Well its bowl season ladies and gentlemen. You know what that means, the season is almost over. But before we go through our annual withdrawal of not seeing college football for a loooooooong time we still have three more Saturdays filled with multiple games. Hooray! And what's better than watching college football? Winning money while watching college football!
Here are the best wagers for pre-Christmas bowl games.
Camellia Bowl - Appalachian State vs. Ohio +7.5: The line opened up at 9.5 but has creeped lower and lower with game day approaching. Frank Solich and the Ohio Bobcats will enter the game with a three-game winning streak. Ohio has feasted on the Sun Belt in the past few years going 5-0 SU and ATS. This year they defeated Idaho 45-28.
With a 10-2 record, Appalachian State is the better team so they should win this game, but they are 6-6 ATS this year and 0-4 ATS following a win. Guess what App State did in their season finale? They won, defeating South Alabama 34-27. Give me Frank Solich's Ohio Bobcats, conqueror of Sun Belt teams, and the points.
Cure Bowl - San Jose State vs Georgia State +2.5, Under 56: San Jose State Spartans are 3-7 ATS. The total has reached the under in five straight Georgia State Panthers games. Georgia State has won four straight and is 4-0 ATS during their winning streak.
One team shouldn't be bowling. The other team overcame a ton of odds just to go bowling. I expect a sloppy game. Neither offense is explosive as Georgia State averages 27.8 points per game and San Jose average 28 points per game. I'll take Georgia State since they have the better quarterback in Nick Arbuckle but definitely take the under.
New Orleans Bowl - Arkansas State vs. Louisiana Tech -2, Over 68: Here we have another conqueror of Sun Belt teams. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs has won nine straight against teams from the Sun Belt Conference and with the line this low it might as well be a pick'em from the bettors viewpoint.
I also like the over in this matchup as Arkansas State has surpassed the over in eight straight games by averaging 42.6 points during that span. Not to mention the Red Wolves defense has helped reached the over as they are woeful against the pass, allowing 251.9 passing yards a game.
Jeff Driskel has passed for over 300 yards seven times this year and will lead a unit that ranks 21st in scoring offense and 27th in total yardage. Did I mention they also have one of the best backs in the country in Kenneth Dixon. Take the Bulldogs and take the over as this game should be an explosive affair.
Miami Beach Bowl - USF vs Western Kentucky -2.5, Over 66: The Willie Taggart Bowl! South Florida head coach Willie Taggart will take on his former team Western Kentucky in what will feature a multitude of reunions as both rosters are littered with players from the Sunshine State.
I absolutely love the over. The Hilltoppers have been held under 35 points once this season and that was the opener against Vanderbilt. They are averaging 44.2 points per game this year so I'm definitely relying on their offense to reach the magic number. Also WKU has only been involved in three games this year that did't reach a total of 60 points.
The Bulls have won four straight but two of those wins were against East Carolina and winless UCF. With the point spread being this low this is pretty much a pick 'em. WKU's loses were against LSU and Indiana. I don't think USF is better than either of those teams. Give me the Hilltoppers.
Boca Raton Bowl - Temple vs. Toledo +2, Under 51.5: If you value history when trying to figure out who you should put your money on Toledo dominated Temple when they were conference mates in the MAC with a 5-1 record SU and ATS.
Temple has played against much tougher competition in the AAC but Toledo defeated Arkansas and Iowa State out of conference this year. Whoever wins I don't see a ton of points being scored by the victor. The stats scream defensive battle so I like the under as Toledo is allowing 21 points per game while Temple is giving up just 18 points per game. With that said Toledo is 3-8 against OU and Temple has not fared any better going 5-8 so be weary.
Both teams have great defenses but I trust Toledo's offense a little bit more. Many will side with Temple since Toledo lost head coach Matt Campbell but the Rockets promoted offensive coordinator Jason Candle to head coach so I think the transition should be fine. I like Toledo to win outright but not as much as I like the under.
Go Daddy Bowl - Georgia Southern vs Bowling Green -7.5: Or, 'The Interim Head Coach Bowl!' Both teams enter the game without their head coach as Bowling Green's Dino Babers left for Syracuse and Georgia Southern Eagles' Willie Fritz left for Tulane.
GSU runs an option offense and although they finished first in the nation with 375.5 rushing yards per game I don't see that success translating to a win over Bowling Green.
Traditionally triple-option offenses struggle during bowl season due to opponents having more time to prepare. Georgia Tech has struggled in postseason play since Paul Johnson has been head coach and Navy has had the same difficulty.
Bowling Green has a dynamic spread offense as quarterback Matt Johnson broke several MAC records this season while leading the Falcons to 43 points per game. Georgia Southern has only played against one potent offense this year. It was against West Virginia. They lost 44-0.
The Blue Raiders have allowed 13.7 points per game while scoring 33.7 points per game during their current four-game winning streak but I don't think their defense is that good.
Against Western Kentucky, FIU, and Louisiana Tech MTSU allowed at least 40 points in each contest. Western Michigan has scored at least 40 points five times this year. Yeah, points will be scored once again in the Bahamas Bowl.
This game is a toss-up. Both teams have great offenses. Western Michigan has never won a bowl game so I'm inclined to root for them but I'm going to back Middle Tennessee to cover. I would stay away from picking a team in this one and bet the over.