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2018 College Bowl Odds: Confidence football picks, top predictions, rankings, and lines from unbiased model

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A lot can unfold in the weeks between the end of the college football season and the marquee bowl and playoff matchups. Injuries and players opting to sit games out are common issues, but suspensions can also come into play, and that’s a big storyline for No. 2 Clemson in one of the College Football Playoff semifinals. The Tigers are preparing to take on No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday and will be without defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a potential top-10 NFL Draft pick, after he was one of three players on the team who reportedly failed a drug test. The latest college football odds now have the Tigers at -12.5 after spread reached as high as 13. With so much on the line and college football odds and spreads changing as news breaks, be sure to check out the latest college football picks and predictions from SportsLine’s proven computer model before locking in any plays of your own. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks. 

The model enters the 2018 college football bowl season on a blistering 45-25 run on all top-rated picks. It also has an extremely strong track record when it comes to picking bowl games straight up, going 82-40 over the past three seasons — a success rate of almost 70 percent. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now this model has revealed its 2018 college football picks and projections, and you can get them only over at SportsLine. We can tell you that one of the model’s most confident bowl picks is Auburn over Purdue at the Music City Bowl on Dec. 28

After its huge upset win over Ohio State, Purdue stumbled down the stretch, losing three of its last five. Meanwhile, Auburn has been battle-tested in the SEC and also has a neutral-site win over No. 9 Washington to draw on that should prove helpful in a bowl setting. The Music City Bowl 2018 will be played in Nashville at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL‘s Titans.

The Tigers are only 3.5-point favorites over Purdue, but SportsLine’s model projects an average final score of 29-17 thanks to a strong projected day for Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who has thrown for 6,844 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career. According to the projections, Stidham throws for almost 250 yards to cross the 7,000-yard mark for his career and also slings two touchdowns as Auburn wins in 75 percent of simulations. Book Auburn for a victory over Purdue and make it one of your highest-rated college football bowl picks.

Another college football prediction from SportsLine’s model: No. 5 Ohio State (-6.5) covers against No. 9 Washington in the 2019 Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

It’s the final game as head coach of the Buckeyes for Urban Meyer, and it’s also the end of era for Washington as quarterback Jake Browning, a four-year starter, plays his last game for the Huskies. He helped navigate Washington (10-3) to a four-game winning streak, including a huge Apple Cup victory over Washington State and a Pac-12 title game win over Utah, to land the Huskies in a New Year’s Six Bowl.

But the Buckeyes finished just outside the final College Football Playoff field and should be highly motivated to prove they belonged, and send Meyer out on a high note. The model is calling for Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to throw for close to 300 yards as the Buckeyes cover in almost 60 percent of simulations. The under (58) also has plenty of value because that hits almost 70 percent of the time. 

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