NCAA Football Picks for 1/2/23
Mississippi State -3 over Illinois (win)
I believe in storylines when it comes to sports. It’s not often a head coach passes away during bowl season. Mike Leach will be honored by both teams today; Mississippi State has something to play for and will fight as hard as possible to get a win for Leach. Illinois will make it easier today as running back Chase Brown opted out, and two of their top players in the secondary also opted out. Jo’Quavious Marks should have a good day running the ball for the Bulldogs. Will Rogers has a lot of targets to throw to and should lead his team to victory. Illinois defensive coordinator has taken a head-coaching job at Purdue, so I like the Bulldogs’ chances to win by a large margin. Take Mississippi State.
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Bills -1.5 over Bengals (postponed/no action. Pray for Hamlin)
Tonight’s game should be fantastic and have a playoff feel to it. The Bills must win out for a direct path to secure the number one seed. Both offenses have very few flaws, and both defenses can bring pain with physical play. The Bengals started the same five-offensive line combination all season but now will be without Lael Collins at right tackle. It’s hard to run your offense the same way when a piece of the puzzle goes down. Look for Josh Allen to be a duel threat tonight and for the Bills’ defense to make the one extra stop in a fantastic entertaining game. Take the Bills.