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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BATSBY’s official Bowl Confidence Pool selections, ranking ’em 1-40

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The top-ranked LSU TIgers are 13 1/2-point favorites versus Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl, the first of two Playoff semifinals on Dec. 28.

Ever join a Bowl Confidence Pool with college football?

The experience can be a lot of fun, especially for those who love games of chance … and have already been eliminated from their respective fantasy football leagues.

Of course, unlike posting a routine starting lineup with fantasy, Bowl Confidence pools command a greater chunk of one’s prep time, predicting the winner of 40 college bowlsand then specifying their order of hubris, ranking each supposed outcome from 40 (highest of confidence) to 1 (lowest confidence of being correct).

BATSBY Sports offers up its Bowl Confidence selections for the 2019 slate of games (minus the College Football Playoff championship on Jan. 13), factoring in injuries and NFL draft-related absences with certain college stars:

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: TAKE IT TO THE BANK

NEW ORLEANS: Appalachian State over UAB
ORANGE: Florida over Virginia
PEACH: LSU over Oklahoma
GASPARILLA: UCF over Marshall

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: FEELING GOOD

FIRST RESPONDER: Western Kentucky over Western Michigan
BAHAMAS: Buffalo over Charlotte
SUN: Arizona State over Florida State
CITRUS: Alabama over Michigan
BIRMINGHAM: Cincinnati over Boston College

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: REASONABLY SURE

SUGAR: Georgia over Baylor
FRISCO: Utah State over Kent State
QUICK LANE: Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan
CELEBRATION: North Carolina A&T over Alcorn State
BOCA RATON: SMU over Florida Atlantic
CURE: Georgia Southern over Liberty
ARIZONA: Wyoming over Georgia State
COTTON: Penn State over Memphis

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: CAN’T GO WRONG-ISH

CAMELLIA: Arkansas State over Florida International
HAWAII: BYU over Hawaii
BELK: Kentucky over Virginia Tech
LIBERTY: Navy over Kansas State
CHEEZ-IT: Air Force over Washington State
CAMPING WORLD: Notre Dame over Iowa State
INDEPENDENCE: Miami over Louisiana Tech

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: HOPING FOR THE BEST

PINSTRIPE: Michigan State over Wake Forest
MOBILE: Louisiana-Lafayette over Miami of Ohio
TEXAS: Texas A&M over Oklahoma State
REDBOX: California over Illinois
FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO: Ohio over Nevada
NEW MEXICO: San Diego State over Central Michigan

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: IT’S CRAPSHOOT TIME

ALAMO: Utah (-7) over Texas
GATOR: Indiana (+1.5) over Tennessee
MUSIC CITY: Louisville (+4.5) over Mississippi State
LAS VEGAS: Boise State (+3.5) over Washington
HOLIDAY: Iowa (-2) over USC
OUTBACK: Auburn (-7) over Minnesota
ARMED FORCES: Southern Miss (+7) over Tulane
MILITARY: North Carolina (-4.5) over Temple

CONFIDENCE LEVEL: VIRTUAL COIN FLIPS

FIESTA: Ohio State (+2) over Clemson
ROSE: Wisconsin (-2.5) over Oregon

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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