2017-2018 Bowl Season Kickoff Free Picks

AFR CELEBRATION BOWL

North Carolina comes into this one undefeated and if you're a Grambling man (sorry), you'd be in a tough spot to pick against them. QB Lamar Raynard has played lights out all year with over 2700 yards and 26 touchdowns. On the other side of the football, Grambling's number one stunner is linebacker De'Arius Christmas (undoubtedly there is no better name in all of college football at this time of year) who was named SWAC Player of the Year with 77 total tackles, including 15.5 for a loss. Grambling lost their opener and haven't looked back since, rattling off eleven in a row. Both squads are red hot.

Pick: North Carolina ML

R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL

The focus of this game has got to be on QB Brandon Silvers who will be playing his last game for Troy. Silvers has started every single game behind centre since he was a freshman with the exception of only two games in his entire career. Can Silvers make his golden exit? For North Texas, the injury situation will be critical to watch right up until kickoff as their most potent offensive weapon, RB Jeffery Wilson, went down late in the season. If Wilson can't suit up, that would be a devastating loss for this squad.

Pick: North Texas (+7)

AUTONATION CURE BOWL

Western Kentucky had an incredibly disappointing season after losing their former head coach Jeff Brohm to Purdue in the off-season. They'll look to QB Mike White (3826 yards, 24 TDs, 7 INTs) to lead them to a shot at some bowl redemption this month. Georgia State, on the other hand, has got to be thrilled about their new head coach Shawn Elliott, who is leading the Panthers to just their second bowl game in their school's not-so-illustrious history. Look out for WR Penny Hart. Hart will need to have a monstrous game if they're to keep this one close in the fourth.

Pick: Georgia State (+7)

LAS VEGAS BOWL

The most stunning fact about this one: Boise State has reach sixteen consecutive bowls. That trails only Florida State (36), Virginia Tech (25), Georgia (21), Oklahoma (19) and LSU (18) in the entire CFB. The Broncos will look to linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to lead them to glory after being named The Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Oregon have been a tale of two teams. With their QB Justin Herbert behind centre they went 6-1, without him they went 1-4. Now, with head coach Willie Taggart's head potentially on the chopping block, the Ducks have a lot to lose.

Pick: Oregon (-7)

GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL

Marshall had another disappointing season with only seven wins after a high of thirteen back in 2014 and ten in 2015. The Herd will need every ounce of effort from their linebacker Chase Hancock (fitting name for an LB) if they're to stand a good chance in this one. Colorado State also haven't lived up to high expectations after posting a mediocre seven-win season. The most talented player on the field in this one will undoubtedly be WR Michael Gallup. Gallup was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.

Pick: Colorado State (-5.5)

RAYCOM MEDIA CAMELLIA BOWL

Middle Tennessee is the perfect picture of mediocrity. They just can't seem to get over that 6-6 season. Blue Raiders fans must be praying for anything north of seven wins at this point. They'll need WR Ty Lee to put up at least a touchdown in the biggest game of his career. Without a doubt though, the player to keep an eye on in this affair will be DE Ja'Von Rolland-Jones who is perhaps the fiercest pass rusher in all of college football. Indeed, Rolland-Jones is zeroing in on the all time FBS career sack record, needing just one to break the mark. Can he do it?

Pick: Arkansas State (-3)