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New Year's Day Bowl Games: Open Thread

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The Deacs aren't playing, but we all have a headache and are watching football today. Let's chat about the bowl games together.

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Happy New Year! The new College Football Playoff, in addition to bring a more legitimate national champion to college football, has added to the excitement of the New Year's Day games. Below is a list of each game along with the time, channel, players to watch for, and my picks sure to go wrong. If you're watching the game, you might as well be talking about it with other member of our community.

Noon: Outback Bowl - ESPN2

#19 Auburn (8-4) vs. #18 Wisconsin (10-3)

Vegas Line: Auburn -6.5

Auburn Players to Watch: RB Cameron Artis-Payne & QB Nick Marshall

Wisconsin Players to Watch: RB Melvin Gordon & LB Derek Landisch

My Pick: SEC! SEC! SEC!

12:30 P.M.: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - ESPN

#8 Michigan State (10-2) vs. #5 Baylor (11-1)

Vegas Line: Baylor -2.5

Michigan State Players to Watch: RB Jeremy Langford & WR Tony Lippett

Baylor Players to Watch: QB Bryce Petty & DL Shawn Oakman

My Pick: Sic Em Bears

1:00 P.M.: Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - ABC

#16 Missouri (10-3) vs. #25 Minnesota (8-4)

Vegas Line: Missouri -4.5

Missouri Players to Watch: LB Kentrell Brothers & LB Michael Scherer

Minnesota Players to Watch: RB David Cobb & LB Damien Wilson

My Pick: Mizzou

5:00 P.M.: Rose Bowl - ESPN

#2 Oregon (12-1) vs. #3 Florida State (13-0)

Vegas Line: Oregon -8

Oregon Players to Watch: QB Marcus Mariota (no kidding) & RB Royce Freeman

Florida State Players to Watch: QB Jameis Winston (also no kidding) & RB Dalvin Cook

My Pick: #FSUTwitter

8:30 P.M.: Sugar Bowl - ESPN

#1 Alabama (12-1) vs. #4 Ohio State (12-1)

Vegas Line: Alabama -9

Alabama Players to Watch: WR Amari Cooper & DB Landon Collins

Ohio State Players to Watch: RB Ezekiel Elliott & DL Joey Bosa

My Pick: Roll Tide