Arkansas v Penn State, Kentucky v Iowa to head final bowl season games – the Athletic

Since the inception of College Football Playoff, all eyes have tended to be on the CFP semi-finals at the end of the calendar year. Of course, we have New Years games on January 1, but there are still eight bowl games to go. And here at Athletic, we break each one down. Find the betting lines, predictions and overviews below.

Every hour in the East. All rankings reflect the CFP survey. Please note that expert choices are straightforward, not against spread. Odds updated here as of December 25 at 1 p.m. EST.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina at Duke’s Mayo Bowl – December 30 at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN

Some college football teams struggle to find an identity, and many others struggle to stick to one. Not in North Carolina. The Tar Heels focused on their offense in 2021, averaging 36.4 points while placing ninth in yards per game. Except that the UNC has maintained this identity all year round, almost at fault. It’s 5-0 when he scores 35 or more points and 1-6 when he doesn’t reach that mark. Heels tend to go everywhere Sam Howell takes them. He recorded 23 passing touchdowns, his career low this year, but made up for that with a career-high 824 rushing yards and 11 other rushing scores. Howell has been part of the Senior Day festivities but has yet to declare himself for the draft and is expected to play here. North Carolina is favored by more than one touchdown.

It might have something to do with South Carolina being an attacking bottom-25 team. The Gamecocks are averaging 21.3 points per game and their 319.6 yards per game rank 116th out of 130 teams. But give Shane Beamer credit for earning USC Bowl eligibility in his freshman year.

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