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Citrus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Minnesota vs. Missouri

Gophers, Tigers enjoy rare trip to Florida for New Year's
Citrus Bowl Preview and Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Missouri Tigers

The Orlando-based bowl game with the New Year’s afternoon timeslot is back to its traditional name, but it’s a long way from its traditional matchup.

 

The Citrus Bowl — returning to that name for the first time since 2002 — still has a Big Ten-SEC matchup, even if the game features teams entering new postseason territory.

 

Minnesota is playing in a Florida bowl game for the first time since 2000 when the Gophers reached the Micron PC Bowl (now the Russell Athletic Bowl, also in Orlando).

 

Cardale Jones' inexperience is Ohio State's only hope of beating Alabama

The Buckeyes need to take advantage of the unknown at signal caller.
Cardale Jones' inexperience is Ohio State's only hope of beating Alabama

NEW ORLEANS - The Sugar Bowl will go one of two ways for Ohio State's 250-pound sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones. 

 

His inexperience will cost the Buckeyes a shot at the national championship. Or, his international-man-of-mystery status will surprise Alabama coach Nick Saban, defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and a defense that has no idea what to expect from a player with only one game of film.

 

Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Can the Buckeyes knock off the heavily favored Crimson Tide?
Sugar Bowl Preview and Prediction: Alabama vs. Ohio State

It's not just another Sugar Bowl.

 

In fact, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes don't even use the words Sugar Bowl. It's (finally) all about the playoffs for everyone involved.

 

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

The Horned Frogs and Rebels meet in Atlanta.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Preview and Prediction: TCU vs. Ole Miss

College football’s new four-team playoff format added intrigue to the bowl schedule, and the anticipated New Year’s Six slate begins with a showdown between TCU and Ole Miss in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Horned Frogs went into the last weekend of action as the No. 3 team in the college football playoff rankings but was jumped by Ohio State and Baylor in the final standings.

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

Ohio State is the early favorite for 2015.
A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2015

College football’s 2015 season is still several months away. However, it’s never too early to take an early look at how the rankings for next season may look when the preseason polls and predictions are released.

Music City Bowl Preview and Prediction: LSU vs. Notre Dame

Two historic programs visit Nashville for the Music City Bowl.
Music City Bowl Preview and Prediction: LSU vs. Notre Dame

Nashville could not be happier about this year’s matchup. The 17th annual Music City Bowl features one of the best billings in the history of the game with blueblood programs Notre Dame and LSU coming to Lower Broadway.

 

Belk Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia vs. Louisville

The Bulldogs and Cardinals meet in Charlotte.
Belk Bowl Preview and Prediction: Georgia vs. Louisville

The Belk Bowl was one of the big winners in college football’s bowl tie-in shuffle prior to 2014, as the Charlotte, N.C. postseason game now features an annual matchup between the SEC (Georgia) and ACC (Louisville). The Bulldogs and Cardinals both finished the regular season at 9-3, and there’s a little familiarity between the two programs thanks to recent moves in the coaching carousel.

Texas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Arkansas vs. Texas

The Razorbacks and Longhorns meet in Houston.
Texas Bowl Preview and Prediction: Arkansas vs. Texas

Arkansas and Texas renew an old Southwest Conference rivalry in NRG Stadium on Dec. 29 for the ninth Texas Bowl matchup. Low expectations surrounded both teams entering the season, as the Razorbacks were considered by most to be a year away from bowl contention and the Longhorns had to rebuild under first-year coach Charlie Strong.

Liberty Bowl Preview and Prediction: West Virginia vs. Texas A&M

The Mountaineers and Aggies meet in Memphis.
Liberty Bowl Preview and Prediction: West Virginia vs. Texas A&M

The scoreboard in Memphis should be active on Dec. 29 when West Virginia and Texas A&M meet in the Liberty Bowl. The Mountaineers and Aggies each average over 30 points per game, and there’s plenty of familiarity between the programs due to the coaching staffs. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen worked under Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin at Houston, and both programs run a variation of the Air Raid offense.

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