Stanford Steve and The Bear: CFB bowl picks, bets, nuggets

  • Lead researcher for “College GameDay” since 1996
  • Voter on ESPN CFB Selection Committee

  • Known as “Stanford Steve”
  • Played college football at Stanford
  • Producer for SportsCenter with SVP

What’s in store for this holiday season in college football?

“Stanford Steve” Coughlin and Chris “The Bear” Fallica break down the bowl season as only they can, offering their top bets, teasers to look at and betting nuggets for the games.

The guys are ready to continue their prognostications and will do so throughout the bowl season.


  • Stanford Steve (1-2 in Week 16, 27-18-1 overall)

  • The Bear (2-1 in Week 16, 24-21-1)

Note: Lines from Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill.

The plays

Cheez-It Bowl

No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (-2, 60.5) vs. No. 18 Miami Hurricanes

(Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. ET, on ESPN; at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida)

Stanford Steve: I know it’s really hard to forget what the Hurricanes looked like the last time you saw them — when they gave up over 500 yards rushing and 62 points to North Carolina — but you’re going to have to. The Cowboys aren’t what I thought they were coming into the season, turning the ball over too much and lacking that big-play potential from Mike Gundy teams in the past. I like a motivated Canes team to cover this spread and get that awful taste out of their mouths from their last game out.

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