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The Athletes Hub Bowl Predictions


The most exciting time of the college football season begins on Saturday, as North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State will kick off the annual bowl season. With 39 games being played over 18 days, there’s bound to be plenty of excitement to go around. Three members of The Athletes Hub Staff picked winners for all 39, then included a national championship pick as well. We’ve also included a player to watch for every team playing in a bowl game this season.

Our apologies go out to the bowl eligible teams who weren’t selected for games:  Wyoming, Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss, and Miami University.

Dec. 15

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl: North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State

Players to Watch: Darryl Johnson Jr, DE, NC A&T; Noah Johnson, QB, Alcorn State

Brian’s Pick: NC A&T

Martin’s Pick: NC A&T

Hunter’s Pick: NC A&T

New Mexico Bowl: North Texas vs. Utah State

Players to Watch: Mason Fine, QB, UNT; Jordan Love, QB, Utah State

Brian’s Pick: North Texas

Martin’s Pick: Utah State

Hunter’s Pick: North Texas

AutoNation Cure Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana

Players to Watch: Donnie Lewis Jr, CB, Tulane; Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana

Brian’s Pick: Louisiana

Martin’s Pick: Louisiana

Hunter’s Pick: Louisiana

Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Arizona State vs. Fresno State

Players to Watch: Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State; Marcus McMaryion, QB, Fresno State

Brian’s Pick: Fresno State

Martin’s Pick: Fresno State

Hunter’s Pick: Fresno State

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan

Players to Watch: Wesley Fields, RB, Georgia Southern; Maxx Crosby, DE, EMU

Brian’s Pick: Eastern Michigan

Martin’s Pick: Eastern Michigan

Hunter’s Pick: Georgia Southern

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Appalachian State vs. Middle Tennessee

Players to Watch: Darrynton Evans, RB, App State; Wesley Bush, DB, MTSU

Brian’s Pick: Appalachian State

Martin’s Pick: Middle Tennessee

Hunter’s Pick: Appalachian State

Dec. 18

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. UAB

Players to Watch: Spencer Brown, RB, UAB; Sutton Smith, DE, NIU

Brian’s Pick: UAB

Martin’s Pick: UAB

Hunter’s Pick: UAB

Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl: Ohio vs. San Diego State

Players to Watch: Nathan Rourke, QB, Ohio; Kyahva Trevino, LB, SDSU

Brian’s Pick: Ohio

Martin’s Pick: Ohio

Hunter’s Pick: San Diego State

Dec. 20

Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: South Florida vs. Marshall

Players to Watch: Johnny Ford, RB, USF; Isaiah Green, QB, Marshall

Brian’s Pick: South Florida

Martin’s Pick: South Florida

Hunter’s Pick: South Florida

Dec. 21

Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Florida International vs. Toledo

Players to Watch: James Morgan, QB, FIU; Bryant Koback, RB, Toledo

Brian’s Pick: Toledo

Martin’s Pick: Toledo

Hunter’s Pick: Florida International

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise: BYU vs. Western Michigan

Players to Watch: Squally Canada, RB, BYU; Jamauri Bogan, RB, WMU

Brian’s Pick: Western Michigan

Martin’s Pick: BYU

Hunter’s Pick: Western Michigan

Dec. 22

Players to Watch: Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis; Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest

Birmingham Bowl: Wake Forest vs. Memphis

Brian’s Pick: Memphis

Martin’s Pick: Wake Forest

Hunter’s Pick: Memphis

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Army vs. Houston

Players to Watch: Kelvin Hopkins Jr, QB, Army; Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston

Brian’s Pick: Army

Martin’s Pick: Army

Hunter’s Pick: Houston

Dollar General Bowl: Buffalo vs. Troy

Players to Watch: Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo; BJ Smith, RB, Troy

Brian’s Pick: Buffalo

Martin’s Pick: Troy

Hunter’s Pick: Buffalo

Hawai’i Bowl, Honolulu: Hawai’i vs. Louisiana Tech

Players to Watch: John Ursua, WR, Hawai’i; Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

Brian’s Pick: Louisiana Tech

Martin’s Pick: Hawai’i

Hunter’s Pick: Hawai’i

Dec. 26

SERVPRO First Responders Bowl: Boston College vs. Boise State

Players to Watch: AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College; Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State

Brian’s Pick: Boston College

Martin’s Pick: Boston College

Hunter’s Pick: Boise State

Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech

Players to Watch: Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota; TaQuon Marshall, QB, Georgia Tech

Brian’s Pick: Georgia Tech

Martin’s Pick: Georgia Tech

Hunter’s Pick: Minnesota

Cheez-It Bowl: TCU vs. Cal

Players to Watch: Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU; Patrick Laird, RB, Cal

Brian’s Pick: TCU

Martin’s Pick: TCU

Hunter’s Pick: TCU

Dec. 27

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Temple vs. Duke

Players to Watch: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple; Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Brian’s Pick: Duke

Martin’s Pick: Temple

Hunter’s Pick: Duke

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Miami

Players to Watch: Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin; Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami

Brian’s Pick: Miami

Martin’s Pick: Wisconsin

Hunter’s Pick: Wisconsin

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt

Players to Watch: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor; Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt

Brian’s Pick: Vanderbilt

Martin’s Pick: Vanderbilt

Hunter’s Pick: Baylor

Dec. 28

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Purdue vs. Auburn

Players to Watch: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue; Daniel Thomas, DB, Auburn

Brian’s Pick: Auburn

Martin’s Pick: Auburn

Hunter’s Pick: Auburn

Camping World Bowl: West Virginia vs. Syracuse

Players to Watch: Jack Allison, QB, West Virginia; Andre Cisco, DB, Syracuse

Brian’s Pick: Syracuse

Martin’s Pick: West Virginia

Hunter’s Pick: West Virginia

Valero Alamo Bowl: Iowa State vs. Washington State

Players to Watch: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State; Gardner Minshew, QB, Wazzu

Brian’s Pick: Washington State

Martin’s Pick: Washington State

Hunter’s Pick: Washington State

Dec. 29

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Players to Watch: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson; Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame

Brian’s Pick: Clemson

Martin’s Pick: Clemson

Hunter’s Pick: Clemson

Capital One Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma

Players to Watch: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama; Curtis Bolton, LB, Oklahoma

Brian’s Pick: Oklahoma

Martin’s Pick: Alabama

Hunter’s Pick: Alabama

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Florida vs. Michigan

Players to Watch: Franks, QB, Florida; Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Brian’s Pick: Michigan

Martin’s Pick: Michigan

Hunter’s Pick: Florida

Belk Bowl: South Carolina vs. Virginia

Players to Watch: Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina; Bryce Hall, DB, Virginia

Brian’s Pick: South Carolina

Martin’s Pick: Virginia

Hunter’s Pick: South Carolina

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Nevada vs. Arkansas State

Players to Watch: Ty Gangi, QB, Nevada; Justice Hansen, QB, Arkansas State

Brian’s Pick: Arkansas State

Martin’s Pick: Arkansas State

Hunter’s Pick: Nevada

Dec. 31

Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. Oregon

Players to Watch: Kenny Willekes, DE, Michigan State; Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon

Brian’s Pick: Oregon

Martin’s Pick: Oregon

Hunter’s Pick: Michigan State

Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati

Players to Watch: Ricky Walker, DL, Virginia Tech; Michael Warren II, RB, Cincy

Brian’s Pick: Cincinnati

Martin’s Pick: Virginia Tech

Hunter’s Pick: Cincinnati

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

Players to Watch: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State; Larry Rountree III, RB, Mizzou

Brian’s Pick: Missouri

Martin’s Pick: Missouri

Hunter’s Pick: Oklahoma State

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl: Northwestern vs. Utah

Players to Watch: Isaiah Bowser, RB, Northwestern; Chase , LB, Utah

Brian’s Pick: Northwestern

Martin’s Pick: Utah

Hunter’s Pick: Northwestern

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: Texas A&M vs. NC State

Players to Watch: Reggie Gallaspy II, RB, NC State; Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

Brian’s Pick: NC State

Martin’s Pick: Texas A&M

Hunter’s Pick: Texas A&M

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Pitt vs. Stanford

Players to Watch: Darrin Hall, RB, Pitt; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

Brian’s Pick: Stanford

Martin’s Pick: Stanford

Hunter’s Pick: Stanford

Jan. 1

VRBO Citrus Bowl: Kentucky vs. Penn State

Players to Watch: Benny Snell Jr, RB, Kentucky; Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State

Brian’s Pick: Penn State

Martin’s Pick: Kentucky

Hunter’s Pick: Penn State

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. Mississippi State

Players to Watch: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa; Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Brian’s Pick: Iowa

Martin’s Pick: Mississippi State

Hunter’s Pick: Mississippi State

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCF

Players to Watch: Greg McRae, RB, UCF; Devin White, LB, LSU

Brian’s Pick: LSU

Martin’s Pick: LSU

Hunter’s Pick: UCF

Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual: Ohio State vs. Washington

Players to Watch: JK Dobbins, RB, Ohio State; Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington

Brian’s Pick: Ohio State

Martin’s Pick: Ohio State

Hunter’s Pick: Ohio State

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas

Players to Watch: Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia; Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas

Brian’s Pick: Georgia

Martin’s Pick: Georgia

Hunter’s Pick: Georgia

Jan. 7

College Football Playoff National Championship

Brian’s Pick: Clemson over Oklahoma

Martin’s Pick: Alabama over Clemson

Hunter’s Pick: Alabama over Clemson

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