Non-Playoff Big Six Bowl Game Projections

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Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Oklahoma vs. OregonGoodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - College Football Playoff

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In the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, we witness a showdown between Oklahoma and Oregon. The Ducks, led by Dan Lanning, appear to be the most formidable one-loss team. It’s my prediction that they will secure the sixth spot in the initial rankings. Both quarterbacks in this matchup, Bo Nix (178.6) and Dillon Gabriel (169.8), find themselves among the top 10 in passer efficiency. The Ducks (45.5) and the Sooners (41.9) are in the top five in scoring offense.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: Alabama vs. Penn State

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The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl promises to be a classic with Alabama taking on Penn State. This game evokes memories of legendary clashes between Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno. The Crimson Tide and the Nittany Lions still have playoff hopes. This the type of game that could become a regular feature in the 12-team playoff model. Penn State allows 11.5 points per game, while Alabama allows 16.5 points. Both boast solid scoring defenses.

Capital One Orange Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville

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In the Capital One Orange Bowl, first-year coach Jeff Brohm’s Louisville team seeks yo make the prestigious New Year’s Day Six Bowl. It’s a showcase game for running back Jawhar Jordan, who averages 7.5 yards per carry. The hope is that Jayden Daniels, who leads the FBS in total offense with 386.8 yards per game, will play for the Tigers. Brian Kelly’s LSU squad is still pushing for a spot in the SEC championship game, despite being a long shot with two losses.

Vrbo Fiesta Bowl: Air Force vs. Washington

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The Vrbo Fiesta Bowl features an exciting clash between Air Force and Washington. Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. leads college football in passing yards per game with 399.0. In contrast, Air Force, under the guidance of Zac Larrier, leads the FBS in rushing yards with 300.4 yards per game. The stark difference in playing styles sets the stage for an entertaining matchup, and it’s worth noting that these teams have not faced each other since 2005.

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