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Bowl Game Predictions: College Football Picks for Every Bowl Game in 2021-22

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Predictions for every college football bowl game in 2021-22

College football’s 2021-22 bowl season kicks off on Friday, Dec. 17, and continues until the national championship in Indianapolis, Ind., on Jan. 10. With the bowl lineup set and confidence pools and pick’em contests set to start on Dec. 17, three editors for Athlon Sports share predictions for every bowl.

Related: Ranking All 42 College Football Bowl Games From Must-See to Must-Miss

Two games are scheduled for Friday, six are slated for the first Saturday of action, and seven other matchups (including the Armed Forces, Gasparilla and Hawaii Bowls) are on tap before Christmas. One game (Camellia) is set to be played on Christmas Day, while the bowl slate resumes on the 27th with two games and continues with matchups on Dec. 28-29 and again from Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The New Year's Day schedule features five games, including the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

The eighth College Football Playoff starts on Dec. 31, with Alabama taking on Cincinnati. The Orange Bowl caps the semifinal round with a showdown between Michigan and Georgia.

Note: Number in parentheses indicates confidence in the prediction. A No. 42 ranking indicates more confidence in the prediction, while a lower number indicates less confidence in a pick.

Athlon Sports’ editors make their picks for every bowl game on the slate, including the national championship. Follow us on Twitter: (@AthlonSports)

College Football's 2021-22 Bowl Predictions and Picks

BowlSteven LassanMark RossBen Weinrib

Bahamas: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo

Toledo (36)

Toledo (42)

Toledo (40)

Cure: Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina (41)

Coastal Carolina (38)

Coastal Carolina (42)

Boca Raton: WKU vs. App. State

App State (6)

WKU (22)

App State (5)

New Mexico: UTEP vs. Fresno State

Fresno State (35)

Fresno State (40)

Fresno State (41)

Independence: UAB vs. BYU

BYU (34)

BYU (30)

UAB (2)

LendingTree: EMU vs. Liberty

Liberty (22)

Eastern Michigan (20)

Liberty (35)

LA: Utah State vs. Oregon State

Oregon State (8)

Oregon State (8)

Oregon State (26)

New Orleans: Louisiana vs. Marshall

Marshall (4)

Louisiana (25)

Marshall (9)

Myrtle Beach: ODU vs. Tulsa

Tulsa (31)

Tulsa (33)

Tulsa (34)

Potato: Kent State vs. Wyoming

Kent State (3)

Kent State (39)

Wyoming (14)

Frisco: UTSA vs. San Diego State

UTSA (18)

UTSA (5)

UTSA (1)

Armed Forces: Missouri vs. Army

Army (15)

Army (36)

Army (18)

Frisco Football Classic: North Texas vs. Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) (17)

North Texas (23)

Miami (Ohio) (22)

Gasparilla: UCF vs. Florida

Florida (23)

Florida (13)

Florida (34)

Hawaii: Memphis vs. Hawaii

Memphis (16)

Hawaii (35)

Memphis (11)

Camellia: Georgia State vs. Ball State

Georgia State (19)

Ball State (32)

Georgia State (25)

Quick Lane: WMU vs. Nevada

Western Michigan (33)

Western Michigan (11)

Nevada (20)

Military: Boston College vs. ECU

Boston College (14)

Boston College (24)

Boston College (6)

Birmingham: Houston vs. Auburn

Houston (9)

Houston (3)

Auburn (4)

First Responder: Air Force vs. Louisville

Air Force (13)

Air Force (17)

Louisville (10)

Liberty: Miss. State. vs. Texas Tech

Mississippi State (42)

Mississippi State (41)

Mississippi State (21)

Holiday: UCLA vs. NC State

NC State (28)

NC State (21)

NC State (27)

Guaranteed Rate: WVU vs. Minnesota

Minnesota (21)

West Virginia (14)

Minnesota (38)

Fenway: SMU vs. Virginia

Virginia (26)

SMU (19)

SMU (3)

Pinstripe: Maryland vs. Virginia Tech

Maryland (1)

Virginia Tech (18)

Virginia Tech (7)

Cheez-It: Clemson vs. Iowa State

Clemson (12)

Iowa State (10)

Clemson (30)

Alamo: Oregon vs. Oklahoma

Oklahoma (25)

Oklahoma (7)

Oklahoma (19)

Duke's Mayo: North Carolina vs. South Carolina

North Carolina (24)

North Carolina (27)

North Carolina (28)

Music City: Tennessee vs. Purdue

Tennessee (38)

Tennessee (31)

Tennessee (29)

Peach: Pittsburgh vs. Michigan State

Michigan State (20)

Michigan State (12)

Pittsburgh (24)

Las Vegas: Wisconsin vs. Arizona State

Wisconsin (37)

Wisconsin (29)

Wisconsin (23)

Gator: Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M

Texas A&M (7)

Texas A&M (28)

Texas A&M (37)

Sun: Washington State vs. Miami

Miami (10)

Washington State (4)

Miami (17)

Arizona: CMU vs. Boise State

Boise State (32)

Boise State (34)

Boise State (33)

Cotton (CFP Semifinal): Cincinnati vs. Alabama

Alabama (39)

Alabama (37)

Alabama (36)

Orange (CFP Semifinal): Georgia vs. Michigan

Georgia (29)

Georgia (15)

Georgia (31)

Outback: Penn State vs. Arkansas

Penn State (5)

Arkansas (2)

Penn State (13)

Citrus: Oklahoma State vs. Notre Dame

Notre Dame (39)

Oklahoma State (6)

Notre Dame (15)

Fiesta: Iowa vs. Kentucky

Kentucky (30)

Kentucky (16)

Kentucky (8)

Rose: Utah vs. Ohio State

Ohio State (11)

Ohio State (1)

Ohio State (39)

Sugar: Baylor vs. Ole Miss

Ole Miss (27)

Ole Miss (9)

Ole Miss (12)

Texas: LSU vs. Kansas State

Kansas State (2)

LSU (26)

Kansas State (16)

CFP National Championship

Alabama over Georgia

Alabama over Georgia

Alabama over Georgia