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Tommy Morris
Bowl Preview New Year’s Day

@RealTommyMorris tells you who to pick in today’s bowls.

Jan 1st

Peach Bowl

Georgia (-6.5) vs Cincinnati (o/u 52.5)

Last year 13 Georgia players opted out of the final game of the season, this year more players opted in than out. This is a big deal not just because the players opting in are good players but also because it shows that the game means something to these Bulldogs. USC transfer JT Daniels has taken over the quarterback role and has looked good throwing for 839 yards and 9 TD in the 3 games he has started. Since he’s taken over the Bulldogs have averaged 41.7 points per game. Azeez Ojulari is going to be a first round pick at linebacker and will play in this game. Star defensive end Malik Herring will suit up as well. Richard LeCounte is a First Team All-SEC player and will try to give it a go after sustaining an injury in a bike accident on Halloween.

Cincinnati comes in this game undefeated and upset that they didn’t get a chance to play for a national championship. The AAC Player of the Year, Desmond Ridder, is a finalist for the Manning Award has accounted for 29 touchdowns this season. The Bearcats defense has held 8/9 of their opponents to under 24 points and will face their biggest test yet.

Prediction: Georgia -6.5, over 52.5

Citrus Bowl

Auburn (+4) vs. Northwestern (o/u 44.5)

Anthony Schwartz is a star for the Tigers on the field and on the track.

Bo Nix has had a disappointing sophomore season but he’s been helped by speed demon Anthony Schwartz who has 54 receptions for 636 yards and Seth Williams who has 688 yards. On the ground SEC Freshman of the year, Tank Bigsby, has averaged 6 yards per carry for 834 total yards. Big Kat Bryant on the defensive line is a first team All-SEC performer.

Northwestern’s defense has been stout all season lead by 2 First Team All Big 10 players: LB Paddy Fisher, DB Brandon Joseph, and second team LB Blake Galllagher. Unfortunately their other first teamer, Greg Newsome II, won’t be playing.

Prediction: Auburn +4, Under 44.5

Rose Bowl

Notre Dame (-20) vs Alabama (o/u 66)

Michael Mayer has been impressive at tight end in his freshman year.

Finally a game with no opt outs! Michael Mayer and Tommy Tremble have combined for 606 receiving yards, the most by any TE combo in the country. Quarterback Ian Book has been lights out with 23 total TDs. Three of Notre Dame’s linemen were named first team all ACC on a front that is arguably the best on the country. LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and S Kyle Hamilton were both first team selections as well.

Alabama rolled through their SEC schedule. Conference player of the year Najee Harris has and astronomical 24 rushing TDs so far this season. Alabama also has 3 OL to make their conference’s first team however they will be without one of them, center Landon Dickerson. The defense also has 3 first teamers: DL Christian Barmore, LB Dylan Moses, DB Patrick Surtain II.

Prediction: Notre Dame +20, under 66

Sugar Bowl

Ohio State (+7.5) vs Clemson (o/u 68)

Chris Olave comes back from the Covid list for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State will be back at full strength after missing a few players due to Covid protocol in the Big Ten Championship game. The most important being star WR Chris Olave. Olave along with QB Justin Fields, WR Garrett Wilson, C Josh Meyers, G Wyatt Davis, T Thayler Munford, LB Pete Warner, and DB Shaun Wade were all first team all conference despite controversially playing less games.

We all know Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne for Clemson but they are not the only weapons. The Tigers have 7 players with over 200 receiving yards so anyone is likely to get the ball at any time. On defense LB Bryan Bresee and CB Derion Kendrick were both first team All-ACC.

Prediction: Ohio State +7.5, Over 68

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