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2016-2017 New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff Predictions

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9 USC Trojans vs 5 Penn State Nittany Lions

The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Trojans of Southern California are now back in the conversation of being programs that have the potential to contend for a National Title going forward. Both programs did not advance to the playoffs this season, but they are playing in one of the most anticipated bowl games of the season, the Rose Bowl. Hopefully, we will not witness another beatdown delivered by another talented Pac-12 football team like we saw in last year’s Rose Bowl between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes. With that being said, the Trojans leave Pasadena with another Rose Bowl Title added to their illustrious history.

USC Over Penn State


Allstate Sugar Bowl

17 Auburn Tigers vs 7 Oklahoma Sooners

Big 12 Champion the Oklahoma Sooners take on the resurgent Auburn Tigers in the Allstate Sugar Bowl down in the “Big Easy.” Both Programs are capable of lighting up the scoreboard at a moments notice, but the key to this game will be which defense can make the most stops. The team that can do that will win this ball game. On Monday I believe the Oklahoma Sooners will be the bend but don’t break defense that will allow them to win this football game.

Oklahoma Over Auburn


Goodyear Cotton Bowl

12 Western Michigan Broncos vs 8 Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers will be ready to play when they take on the undefeated Western Michigan Broncos in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos will have an opportunity to show that they are ready to play with the big boys in this contest. However, I do not believe that it will happen against the Badgers. Expect the Badgers to be victorious in this 60-minute physical matchup.

Wisconsin Over Western Michigan


Capital One Orange Bowl

6 Michigan Wolverines vs 10 Florida State Seminoles

The second most anticipated non-playoff matchup in the New Year’s Six Bowls is the Michigan Wolverines going against the Florida State Seminoles in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The question on everyone’s minds will be if Jimbo Fisher can motivate the Noles to show up and perform at high level in this football game? The Seminoles are 0-2 in the New Year’s Six Bowl format. Tomorrow night against the Wolverines, I expect that trend to continue.

Michigan Over Florida State


Playstation Fiesta Bowl

2 Ohio State Buckeyes vs 3 Clemson Tigers

The first of the college football playoff games begin when the Ohio State Buckeyes face the Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl. Both programs are no strangers to the postseason. The Buckeyes won the first ever National Title that included the four-team playoff format back in 2015. Before the season started, I choose the Clemson Tigers to win the National Title this season, but I have changed my outlook on the team after what I have observed from them this season. Expect the Buckeyes to advance to their second National Championship Game appearance in the college football playoff format.

Ohio State Over Clemson


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs 4 Washington Huskies

The Alabama Crimson Tide are trying to win their 17th National Title, but standing in their way will be the Washington Huskies. For the Huskies to defeat the Crimson Tide, they must play mistake free football and take advantage of the opportunities that the Tide present them within this ball game. If those two things cannot happen, the Huskies will be in for a long night down in the Georgia Dome.

Alabama Over Washington

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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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