The 2018-19 faculty soccer bowl schedule options 39 bowls, and which means there are 39 alternatives to take pleasure in faculty soccer earlier than the ultimate Faculty Soccer Playoff championship recreation.  

Sporting Information’ Invoice Bender will choose each bowl recreation main as much as the CFP title recreation at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 7. The Playoff semifinals are on Dec. 29 on the Cotton Bowl Basic and Orange Bowl.

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How did we do in the course of the common season? Bender completed 213-54 (.798) straight up and 143-108 (.569) in opposition to the unfold. How will that fare over the always-unpredictable bowl season? It is time to discover out.

Listed here are our bowl picks, with level spreads supplied courtesy of Vegasinsider.com as of Dec. 5; traces replicate Consensus picks except in any other case famous:  

Remedy Bowl: Tulane (-3.5) vs. Louisiana  

Why to observe: Thrilling backfields. Darius Bradwell and Corey Dauphine each common 6.Zero yards per carry for the Inexperienced Wave, and Ragin’ Cajuns’ working backs Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell mixed for 20 dashing touchdowns this season.
SN choose: Louisiana wins 31-28 in an UPSET.

New Mexico Bowl: Utah State (-10) vs. North Texas   

Why to observe: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and North Texas quarterback Mason Positive mixed for 55 touchdowns and simply 10 interceptions between them this season. This will probably be an thrilling, high-scoring recreation, even with out Aggies coach Matt Wells, who took the identical place at Texas Tech.
SN choose: Utah State wins 41-36 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.  

Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State (-4.5) vs. Arizona State  

Why to observe: Veteran coaches Herm Edwards and Jeff Tedford have led spectacular turnarounds at their college. The Bulldogs allowed simply 13.7 factors per recreation this season, tied for second nationally. Can the Solar Devils break via?
SN choose: Fresno State wins 24-21 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.  

Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern (-1) vs. Japanese Michigan  

Why to observe: The distinction in types in a battle of Eagles. Georgia Southern averages 260.Eight dashing yards per recreation.  Japanese Michigan received its final three video games. The distinction? Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts didn’t throw an interception this 12 months (with 65 makes an attempt).
SN choose: Georgia Southern wins 31-21 and COVERS the unfold.

New Orleans Bowl: Appalachian State (-7) vs. MTSU

Why to observe: It is not clear if Scott Satterfield, who left to take the Louisville job, will coach the Mountaineers on this bowl recreation. The Blue Raiders have been 6-Zero in opposition to the unfold within the second half of the season, and this can be a send-off recreation for veteran quarterback Brent Stockstill. The Mountaineers are 3-Zero all-time in bowl video games.
SN choose: Appalachian State wins 33-30 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.  

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Boca Raton Bowl: UAB (-1.5) vs. Northern Illinois  

Why to observe: This is likely one of the few bowl video games that includes two convention champions. Invoice Clark’s wonderful job at UAB continues, and the Blazers should punctuate in opposition to an skilled NIU staff trying to break a five-game bowl dropping streak underneath Rod Carey courting again to 2012.
SN choose: UAB wins 29-24 and COVERS the unfold.  

Frisco Bowl: Ohio (-3) vs. San Diego State  

Why to observe: Ageless coaches Frank Solich and Rocky Lengthy meet in a bowl recreation that will probably be received on the bottom. Juwan Washington had 4 100-yard video games for the Aztecs. Nathan Rourke, A.J. Ouellette and Maleek Irons all averaged no less than 6.2 yards per carry for the Bobcats.
SN choose: Ohio wins 34-27 and COVERS the unfold.

Gasparilla Bowl: Marshall (-2.5) vs. South Florida

Why to observe: Marshall is on the lookout for a nine-win season. Watch Ty Tyler, the Thundering Herd defensive lineman who leads the staff with eight sacks. South Florida was riddled with accidents this season within the second half. Will Alabama/Arizona State switch Blake Barnett, who had a shoulder damage on the finish of season, begin for the Bulls?
SN choose: South Florida wins 28-25 in an UPSET.

Bahamas Bowl: Toledo (-6) vs. FIU  

Why to observe: Eli Peters settled in at quarterback for Toledo, main the Rockets to wins in 4 of their final 5 video games. James Morgan (26 touchdowns, seven interceptions) leads a high-scoring Panthers offense that averaged 34.6 factors per recreation this season. This will probably be a shootout, and the excessive over (68.5) is warranted.
SN choose: Toledo wins 45-38 and COVERS the unfold.  

Well-known Idaho Potato Bowl: BYU (-12) vs. Western Michigan

Why to observe: The Cougars are heavy favorites, and so they carry a stable protection led by Sione Takitaki. The Broncos averaged 25.Four factors per recreation and allowed 21.7 factors per recreation. LeVante Bellamy is an thrilling playmaker at working again for WMU. There will probably be factors.
SN choose: BYU wins 41-31 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

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Birmingham Bowl: Memphis (-5) vs. Wake Forest  

Why to observe: Memphis all-purpose working again Darrell Henderson lead the nation with 2,332 all-purpose yards, and Wake Forest receiver Greg Dortch (1,748) is No. 11 in the identical class. They’re two of the most- thrilling gamers in faculty soccer. Dave Clawson is 2-Zero in bowl video games for Wake Forest. Mike Norvell is 0-2 at Memphis.  
SN choose: Wake Forest wins 44-38 in an UPSET.  

Armed Forces Bowl: Military (-3) vs. Houston  

Why to observe: Houston star defensive lineman Ed Oliver and quarterback D’Eriq King will not play, and that may make it just a little harder for the Cougars to maintain in opposition to Military’s triple-option assault. The Black Knights are led by star working again Darnell Woolfolk and quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. They mixed for 24 dashing touchdowns this season.
SN choose: Military wins 38-34 and COVERS the unfold.  

Greenback Basic Bowl: Buffalo (-2.5) vs. Troy  

Why to observe: Buffalo coach Lance Leipold and Troy coach Neal Brown will transfer up the teaching ranks quickly, and this matchup options two groups with thrilling offenses. Troy is a bit more skilled in bowl video games. Brown makes it 3-Zero for the Trojans.
SN choose: Troy wins 37-28 and COVERS the unfold.  

Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii (-1.5) vs. Louisiana Tech  

Why to observe: Late-night soccer at its finest. Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald (35 touchdowns, eight interceptions) put up massive numbers this 12 months, and the Bulldogs have Jaylon Ferguson, who leads the FBS with 15 sacks. There may be star energy on this recreation.
SN choose: Hawaii wins 35-31 and COVERS the unfold.  

First Responder Bowl: Boston Faculty vs. Boise State (-3)  

Why to observe: Boston Faculty working again AJ Dillon battled accidents all through the season, so his standing will probably be value monitoring. Veteran quarterback Brett Rypien can provide the Broncos a fourth bowl victory in 5 seasons.  
SN choose: Boise State wins 28-24 and COVERS the unfold.  

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Fast Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech (-4)

Why to observe: Veteran coach Paul Johnson’s final recreation, and P.J. Fleck’s first bowl recreation with the Gophers. Minnesota is not possible to foretell — they received 5 video games by double digits and misplaced six video games by double digits. We’re betting on the Johnson farewell issue.
SN choose: Georgia Tech wins 38-26 and COVERS the unfold.

Cheez-It Bowl: California vs. TCU (choose ’em)  

Why to observe: Cal is transferring up with second-year coach Justin Wilcox, and this bowl recreation is a pleasant program-builder. TCU received three of its final 4 video games to get again into the bowl image. The Horned Frogs opened as a two-point favourite nevertheless it’s a pick-em now.
SN choose: TCU wins 24-21 and COVERS the unfold.

Independence Bowl: Duke vs. Temple (-3)  

Why to observe: Duke misplaced its final two video games by a mixed rating of 94-13, however the Blue Devils have received their final two bowl video games underneath David Cutcliffe. The Owls, in the meantime, closed their season with three straight wins.
SN choose: Duke wins 27-24 in an UPSET

Pinstripe Bowl: Miami (-4) vs. Wisconsin  

Why to observe: It is a rematch of final 12 months’s Orange Bowl, and neither staff had the season they wished. It may come all the way down to which staff can generate one thing within the passing recreation between N’Kosi Perry and Alex Hornibook, who had his finest recreation of the season in opposition to the Hurricanes final 12 months. The Hurricanes get their revenge, nevertheless it will not be straightforward.  
SN choose: Miami wins 23-20 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.  

Texas Bowl: Vanderbilt (-4) vs. Baylor  

Why to observe: The Bears will probably be nearer to house in Houston, and so they have been a superb story with second-year coach Matt Rhule. This recreation, nonetheless, is yet another showcase for Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur (23 touchdowns, six interceptions). Derek Mason picks up his first bowl win for the Commodores.
SN choose: Vanderbilt wins 31-24 and COVERS the unfold.  

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Music Metropolis Bowl: Auburn (-4) vs. Purdue  

Why to observe: The Boilermakers ought to come out impressed round coach Jeff Brohm, who opted to remain in lieu of leaving for alma mater Louisville. We’ll see how Rondale Moore (2,018 yards from scrimmage) stacks up in opposition to the Tigers in Jarrett Stidham’s final recreation. Auburn ought to be motivated after final 12 months’s bowl flop. We nearly went with the Boilermakers right here.
SN choose: Auburn wins 33-30 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

Tenting World Bowl: West Virginia (-7) vs. Syracuse  

Why to observe: Outdated Large East rivals collide, and we’re hoping Eric Dungey performs for the Orange in what ought to be a hyper-speed shootout (the over/underneath is 74.5). West Virginia quarterback Will Grier goes out with a win, however will probably be shut.
SN choose: West Virginia wins 45-42 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

Alamo Bowl: Washington State (-3) vs. Iowa State  

Why to observe: Washington State was snubbed by the New 12 months’s Day Six, and Gardner Minshew missed out as a Heisman finalist after a loss to rival Washington. Iowa State did not play properly in its finale in opposition to Drake, however Matt Campbell may have this staff prepared. The Cyclones are used to shootouts.
SN choose: Iowa State wins 40-31 in an UPSET.

Peach Bowl: Michigan (-7.5) vs. Florida  

Why to observe: Michigan is 4-Zero all time in opposition to the Gators, and that features two victories underneath Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines will not have defensive lineman Rashan Gary, however they higher be prepared after a 62-39 loss to Ohio State. Florida, in the meantime, can earn a 10-win season underneath first-year coach Dan Mullen.  
SN choose: Michigan wins 27-21 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.  

Belk Bowl: South Carolina (-4) vs. Virginia  

Why to observe: This line has dropped 2.5 factors from the place it opened, which is no less than some measure of religion within the Cavaliers, who’re on the lookout for their first bowl win underneath Bronco Mendenhall. The Gamecocks are just a little nearer to house, nonetheless, and Jake Bentley caps a junior season with a victory.  
SN choose: South Carolina wins 31-24 and COVERS the unfold.  

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Arizona Bowl: Arkansas State (-1) vs. Nevada  

Why to observe: Each groups have been scorching on the finish of the season, and the Crimson Wolves and Wolfpack will rating factors right here. Search for quarterbacks Justice Hansen (27 touchdowns, six interceptions) and Ty Gangi (23 touchdowns, 11 interceptions) to gentle it up.
SN choose: Nevada wins 37-31 in an UPSET.

Navy Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati (-5.5)  

Why to observe: The Bearcats loved a powerful turnaround underneath second-year coach Luke Fickell, however they’re up in opposition to a Virginia Tech staff that constructed some momentum late behind quarterback Ryan Willis.
SN choose: Virginia Tech wins 30-27 in an UPSET.

Solar Bowl: Stanford (-6) vs. Pitt  

Why to observe: Stanford working again Bryce Love will get an opportunity to shine yet another time, and Pitt will look to bounce again with the tandem of Qadree Ollison and Darrin Corridor. Stanford has the higher passing assault. It makes a distinction.  
SN choose: Stanford wins 28-24 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. Oregon (-2.5)  

Why to observe: The road has bumped up within the Geese’ favor, and that may be a nod to the offense round Justin Herbert. Michigan State will take a look at that offense with its physicality and defensive finish Kenny Willekes. Mark Dantonio has received 5 of his final six bowl video games. Michigan State must generate some offense to match, and they’re going to.
SN choose: Michigan State wins 30-28 in an UPSET.  

Liberty Bowl: Missouri (-8) vs. Oklahoma State  

Why to observe: Oklahoma State will probably be with out Justice Hill, who opted to skip the bowl recreation. It is a throwback Large 12 shootout, and we just like the over (-72.5). The unfold opened at 10, however we nonetheless like the favourite right here. Drew Lock produces a bowl win for the Tigers.
SN choose: Missouri wins 38-31 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

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Vacation Bowl: Northwestern vs. Utah (-7.5)  

Why to observe: It is a battle of max effort coaches in Pat Fitzgerald and Kyle Whittingham, and will probably be attention-grabbing to see how Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson assaults a Utah protection led by Chase Hansen. The Utes have been inconsistent on offense, however they make the large performs in a good recreation.
SN choose: Utah wins 27-17 and COVERS the unfold.  

Gator Bowl: N.C. State vs. Texas A&M (-4.5)  

Why to observe: The quarterback matchups between Ryan Finley and Kellen Mond is thrilling, and this can be a likelihood for Jimbo Fisher to win 9 video games in his first season in Faculty Station. Each groups have been scorching on the finish of the season. The Aggies have been 6-1 in opposition to the unfold as a favourite this season. We belief that line.
SN choose: Texas A&M wins 38-28 and COVERS the unfold.  

Outback Bowl: Mississippi State (-5) vs. Iowa  

Why to observe: The Bulldogs are favored by 5 factors, and Joe Moorhead is aware of the Hawkeyes’ scheme properly from his days with Penn State. Each groups have excellent defensive traces, led by Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat and Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa. This will probably be a defensive wrestle.  
SN choose: Mississippi State wins 23-20 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

Citrus Bowl: Kentucky vs. Penn State (-6)  

Why to observe: This line jumped up two factors, a nod to the Nittany Lions’ offense with senior quarterback Hint McSorley. Kentucky is taking pictures for a 10-win season, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Josh Allen leads a veteran protection. This is likely one of the finest matchups exterior the New 12 months’s Day Six.
SN choose: Penn State wins 30-20 and COVERS the unfold.  

Fiesta Bowl: LSU (-7.5) vs. UCF  

Why to observe: The Knights take a 25-game win streak in opposition to their hardest opponent to this point, although standout cornerback Grasping Williams will not play for the Tigers. Darriel Mack Jr. performed properly in McKenzie Milton’s place within the AAC championship. Can he do the identical in opposition to LSU, which is on the lookout for its first 10-win season since 2013 and first underneath Ed Orgeron?
SN choose: LSU wins 31-24 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

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Rose Bowl Sport: Washington vs. Ohio State (-6)  

Why to observe: City Meyer’s final recreation with the Buckeyes ought to be emotional, and the Huskies are tasked with stopping Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins. Washington was robust when it bought wholesome on the finish of the season, however they may see Ohio State’s finest recreation.
SN choose: Ohio State wins 38-28 and COVERS the unfold.  

Sugar Bowl: Georgia (-11) vs. Texas  

Why to observe: Georgia was overlooked of the Playoff, nevertheless it’s not a nasty comfort prize to face the Large 12 runner-up. Tom Herman has the Longhorns pointed in the correct course, however they may not be prepared for this recreation but.
SN choose: Georgia wins 38-24 and COVERS the unfold.  

Faculty Soccer Playoff matchups  

Cotton Bowl Basic: Clemson (-11) vs. Notre Dame  

Why to observe: Clemson and Notre Dame performed a thriller in 2015 — a 24-22 victory for the Tigers. Notre Dame has a bodily protection up entrance and they’re going to take a look at freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Will Ian Guide have sufficient time in opposition to Clemson’s fierce go rush? Anticipate the Irish to make it attention-grabbing once more.
SN choose: Clemson wins 31-23 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.  

Orange Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Alabama (-14)  

Why to observe: Tua Tagovailoa vs. Kyler Murray. Defensive genius Nick Saban and offensive whiz Lincoln Riley matching wits. That is going to be a extremely entertaining recreation that may form the complete Playoff. We all know Oklahoma is able to scoring 40 on anyone, however can they cease the Crimson Tide sufficient occasions within the course of? All of us bear in mind the Sooners’ 45-31 victory within the 2015 Sugar Bowl. Alabama remembers that, too.
SN choose: Alabama wins 44-34 however FAILS TO COVER the unfold.

Faculty Soccer Playoff Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson  

Why to observe: And we get Alabama-Clemson IV. The matchup between Tagovailoa and Lawrence will present extra offensive motion than final 12 months’s Sugar Bowl, and the familiarity issue interprets into an in depth recreation. The primary two championship video games have been classics. Will the third one be even higher? We predict so.
SN choose: Alabama wins 34-31.

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