College Football Bowl Picks, Score Predictions: New Year’s Eve

    College football bowl picks and score predictions for New Year's Eve, including the two College Football Playoff semifinal games.

    December 31, 2015

    College football bowl picks for New Year’s Eve.


    The last day of 2015 brings us three bowl games, including the two College Football Playoff semifinal matchups to determine who will play for the ultimate prize in Glendale, Ariz. on Jan. 11.

    Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Florida State vs. Houston

    An angry Dalvin Cook, who was left off of the invite list to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, might spell trouble for the Cougars. The Seminoles have more talent, but Houston is no pushover. Can Houston, and coach Tom Herman with his new mighty contract, pull off the upset and score one for the little guys? Maybe, but FSU is pick here.  

    Pick: FSU 35, Houston 24
    Line: FSU -7, o/u: 54.5

    For full coverage, check out our FSU vs. Houston game preview.

    Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma

    Sure, the Tigers wrecked the Sooners last year, 40-6, in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but these are two very different teams. That isn’t to say Clemson isn’t capable of that again. All season long, the Tigers have had to answer critics, and they have done so by turning in the only undefeated FBS season. Now, they face a Sooners squad that is explosive on both sides of the ball. It could be a classic showdown between quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Baker Mayfield. But Oklahoma should come out on top. 

    Pick: Oklahoma 44, Clemson 37
    LineOklahoma -3.5, o/u: 66

    For full coverage, check out our Clemson vs. Oklahoma game preview

    Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Michigan State

    For the second consecutive year, Alabama is facing a Big Ten team in the in the College Football Playoff semifinal, after losing last season to Ohio State. If anyone can match up physically with the Crimson Tide, it’s Michigan State. The Spartans like to pound the ball,  and when time comes, throw it deep with quarterback Connor Cook. Although the Alabama defense is no joke, and it should keep Michigan State at bay. 

    Pick: Alabama 26, Michigan State 20
    Line: Alabama -9.5, o/u: 48
    For full coverage, check out our Alabama vs. Michigan State game preview

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