That’s right it’s the best time of the year. No not Christmas or New Years. It’s bowl season! The time where teams who usually never play each other get to battle it out for games that unless you’re in the playoff it really doesn’t matter. But for me and my gambling degenerate friends and followers it is the best time of year. Games everyday from late December until early January. I have hit on 63% of my college picks on the year. So read these picks and ride with me to a great holiday payday. Have a Merry Bowl Season and remember Fuck Bama!!
Oh hottest college girls of the year award goes to Arizona State!!!
Bahamas Bowl: Buffalo -5 vs Charlotte. This would be each teams first win a bowl game. I’m taking the Bulls and giving the points because they have the #5 rusher in the country with Jarrett Patterson and they have a great pass rush. Charlotte’s defense will keep it close in the first half but the run game mixed with the play action will open the 49ers up in the second half.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl: Utah State -9 vs Kent State. One person never wins a football game everyone knows that. This might be an anomaly. Jordan Love, Jordan Love, Jordan Love. He has had some great moments and some shaky ones, mostly because his line has had some trouble blocking for him. This game is an interview for him to 32 NFL teams and I think he shows up and shows out. His draft stock blows up after a huge game in a bowl game and continues into the combine. Gimme the Aggies and lay the points this will get ugly.
Celebration Bowl: The new traditional bowl with the winners of the HBC conferences the MEAC vs SWAC. I’m taking the SWAC winners Alcott State over NC A&T because to be honest I doing know a lot about either team. I know that A&T has won 3 of 4 of the Celebration bowls but that run must come to and end at some point. Also I loved Steve McNair who played at Alcon State so I’m riding with the Braves in honor of Air McNair.
New Mexico Bowl: Central Michigan +4 vs San Diego State. I think this game will be played in the high 20’s low 30’s and the Aztecs don’t have the firepower to keep up that high. The Aztecs play a possession running the ball game but the Chippewas run defense is great even holding the Badgers of Wisconsin to under 200 yards rushing. CMU can throw the ball and can create big plays in the pass game that will force SDSU to throw and take them out of their comfort zone. I like the Chippewas, gimme the points and double down on the money line win.
The Cure Bowl: Liberty +6 vs Georgia Southern. The Eagles run offense is for real and they can grind games out. The problem is they have a hard time converting third and medium if they aren’t on schedule. Liberty’s pass offense lead but Calvert can be dynamic and throw the ball all over the field. Not to mention the Eagles pass defense is terrible. Then the real X factor is Hugh Freeze who has coached and won big games before so I’ll take the points and double down on the money line with the Flames.
Boca Raton Bowl: S.M.U. -4 vs F.A.U. This might be the easiest pick in all the bowl games. Yes it’s an ipso facto home game for the Owls but Lane is gone. Lane gave this team the juice. Not to mention the best QB in the state of Texas, Shane Buechele is coming to town. He will dominate this FAU defense as a tryout for NFL. I think he throws for 300 yards and 4 tds at least and this could be the most lop sided win of the bowl season.
Camellia Bowl: F.I.U. +3 vs Arkansas State. Butch Davis has won big games and although they have had a mediocre season they did knock off Miami. Also it’s Senior QB’s James Morgan’s final game and he doesn’t make mistakes. This will be a high scoring game but the Golden Panthers defense will make more stops then Ark St.
Las Vegas Bowl: Washington -4 vs Boise State. Neither of these teams want to be in this bowl. Washington grossly underachieved and the Broncos wanted a New Years Six game. Boise has been overrated all year, they haven’t played anyone. Give me the better QB Eason playing in a big game to take over and raise some NFL eyebrows in a big game atmosphere. I think the Huskies show up and show out and win by more the two 2 touchdowns.
New Orleans Bowl: Appalachian State -17 vs U.A.B. The Mountaineers have beaten an A.C.C. and S.E.C. teams this year and have looked like a great team for the majority of the season. They can run the ball averaging 5.0 yards per carry which opens up their play action passing game that stretches the field.
Also UAB turns the ball over at an alarming rate. App State covers this big spread and finishes the season in the top 18 this year.
Gasparilla Bowl: U.C.F. -17 Marshall. Freshman QB Dillion Gabriel has stepped into the big shoes of McKenzie Milton Mickey this year. He has had his freshman moments but for the most part has lead the very talented Knights to a great year. This is pretty much a home game being played in close by Tampa and I think Gabriel balls out vs a bad secondary of the thundering herd. The knights win by 20 plus in Gabriel last game for over a year with Milton coming back next year.
Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii +110 vs B.Y.U. Well it’s a home game for the Rainbow Warriors, while the Cougars have to travel a few thousand miles to a climate that’s around 50 degrees warmer then they are at right now. For the football side the Warriors QB Cole McDonald is top 5 in yards and top 15 in touchdowns. Hawaii scores early often and fast. The Cougs will get run out of the islands quickly. They don’t lose at home and B.Y.U. Won’t be able to stop the passing game or keep up themselves, easy win for the Rainbow Warriors.
Independence Bowl: LA Tech +7 vs Miami. QB J’Mar Smith only has 4 ints all year and the whole premise of the their offense is get the ball out quick. That will neutralize the great pass rush of the Hurricanes. The Bulldogs are 6-1 in their last 7 bowl games and the crowd will be on their side in Shreveport. Miami’s Willams sometimes looks like a great QB then looks like he has no idea what is going on. I’ll take the more competent offense and home team to cover the 7 in a game that will be close.
Quick Lane Bowl: Eastern Michigan +11 vs Pittsburgh. I’m taking the Eagles because it’s a home game being played in Detroit. When I mean I’m taking them I mean they will cover. Pitt will win the game but the Eagles will cover late because Mike Glass will throw a garbage time td to cover. He has been unbelievably accurate completing 80% of his passes the last 4 games and I think they will keep it within the spread. Pitt also isn’t a team who blows teams out, they play grind it out run the ball offense. Give me the Eagles, the home field and the points.
Military Bowl: North Carolina -5.5 vs Temple. UNC’s QB Sam Howell might be the best freshman QB in the country. His last 5 games he has thrown for over 300 yards and has 3 tds a game in his last 4 games. All of those stats are great, but I think it will come down to the coaches. Mack Brown is 13-8 in bowl games with a national championship while Rod Carey is 0-6 in bowls. That’s a big difference in success in big games. I’ll go with the experience and the power 5 talent in Chapel Hill to win and cover.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Wake Forrest +3 vs Michigan State. State’s offense is very anemic scoring less then 20 points in 5 of its last 7 games. Lewerke is worst then a game manager and can’t make throws needed on third downs and the Deacons intercept the ball at a very high rate. The Spartans defense is very good and keeps them in a lot of the games they shouldn’t be in. Now they are playing the best statistical passing offense in the ACC whether it’s Newman or Hartman playing QB. I think wake breaks through the tough Spartans defense eventually in the second half and wins this game out right by ten plus. Take the Deacons and the points and money line them as well.
Texas Bowl: Texas A&M -5.5 vs Oklahoma State. Yes A&M has 5 losses this year the teams; UGA, Bama, LSU, Clemson, Auburn. All of those games they played them tough except for LSU. They are tested and blew out all the other teams they played and won. Kellen Mond is a great dual threat QB who will carry the Aggies to a big win vs the Cowboys. I’m a little worried about Hubbard running the ball but I think the Aggies defense will key on him and force Dru Brown to beat them through the air and I don’t think he can keep up. I’ll lay the points and bet on Jimbo and Kellen, plus it’s the Texas Bowl they will cover vs an Oklahoma team.
Holiday Bowl: U.S.C. +110 vs Iowa. Iowa vs USC is your typical Big 10 ground and pound vs PAC 12 high flying game. Usually old school defense and controlling the ball wins. Not here, Iowa’s Stanley is 2-0 in bowl games but their offense has been very underwhelming all year. USC and Kedon Slovis has been playing out of his mind lately on offense. Ali is has thrown for 400 yards in 4 of his last 5 games and 19 tds in 5 games. The Trojans might have trouble stopping the run but their offense will score quickly and often. I really like the weapons and tempo of the Trojans to wear out the Hawkeyes and get the out right win.
Cheez It Bowl: Washington State +2.5 vs Air Force. Anthony Gordon is the best QB that a lot of casual fans have never heard of. He is number 1 in passing yards and has 45 tds this year completing 72% of his passes. The WSU defense has been terrible and will have a hard time stopping the running game of the Falcons. Gordon can score tds at an Alamo game rate though. If the Cougars has even a half way decent defense they would have easily won the PAC 12 that’s how dynamic their offense is. I think Gordon proves he is a top 5 QB in the nation with a dominate eye opening performance in this bowl game.
Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame -3.5 vs Iowa State. Notre Dame has 5 wins vs ranked teams and 7 vs teams in bowl games. They lost to 2 teams ranked in the top 15. They have a dynamic playmaker in Cole Kmet at TE and their dual running backs of Jones Jr and Armstrong are amazing together. Ian book will spread the ball around and let his playmakers play and the Irish will embarrass the Cyclones. They deserve to be in a better bowl game and will prove it with a huge win here. They are severely under ranked and will finish in the top 12 after a win by 30 here in this game.
Cotton Bowl: Penn State -7 vs Memphis. Mike Norvell leaving his team before the bowl game will definitely affect this teams mental status. It most certainly affected my pick. Norvell has called the offensive plays the last 3 years and the Tigers have been explosive. With out him I think the team will be defeated and have a let down. Clifford for Penn State will play his usual good game and do enough to win and cover now. Penn State will cover with a ten point win over a team with no leader. It sucks because Memphis was great all year with Norvell.
Fiesta Bowl: Ohio State +2 vs Clemson. Dani is crying saying they have no respect and you know what they don’t deserve any. They haven’t beaten a ranked team all year. They haven’t played anyone and almost lost to UNC. Ohio State is a battle tested with 2 wins over Wisconsin, beat Michigan, beat Penn State, beat Cincinnati. They are poised and ready to play. They have the best RB ok J.k. Dobbins, the beat DE in Chase Young and a great young QB in Fields. Their secondary is amazing and will confuse Lawerence and force turnovers. Then Clemson will have to lean on Ettienne and the Buckeyes run defense is great. I just don’t see a good Clemson team. I think the Buckeyes cruise to a win here.
Peach Bowl: L.S.U. -12 vs Oklahoma. The Tigers have the Heisman winning QB. They have weapons at every skill position on offense. Their defense has given up points to teams they probably shouldn’t have, but they are all 4 and 5 star players on that side of the ball. They have beaten 6 ranked teams and 9 teams going to bowls. Oklahoma barley squeaked into the playoff winning a very bad Big 12 conference. Jalen Hurts is a turnover machine. Riley is very creative on offense and will score points early. Their defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed though. They are flat out bad. Burrow will have all day to find own receivers down the field and will pull far away in the second half. The Tigers defense will turn Hurts over and I’m betting score at least one defensive td. Tigers roll easy here in this playoff semi final.
First Responders Bowl: Western Kentucky -2.5 vs. Western Michigan. The Hilltoppers will win and cover this game the old school way. Both of the WKU lines offense and defense are great and will dominate the line of scrimmage. Take WKU because of the superior line play.
Music City Bowl: Mississippi State -4 vs Louisville. Mississippi State had a decent year playing in the most difficult division of the toughest conference in football. Hill will be able to run all over the bad Cardinals run defense. The Bulldogs will be able to shut down the passing game of Louisville and force turnovers to win. Give me the SEC team over the ACC team.
Redbox Bowl: Illinois +6 vs California. California has one of their better years in a long time, but so did the Illini. Illinois proves they could beat a top 15 team in Wisconsin and Lovie Smith has his team believing. I bet on Illinois 5 times this year each time they covered so I have to keep that going. Fight On!
Orange Bowl: Florida -13.5 vs Virginia. This will be a home game for the Gators. I didn’t like the Gators when Franks was leading the team. Ever since Trask has taken over they have looked like a great team. Virginia finally beat Tech and had a great year, they just aren’t ready to play a great SEC team. Trask and the Gators run it up on Bronco’s team. Chomp, Chomp.
Belk Bowl: Virginia Tech -2.5 vs Kentucky. This is a top 3 easy pick for me in bowl season. There is no chance in hell that the Hokies will let Bud Foster go out with a loss. It only that they will go out with his defense dominating an okayish Wildcats offense. Foster’s pregame speech might make me want to run through a wall. Hokies huge here, their defense will score 2 tds at least.
Sun Bowl: Arizona State -5.5 vs Florida State. Now this is a tough game to pick. The Sun Devils did knock off a tough Oregon team but lost 4 in a row before that. FSU has Norvell S their coach now. I just don’t think Mike will have enough time to work with his new team to make a difference. I like Herm to get the guys ready to play plus QB Jayden Daniels is young but can make so many plays with his arm and his feet. I’ll take the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl minus the points.
Liberty Bowl: Navy vs. Kansas State. This is a pick em game and I like the midshipmen. KSU can score a lot of points but can’t stop the run. I think Navy controls the ball and slows the game down to keep KSU offense off the field. If Navy doesn’t turn the ball over they will win this game. My money is on the disciplined Navy team coming off a big win vs. their rival to carry momentum into the Liberty bowl.
Arizona Bowl: Wyoming -7 Georgia State. Well I don’t know a lot about these teams but I do know the Cowboys beat a SEC school so give me them. Plus Wyoming Cowboys is just a great name and great uniforms 🤪.
Alamo Bowl: Texas +7 Utah. This should be a hell of a shootout game. Utah reeling after the big disappointment of not making the playoff. Texas has to prove they are on their way back and I think they pull this win off lead by a great game from Ehlinger. I think Sam plays a great game making big plays to pull the upset off. Utah just hasn’t beaten a good team all year either. Take the points and money line the Longhorns.
Citrus Bowl: Michigan +7 vs Alabama. Jim Harbough needs a big win over a top program. I think he gets it here. Michigan played great at the end of the year minus the Ohio State game. Shea Patterson finally looked like a QB that knows his strengths. The defense for Michigan is stout at all levels. Bama has no Tua and they don’t care to play in the Citrus Bowl when their goal every year is the playoff. I think Bama comes out flat and disinterested which will let the Wolverines get the win. Just in case take the points and can’t hurt.
Outback Bowl: Minnesota +7 vs Auburn. This game might be the best non big six bowl games. I love the matchup of the Auburn defense line lead by Derrick Brown vs the offense firepower lead by QB Tanner Morgan and WR Rashod Bateman. I think the Gophers score just enough to win this game. My prediction is that Bo nix throws a late int to who I consider one of the best defensive backs in the country Antoine Winfield Jr and the Gophers finish off a great year with a big bowl win. Row The Boat.
Rose Bowl: Oregon +120 vs Wisconsin. This is one of my two mortal locks of the bowl season. The Ducks of Oregon will blow the doors off of the Badgers. Wisconsin was overrated all year and have no offense except for Taylor running ball. Oregon will but 9 in the box and take that away. They will force Coan to beat them and he has proven he can’t do it. Oh not to mention a potential top ten pick is playing QB for Oregon. Herbert will have a great NFL audition in this game. He will throw for 3tds and 300 yards and this game will be over at the half. Quack Quack Quack.
Sugar Bowl: Georgia -7 vs Baylor. This is my second mortal lock of the bowl season. The Bulldogs will destroy the Bears here. Baylor had a great season playing shitty Big 12 teams. Georgia is just in another league compared to Baylor. The Georgia defense will shut down the playmakers on Baylor and will get to Brewer or whoever else is playing QB for the Bears. Jake Fromm will shut some critics up and tear apart a bad Baylor defense. Georgia by 20 plus. Lock it up, Go Dawgs!!
Birmingham Bowl: Cincinnati -6.5 vs Boston College. The Bearcats lost three games all year one to Ohio State and the other 2 were to Memphis who was the best group of 5 team and those were both close and on the road. I love the Bearcats to cover and win this game. They can take away Dillon running the call for B.C. and Ridder will make big plays through the air to win the game. Warren will be able to find creases in the B.C. defense in the second half to ice the game.
Gator Bowl: Indiana vs Tennessee pickem. I like the Hoosiers. They have had their best year in a decade lead by QB’s Ramsey and Penix. They had a 1000 yard WR in Whop Philyor. I love the Hoosiers fast paced offense going against Tennessee’s defense geared for stopping the run. Tennessee has a great finish to a slow start year but I like the Hoosiers to win their 9th game of the year and may become a football school.
Idaho Potato Bowl: Nevada +6 vs Ohio. It’s will be a home game for Nevada who runs a quick tempo offense. If they don’t turn the ball over they should be able to keep it within six vs Ohio who underachieved a bit in the MAC but still won the East. Gimme the Wolfpack and the points.
Armed Forces Bowl: Tulane -7 vs. Southern Miss. This is your typical great defense with Southern Miss who held 5 teams to 17 points or less this year. Then their is Tulane who’s offense has scored 30 points 8 times and 40 points 4 times. This is a rival game being played in a bowl game. I’m taking the Green Wave and the offense because it’s more fun to root for big plays then great defensive schemes.
Lending Tree Bowl: ULL Cajuns -14 vs Miami (OH). I love the Cajuns in this game to cover. Yes Miami won the MAC championship and had a great year for them, but they haven’t played an offense like this all year. They are so balanced on offense with 1000 yard rusher in Mitchell a 2800 yard passes and 4 WR with over 300 yards and 30 catches. This will be a blowout for the Cajuns. They are on the come up with young inventive coach Billy Napier. I love the Cajuns take em give the points.