New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff Semifinal predictions

December 31st, ESPN

Peach Bowl (Noon ET)

(18)Houston (12-1) vs. (9) Florida State (10-2)

Houston is an explosive team, while Florida State had a great running back in Dalvin Cook. Quarterback Everett Gholson won’t play, and I think that will cost the Noles. Prediction: Houston 27, Florida State 24.

Playoff semifinal #1: Orange Bowl (4 ET)

(4) Oklahoma  (11-1) vs. (1) Clemson (13-0)

The first playoff semifinal involves a pair of powerful offenses and underrated defenses. Both quarterbacks were Heisman contenders, and the supporting casts are solid. Both teams also have a habit of choking. I think it will be a coin – flip game, and my head says Clemson, but I’m picking OU. Prediction: Oklahoma 38, Clemson 34.

Semifinal #2: Cotton Bowl (8 ET)

(3) Michigan State (12-1) vs. (2) Alabama  (12-1)

I’d love to see Michigan State win. That said, I’m not sold on Connor Cook, the Big Ten, or Sparty. Also, Derrick Henry is the best player on the field. I see the Heisman winner getting a huge workload, en route to a tough, defensive win for the Crimson Tide. Prediction: Michigan State 17, Alabama 23.

January 1st, ESPN

Fiesta Bowl (1pm ET)

Note Dame 20, Ohio State 28

Rose Bowl (5ET)

Iowa 14, Stanford 24

Sugar Bowl (8:30 ET)

Oklahoma State 35, Ole Miss 31

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