Scott Van Pelt's Winners for bowl games, NFL Week 17

I went 4-3 a week ago and am now 23 over .500 on the season. We remain vigilant and begin with a few bowl games.

Season: 82-59-4

Bowl games

Pittsburgh Panthers vs 18. UCLA Bruins (-8, 54)
Friday, 2 p.m. ET, Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas

Van Pelt's pick: Pitt +8

I think my record on Pitt this year is horrible, but I'm unflappable. Taking the Panthers plus the points in El Paso.

SVP: 3-6 all-time when picking Pittsburgh (0-2 this season)

5. Alabama Crimson Tide (-6.5, 56) vs. 9. Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday, noon ET on ESPN, Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans

Van Pelt's pick: K-State +6.5

These next two require belief and hands to hold on to your butts. Taking the points and going against a couple of teams who are frightening to be opposed to. Starting with Kansas State -- EMAW and all that -- against Bama.

SVP: 4-2 all-time when picking Kansas State against top-10 opponents

4. Ohio State Buckeyes vs. 1. Georgia Bulldogs (-6.5, 62)
Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, CFP Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta

Van Pelt's pick: Ohio State +6.5

And this line has puzzled me for weeks. Georgia has been dismantling people. The Bulldogs are giving less than a TD and are a popular side in part because of that. I'm taking Ohio State as a result. The Buckeyes have been gifted an opportunity. We will see if they make it count.

SVP: 4-1 all-time when picking Ohio State

NFL Week 17

Jacksonville Jaguars (-4.5, 43.5) at Houston Texans
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, NRG Stadium, Houston

Van Pelt's pick: Texans +4.5

In the NFL, boy am I on some dodgy sides -- yikes. Houston plus the points against Jacksonville.

SVP: 0-3 all-time when picking the Texans

Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders (-2, 41)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Van Pelt's pick: Browns +2

We are on Cleveland in its game with the Commanders.

SVP: 2-6 all-time when picking the Browns

New Orleans Saints (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

Van Pelt's pick: Saints +6.5

Also taking the Saints against Philly. You'll recall we took the Saints off the list late last week (those teams are undefeated) -- Saints won outright. I'm a dummy.

SVP: 1-1 all-time when picking the Saints

Indianapolis Colts (+5.5) at New York Giants
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Van Pelt's pick: Colts +5.5

As proof of that. I'm giving the Colts again. How? Truly don't know. But as a rule, if you can back a team that scored just three points and converted zero third downs, how can you not? Right?

SVP: 4-2 all-time when picking the Colts

OK, there they are. Happy New Year, birdcage.