College Football Bowl Predictions: Picks Against the Spread & Odds for December 26

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Vanderbilt takes on NC State in one of three bowl games today. (Getty)

There are three college football bowl games on tap for Monday, December 26. The following odds are listed courtesy of OddsShark and are subject to change.

Miami of Ohio takes on Mississippi State in an early kick at the St. Petersburg Bowl. Mississippi State enters the contest as a 14-point favorite. The over-under is set at 58 points. The metrics are expecting a much closer game than Vegas. The OddsShark computer likes Miami to pull off the 29.6-29.2 upset.

The metrics favor Miami based on their recent hot streak. After losing their first six games, Miami finished the season with six straight wins.

Heavy likes Mississippi State to win but expect Miami to keep it close. We predict a Mississippi State 24-17 victory. We’re taking Miami against the spread (+14) and the under on the point total.

Maryland squares off with Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl. Maryland is favored by two points and the over-under is set at 43.5 points. The OddsShark computer likes Boston College to pull out a 20.5-19.3 victory.

Maryland has lost four of their last five games. Heavy likes Boston College to win 23-20. We’re taking Boston College against the spread (+2) and the under on the point total.

NC State takes on Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl. NC State is a 5.5 point favorite and the point total is 45 points. The OddsShark computer projects a 29.4-22.2 NC State victory. Vanderbilt is coming off two straight wins against Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Heavy likes Vanderbilt to come away with the upset and predicts a 20-17 Commodores victory. We’re taking Vanderbilt against the spread (+5.5) and the under on the point total.