Bowl Season Is Here: Day 1 Picks

Time to bankrupt MyBookie.AG. This is what we have prepared for all season. I have spent hours and hours doing research and I’ve never felt more confident going into a bowl season. 

1. Tulane v UL Lafayette: Opening Line 3.5, Current 4; O/U 59

The battle of the bayou in Orlando. Tulane is 1-4 ATS this season as a favorite while ULL is 5-2 ATS this year as an underdog. Tulane also just fired its OC. I have watched Tulane play this year and there is no way I will be betting on them. They are terrible on 3rd down and as a bettor they are incredibly frustrating to watch. ULL has played a very hard schedule with losses to Bama, Miss St, and App St twice so they will not be worried about a team like Tulane. +3.5 is also a line that I have a very hard time laying off of. Give me ULL and the points all day. 

2. North Texas v Utah St: Opening Line 11, Current 7.5; O/U 68

This game is going to be all about offense. Utah State is averaging an incredible 47 points a game while North Texas is averaging 36 ppg. Utah State scored over 60 points 4 times so the over in this game is quite an interesting play. On one hand Utah St has lost their head coach Matt Wells to Texas tech so you never know what their motivation will be like but I also think they will be motivated by seeing the line go from 11 to 7.5. Im going to go with the highest scoring team in the MWC over a C-USA team pretty much every day. Give me Utah St -7, Im definitely buying that 1/2 point. Also shoutout Utah St for a gorgeous campus. 

3. Arizona St v Fresno St: Opening Line 6, Current 3; O/U 53.5 

Fresno should be disgusted that they are currently only a 3 point favorite when they have won 11 games this year against a 7 win Pac 12 team. Herm Edwards has done a lot better than I thought he would but he is going up against a team that allows 13 ppg and he will be without stud WR N’Keal Harry. You would think that a Mountain West team may have less talent than a Pac 12 team but not in this matchup. Fresno should handle business. I’m also a sucker for bulldog mascots.

4. Eastern Michigan v Georgia Southern: Opening Line 3, Current pk; O/U 47.5

This game is an absolute toss up. I am going to go with Eastern Michigan for a couple reasons though. One is that they are getting points and in a game that I am not completely convinced on I am going to take the points. Two is that Ga Southern is an option team. I always go against option teams when the other team has time to prepare. Thirdly is that Eastern Michigan has a really good defense. It is number 5 in passing yards allowed per game, and number 4 in red-zone defense. Plus MACtion won’t let me down. 

5. MTSU v App State: Opening Line 7, Current 7.5; O/U 50

I would normally be worried about App State losing its head coach but the interim coach is the D Line coach. When your interim coach is the D Line coach you know you’re going to be motivated. App State was a top 25 team this year and should’ve beat Penn St in Happy Valley. The talent mismatch is more than 6.5 points. Do not fool around here. App St is the pick. 

Other Picks from around the office:

Pat: App St- Lets go Mountaineers, North Texas: Stone Cold Steve Austin went there

Todd: Utah St-Jordan Love greatest QB name of all time, Arizona St because Fresno is not a State, MTSU because App State sounds like a prison exclusively for people convicted of incest. 

Nick: North Texas – Joe Greene, Fresno – Bunch of ASU kids in Vegas= no shot, Ga Southern – Eastern Michigan Feels like Canada & Canada stinks at football

Gorman: Arizona State – They play to win the game, MTSU – Head Coach & QB cried after losing conference title game = they are due. 

Connor: North Texas – They will be extra mean for the Bowl game, Tulane – There are a lot of waves in Orlando (Idiot, Orlando is in the middle of the state), Arizona St – Most ASU graduates end up in Vegas casinos anyway. 

Ty: North Texas: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. 

Good Luck to all.

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