Patrick Garbin is a Georgia football fanatic and has written three books on the Bulldogs.
One of the golden rules of wagering bowl games is to consider the bowl histories of the head coaches. Some coaches regard a bowl and its preceding practices as a way to prepare for the following season while others put more emphasis into bowl preparation and have their teams more motivated than any other time during the year.
Here are five you should keep an eye on this postseason:
Urban Meyer (5-1 SU, 5-1
Meyer is a remarkable 13-1
There is a tendency to bet against a disappointed or disinterested favorite in bowls, but don’t count on that with
The Gators should be able to cover the 11 points against Cincy.
Pete Carroll (6-2 SU, 6-2
In his six postseason victories Carroll has covered the spread by an average of more than 16 points per game.
The Emerald Bowl, where
Smart bowl players will usually take advantage of a coach like Carroll, a master recruiter who realizes his bowl will be the center of attention the day after Christmas.
Les Miles (5-2 SU,
After going 0-2-1
It helps that LSU plays in the toughest conference in football. The Tigers upset ACC schools in 2005 and 2008 in blowout victories as underdogs.
LSU is a bowl underdog once again - 2½ points to
This game has “no play” written all over it.
Bobby Bowden (
It is the perfect send off: “Saint Bobby” ends an illustrious, 44-season coaching career in the state of
Butch Davis (4-1 SU, 5-0
Remember the bowl betting rule that did not apply to
The Panthers will now play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against a much-lesser opponent,
The Tar Heels and Coach Davis played at the same site a year ago, losing by only a single point to West Virginia but earning Davis’ fifth bowl win
Never go against a team in the postseason with the better defense in every phase, like North Carolina compared to Pittsburgh, especially if its coach is undefeated
Honorable Mention: Joe Paterno (
Besides the aforementioned eight, I’m sure I left off at least one or two others you would not want to face in a bowl game. Can you think of any other coaches, present or past?
*Pointspreads not available prior to the 1973 season; both Bowden (one bowl) and Paterno (five) coached in bowls games prior to 1973.