tigers are the superior staff heading into this contest because of the physicality of the offensive and defensive strains. LSU will look to determine the operating recreation early on to dictate the tempo and intimidate the Knights into surrendering inside the first half. The Tigers are averaging 174 dashing ypg and are averaging 217 passing ypg with quarterback Joe Burrow on the helm (57%, 2500 yds, 12 TD’s in 2018). Defensively, LSU will look to pressure freshman quarterback Darrell Mack into reading coverage. This can permit defensive coordinator Joe Aranda to dial up blitz packages on third downs from the edge to drive quick throws underneath coverage. Getting into this recreation, LSU is allowing 139 dashing ypg and 206 passing ypg this yr. LSU will begin fast because of their offensive velocity on the perimeter and drive UCF to play from behind which can give their entrance seven a big benefit within the trenches.

LSU 48 UCF 31

Rose Bowl 5:00pm EST New Yr’s Day
Ohio State vs. Washington
This is one in every of my greatest choices for the bowl season. Ohio State will look to send off Urban Meyer with a win in his last recreation as Buckeyes head coach. Ohio State gained their 12 video games in 2018 towards opponents with a mixed general report of 75-82 or .477%. The Buckeyes will look to carry the momentum from the dominating residence win over Michigan and the win over Northwestern within the Huge 10 Championship into the Rose Bowl towards Washington. Washington gained 10 video games towards 9 opponents (performed Utah twice) who had a combined general document of 50-47 or .515%. The Huskies misplaced three video games this yr (all on the street or neutral) to Auburn, Oregon and CAL by a combined complete of 10 points. Washington enters this contest allowing 185 passing ypg and has only surrendered 9 passing TD’s all season lengthy while forcing 11 INT’s this yr. The secondary has the velocity to play man to man protection towards the Ohio State extensive receivers led by Parris Campbell. The Huskies are averaging 179 dashing ypg and search for Myles Gaskin to attack a Buckeyes defense that’s giving up 161 dashing ypg and allowed 9 teams to rush for 150 yards or extra this season. The lengthy lay-off between the championship video games might be extra of hindrance for Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with regard with the quarterback to broad receiver relationship.

Washington 37 Ohio State 30

Sugar Bowl 8:45pm EST New Yr’s Day
Georgia vs. Texas
This recreation comes right down to the Texas extensive receivers of Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey who enter this contest with 144 receptions for over 2,Zero54 receiving yards and 16 TD’s this yr. Texas misplaced four games in 2018 by a complete of 21 factors and will look to make a press release towards one of the better teams within the nation this season in Georgia.
Georgia gained 10 video games in 2018 towards opponents with a combined general report of 79-54 or. 593% with each losses coming on the street or on a impartial area (LSU & Alabama). The Bulldogs secondary is allowing 180 passing ypg but has not face the dimensions of each receivers (6’4) all yr enjoying in the SEC. The Bulldogs haven’t been capable of pressure sacks this yr and enter this contest with a total of 22 sacks by way of 13 video games this yr and will face a cellular quarterback in Sam Ehlinger. Texas is averaging 151 dashing ypg and is passing for 264 ypg with Ehlinger completing 64% of his passes for Three,125 yards with 25 TD’s and 5 INT’s in 2018.

Texas 35 Georgia 28

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