Bowl Game Pick 'Em: The Writers Pick The Bowls Pt. 1

Bowl Game Pick 'Em: The Writers Pick The Bowls Pt. 1

This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.

Despite cancellations, opt-outs, and a nonsensical snub of a nine-win Army team,  we have a fun bowl season ahead of us that kicks off Monday at the Myrtle Beach Bowl. As is tradition, we polled our college football staff for their picks against the spread for every game. 

The change this year is that we'll be releasing these picks in two parts as there was a less-than 24-hour turnaround between the final bowl announcements and the start of bowl season. This article will cover this week's bowl games and the second part, which covers the remaining bowl games, will drop in the coming days. 

  • All picks are against the spread
  • Losing picks are noted as such
  • Pushes are italicized
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FavoriteSpreadUnderdogJohn McKechnieJohn EarleyJeff EdgertonChris MorganGreg VaraJesse Siegel
Appalachian State-19North TexasAPPUNTUNTAPPUNTUNT
Tulane-3NevadaNEVTULNEVNEVTULNEV
BYU-4UCFBYUUCFBYUBYUUCFBYU
Georgia Southern-4.5Louisiana TechLTLTLTGSULTGSU
Memphis-10FAUMEMFAUMEMMEMFAUMEM
Houston-11.5HawaiiHAWHOUHOUHAWHAWHOU
Georgia State-5Western KentuckyGASTWKUGASTWKUWKUWKU
         
Record  6-10-74-3 6-11-64-3
FavoriteSpreadUnderdogChris BennettNick GraysNick WhalenSeth GrossmanChris BenzineErik Helm
Appalachian State-19North TexasUNTUNTUNTAPPUNTAPP
Tulane-3NevadaTULNEVTULNEVNEVTUL
BYU-4UCFBYUBYUBYUBYUBYUBYU
Georgia Southern-4.5Louisiana TechLTGSULTLTLTLT
Memphis-10FAUMEMMEMMEMMEMMEMMEM
Houston-11.5HawaiiHOUHAWHAWHAWHAWHAW
Georgia State-5Western KentuckyGASTGASTGASTWKUWKUWKU
         
Record  3-46-14-35-24-34-3

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
Chris Benzine
Chris is a sports editor for various sports on the site and also a consistent contributor in the college sports arena.
Jeff Edgerton
Jeff has provided sports content for numerous sports outlets and has played fantasy sports since scores had to be tabulated via newspaper. He started working with RotoWire in 2017. Originally from South Carolina, he's a lifelong Clemson fan now enjoying the sun in Los Angeles.
Nick Grays
Grays covers college football for RotoWire by night and is a Financial Analyst by day.
Erik Helm
Working as a writer for college football and basketball since he started in 2016, Erik considers himself a champion of the little guy and the mid-majors. While yet to win any writing awards, he was the proud recipient of the Best Benchwarmer Award on his high school volleyball team.
John McKechnie
John is the 2016 FSWA College Writer of the Year winner. He is a Maryland native and graduate of the University of Georgia. He's been writing for RotoWire since 2014.
Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan is a writer of sports, pop culture, and humor articles, a book author, a podcaster, and a fan of all Detroit sports teams.
Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
Greg Vara
Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year in 2005 and 2013. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.
Nick Whalen
RotoWire's NBA Editor and host of the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick was awarded the FSWA Best Podcast -- All Sports award in 2017 and 2018. Many years ago, Stromile Swift gave Nick his unbelievably sweaty headband after a preseason game. Despite its failure to match his school colors, Nick went on to wear that headband for the entirety of his sixth grade basketball season. Catch Nick on Twitter @wha1en.
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