Well, it was a decent start, but an 0-4 finish left me at 5-8 for week one of bowl game picks against the spread. It’s already tough to know who’s going to win any given bowl game, but picking against the spread makes it even tougher. Let’s try to do better this week.
As usual, here are the lines courtesy of our friends over at DraftKings.
And now, on with this week’s picks...
Houston vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (+7)
I’m basically at the point to where a team gets a touchdown, then I’m taking them. These games have been close, with records being thrown out the window. Give me U-La-La here.
Wake Forest (-2.5) vs. Missouri
Sam Hartman decided to play in this game, and he’s the best player on either roster by far, so I’ll take Wake to outscore Mizzou.
MTSU (+6.5) vs. San Diego State
If they could paint “MIAMI” in the end zones in Honolulu, then I’d be even more confident that the Blue Raiders would win this game. In any event, again, gimme points in a game I admittedly know little about.
Quick Lane Bowl
New Mexico State (+3.5) vs. Bowling Green
Again, no idea what to make out of two 6-6 teams, but it seems like a huge deal for the Aggies to make a bowl game, so I think they’ll be geared up for it. NMSU plus 3.5 here.
Georgia Southern (-3.5) vs. Buffalo
Ga Southern knocked off App State to make it to 6-6 and earn a bowl game, while Buffalo has been sliding late in the year. I’ll take the hotter team here.
First Responder Bowl
Utah State vs. Memphis (-7.5)
Memphis’ offense should have a field day, and I’ll shelve my take-the-team-plus-a-touchdown theory for what should be a comfy win.
East Carolina (-7.5) vs. Coastal Carolina
And I’m doing it again here, as CCU QB Grayson McCall is in the transfer portal. Hard to replace that level of production.
Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Oklahoma State (+3) vs. Wisconsin
Cowboys aren’t operating with a new coaching staff. And are getting points. That’s all I can figure to separate these two teams and make a pick *shrugs*.
UCF vs. Duke (-3)
Man, Mike Elko really has Duke playing well this year. UCF has completely no-showed a few times this year, so I’ll roll with Duke here, who’s been more consistent(ly good) throughout the season.
Kansas vs. Arkansas (-3)
The Hogs are just better, especially on the lines, and should have their way with KU in Memphis.
UNC vs. Oregon (-14.5)
It’s hard to put into words how bad UNC’s defense is...which makes me REALLY sad as a UM fan that they couldn’t put up more than 24 points. But I digress. Bo Nix and Oregon score 60 in San Diego.
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (+3.5)
Texas Tech finished the season strong, winning its last 3, while Ole Miss face planted with 4 losses in its last 5. I’ll take the hotter team here in its home state.
Minnesota (-9.5) vs. Syracuse
Minnesota’s defense has been good this season, and it should shut down a Syracuse offense that has disappeared at times throughout the season. Gophers by double digits.
Cheez It Bowl
Oklahoma vs. Florida State (-9.5)
FSU should win this game by double digits, as the Sooners will be without 15 players who have entered the transfer portal and 4 more who are gearing up for the NFL. Meanwhile, Jared Verse and Jimmie Robinson are playing in the bowl game for the Noles, and FSU’s pass defense should smother Dillon Gabriel and the Sooners.
Washington (+4) vs. Texas
No Bijan Robinson means the game will fall squarely on the shoulders of the QBs, and I like Michael Penix, Jr. and the Husky offense a little bit better. Getting 4 points is icing on the cake.
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