College football bowl season rolls on with another slate of games on Wednesday, December 27th as you build CFB DFS lineups. There are four games on tap with Virginia Tech vs Tulane in the Military Bowl kicking us off at 2 pm ET. We also have North Carolina vs West Virginia, Louisville vs USC, and Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State throughout the afternoon and evening. You can build college football DFS lineups for these bowls on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Let's dive into the top CFB DFS picks and value plays as you enjoy Wednesday's CFB bowl slate. All odds are via DraftKings Sportsbook at the time of this publishing.
College Football Schedule for
Wednesday, December 27
CFB DFS Saturday Main Slate
- 2 pm ET – Virginia Tech (-11) vs Tulane – 44 O/U
- 5:30 pm ET – North Carolina vs West Virginia (-6.5) – 56.5 O/U
- 8 pm ET – Louisville (-7) vs USC – 59 O/U
- 9 pm ET – Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State (-2) – 54 O/U
College Football CFB DFS Picks for December 27 Bowls
Top CFB DFS Quarterbacks
|On a slate without many top QBs, Garrett Greene is the clear best option in cash with plenty of GPP upside too. First off, he’ll face a subpar UNC defense that was 101st vs the pass and 98th vs the run this season. Then we have Greene as a legit dual-threat guy who ran for 708 yards and 13 TDs to go along with decent passing stats too. His rushing upside for 100+ yards and multiple scores puts him in a tier by himself here. He also has a strong DFS floor and should be locked into cash lineups.
|On the surface, Jack Plummer is facing a weak USC pass defense that ranked 118th in the FBS in pass yards allowed this season. However, Plummer was very inconsistent this year in both DFS and real life performances. He did have some ceiling games in softer matchups and higher-scoring games. Yet, he had less than 20 DK in 10 of 13 games, so he’s tough to trust in cash lineups. The favorable matchup here, though, makes him a GPP target.
|Conner Harrell is slated to start at QB for UNC with Drake Maye opting out for the NFL Draft. Harrell only had six pass attempts this season as Maye’s backup, so we have no idea what to expect here. On the one hand, he could ball out and surprise us all with a GPP-winning performance. However, Harrell carries a ton of risk because of the inexperience and with UNC down a top of proven pass-catchers due to injury, opt-outs, and the portal. Look elsewhere in cash but he's worth GPP consideration.
|With Caleb Williams opting out, Miller Moss will start at QB for USC in this bowl. Moss only played in two games this season while backing up Williams and both appearances came in blowout wins. On the bright side, Moss did go 23-for-32 with 309 pass yards, 1 pass TD, and 2 rush TDs in those two combined games. Still, he’s a complete wild card for this bowl and impossible to trust in cash. At least he’ll be playing in the quick-paced USC offense, which gives him GPP upside to potentially break the slate – especially in the highest total game.
|Jaylen Henderson will start again for Texas A&M in this bowl with Conner Wiegman (injury) and Max Johnson (transfer) both out. Henderson had 32, 20, and 19 DK in the final three games of the regular season and can carry over that success to this game. He’s at a solid price on DK for cash Super-Flex, especially with more proven production than some other backups playing on this slate. Henderson has to deal with Stewart/Smith both being out, but he can still return value against a soft Ok St pass defense (125th in FBS).
Top CFB DFS Running Backs
|Ollie Gordon II
|Ollie Gordon was the best DFS running back this year and now we get one more chance to play him. Of course, DK has priced him way up – so we have to keep him in GPP territory as it’s not optimal in cash. Still, the ceiling to smash the slate is always there for a guy that had three 50+ DK performances this year and 44+ DK twice. Texas A&M presents a tough matchup on paper, but Gordon can still explode for a huge yardage day with multiple scores.
|Omarion Hampton was a stud this year for UNC with 1,442 rushing yards and 16 TDs. He was in a workhorse role in the Heels’ backfield most weeks and should see a large number of touches in this bowl. UNC is down to a backup QB with minimal experience, so Hampton may be leaned on in the offense. Hampton has 30+ DK in five of his last six games and certainly has that upside this week.
|Since Michael Pratt is sitting out, there’s a chance Tulane’s offense relies heavily on Makhi Hughes in this bowl. Hughes was excellent as the lead back this year with 1,290 rushing yards and averaging close to 100 yards per game. He has 100+ rush yards in seven of the last nine games and sees the lion’s share of carries in the Tulane backfield. Though he’s a tad pricey, don’t overlook Hughes as a contrarian pivot away from Gordon and Hampton.
|CJ Donaldson is out for this bowl game, so it’s likely Jahiem White in a workhorse role for West Virginia. In the final two games of the regular season, White took on a much bigger workload with 21 carries for 204 yards and 17 carries for 133 yards. He also had a receiving TD in both for DK outputs of 43 and 26. If we assume White is the bell-cow with Donaldson out, he’s an excellent cash or GPP play on this slate against the 89th-ranked UNC rush defense.
|With Jawhar Jordan opting out, Isaac Guerendo steps into the lead back role for Louisville in this bowl. Guerendo is a certainly capable fill-in after running for 649 yards on 109 carries this year while being the 1B to Jordan in the backfield more often than not. If he takes on a workhorse volume and now gets this soft matchup vs USC’s rush defense (116th in FBS), then Guerendo is a top RB play on this slate. He’s especially a nice value on DK.
|Austin Jones should be USC’s lead RB in this bowl with Marshawn Lloyd likely sitting out while entering the NFL Draft. If Lloyd is out and Jones is definitely the lead back, then he’s a decent GPP value on this slate. Jones had double-digit DK points in five of 12 games this season and was productive in his backup role to Lloyd. He averaged 5.6 ypc and could see a sizable workload since USC is starting its backup QB now with Caleb Williams out.
Top CFB DFS Wide Receivers
|Brennan Presley has been a solid DFS play since Week 7. He has 20+ DK in five of his last eight games with double-digit DK points in each contest. Presley is a clear favorite target for Alan Bowman in the OK St passing attack and that should continue in this bowl. The expensive range for top WRs on this slate is weak or includes players sitting out, so Presley is by default one of the safest options in the high end.
|After missing the regular season finale, Nate McCollum appears on track to play in this bowl. He’s been practicing this week and is listed as a starter on UNC’s depth chart. With Devontez Walker opting out, McCollum is arguably the Heels’ top receiver now. He had a couple of big games earlier this year but has been very quiet since Week 6. It’s an upside GPP option but a risky one because we don’t know how this offense will look or who Conner Harrell's favorite receivers are with Drake Maye out.
|Leon Johnson III
|As has been the case for multiple games now, Leon Johnson is an attractive value from Ok State. He has double-digit DK points in five of six games played since he started getting legit playing time halfway through the year. Johnson has been one of Alan Bowman’s top targets and offers a solid floor of catches and yards for cash lineups. Rashod Owens is also still a value from this OK St WR corps, especially with Jaden Bray out.
|With Devontez Walker opting out, J.J. Jones is UNC’s most accomplished receiver on the roster now. His 42 receptions and 658 yards lead the remaining pass-catchers – which is notable because Kobe Paysour, Bryson Nesbit, and a few other WR/TE are also out for this bowl. We’ll see who Conner Harrell prefers throwing to in the passing game, though Jones is a top candidate to lead the team in catches and yards.
|Texas A&M is down multiple top WRs for this bowl with Evan Stewart in the portal and Ainias Smith opting out. So, Jahdae Walker should be locked into even more targets as one of Jaylen Henderson’s favorite receivers. Walker’s connection with Henderson was evident late in the season once both started getting more playing time. Walker had 4 catches for 80+ yards in both of the last two games with Henderson under center.
|Jamari Thrash has opted out for this bowl as he preps for the NFL Draft. He was a stud in Louisville’s offense and dominated the team’s receiving production this season. Now, someone has to step up in the Cardinals’ WR corps to replace Thrash’s production. One candidate is Ahmari Huggins-Bruce, whose 4 TDs just trailed Thrash this year as a big-play threat in the offense. Chris Bell or Kevin Coleman can also step into a bigger role. All are GPP values in this excellent matchup vs USC’s weak pass defense.
|Yulkeith Brown is expected to be Tulane’s WR1 for this bowl with Lawrence Keys, Chris Brazzell, and Jha’Quan Jackson all out. We actually saw Brown in a bigger role in the AAC title game and he had five catches for 90 yards and a TD. Brown should be locked into targets here and offers a strong cash floor. Just keep in mind that Tulane will likely be playing two QBs with Michael Pratt out, so the passing attack is a bit more unpredictable.
|With multiple UNC tight ends out for this bowl, Deems May will start at TE for the Heels. The freshman only had one catch this season and was buried on the depth chart. Out of necessity, though, May could end up being a top target for QB Conner Harrell this week. Who knows which pass-catchers Harrell has a connection with, but the tight end could end up being a safety net for receptions and usage in the red zone. He’s a risky GPP dart with upside.
|With Tulane down three top WRs for this bowl, Bryce Bohanon is one of the Green Wave receivers who should step into a bigger role. Bohanon likely takes on the starting slot WR spot with Jha’Quan Jackson out. Though Bohanon hasn’t done much this year, at least he has eight catches over the past four games and started to see more involvement in the final stretch of the regular season. It's a dart throw, but there's a chance Bohanon is one of the favorite targets for Tulane's QBs.
|Since Miller Moss is starting at QB for USC and Caleb Williams is out, we really don’t know what to expect from the Trojans’ pass-catchers. First off, Brenden Rice has opted out while a few other USC wideouts are in the transfer portal. Plus, Tahj Washington may or may not play as he’s headed to the NFL Draft. Honestly, who knows if Moss ends up having a favorite receiver in this bowl. Maybe it’s Zachariah Branch or Dorian Singer? Or maybe it’s Duce Robinson, the talented freshman who’s expected to be a top playmaker next year for USC. He’s worth a GPP look with plenty of upside but also a ton of risk too.
CFB DFS Core Plays
- Garrett Greene – West Virginia
- Isaac Guerendo – Louisville
- Jahdae Walker – Texas A&M
- Ollie Gordon – Oklahoma State
- Jack Plummer – Louisville
- Duce Robinson – USC
- Garrett Greene – West Virginia
- Ollie Gordon – Oklahoma State
- Isaac Guerendo – Louisville
- Miller Moss - USC
- Jahiem White – West Virginia
- Nate McCollum – UNC