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2009 Humanitarian Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Idaho

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Last Years Pick: Nevada -1, Loss

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Sometimes it is the lesser known bowl games that provide the most value and the Humanitarian Bowl is one of these games. Outside the home states not many people will get excited for this game because both college football teams are not household names.  

A battle of two 7-5 teams is not something to get too excited about but these teams can play some football. Idaho has a fantastic offense and they get the luck of playing pretty much a home game as they just play down the road.  

Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson has worked miracles in his first year at the helm. This team started off 1-4 on the season and then rallied down 12 points against Kent St and since then has looked great in going 7-5 and getting a bowl bid. This team had every reason to collapse but instead did the opposite and prospered. They play clean football and do very well at avoiding penalties and controlling the time of possession.  

Idaho has had flashes of brilliance but they struggle on defense and average giving up 35 points a game. On the road that number jumps to 39 points a game and in the last 3 games that ballooned to 48 points per game.  

They also have trends to match up with that weak performance. The Vandals are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up loss and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. The Falcons are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on turf. During bowl season I have learned to go with the hot hand and the better defense.

Humanitarian Bowl Pick: Bowling Green -1.5

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Past results and history of the Humanitarian Bowl:

Humanitarian Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/29/97
Cincinnati
35
Utah State
19
12/30/98
Idaho
42
Southern Miss
35
12/30/99
Boise State
34
Louisville
31
12/28/00
Boise State
38
UTEP
23
12/31/01
Clemson
49
Louisiana Tech
24
12/31/02
Boise State
34
Iowa State
16
1/3/04
Georgia Tech
52
Tulsa
10
12/27/04
Fresno ST. (OT)
37
Virginia
34
12/28/05
Boston College
27
Boise State
21
12/31/06
Miami (Fla.)
21
Nevada
20
12/31/07
Fresno State
40
Georgia Tech
28
12/30/08
Maryland
42
Nevada
35
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