2014-15 Bowl Predictions

So the regular season is over, and it’s time to look forward to the bowl season, and the first ever playoff in college football (at least in the FBS).

First, a final look at how I did in the regular season:

Week 1: 10-5
Week 2: 14-2
Week 3: 12-3
Week 4: 9-3
Week 5: 9-2
Week 6: 5-5
Week 7: 9-2
Week 8: 9-0
Week 9: 8-2
Week 10: 9-2
Week 11: 9-2
Week 12: 7-3
Week 13: 8-4
Week 14: 8-5
Week 15: 6-2

Total: 132-42

So an overall record of 132-42, which is about 76%. Not a terrible picking percentage. I never really had a bad week, except week six, and never went negative in a week. Week six was the week Alabama lost to Ole Miss, and the whole state of Mississippi started to really make a statement and show they were for real.

Now we’re in the “postseason”, where the vast majority of teams are playing either sitting at home, or playing consolation bowl games. We finally got a 4 team playoff, but hopefully soon that will expand even more.

Also, I’ve been a little quiet lately, but that’s because I’ve left AL.com and started a new job with Cumulus Media here in Birmingham. I feel like I’ve finally come home to the place that got me started down the path of radio and media while I was in college. I’m not on air for now, but I’m still able to work with the best sports radio people in the country, and continue to hone my digital media skills as well. Who knows what the future may hold…

But for now, here are the final picks of the season, with my playoff and national champion pick. As usual, the bold is the straight up pick, and the italic is the ATS pick. It’s impossible to pick ATS in bowl games seems like, but I’ll do my best. Lines are as of Friday, December 19th when this was originally published.

Bowl Season

Record after January 1

Straight up: 24-13
Against the spread: 25-12


R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Sat., Dec. 20, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN
Nevada (-1) UL Lafayette

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Sat., Dec. 20, 2:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Utah State (-10) UTEP

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Sat., Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
#22 Utah (-2.5) Colorado State

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Sat., Dec. 20, 5:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
Western Michigan (-1) Air Force

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl, Sat., Dec. 20, 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
South Alabama (-2) Bowling Green

Miami Beach Bowl, Mon., Dec. 22, 2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Memphis (-2) BYU

Boca Raton Bowl, Tue., Dec. 23, 6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Marshall (-10) Northern Illinois

San Diego Co. CU Poinsettia Bowl, Tue., Dec. 23, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
San Diego State (-2.5) Navy

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Wed., Dec. 24, Noon ET, ESPN
Western Kentucky (-3) Central Michigan (Missed line)

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Wed., Dec. 24, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Rice (-2) Fresno State

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, Fri., Dec. 26, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Louisiana Tech (-6) Illinois

Quick Lane Bowl, Fri., Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
North Carolina (-3) Rutgers

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, Fri., Dec. 26, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
UCF (-2) NC State

Military Bowl, Sat., Dec. 27, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Cincinnati (-3) Virginia Tech

Hyundai Sun Bowl, Sat., Dec. 27, 2:00 p.m. ET, CBS
#15 Arizona State (7.5) Duke

Duck Commander Independence Bowl, Sat., Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Miami (-3) South Carolina

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Sat., Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Boston College (-2.5) Penn State

National University Holiday Bowl, Sat., Dec. 27, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
#24 USC (-6.5) Nebraska

AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Mon., Dec. 29, 2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
West Virginia (-3.5) Texas A&M

Russell Athletic Bowl, Mon., Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Oklahoma (-3) #17 Clemson

AdvoCare Texas Bowl, Mon., Dec. 29, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Arkansas (-6) Texas

Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl, Tue., Dec. 30, 3:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
#23 LSU (-7) Notre Dame

Belk Bowl, Tue., Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
#13 Georgia (-6.5) #21 Louisville

Foster Farms Bowl, Tue., Dec. 30, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stanford (-14) Maryland

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Wed., Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
#6 TCU (-3) #9 Ole Miss

Vizio Fiesta Bowl, Wed., Dec. 31, 4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
#10 Arizona (-3) #20 Boise State

Capital One Orange Bowl, Wed., Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
#7 Mississippi State (-7) #12 Georgia Tech

Outback Bowl, Thur., Jan. 1, NOON ET, ESPN2
#19 Auburn (-6.5) #18 Wisconsin

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Thur., Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
#5 Baylor (-2.5) #8 Michigan State

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Thur., Jan. 1, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC
#16 Missouri (-5) #25 Minnesota

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Fri., Jan. 2, Noon ET, ESPN
Pittsburgh (-3) Houston

TaxSlayer Bowl, Fri., Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Tennessee (-3.5) Iowa

Valero Alamo Bowl, Fri., Jan. 2, 6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
#14 UCLA (-2) #11 Kansas State

TicketCity Cactus Bowl, Fri., Jan 2, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Washington (-5.5) Oklahoma State

Birmingham Bowl, Sat., Jan. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET ESPN/2
Florida (-7) East Carolina

GoDaddy Bowl, Sun., Jan. 4, 9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Toledo (-4) Arkansas State

———-

Rose Bowl Game, Thur., Jan. 1, 5:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
#2 Oregon (-9) #3 Florida State

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Thur., Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
#1 Alabama (-9.5) #4 Ohio State

College Football Championship Game, Mon., Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
#1 Alabama vs. #2 Oregon

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.

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