Shoutout Temple for being up at half and then giving up like 40 straight and Vandy Blowing their lead as well to send us to 1-2 on the day and 10-9 overall on Bowl season. Still in the positive boys but we are taking on water. Maybe today we bounce back. Whatever.
- Auburn -3.5 vs Purdue; O/U 57.5
Gus Malzahn is 1-4 in Bowl games and got blown out last year by Central Florida. I have a hard time thinking the Tigers will be any more motivated this year to face a middle of the road Big Ten team at the Music City Bowl. In Brohm I trust with Purdue. He turned down the Louisville job to stay at Purdue and I assume that is a lot of motivation for the team. Give me Purdue +3.5 in a game that means more to them.
2. Syracuse -3 vs WVU; O/U 66
Purely a motivational game pick here. WVU is without Will Grier and their starting tackle who are preparing for the NFL, not a good look for the team. Dana Holgersen is 1-4 in his last 5 Bowl games. He just doesn’t seem like someone who cares about a meaningless bowl game. On the other hand Syracuse is a program that hasn’t been to the bowl each of the last 5 years and is good to make a statement. Taking Syracuse and probably the over hoping WVU backup plays ok.
3. Washington St -2.5 vs Iowa St; O/U 58
Hardest game of the day to pick. Washington St is the more talented team but after being as high as #8 in the country and 10-2 they can not be motivated after losing to Washington and losing out on the Rose Bowl. This is not a bowl Wash St wants to be playing in and I’d be surprised if Leach gives a shit. On the other hand Iowa St is happy to be there and won 7 of their last 8 games. Also the Pac 12 has been awful in bowl games. Give me Iowa St and the points to +3.