With the start of bowl season quickly approaching, fans everywhere are locking in college football bowl confidence picks. The college football bowl schedule begins in earnest on Friday with the Frisco Bowl and Bahamas Bowl and continues on Saturday with an action-packed six-game slate. With tight college football spreads in the coming weeks like Hawaii vs. BYU (-2) in the Hawaii Bowl and Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech (-2.5) in the Belk Bowl, which college football confidence picks can you bank on?
Is relying on large college football lines like Alabama vs. Michigan (+7) in the Citrus Bowl a winning bowl confidence pool strategy? To get a leg-up on your competition during bowl season, see the latest college football bowl confidence picks from SportsLine's Emory Hunt.
Hunt is enjoying an incomparable 2019 season: He's 96-69, returning a whopping $3,188 to $100 bettors. A former college football running back, Hunt founded Football Gameplan in 2007 and has been producing high-level analysis ever since. Now, his expertise is paying off big-time for SportsLine members. Anyone who has followed him is way, way up.
So before filling out your college football pool picks, you need to see Hunt's college football bowl picks. He's using a season's worth of data gathered from game film, analytics and his strong feel for the game as a former player. He has analyzed each bowl matchup and ordered every game by level of confidence. He's only sharing his final picks over at SportsLine.
One pick we'll give away: Hunt says No. 20 Appalachian State (-16.5) defeats UAB in the 2019 New Orleans Bowl, assigning a whopping 39 confidence points to that selection, his most confident pick. "The most complete team in the Group of Five plays in Boone," Hunt told SportsLine. The 12-1 Mountaineers repeated as Sun Belt Conference champions after downing Louisiana-Lafayette 45-38, and lost only to Georgia Southern this season.
Along the way, Appalachian State knocked off Power Five teams North Carolina and South Carolina. While coach Eliah Drinkwitz is moving on to coach at Missouri, the Mountaineers will retain continuity after offensive line coach Shawn Clark was promoted to the head coaching job. Quarterback Zac Thomas passed for 2,576 yards and 26 touchdowns, and running back Darrynton Evans rushed for 1,323 yards and 17 TDs. UAB's offense scored a relatively paltry 23.6 points per game and the 9-4 Blazers lost their regular-season finale 49-6 to Florida Atlantic.
Hunt also is assigning a huge confidence ranking of 30 to a small-conference underdog playing one of the big boys. This sneaky team is an underdog of more than a touchdown, even though it's facing a favorite that's in disarray on both sides of the ball.
Hunt is highly confident in the winner, but many people in your pool may be skeptical. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your 2019 bowl confidence pool and going home empty-handed.
So which teams should you rank in which order in your football confidence pools? And what substantial underdog do you need to be all-in on? Visit SportsLine to see the full college football bowl confidence picks, and see what teams won't disappoint, all from the No. 1 college football expert who crushed sportsbooks this season.