Bowling for dollars: College football bowl betting picks

Jon Campbell
It’s that time again as the first college bowl games are set for Dec. 18, when three bowls go down in Albuquerque, Boise and New Orleans.

Already, I can’t wait until next year.

I mean, this bowl season is awful. Worst ever. We have three Sun Belt teams in bowl games, a BCS bowl game with a 17-point spread and something called the “Beef ‘o’ Brady’s Bowl”.

So don’t blame me if my picks suck this year. Look what I have to work with.

So here goes my annual Bowling for Dollars column. Hint: Usually, I stink with early games and make up ground later in the bowl season. So if you see me winning early this year, I don’t know what to tell you.

New Mexico Bowl – UTEP vs. BYU (-11.5, 50)

Part of the New Mexico Bowl festivities is a cook-off called the El Pinto Chili Bowl. Apparently, the winner of the Chili Bowl has never won the New Mexico Bowl.

I mean, there are trends and there are trends. And this, my friends, is a trend.

BYU won the Chili Bowl making them the best fade meat in town.

Pick: UTEP +11.5

uDrove Humanitarian Bowl - Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State (+1, 58.5)

Here are the kinds of things you say when you see the blue turf in Boise for the first time:

"It's bluer than you think," NIU interim head coach Tom Matukewicz said. "I didn't even know it could get that blue. It is blue."

Pick: Fresno State +1

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl - Ohio vs. Troy (-2.5, 57.5)

After making fun of the Sun Belt, I realize this may seem a little odd.

Pick: Troy -2.5

Beef ‘o’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg Bowl – Louisville vs. Southern Miss (+3, 57)

Louisville got in with the minimal allowable requirements for making a bowl game: Six wins, with one of them coming against an FBS team. Plus it’s basketball season in Kentucky. Even the football players don’t care about football anymore.

Pick: Southern Miss +3

Las Vegas Bowl – Utah vs. Boise State (-17, 60)

I fail to see any reason why Boise State wouldn’t spend its time in Las Vegas getting wasted and losing next year’s scholarship money at the strip joints.

Pick: Utah +17

Poinsettia Bowl – Navy vs. San Diego State (-4.5, 60.5)

Logic here says go with the home team. But I like that Navy pounded Army last Saturday and comes into this one without any layoff.

Pick: Navy +4.5

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – Tulsa vs. Hawaii (-10, 73)

Tough to bet against the No. 1 ATS (11-2 against the spread) team in the nation on home turf.

Pick: Hawaii -10

Little Caesar’s Bowl – Florida International vs. Toledo (-1.5, 56)

Who. Cares.

Toledo -1.5

AdvocareV100 Independence Bowl – Georgia Tech vs. Air Force (-3, 56)

If you love teams who air it out, you’ve come to the wrong place. The over/under on passes thrown in this game is probably going to be like 8.5. 

Pick: Ga. Tech

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Posted by dagrad
5 years ago

so far 3-0 on the favorites. thus making the self proclaimed expert Jon Campbell 1-2. taking Louisville - 3. Why? 1) the are the favorite. 2) strength of schedule.

Posted by Jasper11
5 years ago

Been fading your picks unintentionally but for the Ohio-Troy I will intentionally go with a winning trend. Do you even take your pics serious. The Chilli Bowl? People actually take your advice for wagering choices. It makes you look sloppy. No offense meant. Not personal.Enjoy the holidays.

Posted by Lar1212
5 years ago

Awesome read before things get started... especially this one. Classic! Bowl – Middle Tennessee vs. Miami (Ohio) (-1, 48) I don’t even know what this is. Pick: Miami -1

Posted by kroger
5 years ago

I'm from Louisville. Think you better know what you are talking about. Louisville hasn't been to a Bowl in 4 yrs. Lou was 12-1 in 2006. They lost by a field-goal.Bobby Petrino left the Lou Cardinals in 2006. All the Lou fans were very upset. They have been waiting for a good coach and they got him, Charlie Strong, who was an assisitant for Flordia. This is there 1st Bowl game in 4 years. Your opinion go either way, but this is Lou 1st bowl game since Peterino desserted them. AND THEY DID NOT FORGET ABOUT FOOTBALL

Posted by Quantum_Leap
5 years ago

Rose Bowl – TCU vs. Wisconsin (+3, 58.5) All the pressure on TCU here. Everybody who wants a playoff, which includes me, desperately needs the Frogs to win to keep the controversy stirring. Unfortunately, my betting dollars aren’t betting on it. Pick: Wisconsin +3 "UNFORTUNATELY, MY BETTING DOLLARS WEREN'T BETTING ON IT." J. Campbell Jan 2, 2011

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5 years ago


Posted by QBoption
5 years ago

comparing my notes to yours, my 5 teamer should be : Mizzu-1, Neb -14, ND+3, Geo -7, and Fla-7'...thx

Posted by the-profit
5 years ago

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Posted by Quantum_Leap
5 years ago

"Rose Bowl – TCU vs. Wisconsin (+3, 58.5) All the pressure on TCU here. Everybody who wants a playoff, which includes me, desperately needs the Frogs to win to keep the controversy stirring. Unfortunately, my betting dollars aren’t betting on it. ..."

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