This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.
Bowl season is about to get into full swing Tuesday and is set up to be a fun one despite having fewer games than a normal year. For those who are unfamiliar with this format, confidence picks are straight up rather than against the spread, so we're just picking winners here and ranking them from most (28- Alabama) to least (2-Arkansas) confident. The spreads are included as a reference. For clarity, the team I side with is always listed first in the matchup. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section.
For transparency, this list starts at 2 as the Myrtle Beach Bowl was played before this article was published.
2.) Arkansas (+5.5) vs. TCU: Mecari Texas Bowl, Dec. 31
Don't let Arkansas' record fool you. The Hogs may be 3-7, but they've shown some backbone throughout the season and suffered some bad beats against Auburn, LSU and Missouri. 81 percent of the picks on ESPN are on TCU, and they're a mediocre team at best, so throwing two points behind Arkansas is a low-risk way of differentiating yourself.
3.) Louisiana Tech (+5.5) vs. Georgia Southern: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 23
This one's a total wildcard in my opinion, but I give the lean to the Bulldogs given Georgia Southern's injury situation at quarterback. This is another game being picked as a gimme for Georgia Southern on ESPN, but I don't see it that way. I'll fade the public and throw