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ESPN predicts winners, losers for every bowl game

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All games Dec. 31*

Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech — “One of these teams is extremely fortunate to be in a bowl. The other had a breakthrough season behind a versatile and talented defense, and a surprise star in freshman quarterback Desmond Ridder. Virginia Tech’s future is still bright with Justin Fuente but Cincinnati wins this one … Cincinnati 30, Virginia Tech 17.”

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Stanford vs. Pittsburgh — “I like how Stanford responded from a really rough October. Expect a big game from K.J. Costello and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in El Paso … Stanford 37, Pitt 27.”

Redbox Bowl: Oregon vs. Michigan State — “It’s just hard to believe in the Spartans’ offense, though, and Herbert leads a late touchdown drive to lift his team to victory … Oregon 23, Michigan State 20.”

San Diego Credit Union Holiday Bowl: Northwestern vs. Utah — “Northwestern has the more experienced quarterback (Clayton Thorson, playing his final college game), a roster that should be getting healthy and better recent bowl performances. But you just can’t bet against the bowl king Kyle Whittingham (11-1). Chase Hansen and the Utes’ defense rises in the end … Utah 21, Northwestern 14.”

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State — “Give me the more consistent team in Missouri, which finished really well down the stretch and gets a big performance from quarterback Drew Lock … Missouri 41, Oklahoma State 27.”

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: NC State vs. Texas A&M — “The Aggies also have two top-15 wins (LSU, Kentucky), while NC State’s record came against mostly weak competition. Quarterbacks Kellen Mond (Texas A&M) and Ryan Finley (NC State) both perform well, but coach Jimbo Fisher’s team owns the fourth quarter to finish 9-4 … Texas A&M 38, NC State 28.”

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