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Fearless Rick's 2015-16 College Football Bowl Week 3 - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 28-31

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Monday, December 28

Military Bowl, Pittsburgh vs. Navy (-3, 53), Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium, Annapolis, MD, 2:30 pm ET, ESPN - Both teams had solid seasons, Navy going 10-2, while the Panthers finished 8-4, good for second place in the ACC Coastal division.

Navy was third in the nation in yards rushing, averaging 319.2 yards per game, so Pitt's defense will be under pressure to contain Keenan Reynolds and his horde of backs and receivers.

The teams shared a common opponent in Notre Dame, which beat them both, so, as the line indicates, this is a tough call. Navy has statistical edges on both sides of the ball, but Pitt played a tougher schedule. The Panthers get the nod because only the Fighting Irish beat them by more than a TD.

Prediction: Panthers 30 Midshipmen 24

Quick Lane Bowl, Central Michigan vs. Minnesota (-5, 48), Ford Field, Detroit, MI, 5:00 pm ET, ESPN2 - Going 7-5 overall and 6-2 in the NAC, Central Michigan's Chippewas find a suitable for in the 5-7 Golden Gophers.

While Minnesota did lose to the likes of Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and TCU, those were generally not close. A common opponent, Kent State, was beaten by both: Central Michigan handled them, 27-14, while the Gophers prevailed 10-7.

Edge to the MAC entry here, with a better record overall and the fact that Minnesota was tied for 103rd in scoring offense with Texas San Antonio at a mere 22.6 ppg. The Chippewas have a defense good enough to handle them.

Prediction: Chippewas 28 Golden Gophers 17

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Tuesday, December 29

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, California (-7, 68) vs. Air Force, Amon G. Carter Stadium, 2:00 pm ET, Fort Worth, TX, ESPN - Cal started out gangbusters, going 5-0 to start the season, but then lost five of seven for a 7-5 mark and a losing record (4-5) in the PAC-10.

The Falcons took a different route to this game, going 3-3 at the open, then winning five straight before dropping their regular season finale to New Mexico, 47-35, and losing to San Diego State in the Mountain West championship, 27-24.

Cal is likely favored because they come out of the PAC-12, but teams from the Mountain West take a back seat to nobody. The Falcon defense should be able to dictate the pace here and produce a win.

Prediction: Falcons 29 Golden Bears 24

Russell Athletic Bowl, North Carolina (-2 1/2, 69) vs. Baylor, Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL, 5:30 pm ET, ESPN - Get the popcorn ready beforehand, because you won't want to miss a play in what's expected to be an offensive extravaganza.

Baylor led the country in scoring at 48 points per game; the Tar Heels were 10th (40.9). North Carolina, however, gets an edge here due to key injuries on Baylor's offense, and, because they were a few plays away from an invitation to the national championship playoff, losing the ACC championship game to Clemson, 45-37. 11-2 North Carolina hadn't lost since September 3, when they dropped a 17-13 decision to South Carolina to open the season.

Also, the Bears stumbled badly n the latter stages of the season. After an 8-0 start, they were beaten by Oklahoma, then lost their final two games, to TCU (28-21, 2OT) and Texas (23-17).

Prediction: Tar Heels 45 Bears 31

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Arizona Bowl, Nevada vs. Colorado State (-3, 55 1/2), Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ, 7:30 pm ET, CBSSN - The oddly-inspired Arizona Bowl features teams from neighboring states, both from the Mountain West conference, where they shared a number of opponents.

Both teams beat New Mexico and Fresno State, while the Rams whipped Wyoming and UNLV, both of which handled the Wolf Pack. Both were beaten handily by Utah State and San Diego State.

This may be a nice game for fans of either school, but Colorado State finished with four straight wins and has the edge in common opposition.

Prediction: Rams 34 Wolf Pack 24

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, LSU (-7, 73 1/2) vs. Texas Tech, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX, 9:00 pm ET, ESPN - Texas Tech was second nationally in scoring, at 46.6 points per game, but 125th in scoring defense, allowing 42.6 ppg. Surprisingly, they finished their Big 12 campaign 4-5 and were 7-5 overall. The Red Raiders can surely light up the scoreboard, but seem unable to stop any opponent from scoring in bunches.

As usual, LSU began the season with higher aspirations, and were off to a 7-0 start before suffering consecutive losses to Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss, none of which were close. While the Tigers may be a perennial SEC powerhouse, Texas Tech has proven to be able to score from anywhere on the field, against anyone, and they may have more motivation in this minor bowl.

Prediction: Red Raiders 40 Tigers 36

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