The bowl season keeps on rolling with four on Wednesday, December 27th. Here are the final thoughts and investment advice for the Independence, Pinstripe, Foster Farms and Texas bowls
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Independence, Pinstripe, Foster Farms and Texas Bowls Final Thoughts & Investment Advice
Seriously, bowl season … STOP SUCKING.
Most of the games have been blowouts, boring and bad. And worse yet, they’ve been totally unpredictable. They haven’t followed anything that happened during the season, so there’s a whole lot of guessing going on.
At some point, these games are going to be close, and they’re going to be interesting. Until then, let’s just assume the winner takes these home easily.
For all the games, this is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only. However, just in case you dabble …
Florida State, you did what you needed to do to get here. Now let’s see if you really care.
The Noles should beat Southern Miss by three touchdowns, but they haven’t had a whole lot of luck blowing out anyone this year other than a ULM here and a Florida there. The Golden Eagles aren’t bad, and they could actually win this if the Noles are bored and looking ahead to the Willie Taggart era to kick in, but with the way this bowl season is going, just assume this is going to be bad.
The 15 is a large number, Southern Miss did beat Marshall and Louisiana Tech teams that showed up big this bowl season, but this is about pride and attitude. Let’s just assume FSU wants this.
It hasn’t worked out well for the point totals, either, this bowl season, but FSU could be just interested enough to take care of at least 35 of the 49 on its own.
– Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Preview
Does cold weather matter? It just might for Iowa and Boston College.
That 45 is a really, really low point total for your 2017 New Era Pinstripe, especially considering BC scored 35 or more in five of its last six games. But in a game that might be among the coldest bowls ever, both running games should control things from the start, and both teams should grind down the clock. Seven of 11 Iowa games finished at a 45 point total or under.
Yeah, Iowa is bad in bowl games, and yeah, BC isn’t bad in them, but other than Utah winning yet another bowl game, logic, reason and streaks just don’t seem to matter this bowl season. The Iowa defense will be terrific, Akrum Wadley and the Hawkeye running game will control the time of possession, but it’ll be a tight fight.
– Pinstripe Bowl Preview
If you can’t tell, I hate that Pinstripe Bowl pick. That’s about as true a toss-up as you’re going to get this bowl season.
Khalil Tate has had time off to rest, and he should look amazing at times, but the Purdue linebacking corps is terrific. Don’t be stunned if he gets bottled up, bottled up, bottled up … boom.
If Tate goes off early, Arizona wins this in a walk – Purdue won’t be able to keep up, and it’ll screw up too often when it does. But expect this to be a fight with Tate coming up with two big plays that will be just enough to offset the Boilermakers dominating the time of possession.
Even with these two offenses, and considering what the Wildcats can do, don’t just assume that they’ll get into a firefight that gets up to the 66 point total. How many Purdue games have hit the 66 combined point mark? None. Zero.
Don’t mess with the streak. Go with the under.
Arizona will grind this out, but it’ll take a full four quarters to do it. If you believe in Tate, and you believe in the Wildcats – and you do – then what’s your problem giving away the three points?
– Foster Farms Bowl Preview
Everything is screaming Missouri. Texas is missing key parts in a secondary against Drew Lock and a devastating Tiger passing game – no team is hit harder by players sitting to save themselves for the NFL.
But Mizzou might just be a mirage.
Yeah, the O comes into this game on a roll – scoring 45 points or more in each of the last six games – but all of those came against bums. The Tigers are 7-0 against teams that aren’t bowling, and 0-5 against teams in the post-season.
Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10. Texas has a way of keeping down high-powered offenses, and even without Holton Hill and DeShon Elliott in the secondary, and with Malik Jefferson sitting this out, watch out for the Longhorns to slowwwwwww this thing down. Texas will have the ball for almost 40 minutes in a grinding win.
– Texas Bowl Preview
At least, Tom Herman had better come up with a win. Lose, and this season becomes a dud – and it has nothing to do with anything Charlie Strong did.
And Finally …
Looking ahead, that Military Bowl line isn’t budging. I still think San Diego State should beat Army easily – even though it already lost Armed Forces Bowl – but Virginia is a one point underdog against Navy? The same Virginia that beat Georgia Tech and its option attack? I’m in.