Mike Tierney

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A veteran sportswriter whose work appears periodically in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Mike Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. Mike does not consider himself a pet lover. But he likes 'dogs, preferring to evaluate each game from the underdog's point of view. In 2016, Mike went 22-9 (71 percent) on NFL Over/Unders. For Mike Tierney media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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M. Tenn. St. vs. Arkansas St.
Cincinnati @ Minnesota
New England @ Pittsburgh
N.Y. Jets @ New Orleans
Atlanta @ Tampa Bay
L.A. Chargers @ Kansas City

Marshall +3.5MRSHL +3.5

Marshall 31 vs Colorado St. 28
12/16
MRSHL 31 vs COLOST 28
12/16
WIN
11:55 AM

Since taking over in 2009 at Marshall, Doc Holliday is 4-0 straight-up in bowl games. He previously worked 22 bowls as an assistant coach. Meaning, he knows how to prepare a squad for a postseason encounter, as opposed to recent C-State staffs. The Rams have covered in just two of their past seven bowl outings, and existing coach Mike Bobo is 0-2 outright.

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OVER 53.5OVER 53.5

W. Kentucky 17 vs Georgia State 27
12/16
WKY 17 vs GAST 27
12/16
LOSS
11:54 AM

Moderate-score games are rare in these second-tier bowls. The Over was a must-take at its opening of 49.5, and the same choice makes sense at its current number. Both sides are pass-minded, so there will be plenty of clock stoppages. The Panthers are soft on pass defense, which translates to a possible scoring bonanza for the Hilltoppers.

2-1-0 in last 3 CFB picks | +97

Boise St. +7BOISE +7

Boise St. 38 vs Oregon 28
12/16
BOISE 38 vs OREG 28
12/16
WIN
YESTERDAY 6:49 PM

Fear the Broncos, particularly if you are a Pac-12 team. Boise has bumped off foes from the conference in the last three Las Vegas meetings. Coach Bryan Harsin is 4-1 straight-up against Pac-12 opponents dating to his days as offensive coordinator. While Oregon QB Justin Herbert is back from an ankle injury, he won?t be handing off to top RB Royce Freeman, who elected to bypass the game. Oregon also is dealing with the departure of head coach Willie Taggart for Florida State as well as a 2-5-1 recent ATS record when stepping outside of its league.

2-1-0 in last 3 CFB picks | +97

North Texas +7NTEXAS +7

Troy 50 vs North Texas 30
12/16
TROY 50 vs NTEXAS 30
12/16
LOSS
YESTERDAY 6:46 PM

Troy paid a steep price for its Sun Belt Conference championship game win two weeks ago. A half-dozen players were injured. WR Emanuel Thompson, a big playmaker in last year?s bowl, has not returned since breaking his arm in the regular-season finale. The Mean Green were the proverbial happy-to-be-here team in their bowl last season after they rebounded from a 1-11 train wreck in 2015. This time, they are here to win.

2-1-0 in last 3 CFB picks | +97

Chicago +5CHI +5

Chicago 10 @ Detroit 20
12/16
CHI 10 @ DET 20
12/16
LOSS
Thu 12/14

The most dominant performance in the league last week was by -- wait for it -- Da Bears. Chicago choked the Bengals to end a prolonged slump. If the slightest momentum is carried over, the Bears can win this outright. Already, Lions OT Rick Wagner (ankle) and C Travis Swanson (concussion) have been scratched. With other O-linemen questionable, they could be missing the majority of starters up front. Chicago?s defense pressured QB Matthew Stafford during last month?s meeting, and he could be a sitting duck. Though the Bears lost by a field goal, they gained more yardage. Detroit has covered once in its past five home gigs, and the Bears, who are healthier, have neglected to cover just once in the last half-dozen series games.

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