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The Times’ college football experts make their early bowl game picks

Florida Atlantic receiver John Franklin III celebrates a touchdown in the first quarter of the Conference USA championship game on Dec. 2.
(Jim Rassol / South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

The Los Angeles Times’ college football experts — it’s how they refer to themselves — make choices on the early bowl games. Warning: If they could accurately predict results, they wouldn’t be reporters or editors.

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Ben Bolch

Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T, 28-21

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Troy vs. North Texas: North Texas, 42-24

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State: Western Kentucky, 30-20

Boise State vs. Oregon: Oregon, 35-21

Marshall vs. Colorado State: Colorado State, 38-18

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Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State: Middle Tennessee, 21-14

Akron vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic, 27-12

Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Methodist: Southern Methodist, 34-27

Temple vs. Florida International: Florida International, 32-17

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Zach Helfand

Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T, 31-21

Troy vs. North Texas: Troy, 35-28

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State: Western Kentucky, 42-21

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Boise State vs. Oregon: Boise State, 38-34

Marshall vs. Colorado State: Colorado State, 41-40

Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State: Arkansas State, 35-27

Akron vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic, 45-24

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Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Methodist: Louisiana Tech, 49-42

Temple vs. Florida International: Temple, 21-17

Mike Hiserman

Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T, 35-28

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Troy vs. North Texas: Troy, 38-30

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State: Western Kentucky, 30-21

Boise State vs. Oregon: Boise State, 34-30

Marshall vs. Colorado State: Colorado State, 45-35

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Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State: Arkansas State, 38-24

Akron vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic, 45-42

Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Methodist: Southern Methodist, 38-34

Temple vs. Florida International: Temple, 24-17

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Angel Rodriguez

Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T, 34-17

Troy vs. North Texas: Troy, 28-21

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State: Western Kentucky 24-17

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Boise State vs. Oregon: Oregon, 31-20

Marshall vs. Colorado State: Colorado State, 38-10

Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State: Arkansas State, 35-27

Akron vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic, 41-17

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Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Methodist: Southern Methodist, 27-10

Temple vs. Florida International: Temple, 28-17

David Wharton

Grambling vs. North Carolina A&T: North Carolina A&T, 24-17

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Troy vs. North Texas: Troy, 30-24

Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State: Western Kentucky, 24-20

Boise State vs. Oregon: Oregon, 27-21

Marshall vs. Colorado State: Colorado State, 35-28

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Middle Tennessee vs. Arkansas State: Arkansas State, 42-38

Akron vs. Florida Atlantic: Florida Atlantic, 40-17

Louisiana Tech vs. Southern Methodist: Southern Methodist, 54-42

Temple vs. Florida International: Temple, 28-20

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Expert: last picks; season

Bolch: 6-4; 87-53

Helfand: 8-2; 81-59

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Hiserman: 7-3; 85-55

Rodriguez: 8-2; 88-52

Wharton: 8-2; 97-43

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sports@latimes.com


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