It’s been one of the weirdest bowl seasons ever – at least to start – but now this all gets going for real. Here are the final thoughts, predictions & investment advice on December 26th bowls – the Heart of Dallas, Quick Lane and Cactus.
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Heart of Dallas, Quick Lane, and Cactus Bowls Final Thoughts & Investment Advice
Alright, enough of this kidding around. NOW it’s bowl season. NOW it’s time for college football to turn this machine back on.
After an inexcusable loss by San Diego State against Army in the Armed Force, and an inexplicable clunker from Toledo – really, Toledo? – in the Dollar General, things started to get back to normal with Fresno State beating Houston in the Hawaii.
All of that was the appetizer for this next week of fun. Let’s go.
For all the games, this is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only. However, just in case you dabble …
Utah has its quarterback, and West Virginia doesn’t. Not only are the Mountaineers without Will Grier, but RB Justin Crawford isn’t playing, either.
This could go one of two ways.
Either West Virginia just isn’t as good as it should be without its backfield stars, or the team comes out winging it with reckless abandon in one of those wacky bowl performances we’ve seen too many of so far.
Utah is amazing in bowl games under Kyle Whittingham, but that 6.5 is a wee bit big. I don’t care – the Utes win this by a touchdown.
And yes, after the way the overs have made a comeback – 4-1 in the last five – and with the potential these two offenses have of opening it up, that 56 might be at least ten points light.
– Heart of Dallas Bowl Preview
I hate hedging, but it worked earlier in the Las Vegas Bowl. I thought Oregon would win, but I liked Boise State to at least keep it close, with the fear that the Broncos might just come up with something amazing against a team that went through so much turnover.
Sure enough, going wuss paid off against the spread.
I’m doing the same for the Quick Lane.
I’m not a big enough man to call Northern Illinois outright against Duke – especially after what Toledo, Akron and Central Michigan have done for the MAC so far, and still reeling from the Huskies’ nightmare of a bowl game vs. Boise State last year – but I can’t shake the idea that the Blue Devils just aren’t very good.
Bowl unders suck, but that 47 is too high, and so is the 5.5 Duke is giving up. Assuming this will be low scoring, and iffy on who’s winning this outright, there’s enough there to take the flier on the underdog Huskies.
– Quick Lane Bowl Preview
Tell me you got in at Kansas State -2.5.
OF COURSE Josh Rosen was never going to play in the Cactus Bowl. OF COURSE the line was way too low, and, because you know what you’re doing, OF COURSE YOU GOT IN AT KANSAS STATE -2.5.
Now that Rosen isn’t playing, it’s all about UCLA QB Devon Modster and whether or not he can make the offense sing under an interim head coach. He can, which is why you take the chance that the 61 might be a belated Christmas gift of a point total.
With these two defenses? The over might go down by halftime.
Yeah, you also take the shot that Kansas State still wins this without a problem, even though the line is up to 6.5.
The coaching change thing didn’t work out so hot for Oregon or SMU, UCLA can’t stop the run even a little bit, and there’s an off chance that the Bruins simply don’t show up.
– Cactus Bowl Preview
And Finally …
Gut feeling: that Pinstripe – Boston College vs. Iowa – total might drop closer to gametime Wednesday night. It already went from 46 down to 45.5, and it could fall by a whole point. It’ll be under 20-degrees in New York City as the game goes on, neither team will throw much, and it the clock should go flying by.
Go under, but if you like the over, wait a wee bit and you’ll get a better deal.