Phoenix, AZ 1/2/16
West Virginia vs. Arizona State
The Sun Devils get a home game in January, which should be a reprieve after losing four of its last six. That being said, their stingy run defense still needs to contain the Wendell Smallwood, the first Mountaineer ever who isn’t a dual-threat QB or speedy wide-out.
Winner: Arizona State
Memphis, TN 1/2/16
Kansas State vs. Arkansas
Razorbacks QB Brandon Allen may be the guy everyone is watching, but Kansas State is tough as nails and Bill Snyder is a magical wizard, so they have a chance.
Jacksonville, FL 1/2/16
Penn State vs. Georgia
National sack leader Carl Nassib should be a joy to watch against a struggling Bulldogs O-line; I assume he will be triple teamed and still reverse-pancake dudes half a dozen times. But the Nittany Lions have their own problems with protecting senior QB Christian Hackenberg so we could see some serious signal caller carnage before the day is out. Mark Richt has already taken his talents to South Beach, so Georgia will look to win big for new coach Kirby Smart and injured RB Nick Chubb.