And here we go. Final thoughts, suggestions, and investment advice for the first day of the bowl season, looking at the R&L Carriers New Orleans, AutoNation Cure, Las Vegas, Gildan New Mexico, and Raycom Media Camellia Bowls.
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Saturday, December 16th Bowls Final Thoughts & Investment Advice
Really? You’re going to watch Bears vs. Lions and Chargers vs. Chiefs? But why?
Fine, so you will for your fantasy playoffs, but the NFL is really for next weekend. For now, it’s bowl time.
You don’t care if it’s Troy vs. North Texas or Clemson vs. Alabama. You have a Chia Pets and iThings to pay for, and this Saturday is going to get you there.
For all the games, this is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only. However, just in case you dabble …
Are you sick and tired of denying to friends, family, and yourself that you’re going to watch every single second of the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl?
Are you worried about having to potentially sneak peeks at your phone to see if New Mexico State can pull off the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl?
Are you exhausted spending your mid-to-late December and early January living a lie, pretending that you don’t know the difference between the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl and the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman?
It’s okay. You go right ahead and watch as much or all of the 39 bowl games that you possibly can, including that appetizer of a Celebration Bowl to get us all started this Saturday, because that’s what you want to do, and that’s we’re going to do.
You’re safe here. You’re among friends. You love the bowl games, and so do we. It’s not your fault … it’s not your fault … no, son, it’s not your fault.
Here, there’s #NoBowlShame.
It’s the start of the glut of exhibition games that most people are going to ignore/poop on/mock/ridicule because it makes them feel good about themselves. They will point at you and laugh, and then they’ll be the first to want to talk about how awesome the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl was.
Enough. We are going to stand up to the masses and proudly declare, “I WATCH BOWL GAMES, AND I LIKE IT!”
Troy, it’s time to step up and start bombing away a little bit. If this is the Trojan team we all think it is, can be, and should be, it should be able to handle North Texas by more than a touchdown.
After all, this is the team that took down LSU in Baton Rouge, and handled a deadly Arkansas State team on the road to take a piece of the Sun Belt title. North Texas is a whole lot of fun, but there’s a ceiling on just how much this team can do. However, it should draw out the Trojan offense a little more.
Love the Trojans -7, hate the 62 total – that’s right around where it should be.
– R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Preview
Georgia State is a scary bowl team. It’s not that the Panthers are all that great – they’re not – but they’re going to be fired up to be in a bowl game and they’re going to bring the absolute maximum effort against a mediocre WKU squad.
The hardest part about bowl games is ignoring what happened at the end of the regular season – bowls are their own weird entities. But the way Georgia State lost their final two to Appalachian State and Idaho at home by a combined score of 55-10 is still too fresh.
But WKU lost four of their last five games.
However, the Hilltoppers are good at putting down mediocre teams, and the offense showed up when it had to against Middle Tennessee. The six points aren’t going to be a problem, but the two teams hitting the 51.5 total will be.
– AutoNation Cure Bowl Preview
I’m doing everything I hate, including using the words wishy and washy: I’m being wishy-washy on the Las Vegas Bowl.
As a general rule, I always like the Power Five program over the Group of Five team – especially if there’s some tangible motivational factor involved. The Oregon players’ butts wrote the check with their petition for Mario Cristobal to get the head coaching job, and now they have to cash it.
But star RB Royce Freeman isn’t playing, top OT Tyrell Crosby is still up in the air – but he’ll probably play – and Boise State is a solid Mountain West champion. So what’s the problem?
I’m picking Oregon, but I’m going with Boise State to cover the seven partly because I’m hedging a bit thinking the Broncos could win. Fair warning: if you think Oregon is going to come out like it was shot out of a cannon and put this down in the first ten minutes, I’m not going to argue.
See, wishy-washy. Sorry.
– Las Vegas Bowl Preview
Colorado State has a dangerous offense with lots of weapons, and Marshall doesn’t. However, that Herd attack can throw 30 points on the board if it gets the passing attack working a little bit. Against the Ram defense, things tend to get working a little bit.
But the Herd lost four of their last five games and the defensive stats are a bit overinflated. Like the Rams and the 5.5, deep love for the over on the 58 total.
– New Mexico Bowl Preview
If your 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is what I think it’s going to be, that 63.5 point total is a laughable joke.
Middle Tennessee has scored 30 points or more in each of its last four games, and Arkansas State has scored 30 or more in six of its last eight games, including 67 against ULM and 47 against Louisiana-Lafayette.
And Arkansas State, if you are what I think you are, you’ll fire past that 3.5 without blinking, too.
– Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Preview
And Finally …
Again, here we go. There’s college football on almost every day from here until a fantastic January 1st. Even if some of these games aren’t your particular brand of vodka, the players and coaches who’ll be on the field in most of these early games are going to be jacked up to be there.
Yeah, if one team decides not to show up, move along. But every once in a while, you’ll get something amazing that makes it all worthwhile.
But you know that already.