Barrett Sallee

CFB Guru

A nationally known college football writer for CBS Sports, Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and delivered in a big way, going 28-18 in his popular Best Bets column. He hosts shows on SiriusXM College, writes for CBSSports.com and appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ. His previous work appeared on Bleacher Report, Scout.com, CNN, MLB.com, FoxSports.com, Athlon Sports and various print publications throughout the Southeast. He is a regular on local, regional and national radio programs, including The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio and the SEC Network. For Barrett Sallee media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Ga. Southern -3 GAS -3

Ga. Southern 23 vs E. Michigan 21
12/15
GAS 23 vs EMICH 21
12/15
LOSS
Fri 12/14

CAMELLIA BOWL -- Georgia's Southern's multi-dimensional rushing attack has been a force all season, while Eastern Michigan's 17 rushing touchdowns allowed is third in the MAC. Something has got to give. Georgia Southern QB Shai Werts and running back Wesley Fields will be too much for Eastern Michigan to hold back for a full four quarters, and the bend-but-not break defense will break late.

North Texas +7.5 NTEXAS +7.5

Utah St. 52 vs North Texas 13
12/15
UTAHST 52 vs NTEXAS 13
12/15
LOSS
Fri 12/14

NEW MEXICO BOWL -- Outside of the Orange Bowl, this might be the best quarterback matchup of bowl season. Mean Green signal-caller Mason Fine is averaging 311.2 passing yards per game, and Aggies' quarterback Jordan Love is tied for 10th in the nation with 28 touchdown passes. This comes down to motivation. Utah State lost coach Matt Wells to Texas Tech, while North Texas coach Seth Littrell spurned Kansas State to stay in Denton. That means a lot during bowl season.

Arizona St. +6 ARIZST +6

Arizona St. 20 vs Fresno St. 31
12/15
ARIZST 20 vs FRESNO 31
12/15
LOSS
Fri 12/14

LAS VEGAS BOWL -- Give me Eno Benjamin and the Sun Devils to simply out-athlete the Bulldogs. N'Keal Harry's absence at wide receiver is a little concerning, but Kyle Williams and Frank Darby should be able to pick up the slack and give Benjamin some room to roam. The Sun Devils' defense gave up just 4.15 yards per play against Group of Five teams. Motivation of Pac-12 teams in the Las Vegas Bowl is always a concern, but Herm Edwards' crew would love to carry momentum into the offseason.

Ohio St. -14 OHIOST -14

Northwestern 24 vs Ohio St. 45
12/02
NWEST 24 vs OHIOST 45
12/02
WIN
Thu 11/29

It's a statement game for the Buckeyes after the College Football Playoff selection committee ranked them behind No. 5 Oklahoma leading into championship weekend. Led by Dwayne Haksins through the air and on the ground -- which is a new development over the last month -- the Buckeyes will keep their foot on the gas for a very long time. The Wildcats gave up 6.13 yards per play in a win over Illinois last weekend, and the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in plays of 20 or more yards with 75.

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