Fiesta Bowl: (11) LSU vs (8) UCF
Outside of the National Championship Game, this has the be the most interesting game left on the college football slate for the 2018 season. UCF is going for back-to-back undefeated seasons and most-likely, “National Championships”.
They will be facing an LSU team that should have their full attention after the KnightS completed their second-straight undefeated season and after what they did to Auburn to end last season in the Peach Bowl.
Now there are some key players missing in this game as McKenzie Milton is out after suffering a terrible knee injury in the final game of the regular season and for LSU, Greedy Williams will be sitting this game out to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Adrian Killins is also listed as questionable for this game and UCF will need him to give it a go in this game because he’s a key player for the UCF offense to help out Darriel Mack Jr.
I’m going with UCF in this game because I think they really want to apply pressure to the College Football Playoff Committee going into next season by finishing off their second-straight undefeated season and I think LSU just won’t be able to match that desperation.
Rose Bowl: (9) Washington vs (6) Ohio State
This game also has a ton of headlines, most notably, the final game at Ohio State for Urban Meyer. I’m not going to say it’s his last game coaching in college football because we’ve seen something similar to this at Florida, but it will be his last game at Ohio State.
Dwayne Haskins has been a stud for Ohio State this season, throwing 47 TDs and only 8 interceptions. However, I do think that Washington has the defense to be able to slow down this balanced offensive attack that Ohio State has, because the Huskies are only allowing 185 pass yards per game and their secondary tends to make things very tough on opposing offenses trying to pass the ball.
On the flip side, I don’t see the Washington offense doing much in this one because they have been pretty bad all season on that side of the ball and even though Ohio State hasn’t been it’s usual self on defense this season, they will still have the athletes to be able to slow down an offense that’s struggled as much as the Washington one has.
If Washington is going to win this game they will desperately have to avoid turnovers, because if they give Ohio State free points they won’t be able to keep up.
There’s some belief out there that Ohio State will blow out Washington because it’s Urban Meyer’s final game coaching this team, but I don’t quite believe that. I think Ohio State will win because they are the more well-rounded team and they have more talent, but that Washington defense should be able to keep them in the game and I think they will do that, but Ohio State will be able to break through eventually and separate enough to win.
Pick: Ohio State
Sugar Bowl: (15) Texas vs (5) Georgia
Georgia is by far the better team in my opinion and if they show up this game really shouldn’t be close in my opinion.
Texas doesn’t really belong in a game of this magnitude in my opinion, but they will have a chance to prove that they do belong against a team who I personally think is the third best team in all of college football.
I am however anticipating that Georgia will come out ready to make a statement after not getting into the College Football Playoff. Some of their players have come out on Twitter and bashed the playoff committee, so it would be pretty wise of them to come out ready to play or else they will make themselves look pretty bad.
In terms of key players sitting out, the only player sitting out for Georgia will be Deandre Baker, which is a big loss because he’s the best cornerback in the country. Now the good thing for Georgia is that Texas is an offense that is more predicated on the run, but they do have two giant wide receivers in Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, which could be tough to defend with their best defensive back not on the field.
Ultimately though, I see Georgia winning this one comfortably. I think Texas can score a little bit on Georgia, but Texas won’t be able to stop the balance of Georgia.