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 +3Las 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)
Toledo -1.5AdvocareV100 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: