College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Season Formula. Who Had The Best Years?

College Football Season Rankings. How did all 130 teams stack up – and who had the most fun – according to the CFN Season Ranking Formula?

The 2021 Final College Football News Season Rankings from No. 1 to 130? How did all the seasons stack up based on the CFN Season Formula.


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CFN College Football Rankings: 2021 Final Season Rankings

CFN 2021 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
Combined Opinion & Season Rankings
CFN College Football Season Formula
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The CFN Season Formula is based on straight numbers, wins, losses, and strengths of schedules to measure just how good a season really was, and NOT how good we thought all of the teams were.

That’s what the CFN Opinion Rankings are for.

This is all about evaluating every team’s season from start to finish with an emphasis on the big wins, the painful losses, and who had the toughest and easiest roads.

This formula – used to compare seasons on a historical basis, as well as year-by-year – only cares about victories and the raw numbers, completely taking out the eye test.

It’s simple … was your schedule good, and did you win with it? Then your ranking is high. Was your schedule mediocre? This exposes that. Here’s the breakdown of how the CFN Season Formula is calculated.

One more note before getting started. The idea of the “best” and “worst” wins are based on how important the wins are according to the formula. For example, of course South Carolina’s most important and biggest wins were against Florida, Auburn, and in the bowl game against North Carolina, but technically, beating East Carolina – who finished 7-6 – was the “best” win.

Basically, which teams had the most fun, and which teams didn’t?

130 UMass Minutemen (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -6.13
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 130
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 129
Best Win UConn 27-13
Worst Loss Rhode Island 35-22
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 129.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 130

129 UConn Huskies (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -5.17
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 129
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 128
Best Win Yale 21-15
Worst Loss Holy Cross 38-28
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 128.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 129

128 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -3.49
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 73
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 104
Best Win Colorado State 24-21
Worst Loss East Tennessee State 23-3
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 116
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 120

127 Akron Zips (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -3.19
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 125
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 127
Best Win at Bowling Green 35-20
Worst Loss Ohio 34-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 127
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 127

126 FIU Golden Panthers (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -2.49
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 115
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 130
Best Win Long Island 48-10
Worst Loss at Southern Miss 37-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 128
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 128

125 Arizona Wildcats (1-11)

2021 CFN Season Score -1.88
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 72
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 86
Best Win Cal 10-3
Worst Loss Northern Arizona 21-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 105.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 106

124 Duke Blue Devils (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -1.03
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 83
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 107
Best Win Northwestern 30-23
Worst Loss Georgia Tech 31-27
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 115.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T118

123 New Mexico State Aggies (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.97
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 126
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 126
Best Win UMass 44-27
Worst Loss at New Mexico 34-25
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 124.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 126

122 New Mexico Lobos (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.95
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 106
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 125
Best Win at Wyoming 14-3
Worst Loss UNLV 31-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 123.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 125

121 Kansas Jayhawks (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.65
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 81
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 83
Best Win at Texas 57-56
Worst Loss at Duke 52-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 102
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 104

120 UNLV Rebels (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.53
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 110
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 113
Best Win Hawaii 27-13
Worst Loss Eastern Washington 35-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 116.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 121

119 Temple Owls (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.29
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 37
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 118
Best Win Memphis 34-31
Worst Loss at USF 34-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 118.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T122

118 Northwestern Wildcats (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.24
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 32
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 80
Best Win Rutgers 21-7
Worst Loss at Duke 30-23
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 99
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 101

117 USF Bulls (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.21
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 105
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 103
Best Win Temple 34-14
Worst Loss at Tulane 45-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 110
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 112

116 Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score -0.18
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 97
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 123
Best Win at ULM 27-24
Worst Loss at Georgia Southern 59-33
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 119.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 124

115 Texas State Bobcats (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.39
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 28
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 122
Best Win South Alabama 33-31
Worst Loss Incarnate Word 59-21
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 118.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T122

114 Colorado State Rams (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.45
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 93
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 117
Best Win at Toledo 22-6
Worst Loss South Dakota State 42-23
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 115.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T118

113 Ohio Bobcats (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 0.82
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 111
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 112
Best Win Miami University 35-33
Worst Loss Duquesne 28-26
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 112.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 113

112 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.03
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 100
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 114
Best Win North Texas 24-17
Worst Loss Southern Miss 35-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 113
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 114

111 Tulane Green Wave (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.65
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 78
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 99
Best Win USF 45-14
Worst Loss at Memphis 33-28
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 105
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 105

110 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.77
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 35
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 119
Best Win at Louisiana Tech 35-19
Worst Loss at Rice 24-19
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T116

109 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.86
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 64
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 82
Best Win North Carolina 45-22
Worst Loss Virginia Tech 26-17
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 95.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T98

108 Georgia Southern Eagles (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 1.91
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 87
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 121
Best Win at Texas State 38-30
Worst Loss at South Alabama 41-14
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T116

107 Indiana Hoosiers (2-10)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.00
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 31
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 88
Best Win at WKU 33-31
Worst Loss Rutgers 38-3
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 97.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 100

106 Washington Huskies (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.19
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 13
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 75
Best Win Cal 31-24
Worst Loss Montana 13-7
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 90.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 94

105 Bowling Green Falcons (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.22
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 127
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 108
Best Win at Minnesota 14-10
Worst Loss Akron 35-20
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 106.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking T108

104 ULM Warhawks (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.57
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 124
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 124
Best Win Liberty 31-28
Worst Loss Arkansas State 27-24
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 114
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 115

103 Buffalo Bulls (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.75
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 99
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 109
Best Win at Old Dominion 35-34
Worst Loss Bowling Green 56-44
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 106
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 107

102 Stanford Cardinal (3-9)

2021 CFN Season Score 2.81
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 77
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 85
Best Win Oregon 31-24
Worst Loss Washington 20-13
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 93.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 96

101 Rice Owls (4-8)

2021 CFN Season Score 3.32
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking 120
2021 CFN Final Opinion Ranking 116
Best Win at UAB 30-24
Worst Loss at Charlotte 31-24
2021 CFN Combined Final Ranking 108.5
2021 CFN Combined Overall Ranking 111

CFN 2021 Rankings: Season Formula Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10 | Top 5
Combined Opinion & Season Rankings
CFN College Football Season Formula

NEXT: 2021 College Football Rankings: CFN Season Formula 76 to 100

College Football Win Totals 2021: Who Overperformed, Underperformed, How Did We Do?

College Football 2021 Win Totals: Looking back to see who did well, who underachieved, and how we did with all of our picks.

Before the 2021 season started, we did all the previews and made all the predictions. How did the teams do compared to their projected win totals? How were our picks?


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2021 College Football Win Totals: How did everyone do?
CFN Preseason Projections. Who Finished …
+3 to +5 | +2+1, 0, -1 | -2 | -3 to -6
2021 Preseason Betting Lines. Who Finished …
Over +5.5 to +2.5 | +2 to +1.5+ 1 to +0.5 | Even
Under -0.5 to -1 | -1.5 to -2 | -2.5 to -6

It’s our drill we do every offseason.

We do all the previews, all of the research, and then we try to get the picks and the projected win totals as close to the pin as possible.

Sometimes we’re dead-on right, sometime we miss by 20 miles, but as long as there’s some logic and reason behind everything, it all tends to work out fine.

How did every college football team do compared to their 2021 projected win totals? Here were our win total predictions, along with the general consensus win total betting lines for each team and the regular season wins.

The goal is always to be +/-1 one way or another with our predictions, but more importantly to the investment world, did we get the over/under totals right?

To cut to the chase, last year we were on the right side of the consensus betting world preseason win total for 57 teams, were on the wrong side for 46 of them, were even/push on 26, and Rutgers didn’t have an official win total.

And the betting lines? The Over came through for 61 teams, the under for 59,  and 9 pushed.

Who overperformed, who underperformed, and who came in about where we thought they did. Again, this is just the regular season – no conference championships or bowls.

College Football Win Totals 2021: How did everyone do?

The number after each team is the difference – positive or negative – in how much each team overperformed or underperformed compared to the CFN 2021 preseason projections.

Win Totals: We Missed BIG. “No one respects us.”

Michigan State 5

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 5
Regular Season Wins: 10

Utah State 5

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 4
Regular Season Wins: 9

UTSA 5

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 11

Baylor 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 10

Northern Illinois 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 4
Regular Season Wins: 8

Old Dominion 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 2
Regular Season Wins: 6

UTEP 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 3
Regular Season Wins: 7

Wake Forest 4

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 10

Arkansas 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 5
Regular Season Wins: 8

BYU 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 7
Regular Season Wins: 10

Fresno State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 6
Regular Season Wins: 9

Houston 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

Louisiana 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

North Texas 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 3
Regular Season Wins: 6

Oklahoma State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

Oregon State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 4
Regular Season Wins: 7

Pitt 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 7
Regular Season Wins: 10

San Diego State 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 8
Regular Season Wins: 11

ULM 3

CFN Preseason Win Total Prediction: 1
Regular Season Wins: 4

2021 College Football Win Totals: How did everyone do?
CFN Preseason Projections. Who Finished …
+3 to +5 | +2+1, 0, -1 | -2 | -3 to -6
2021 Preseason Betting Lines. Who Finished …
Over +5.5 to +2.5 | +2 to +1.5+ 1 to +0.5 | Even
Under -0.5 to -1 | -1.5 to -2 | -2.5 to -6

NEXT: Win Totals: We Missed A Bit. Good For These Teams

College Football Rankings 1 To 130: 2021 Final Overall and Conference

College football rankings from College Football News for all 130 teams after the end of the 2021 season, from 1 to 130 and by conference

College Football News 2021 college football rankings for all 130 teams after the end of season, overall and by conference.


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CFN 2021 Rankings: Regular Season Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Rankings By Conference
ACC | AAC | Big TenBig 12 | C-USA | IND
MAC | M-West | Pac-12SEC | Sun Belt
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CFN College Football Rankings: 2021 Final 1-130

We’ll do the CFN Formula Rankings – taking the opinion out of the mix and going only be deserve and what happened on the field – next. After the end of the 2021 season, here’s our ranking of all 130 teams based on a mix of believe, prove, eye-test, and mostly head-to-head – when possible.

130 FIU Golden Panthers (1-11)

Last Week’s Ranking: 130
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 115

129 UMass Minutemen (1-11)

Last Week’s Ranking: 129
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 130

128 UConn Huskies (1-11)

Last Week’s Ranking: 128
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 129

127 Akron Zips (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 127
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 125

126 New Mexico State Aggies (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 126
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 126

125 New Mexico Lobos (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 125
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 106

124 ULM Warhawks (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 124
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 124

123 Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 123
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 97

122 Texas State Bobcats (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 122
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 114

121 Georgia Southern Eagles (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 121
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 87

120 South Alabama Jaguars (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 120
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 122

119 Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 119
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 116

118 Temple Owls (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 118
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 84

117 Colorado State Rams (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 117
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 93

116 Rice Owls (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 116
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 120

115 Charlotte 49ers (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 115
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 119

114 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 114
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 100

113 UNLV Rebels (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 112
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 110

112 Ohio Bobcats (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 111
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 111

111 Florida Atlantic Owls (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 110
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 9

110 Troy Trojans (5-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 109
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 112

109 Buffalo Bulls (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 108
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 99

108 Bowling Green Falcons (4-8)

Last Week’s Ranking: 107
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 127

107 Duke Blue Devils (3-9)

Last Week’s Ranking: 106
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 83

106 UTEP Miners (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 113
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 123
New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State 31, UTEP 24

105 Vanderbilt Commodores (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 105
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 73

104 USF Bulls (2-10)

Last Week’s Ranking: 104
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 105

104 Wyoming Cowboys (6-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 103
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 88
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming 52, Kent State 38

103 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (6-7)

Last Week’s Ranking: 100
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 74
Hawaii Bowl: Canceled

102 Toledo Rockets (7-5)

Last Week’s Ranking: 98
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 89
Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee 31, Toledo 24

101 Eastern Michigan Eagles (7-6)

Last Week’s Ranking: 96
CFN 2021 Preseason Ranking: 117
LendingTree Bowl: Liberty 56, Eastern Michigan 20

CFN 2021 Rankings: Regular Season Final
101-130 | 76-100 | 51-75 | 26-50 | 11-25 | Top 10
Rankings By Conference
ACC | AAC | Big TenBig 12 | C-USA | IND
MAC | M-West | Pac-12SEC | Sun Belt

NEXT: CFN 2021 College Football Rankings: Final Top 100

San Diego State Wins Frisco Bowl Over UTSA 38-24: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

San Diego State Wins Frisco Bowl Over UTSA 38-24: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

San Diego State beat UTSA to win the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl. Five thoughts, analysis of the game, and what it all means.


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San Diego State Bowl: 5 Things That Matter

Prediction: San Diego State 26, UTSA 23
Line: San Diego State -2.5, o/u: 48.5
Final Score: San Diego State 38, UTSA 24

5. UTSA wasn’t the normal UTSA

San Diego State knows what it’s like to be short-handed at the last second after losing over 25 players for the Mountain West Championship against Utah State, and UTSA had to deal with some missing parts in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl – but for another reason.

Star safety Rashad Wisdom was out for the first half after a targeting call against WKU, corner Tariq Woolen was out, and second-leading tackler Trevor Hermanson didn’t play. The big loss was 1,479-yard, 15-touchdown all-star RB Sincere McCormick, who opted out a few days before the game.

The Roadrunners still fought the good fight and made this interesting, and the Aztecs were able to rise up and take over in the second half, but this might have been a far, far different game with all of the parts.

NEXT: The penalties. Oh, the penalties

Louisville vs Air Force: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Louisville vs Air Force: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Louisville vs Air Force: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Louisville vs Air Force: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, December 28
Game Time: 3:15 pm ET
Venue: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, TX
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Air Force (9-3), Louisville (6-6)
CFN Predictions | Bowl Schedule

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Louisville vs Air Force SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Preview

Get ready for what might be the fastest bowl game of the season.

It’s not like Louisville can’t or doesn’t throw – it averages 239 yards per game through the air – but it’s at its best when QB Malik Cunningham and the rushing attack get rolling.

Head coach Scott Satterfield isn’t necessarily coaching for his job, but the 6-6 season was a bit of a disappointment, and the fan base would love to somehow get former Cardinal quarterback Jeff Brohm away from the Purdue job.

A strong bowl win would calm everything down, and it would be even better if the offense that put up 450 yards per game could make an emphatic statement. That’s going to be hard to do against Air Force.

The Falcons aren’t above having rough days defensively, but they allowed 21 points or fewer to everyone but Utah State and Nevada mainly because they don’t let the other side have the ball.

Air Force leads the nation in rushing and is second in time of possession, grinding down the clock in drive after drive with efficiency and without a whole lot of mistakes. The defense, though has to prove it can hold up if Louisville and Cunningham get hot through the air.

Why Louisville, Air Force Will Win
Prediction, What’s Going To Happen, History
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Players To Know

NEXT: Why Louisville Will Win, Why Air Force Will Win, SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Prediction

5 Best College Football Bowl Predictions Against The Spread: December 20-24

5 best predictions against the spread for college football’s early bowl games – December 20th through the 24th. Which games appear to be the best bets against the spread?

5 best predictions for college football bowl games – Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 24. What games appear to be the best bets and the best picks?


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Bowl Game Predictions, Previews 
CFN Experts Picks: Bowls Dec 17-27
Bowl Schedule, Game Previews

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Results So Far ATS: 85-67-2

One massive miscalculation later …

I blame missing EVERYTHING against the spread during an epically bad Saturday on the stress and strain of having to scramble to find ESPN after the YouTube TV/Disney kerfuffle, and …

I can’t blame this multi-billion conglomerates. It was all my fault for totally whiffing on my belief that Conference USA was going to get rim-rocked this bowl season – except, of course, for my pick of Marshall to cover against Louisiana. (It didn’t.)

Picking bowl games takes a different skill set from the regular season. Logic, reason, and normal rules don’t always apply – hello, Jackson State and BYU.

So I’m done with you, Conference USA. You win.

I’m staying away from the against the spread calls of Old Dominion vs Tulsa in the Myrtle Beach Bowl (I like Tulsa -9, of course), UTSA vs San Diego State in Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (I like SDSU -2.5, of course), and Miami University vs North Texas in the Frisco Football Classic (I like MU, of course).

I always stick with my picks, I take my beating, and then I move on. But there were things that have gone the right was so far.

The point totals went just fine over the first several games, so I’m mostly going with those for these bowls during the week before Christmas.

Pray for me.

Click on each game for the preview 

5. Missouri vs Army: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

LINE Army -4
ATS PICK Missouri

Oh, I am well aware that you pick against Army at your own risk.

I’m an adult, I take responsibility for my own actions, and I will almost always take my chances with SEC team over a Group of Five-level team.

Especially if that SEC team is getting points.

Yeah, I’m still smarting from going hard on San Diego State and its amazing defense in the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl – and then Army won.

Yeah, I’m still smarting from going hard on Houston in what should’ve been an easy in in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl – and then Army won 70-14.

Yeah, I’m still smarting from going hard on West Virginia against the spread in the 2020 Liberty Bowl – and Army lost, but only by three.

Army is 4-1 in its last five bowl games from 2010 on, but there’s a strange part to that. None of the four bowl wins were against Power Five programs, and Army didn’t actually beat West Virginia last year.

In fact, Army hasn’t beaten a Power Five program since the win over Duke in 2017. Before that you have to go back to a 2012 win over Boston College.

I’m fully aware – and love – what Army does, and I know bowls go against what we all believe in our core to be true, but you’re getting points here. You’re not even asking the Power Five team to win big.

4. Hawaii vs Memphis
3. Miami University vs North Texas
2. San Diego State vs UTSA
1. Kent State vs Wyoming
CFN Experts Picks: Bowls Dec 17-27

NEXT: College Football Pick Against The Spread No. 4 Hawaii vs Memphis

Bowl Game Reaction: Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, Independence

Quick reactions to the college football games: Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, Independence Bowls

Bowl Game Reaction to the Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, and Independence Bowls


Bowl Game Reaction: Boca Raton, Celebration, New Mexico, Independence

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CFN Predictions | 2021-2022 Bowl Schedule

Bowl Game Reactions  
– Boca Raton: WKU 59, App St 38
– Celebration, New Mexico, Independence to come

Boca Raton Bowl Reaction: WKU 59, Appalachian State 38

– Now THAT’S a bowl game. It started early, started fast, and it kept on rolling until Appalachian State punched itself out in the second half. 1,246 yards of total offense, 97 points, big play after big play. This was why we all do bowl season.

– Bailey Zappe was incredible. He threw for 422 yards and six scores with no picks, but he had a whole lot of help. Zappe was the signature star coming in from Houston Baptist – and he set the single season passing record and broke Joe Burrow’s touchdown pass record – but battery mate Jerreth Sterns had a whole lot to do with it, too. The star WR caught 13 passes for 184 yards and three scores.

– Appalachian State could never get control. For good and for mostly bad, it kept scoring too quickly. It needed to slow things down to a stop, but it got caught up in a firefight and couldn’t keep up. The running game did what it was supposed to do – 251 yards – but the team only had the ball for just over 31 minutes. The time of possession battle needed to be lopsided.

– No, WKU’s defense didn’t do a whole lot – it couldn’t tackle, it gave up over 600 yards, and it struggled – but the four turnovers made a difference. The pace of the game made Appalachian State press, and the mistakes followed.

COMING: Celebration Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Independence Bowl

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5 Best College Football Bowl Predictions Against The Spread: December 17-18

5 best predictions against the spread for college football’s early bowl games – December 17th and 18th. Which games appear to be the best bets against the spread?

5 best predictions for college football bowl games – Friday, December 17 and Saturday, December 18. What games appear to be the best bets and the best picks?


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Even in the best of times trying to bet on bowl games is tricky – teams get out of their respective regular season grooves. In 2020 it was impossible, and in 2021 it’s forget-about-it tough.

But they’re bowl games. You’re going to bet on them.

Trying to navigate through the opt-outs, coaching changes, and relative interest among the various teams, here are five of the best-looking investment opportunities for the first batch on Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th.

Good luck and godspeed.

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5. Coastal Carolina vs Northern Illinois: Tailgreeter Cure Bowl

LINE Coastal Carolina -11
ATS PICK Northern Illinois

How much do you believe that the regular season could carry over into the bowls? If you think that’s possible, then Northern Illinois shouldn’t have a problem covering this.

Those are a whole lot of points to be giving away to the champion of the MAC. Some might be freaked out by the late-season blowout loss to Western Michigan – NIU already had a spot in the MAC Championship wrapped up.

Northern Illinois is a badly flawed team in a whole lot of ways, and there’s reason to be concerned against an ultra-efficient, high-powered Coastal Carolina squad.

The Huskies don’t do much to pressure the backfield, they give up a whole lot of yards, and they don’t come up with enough takeaways or third down stops.

However, they’re great at dominating the time of possession, and they should be able to counteract what Coastal Carolina does by grinding and grinding some more.

The Chanticleers are more fun, more explosive, and more splashy on both sides of the ball, but they also struggled against mediocre team after mediocre team over the back half of the season.

The best win of the year was against … Kansas? Troy? You have as many wins over 2021 bowl teams as Coastal Carolina does.

That doesn’t mean the Sun Belt star can’t and won’t win this, and there’s a historical reason to think there could be a problem for Northern Illinois. The Huskies haven’t just lost their last six bowl games going back to the 2011 GoDaddy.com against Arkansas State; they’ve been annihilated in most of them.

This Northern Illinois is good at making teams play at its pace.

Now, if Toledo has problems in the Bahamas Bowl early on Friday and if Northern Illinois gets bombed on in this, avoid the MAC fast. But until that happens …

11 is a big number to be giving away here.

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Nevada vs Western Michigan: Quick Lane Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Nevada vs Western Michigan: Quick Lane Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Nevada vs Western Michigan: Quick Lane Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch: Monday, December 27 


Nevada vs Western Michigan: Quick Lane Bowl How To Watch

Date: Monday, December 27
Game Time: 11:00 am ET
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Nevada (8-4), Western Michigan (7-5)

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Nevada vs Western Michigan Quick Lane Bowl Preview

Can Western Michigan close out with something strong after a disappointing season? Talent-wise, the Broncos had enough to win the MAC Championship.

The passing game was the MAC’s most efficient, it was great at controlling the clock and the tempo, and the defense was the best in the league allowing just 337 yards per game. So what was the problem?

There were way too many defensive meltdowns, penalties, and special teams gaffes to mess up several big offensive performances. And that’s what made the team so maddening – it was good enough to beat Pitt, and flaky enough to get blown out by Ball State.

Nevada, though, is an even bigger mystery after losing head coach Jay Norvell to Colorado State and with star QB Carson Strong opting out.

The three Mountain West losses were all by two points each, but now the offense that was so dominant throughout the season has to prove it can keep up.

Even without Strong, the passing game should still be dangerous, the Mountain West’s best pass rush will be disruptive, and the No. 1 team in the nation in turnover margin needs to force several mistakes in what will amount to a road game.

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Hawaii vs Memphis: Hawaii Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Hawaii vs Memphis: EasyPost Hawaii Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might or might not win.

Hawaii vs Memphis: EasyPost Hawaii Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch 


Hawaii vs Memphis: EasyPost Hawaii Bowl How To Watch

Date: Friday, December 24
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
How To Watch: Clarence TC Ching Complex, Honolulu, HI
Records: Hawaii (6-7), Memphis (6-6)

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Hawaii vs Memphis EasyPost Hawaii Bowl Preview

Hawaii caught a wee bit of a break – it was originally supposed to need seven wins to go bowling – with an added bowl in Texas to allow two more teams to get extra games. Now it gets to play on Christmas Eve.

The Rainbow Warriors were crashing through the back half of the season, but the passing game stepped up over the final two dates to get to six wins. They always bring the effort, they’re great at forcing takeaways, and there’s enough of a downfield passing attack to bother a Memphis defense that had big problems at times in the secondary.

Memphis started strong, but it wasn’t quite able to find any sort of a groove over the last few months of the season with a stalled ground game and a spotty defense that couldn’t get off the field.

However, the offense didn’t have a major problem with turnovers – a key against Hawaii – and there’s enough explosives from the passing game to keep up any pace.

The big play passing attack was able to crank up close to 300 yards per game, and it’s going to press from the start against a Hawaii defense that allowed almost 290 per outing.

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