More than anything, college football bowl season gifts fans the opportunity to watch several teams they have more than likely never watched before.
While that often provides exciting matchups we wouldn't otherwise see, it also makes games more difficult to accurately predict. Now more than ever, teams throughout college football are heading into their bowl games without star players who are opting to protect their bodies ahead of the NFL Draft.
For instance, Stanford is only -6.5 favorite over Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl. The absence of star running back and 2017 Heisman candidate Bryce Love, who announced on Twitter that he will skip the Sun Bowl in order to "focus on being completely healthy and prepared for the 2019 NFL Draft," could absolutely make a touchdown's worth of difference.