It’s been a disastrous start to the bowl season. Can the Birmingham, Armed Forces and Dollar General possibly stop the nightmare? Here are the final thoughts, predictions & investment advice on the three Saturday games.
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Birmingham, Armed Forces, Dollar General Bowls Final Thoughts & Investment Advice
STOP THE NIGHTMARE.
This bowl season is only ten games in, and it’s been a total disaster with eight of the games double-digit blowouts.
And it’s getting worse.
How awful is this? In the last five bowl games, the combined final score was 207 to 36, or an average score 41.4 to 7.2.
This next wave of bowl games will be better. They have to be. For our good, and for the good of the country.
For all the games, this is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only. However, just in case you dabble …
Oh COME ON, you overs … where are you? The bowl world should be full of shootouts, but these ugly blowouts aren’t just brutal on the eyes; they’re painful when it comes to the point totals.
It’s hard to hit a big number when one team is scoring three points.
When it comes to the Birmingham Bowl between Texas Tech and USF, I’m just going to assume one of two things will happen – if not both.
1) The two defenses won’t get out of the hotel and this will be a shootout of mega-proportions, and/or 2) in keeping with the current bowl trend, one team will absolutely doornail the other and put up enough points to get the job done. Either way, that 66 total is going down, and it’s going down hard.
Texas Tech can’t stop the run. USF can’t stop a real passing team. It didn’t work out so hot for the Oregon-Boise State Las Vegas Bowl, but when in doubt, go with the Power Five team against a Group of Five team that’s beaten nobody this year.
– Birmingham Bowl Preview
Of course I want to get every bowl pick right. But sometimes, there’s a prediction that sets the tone for everything else.
Logic and reason have been thrown out the window – for the most part – over the first ten games. Part of the problem is that it’s impossible ignore the way teams played during the season.
If SMU and Louisiana Tech played in, say, mid-October, SMU probably wins, instead of getting pantsed 51-10.
With all that blah, blah, blah said, if I’m wrong on this Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl pick, we’re dealing with forces beyond our control.
San Diego State is far better than Army, it has an amazing defense, it has the motivated back in Rashaad Penny, and it has a team that wants to prove that it just might have been the best team in the Mountain West, or at least second. With time to prepare, the Aztecs should handle the Army offense without a problem.
If San Diego State doesn’t win this thing by way, way, way more than the 6.5, then there really is something wrong with this bowl season.
– Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Preview
The Dollar General isn’t as much of a bowl prediction barometer as the Armed Forces, but it’s close. Yeah, Central Michigan went belly up against Wyoming, but the Ohio performance against UAB was more of a true indicator of what the better MAC teams should do this bowl season.
Appalachian State is strong, the coaching staff knows how to deal with the post-season, and the program expects to win games like this. However, Toledo is the much, much better team.
Being better hasn’t necessarily meant much in the bowl season so far, but considering the motivation won’t be a problem after losing to the Mountaineers in last year’s Camellia Bowl, Toledo is going to hit places offensively this ASU team can’t.
That the line went down from 7.5 to 6.5 is a Christmas gift to you and yours.
– Dollar General Bowl Preview
And Finally …
With all of this Florida State hoo-ha happening, the Seminoles had better show up extra large.
My original prediction was FSU by 17 when the line was 15.5. Wherever it is, go Noles. Even if it doesn’t work, it’s the right play.