If you haven’t already checked out volume one you can do so here. Volume 1
So Far we are 4-3 in FBS bowl games (4-1 opening night though that was exciting), I’m just choosing to ignore the FCS celebration bowl because it’s bull shit, and I based my writing off of the one stop guide to all 41 bowl games on ESPN and it shouldn’t have been included. I won’t accept that lose on my official record. Anyway onto some of the predictions, I don’t know if I will get all the rest of the bowl games done today but I’m gonna sure as hell try.
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Texas vs Missouri (-2.5)
Play: Miss (-2.5). Yes this will basically be a home game for Texas but at the same time no one will really be super excited if Texas wins this meaningless bowl. Missouri is on a 5 game win streak and I think just the better team. I also just don’t like Texas because they will be ranked in the top 15 every year to start the season and haven’t warranted that in 5 years.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman: Navy (-1) vs Virginia
Play: Navy (-1). One I don’t every bet against the Military institutions, unless it’s the Army Navy game. Two it’s a home game for Navy. Three, gonna be cold and Navy only runs the ball, Virginia is gonna want no part in stopping the triple option.
Camping World Bowl: Virginia Tech vs Okla. St. (-4)
Pick: Okla. St. (-4). Okla. St. was a popular dark horse to get into the CFP this year so playing in the Camping world bowl is obviously a disappointment for them. I don’t know how much motivation either team will really have to be playing in this game, but I just think that Okla, St. is a better team so I think they will cover. Virginia Tech has a pretty good defense but beside one game against Texas Okla. St. has been able to put up points on anyone, I expect that trend to continue and I just don’t think Virginia Tech can keep up.
Valero Alamo Bowl: Stan vs TCU (-2.5)
Pick: Under 49. Both these teams have pretty solid defenses and Bryce Love has been battling an ankle injury that has slowed him down. He’ll be thinking about declaring for the draft and won’t want to take too many hits. And against good teams TCU doesn’t light up the score board like they have in years past. This has the potential to be a great game but I think it’ll just end up being a pretty forgettable low scoring affair, which isn’t what anyone wants in a bowl game.
San DiegoCounty Credit Union Holiday Bowl: WSU(-1) vs MSU
Pick: WSU (-1). I pulled up the public betting information fully expecting the public to be all in a WSU, but it was the opposite. Mike Leach just got a huge extension with the Cougars, so I expect them to be up to play MSU and cover the spread.
Belk Bowl: Wake Forest (-3) vs Texas A&M
Play: Wake (-3). Texas A&M fired their coach, and like I said before (I think) when that happens I always like to go with the other team. The players have already put a year of film out there and have a good idea whether they will be going pro or not, so they don’t have motivation to play for some interim coach who will be out the door next year regardless when Jimbo rolls into town. Also it’s in North Carolina so the crowd will be heavy Wake, and the Belk bowl is basically as good as it gets for a Wake Forest team.
Hyundai Sun Bowl: NC State (-6.5) vs Arizona State
Play: Arizona State (+6.5). Now I know everything I just said before about the coach being fired and players not caring and the same applies for Arizona State so your probably wondering why I’m picking them. Well to be frank, their name is the “Sun Devils” and they are playing in the Sun bowl, that’s a thing of destiny folks and I never bet against destiny.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs Northwestern (-7.5)
Play: Northwestern (-7.5). Northwestern is on a 7 game winning streak and they live to play in shitty meaningless bowl games. Kentucky has already focused all their energy onto basketball and could care less about the Music city bowl or football for that matter if we are being frank.
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl: New Mexico State vs Utah State (-4)
Pick: New Mexico State (+4). If someone came up to me and said they go to Utah State or New Mexico state I would assume they went to some community college, not two colleges who are meeting in highly anticipated bowl game. I mean Utah state basically is, they have an astonishingly high 97.8% acceptance rate. Anyway after doing some digging, the New Mexico State aggies are in their first bowl game since 1960 so they probably will win.
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: USC vs OSU (-7.5)
Play: OSU (-7.5). Am I salty that USC was my only loss during conference championship season, you bet your ass I am. That secondary couldn’t stop a Stephen Hawking go route let alone OSU. Also Sam Darnold is garbage, he stinks out loud and he’s going to be drafted 1st or second and be garbage cause that’s what he is, garbage. Unless he’s a Jet than I have already convinced myself that he will be a Hall of Famer, but otherwise I think he stinks. You know what as I’m writing this, I would probably bet USC if I’m a reader because Sam Darnold will probably see my blog and want to prove me wrong. I know your reading this Sam. Also I would probably bet the Over just because this feels like it will be a high scoring one.
TaxSlayer Bowl: Louisville (-6.5) vs Miss State
Play: Louisville (-6.5). As much as I hate Sam Darnold, that is how much I love Lamar Jackson. I don’t just want him to be a Jet I need him to be a Jet. He is absolutely electric and sure he may be 150 soaking wet and snap in half when hit by an NFL lineman, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. This has the potential to be a blood bath, Miss State’s coach left, their starting QB is down, and they have ugly colored uniforms, it’s the perfect storm for a Louisville rout.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs Memphis (-3.5)
Play: Over 66. Get in the Zone the End Zone. Memphis loves to put up points and Iowa State will have no problem putting up points against Memphis Defense.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: PSU (-2) vs Washington
Play: WASH (+2). It’s ironic Penn State is in a bowl sponsored by a company that’s target audience is little boys…
This game has the potential to be one of the better ones, I think PSU was arguably the best team in the Big 10 this year and I think they will probably actually cover but my heart is telling me I can’t bet on them.
Capital One Orange Bowl: Wisc (-6) vs Miami
Play: Miami (+6). Both these teams are know for their defenses, I think there will be a lot of turnovers and I think Miami lost it’s swagger after their lost to Pitt. But they really shouldn’t have I mean Pitt was arguably a top 15 team this year and they just exposed the slower, less athletic, worse coached Miami. Here they will be going up against noted ass hat Paul Chryst. Also they are playing in Miami and the place will be rocking, give me Miami over Wisconsin. Plus the ACC is just a better conference than the Big 10, and Miami will show that in this game.
Outback Bowl: Michigan (-7.5) vs South Carolina
Play: Over 43. This is one of my favorite bowl games every year, because no matter the outcome everyone wins. Either you get a free coconut shrimp or free bloom-in’ onion, both electrifying options. Play the over here take your winnings and get yourself a free beer to go with your free app.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: UCF vs Auburn (-9.5)
Play: Over 67. My brain is telling me that Auburn will cover the spread but that’s not what I want to happen. I want this to be a crazy high scoring affair that ends on a last second field goal, so that’s why I’m playing the over, because it’s not all about wins and loses here at BigDogsBettingAdvice, sometimes it’s about betting what the heart wants.
Citrus Bowl Presented by Overton’s: Notre Dame vs LSU (-3)
Play: LSU (-3). This will be a match up that will be determined by the better coach and I’m taking coach O in this one. He will have his boys ready to play, and ND hasn’t looked the same since their lose to Miami.
Rose Bowl: Oklahoma vs UGA (-2)
Pick: Oklahoma (+2). The big stage will prove too much for Frohm as Baker “Future Jet” Mayfield leads the sooners to a win (or 1 point loss). Oklahoma has one lose to their name and it was a fluke one at that, they have looked great all year and will continue that against UGA.
Sugar Bowl: Alabama (-3) vs Clemson
Pick: Clemson (+3). We get the rubber match of last two championship games early this year as they meet as the 1 and 4 seed. I think Clemson is the best team in the NCAA this year, their defensive line is menacing, and I think Alabama is still playing banged up in the second level of their defense. Dabo will Dab on Nick Sabans grave after he beats him for a second straight year.