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2011 JTG COLLEGE BOWL SEASON HEADQUARTERS

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On 12/14/2011 12:49 PM in NCAA Football
I'm coming off my best season which was 2010 where I conquered the books hitting 66% overall in posting 35 bowl games. If you want insight, writeups, breakdowns and quality picks look no further than my 2011 thread. While I will still list my picks on the tracker you will be able to find the story beyond the pick right here for those of you looking for the most solid information out there.

The action begins this Saturday with 3 bowl games throughout the day. Hope everyone enjoys a most profitable and healthy holiday season. GL!
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12/14/2011 02:48 PM
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12/15/2011 12:15 AM
Spooky and JTG combination on the bowls................how can you go wrong????

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12/15/2011 10:07 AM
Two great choices who while doing their capping independently rely solely on the information during their insight to provide you the most thought out analysis and selections throughout the next 3 weeks. The endorsements go beyond recognition and I'm coming off another near 70% season on regular season best bets. I will have all three Saturday bowl selections coming up either later today or sometime tomorrow morning. Check back later and also post on the tracker as those who sport competitive records could be subject to some pot holiday freeplays!
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12/16/2011 11:44 AM
New Mexico Bowl:
Despite posting the second of what is now a school-record three straight seasons of at least eight victories, Temple was the nation's only winning team not to receive a bowl bid in 2010 after concluding that year in disappointing fashion. The Owls ensured that it wouldn't happen again this time. Looking to extend its longest win streak of the season, Temple faces Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday.

The Owls, who finished second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference, are led by elusive tailback Bernard Pierce. The junior finished third in the FBS with a single-season school record 25 TDs and 13th with 1,381 rushing yards. Six days after running for 157 yards and three touchdowns during a 42-14 win over Army, Pierce had a season-best 189 rushing yards and another three scores in a 34-16 win over Kent State on Nov. 25. Pierce, who could be playing in his final game before going pro, seems likely to find plenty of running room against a Cowboys defense that's surrendering 230.1 rushing yards per game - sixth worst in the nation.

While Temple's ground game has been rolling, questions surround its quarterback situation. Sophomore Chris Coyer, who started the last four games, suffered a sprained shoulder in the regular-season finale and is uncertain for the bowl game. Coyer was replaced by fifth-year senior Chester Stewart, who completed all six of his passes for 94 yards. Not only will Wyoming have to contain Temple's running game, it will have to contend with the Owls' stifling defense. Temple ranks third in the nation with 13.8 points allowed per game.

Wyoming (8-4) finished third in the conference behind TCU and Boise State, beating Colorado State 22-19 on Dec. 3 to close out the regular season. The Cowboys rank fourth in the country in turnover margin at 1.25 and allowed 11 sacks - tied for 11th. Wyoming is headed back to the New Mexico Bowl for the second time in three seasons thanks in large part to Mountain West freshman of the year Brett Smith. He finished third in the conference with a 126.2 rating, throwing for 2,495 yards along with 18 TDs and eight interceptions. The Cowboys defeated Fresno State 35-28 in a double-overtime thriller Dec. 19, 2009 in Albuquerque.

When Temple decides to throw, tight end Evan Rodriguez is the No. 1 target. The senior leads the team with 33 receptions and 427 receiving yards. Rod Streater adds big-play ability to the receiving corps, averaging 18.9 yards per reception this season. Temple’s offensive line has a significant size advantage in the trenches, as the Owls average 318.8 pounds per offensive lineman, while Wyoming checks in at 270.3 per defensive lineman. Even though Wyoming may give up some yards, it has done a good job of winning the turnover battle this year. The Cowboys have forced 31 turnovers and will need to create a few to win on Saturday afternoon. Considering the Temple defense has been a strength all year, this won't be an easy matchup for Wyoming. The Owls will focus on stopping Smith especially on the ground while getting pressure on him when he throws. Also, Temple’s offense and ball-control attack will help keep the ball away from the Cowboys.

The pick: Temple -6.5 (bought half)

















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12/17/2011 08:26 AM
Idaho Potato Bowl:
Utah State (7-5) heads to Boise for its first postseason appearance since losing 35-19 to Cincinnati at the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl - also played at Bronco Stadium. The Aggies fell to 1-5 all-time in bowl games, with the only win coming over Ball State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl. Ohio (9-4) is appearing in a bowl for a third straight year for the first time in school history but has yet to win one. The Bobcats' 0-5 mark in postseason play includes three defeats under Frank Solich, who took over as coach in 2005. Solich's team lost to Southern Mississippi 28-7 in the 2007 GMAC Bowl in the school's first bowl appearance in 38 years, then fell 21-17 to Marshall in the 2009 Little Caesars Bowl and 48-21 to Troy in last year's New Orleans Bowl.

The Bobcats posted five straight victories to win the MAC's East Division before falling 23-20 to Northern Illinois in the conference championship game Dec. 2. Ohio squandered a 20-0 halftime lead and lost on a field goal as time expired, ending the Bobcats' hopes of winning their first MAC title since 1968. Utah State, which finished second in the WAC and is riding a five-game winning streak, relies on its speed and a rushing attack which averages 277.5 yards to rank sixth in the FBS. Robert Turbin is 10th in the nation with 118.0 rushing yards per game, including seven 100-yard efforts, and was named the WAC offensive player of the year. Turbin, though, was held to 159 yards on 43 carries over the last two games and didn't score a touchdown in either one after totaling 19 through the first 10 contests.

He'll face an Ohio run defense which ranked third in the MAC, allowing 126.4 yards per game, and kept two of its last four opponents under 70. The Bobcats' offense, however, was held below 400 yards for the first time in eight games in the loss to Northern Illinois and had only 130 on the ground. Sophomore Tyler Tettleton threw a career-high three interceptions and failed to throw a TD pass for the first time all season. Still, he finished with 3,082 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air, and he's also a threat on the ground after rushing for 627 yards and nine scores.

Utah State features the WAC's top-ranked defense, having allowed 368.0 yards per game. The Aggies, though, have given up an average of 429.6 during their winning streak, including 500 yards in a 21-17 win over Nevada on Nov. 26. Tettleton isn’t the only player doing damage on the ground for the Bobcats, as running back Donte Harden is 61 yards away from getting to 1,000. The senior has only two rushing scores, but is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has caught 23 passes this year. Senior LaVon Brazill is Tettleton’s go-to target in the passing game. Brazill caught 66 passes for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Riley Dunlop, Donte Foster, Jordan Thompson and Phil Bates will all factor into the receiving corps, giving the Bobcats a deep group of targets for their passing attack. Stopping Tettleton is likely to be Utah State’s No. 1 priority on defense. However, it would be a surprise if the Aggies are able to completely shut down Ohio’s offense. Utah State’s defense held its last two opponents to 21 or fewer points, but gave up at least 31 in the three prior contests.

If you are hungry for college football action this Saturday, this should be the game to watch. Both teams aren’t lacking for talent on defense, but all signs point to a high-scoring affair. The Aggies seem to have turned a corner under coach Gary Andersen and a victory over Ohio would be their eighth of the season equaling their best win total since 1979. Expect a back and forth game, but Ohio's run defense and Tettelton's success through the air should make the difference in this one.

The pick: Ohio +2



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12/17/2011 09:23 AM
New Orleans Bowl:
San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman may not receive as much recognition as the nation's other premier running backs, but he'll receive plenty of attention from Louisiana-Lafayette's defense. Hillman and the Aztecs take on the Ragin' Cajuns, who are making their first postseason appearance in 41 years, on Saturday night in the New Orleans Bowl at the Superdome. Hillman finished third this season in the FBS with 138.0 rushing yards per game, amassing 370 yards in San Diego State's final two contests. The sophomore had four touchdowns in a 35-28 win over Fresno State on Dec. 3 despite playing with a high ankle sprain.

Hillman, who has 19 rushing touchdowns this season, has run for 3,188 yards with the Aztecs (8-4). The sophomore's 1,656 yards this season surpassed Marshall Faulk for second place in school history in a single season, and Hillman is 187 yards shy of George Jones' school record set in 1995. His impact on San Diego State is clear. The Aztecs are 12-2 when Hillman rushes for at least 110 yards. He ran for 228 and totaled four touchdowns in San Diego State's 35-14 win over Navy in last year's Poinsettia Bowl.

He isn't the only threat San Diego State has, though. While not the most accurate passer, Lindley is not afraid to throw the ball. He has 398 passing attempts - 33rd in the FBS - including 120 in the last three games. The senior quarterback is a 55.4-percent career passer and completed a career-low 52.5 percent this season. However, he did throw for 2,740 yards and 20 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. Lindley has set school records in career yards (12,277), passing touchdowns (87) and completions (933). Lindley was also instrumental in San Diego State's first bowl victory since 1969 last season, completing 18 of 23 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns versus the Midshipmen. Hillman and Lindley have helped lead the Aztecs to back-to-back bowl games for the first time in the program's FBS history. In 1966 and '67, they competed in the Camellia Bowl as part of the College Division.

While San Diego State may not have much fan support, playing just a few hours outside of the Ragin' Cajuns' campus, that may be the only advantage Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) has. While Louisiana-Lafayette may be an underdog, the team has good reason to consider this season a success. After going 3-9 in 2010, the Ragin' Cajuns made an impressive turnaround in Hudspeth's first season, starting 8-2 before season-ending back-to-back losses. Hudspeth was linked to the coaching vacancy at Mississippi, but said earlier this month he would remain with Louisiana-Lafayette after guiding the program to its first bowl appearance since losing to Tennessee State in the Grantland Rice Bowl in 1970.

The Ragin' Cajuns may not be as deep as the Aztecs, but they have a credible threat in quarterback Blaine Gautier, who has thrown for 2,488 yards, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed a career-best 63.2 percent of his passes this season.Gautier's favorite target is junior receiver Javone Lawson, who had 899 yards receiving and six touchdowns. Senior tight end Ladarius Green had 485 yards and seven touchdowns.

If San Diego St can set the tone early with Hillm and it's dominant running game, it will set up short situations for Lindley against a seemingly and overmatched front seven for the Cajuns. While both teams are capable of striking quick, if La Lafayette can't duplicate it's success offensively in their first 10 games, the Aztecs should take this one by at least double digits winning the turnover battle as well as time of possession.

The Pick: San Diego St -4

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12/19/2011 04:33 PM
2-1 to start out of the gate. Shame SDSU didn't show up because it really ruined a potential sweep for us. 2-1 also on the totals from the tracker. Back up early tomorrow with a Beef O'Brady's bowl pick!
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12/20/2011 01:40 PM
Beef O'Brady's Bowl
Florida International is trying to cap its best season with just its second bowl victory. Only a dramatic touchdown in the regular-season finale allowed Marshall to even qualify. The Golden Panthers look to continue increasing their visibility as a program on the rise when they face the Thundering Herd for the first time in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday night. FIU (8-4) already has its highest single-season win total since the start of its football program in 2002, getting one more than last year when the team beat Toledo 34-32 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

The Golden Panthers were considered a doormat when coach Mario Cristobal arrived in 2007, going 1-11 after losing all 12 games a year earlier. However, back-to-back winning seasons have them gaining confidence with the program headed in the right direction. FIU enters the Beef O'Brady's Bowl averaging 33.3 points during a three-game win streak, nearly 10.0 more points than its first nine games of the season. A balanced offensive scheme has been key to the Golden Panthers' success. Wesley Carroll has thrown 14 touchdowns with just four interceptions, and has five with no picks over the last two games.

He'll attempt to cap his collegiate career with another bowl victory after coming up with a clutch performance last year. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 140 yards before leading the Golden Panthers down the field to set up Jack Griffin's game-winning 34-yard field goal as time expired. Carroll also converted a 4th-and-17 during the final drive, hitting Jacob Younger, who flipped the ball to T.Y. Hilton for the first down. Hilton is FIU's top receiver, and holds the school career records for catches (221), receiving yards (3,443), touchdowns (24) and overall scores (36). The senior hauled in 64 passes for 950 yards with seven TDs this season, ranking among Sun Belt Conference leaders in each category.

On the ground, the Golden Panthers rely on Kedrick Rhodes, who became their first 1,000-yard rusher since they moved to the FBS in 2005. The sophomore had 1,121 rushing yards with eight touchdowns.

While FIU put together a strong season from the start, Marshall (6-6) is trying to cap an impressive turnaround. The Thundering Herd won four of their final six to become bowl eligible for the first time under second-year coach Doc Holliday. In fact, they didn't gain that status until Tron Martinez's 1-yard run in overtime clinched a 34-27 win over East Carolina in the regular-season finale Nov. 26. Marshall finished second in Conference USA's East Division, one game back of No. 22 Southern Mississippi. Holliday feels the team is improving, but he's not happy with falling short of the conference title game.

The Thundering Herd forced 28 turnovers, ranking second to Memphis' 30 in the conference. The unit is led by defensive end Vinny Curry, the 2011 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Curry leads the team with 11 sacks, six forced fumbles, 21 tackles for loss and three blocked kicks. He's joined on the All-Conference USA first team by safety Omar Brown, who had four interceptions with one returned 48 yards for a TD in a 59-14 rout of UAB on Oct. 29. Quarterback Rakeem Cato is trying to conclude his freshman season with another stellar performance after he was 23 of 29 for 341 yards and two touchdowns against East Carolina.

Hilton is the best player in FIU history and one of the best the Sun Belt has ever seen. He could be picked in the top three rounds of the NFL draft. Hilton was magnificent in the season's first two weeks. He caught seven of nine passes for 132 yards and a touchdown versus North Texas, then followed that up by catching seven of nine for 201 yards and two touchdowns in their nationally-televised win over Louisville. He actually garnered a little bit of very dark dark horse Heisman buzz for his combination of smoothness and speed. But he tweaked a hamstring the next week against Central Florida, and it was downhill from there. After managing a 78 percent catch rate, 18.5 yards per target and three touchdowns in two games, Hilton averaged just a 56 percent catch rate, 6.9 yards per target and four touchdowns the rest of the way. As the season progressed, FIU was forced to become more reliant on the semi-efficient running of Rhodes than on Hilton's breathtaking explosiveness.

While Marshall's defense may be able to make enough plays to stay close, it is still uncertain whether they can actually score enough to keep up. Marshall has shown potential at times, but they have just been too damn young to succeed consistently. If Hilton is dialed in for one last game in an FIU uniform, then there will be quite a bit of star power on the field when the Golden Panthers are on offense. Marshall is difficult to figure out, but even with FIU's occasional defensive vulnerability, the Golden Panthers appear to be too athletic and experienced, especially on defense. Throw in a hefty special teams advantage, and you've got what probably won't be the most memorable bowl of the bunch. Still, tune in for one last look at T.Y. Hilton and maybe a sack or two from Vinny Curry.



The pick: Florida International -4
























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