College football bowl confidence pools 2021-22: Best picks, predictions from proven expert on 49-32 roll – CBS Sports

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Every fanbase of the teams in the College Football Playoff believe their favorite program will be the one to win it all this season. In the meantime, one of the most popular ways to enjoy the rest of the college bowl season is to participate in a college football bowl confidence pool. Players typically choose the outright winners in each of the 42 bowl games and designate them with a point value based on faith in the pick. 
Anything can happen in bowl games, so picking winners isn’t always as easy as you might think. The action gets underway with the Bahamas Bowl on Friday, Dec. 17, when Middle Tennessee State battles Toledo at noon ET. Give yourself the gift of bragging rights this year and let SportsLine provide the insight you need to be a college bowl confidence pool champion. Before entering any college football bowl confidence pools, be sure to see the college football picks from SportsLine’s Matt Severance.
Matt Severance is a well-connected writer and handicapper who has worked in the industry since 2005. He wrapped up the 2021 college football regular season as one of SportsLine’s top experts, ending the year on a 49-32 run on his college football picks, returning almost $1,200 to $100 bettors during that span. Anybody who followed him saw some huge returns.
So before filling out your college football pool picks, you need to see Severance’s college football bowl picks. He’s using a season’s worth of data gathered from game film and analytics. He has analyzed each bowl matchup and ordered every game by level of confidence. He’s only sharing his final picks over at SportsLine.
One of the top 2021-22 college football bowl confidence picks from Severance: He likes the Florida Gators to knock off the UCF Knights in the 2021 Gasparilla Bowl, which will be played on Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. ET. 
Even though the Gators will be without former head coach Dan Mullen, there is plenty of reason for Florida to come away with the win against an in-state rival. The Gators had one of the highest yards per play averages (6.68) in the country this year. This season, UCF was out-snapped in games by an average of 73.1 to 65.8. The Knights finished 68th in total yards per game, with 399.7, but Florida was 16th, with 470.
The disparity is enough that Central Florida should be chasing the Gators all game. Severance thinks that talent wins out when the two teams meet just before Christmas to the tune of 41 confidence points. That means he considers the Gators a lock to win in Tampa in front of a capacity crowd at Raymond James Stadium.
Severance also is assigning a huge confidence ranking of 27 to a smaller program playing one of the Power Five schools. Picks like these could be the difference between winning your 2021 bowl confidence pool and going home empty-handed. You can see who it is, and get every pick, for every game at SportsLine.
So which teams should you rank in which order in your football confidence pools? And what team outside a Power Five conference do you need to be all-in on? Visit SportsLine to see the full college football bowl confidence picks, and see what teams won’t disappoint, all from the No. 1 college football expert who crushed sportsbooks this season.
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