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Week 1 bowl games lines and picks

NCAA Football: Myrtle Beach Bowl-Marshall at Connecticut David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Thursday, everyone.

The bowl season is upon us, so that means it’s time for another exercise hopefully NOT in futility with some picks against the spread. With it being the bowl season, I’m wiping my barely above .500 season picks mark back to even and starting anew for this period. I’ll be hitting the games for the week ahead each Thursday. Please feel free to add your picks in the comments section.

As usual, all lines are courtesy of our friends over at DraftKings Sportsbook.

And now, on with this week’s picks...

December 16

Myrtle Beach Bowl

OHIO (+3) vs. Georgia Southern

I know very little here, so I’m going with Ohio plus points since they’ve won 4 of their last 5.

New Orleans Bowl

JAX STATE (-2.5) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

I’ll go with the fighting Rich Rodriguezes here, who put a good scare into South Carolina late in the year, to prevail here.

Cure Bowl

MIAMI (OH) (+6.5) vs. Appalachian State

I’m honestly surprised at this line. Both teams have been playing well late in the year, with App State falling to Troy 49-23 in their conference title game. As such, I’ll gladly take the Redhawks and almost a touchdown.

New Mexico Bowl

NMSU (-3.5) vs. Fresno State

The Bulldogs will be without head coach Jeff Tedford in their bowl game. Add in their late-season slide and the opposite direction the Aggies are heading, and I’ll lay 3.5 without hesitation here.

LA Bowl


Love how Boise State is playing late in the year, while the Bruins have struggled lately and QB Dante Moore is in the transfer portal.

Independence Bowl

TEXAS TECH (-3) vs. Cal

I admittedly haven’t watched much of either of these P5 schools, but the Red Raiders intrigued me earlier this year with their showing against the Oregon Ducks. I think they find a way to get it done in Shreveport.

Dec 18

Famous Toastery Bowl

OLD DOMINION (-2.5) vs. Western Kentucky

This one’s basically a coin flip. Came up heads for ODU.

Dec 19

Miami Beach Bowl

UTSA (-13) vs. Marshall

I often like to go with the heavy dog in bowl games, but not here. The C-USA champion Roadrunners are playing too good of football right now and should wipe the field with the Thundering Herd.

Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See for details.