The time has come, it’s College Football Bowl Season. Let’s Boogie you College Football Fanatics!
I’m here to lay out the Who, What, When about the first week of games. I’ll be touching upon how these teams performed this season while also adding a gambling perspective for you degenerate College Football Bowl Season Bettors out there.
Now lets pack that College Football Bowl…
December 17th Games
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
Who: North Carolina Central vs. Grambling
When: 12pm EST ABC
The Quick/Dirty: This game is between teams from the Middle Eastern Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference (MEAC/SWAC). For those who may not know, both schools are HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities.) The MEAC leads the series 1-0. I’m not really interested in this game to be honest. I don’t know these teams that much asides from Grambling being a significant school in the development of College Football as a whole. I’m not betting two teams that I don’t know or haven’t had the opportunity to watch, but it is a great way to kick off the bowl season. Grambling is favored by -15.5 currently.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Who: New Mexico vs. UTSA
When: 2pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: New Mexico is the FBS leader in rushing yards, led by Teryion Gipson and Tyron Owens, both with over 1,000 yards while the UTSA RoadRunners (dope name) are making their first College Football Bowl Season appearance in school History. Should be a good game to get the day started, pick is New Mexico -7.
Las Vegas Bowl presented by GEICO
Who: Houston vs. San Diego State
When: 3:30pm EST ABC
The Quick/Dirty: Both teams bring impressive players on offense. SDSU’s Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 2,018 yards while Houston’s Greg Ward passed for 22 TDs, 3,328 yards, 518 rushing yards, and 9 rushing TDs. Known disruptive defensive lineman Ed Oliver adds another tool to Houston’s lineup. Definitely the game of the day, but without Houston Coach Tom Herman, who left for the Texas Head Coaching job, I’ll be pulling for SDSU +3.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Who: Appalachian State vs. Toledo
When: 5:30pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: Don’t let the God awful bowl name fool you, this should be a good one. Toledo’s 19th in the nation offense comes in averaging 38.8 points per game, thanks to QB Logan Woodside, RB Kareem Hunt, and WR Cody Thompson. On the other side, Appalachian State arrives with 3 losses, one to Tennessee in OT the first game of the season, and a defense ranked 7th in points allowed. Good defense meets good offense, take Toledo at a PICK EM.
AutoNation Cure Bowl
Who: UCF vs. Arkansas State
When: 5:30pm EST CBS Sports Network
The Quick/Dirty: Arkansas State finished 7-5, winning 7 of their last 8 games, all of them by double digits. UCF is .500 following a winless season last year so don’t expect much excitement from this game and go with Arkansas State +5.5.
R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Who: Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana – Lafayette
When: 9pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: Unfortunately the late game doesn’t have too much promise. Both teams enter the bowl with a 7-5 record, but are 2-5 and 4-5 in the last half of their seasons. Since it’s the only night game, take the over at 58.5.
December 19th Game:
Miami Beach Bowl
Who: Central Michigan vs Tulsa
When: 2:30pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: CMU’s resume is highlighted by their early season upset at #22 Oklahoma State (30-27) on a whacky finish as well as an in-conference win against MAC East Champion Ohio. Tulsa, shockingly to most, held their own in the American Athletic Conference this year. They averaged 41.3 points per game, good for 11th in the nation, along with the 8th ranked rushing attack where they averaged 260.9 yards per game. It kinda sucks that this game is competing with Monday Night Football. If the MNF is shitty, then I’ll be all over this game. Always love me some Mid-Major battles. CMU +11.5. Seems like a lot of points. I could be totally wrong here because I have the perception that Tulsa just isn’t THAT good.
December 20th’s Game:
Boca Raton Bowl
Who: Memphis vs Western Kentucky
When: 7pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: There are going to be fireworks in this game. WKU and Memphis have been 2 of the more dynamic teams in the nation over the last 2 years. Memphis took a step back this year, but 8-4 with an excellent win vs Houston is nothing to sneeze at. Meanwhile WKU has the 5th best passing attack and scores the 2nd most in FBS. It’s a Tuesday, there’s football on, and there will be a shit ton of scoring. I like WKU -4.5, I also like the over 69 (nice). Neither of these teams has the word “defense” in their football vocabulary.
December 21st Game:
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (seems a bit too specific to the region, right?)
Who: BYU vs Wyoming
When: 9pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: The Mormons verses whatever the fuck is popping off in Wyoming. QB Taysom Hill of BYU is hurt, once again, and Wyoming has lost 3 of their last 4. Wyoming is led by RB Brian Hill, 1767 rushing yards and TD 21. BYU allows 19.4 points per game, good for 15th in the nation. Look anytime there’s midweek Football, I’m all in. From my viewing experience, BYU isn’t that much fun to watch and Wyoming has been, plus I’ve been pulling for them all year. Wyoming +8.5. GIMME IT
December 22nd Game:
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Who: Idaho vs Colorado State
When: 7pm ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: Okay, so Idaho gets the home game here hosting the CSU Rams. Not much to really love here with neither team really holding a solid win. I guess you can count CSU’s POUNDING at SDSU in the final week of the season, but otherwise there hasn’t been much to love here. Both teams are middle of the pack offensively and defensively. Gotta be honest, I’ll probably be watching more NBA than CFB on the 22nd. CSU -13.5 seems like a lot of points, but the Vandals haven’t proved anything asides from going 6-2 in the Sun Belt.
December 23rd Games:
Popeyes Bahama Bowl
Who: Eastern Michigan vs Old Dominion
When: 1pm ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: Yes, a game with teams I’ve actually been familiarized with over this season. This is EMU’s first only appearance since 1987 and Old Dominion has never played in a bowl before. Old Dominion outclasses EMU in every offensive and defensive category except for passing yards per game. Both teams have been very profitable ATS, EMU: 9-3 and ODU 8-3-1. I’m all about this game, as I mentioned, I have been betting these teams a good amount this year. I also have always been a fan of games played out in the Bahamas, such a cool atmosphere. ODU -3.5. Love it.
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Who: Louisiana Tech vs Navy (25)
When: 4:30pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: The triple option team (Navy) versus a team who strictly relies on the passing game to score (LaTech). LaTech gets torched by teams who are effective at passing the ball, which Navy is not. The question is can LaTach stop the triple option? Well it’s tough to say because the C-USA doesn’t have many offenses that run the triple option. These are another two teams that I have watched a good amount of this year. LaTech is explosive and a lot of fun to watch, as goes with Navy when their offense is really clicking. Navy -1. If the game flow goes in Navy’s favor, as I am predicting it to, they’ll dominant time of possession and should win this game. If Navy goes down early, they could be in some trouble. Buyer beware
The Hawaii Bowl
Who: Hawaii vs Middle Tennessee State
When: 8pm EST ESPN
The Quick/Dirty: MTSU is a high powered aerial offense, ranking 12th overall in passing yards and 15th overall in scoring. MTSU did lose their number 1 QB, Adam Rittenberg, to injury but Hawaii is flat out NOT GOOD with only one impressive win against Air Force. It’s Xmas eve and I am very certain many of you will be doing other things than tuning into this game, but I like watching MTSU so I will be the Grinch, in the corner, hogging all the eggnog and watching this game. Vegas does not have a line out yet, but MTSU should handle Hawaii with ease.
Well that wraps up Volume 1 of the College Football Bowl Season Preview. Volume 2 of the College Football Bowl Season will be up soon to preview the next week of games.
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