One bad week to close out the regular season ruined what could have been a magical season of picks on our underdogs.
Entering Week 12 with a 64 percent success rate, even an 0-5 record in that final week would have resulted in a mark over .500. Western Kentucky hit the over on that Friday night and it looked like a 70 percent rate could in the cards.
Then, Saturday happened.
Thinking it was a wise bet to play every Owls team - Temple, Rice and FAU - backfired. To cap it all off, UConn ruined the under pick with two touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the game against Boston College. What looked to be a great run came to a halt.
Still cannot complain about finishing the season with a 55 percent mark. Now, let’s close this college football season out by picking all the winners in the upcoming bowl games.
Season record: 21-17
*All lines courtesy of Bovada and are accurate as of this posting
AutoNation Cure Bowl - Dec. 16
Both teams lack a solid running game so whichever team gets the better effort through the air will win this one. I give the edge to WKU as Mike White is one of the nation’s best passers and will win this game by double digits.
Las Vegas Bowl - Dec. 16
Reasoning here is simple: Boise State is 3-0 all time in the Las Vegas Bowl and they didn’t lose their head coach. Both can score points in bunches and the defense won’t be able to keep up, making the over a great play as well.
New Mexico Bowl - Dec. 16
Marshall has been on the wrong end of some tough matchups down the stretch, but this is great value against a Rams team that’s also sputtering at the end of the season.
Raycom Camellia Bowl - Dec. 16
Just read our preview on this game and it will explain why I’m backing stAte and the over.
Hawaii Bowl - Dec. 24
It’s a long flight from Houston to Hawaii.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl - Dec. 30
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Memphis Tigers (-3.5)
Iowa State has lost three of their last four games, with the lone win coming against a Baylor team that’s arguably one of the worst in college football. Meanwhile, Memphis let their chance at a NY6 bowl slip away in the American Athletic Conference championship game. Memphis would like nothing more than to prove they can not only compete with a Big 12 program, but hammer them as well.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Jan. 1
I’ve been behind the Knights throughout their undefeated season and not stopping now. This is their opportunity to show that the AAC is a legitimate Power Six conference with a win over a SEC team. Hopefully, Adrian Killins is right about that UCF speed.
Let’s close this season out with some winners. SHOW ME THE MONEY!!