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    Quick Lane Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
    Date & Time: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM ET
    Spread: Duke -5.5
    Over/Under Total: 47.5
    Quick Pick: Northern Illinois +6 (Buy up half point)

    The 2017 Quick Lane Bowl will take place on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 5:15 PM ET from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Duke Blue Devils will take on the Northern Illinois Huskies and the game can be watched on ESPN.

    Quick Lane Bowl

    The Quick Lane Bowl is played annually during NCAA Bowl Season at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

    This bowl has been played since 2014 and was formerly known as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. The Quick Lane Bowl has traditionally been played on the day after Christmas on December 26, 2017.
    The bowl tie-ins for the Quick Lane Bowl are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Big 10 however either conference is unable to provide their allotted team, the Mid-American Conference will act as an alternative, as they did this year with Northern Illinois.
    This year the ACC will provide the Duke Blue Devils, while the Mid-American Conference will provide the Northern Illinois Huskies. This is the first time that the Blue Devils and the Huskies will play in the Quick Lane Bowl.

    Previous Matchup History

    This will be the first time that the Duke Blue Devils and the Northern Illinois Huskies will play each other in the history of the two programs.

    Duke Blue Devils 6-6 (Atlantic Coast Conference)

    The Duke Blue Devils finished up their regular season going 6-6 SU and 6-5-1 ATS. Duke finished up in 4th place in the ACC’s Coastal Conference with a 3-5 conference record, behind Miami, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Duke went 4-3 at home but only 2-3 on the road this year.
    The Blue Devils needed to win the final two games of their regular season just to become bowl eligible after losing 6 games straight from September 29 thru November 11. The Blue Devils took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 18 and won the game 43-20 to leave their final game of the year against Wake Forest, on the road, a must win situation to continue their season and play in a bowl.
    QB Daniel Jones stepped up in the game against Wake Forest and passed for 346 yards in the game to lead the Blue Devils over the Yellow Jackets and make them bowl eligible. Jones struggled with control in the game against the Yellow Jackets, throwing 3 INT’s compared to only 2 touchdowns. Jones also ran for a touchdown in the game. Jones has had his issues with control throughout the year, completing only 55.7% of his passes for 2439 yards, 12 touchdowns but also 11 INT’s.
    Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe put some minds to rest when he announced at the conclusion of the Wake Forest game that he was not interested in coaching the Tennessee Volunteers and stated that he planned on finishing his career as a Duke Blue Devil.Tennessee had reached out to Cutcliffe to express their interest in him being a potential coach of the Volunteers and he respectfully declined their offer.
    Cutcliffe will now begin preparing his team for the Quick Lane Bowl. Cutcliffe is 5-4 in bowl games as head coach and Duke has appeared in a total of 12 bowl games, going 4-8 in those bowl games. Duke will be playing in their 5th bowl game in the last 6 years, going 1-3 in the 4 previous games.

    Northern Illinois Huskies 8-4 (Mid-American Conference)

    The Northern Illinois Huskies wrapped up the regular season, going 8-4 SU and 6-6 ATS. They finished in 4th place in the Mid-American Conference (West) with a 6-2 conference record. The Huskies had a chance to finish in 2nd place in the conference but they fell short in the final game of the year against Central Michigan.
    The Huskies had the lead, late in the 4th quarter, and had Central Michigan with their backs against the wall on 4th and 4 from the Huskies 29 yards line. All Northern Illinois needed to do was hold them for one more play and they would finish the season with a 9 win season but the Chippewas had other things in mind.
    Central Michigan QB Shane Morris connected with Corey Willis for a touchdown and subsequently the game winner. The Huskie defense was strong in the first half, holding the Chippewas to just 4 first downs and 35 total yards. They took a 17-0 lead into the second half of the game but sort of stopped playing defense and allowed the Chippewas to fight their way back into the game and eventually win the game.
    The Huskies defense shined this year, anchored by DE Sutton Smith. Smith leads the nation with 73 QB pressures and 91.6 pass-rush grade. Sutton made the first team Walter Camp All-American this year and will now set his sights on a QB that folds under pressure.

    Quick Lane Bowl Handicapping

    The key to winning for Duke is finding ways to score points. In their 6 wins this year, they averaged 39.3 points per game but in their 6 losses, they only averaged 12.1 points per game. This all starts with QB Jones and controlling the football. You simply can NOT throw as many interceptions as you do touchdowns and expect to score points and better yet, win football games!
    Keeping in mind that the Blue Devils throw as many INT’s as TD’s, now add in the fact that Sutton will be applying pressure off the end all day on Jones! That in it of itself is a recipe for disaster! To make things even worse for the Blue Devils, they will prepare for the Quick Lane Bowl without Offensive Line Coach Marcus Johnson, who was hired as Mississippi’s Offensive Line Coach, to help boost the O’Line in preparation for Sutton and the Huskies Defense!
    This line has had some early movement with most online sportsbooks opening the line at Duke -2.5 but it has now risen to anywhere from Duke -4, all the way to Duke -5.5. This is why it is so important to have multiple online sportsbooks to choose from because you are basically able to pick what sportsbook and what your line will be. If you are going with the favorite, you want to look for the lowest live available and if you are playing the dog, you naturally want to pick the largest spread available.

    Spooky Selection

    Our system predicts that Northern Illinois will win this game by nearly a touchdown. We recommend that you bet this game at BetDSI, where they have the line at Duke -5.5. We will be buying the half point to move the line to 6 points and playing Northern Illinois +6. Bet ‘em and forget ‘em!!!!

    Also, since our system has the Huskies winning this game outright, don’t be afraid to play the Huskies on the moneyline, where you can find them anywhere from +170 to +180, depending on the sportsbook.

    Spooky Express Pick: Northern Illinois +6 (Buy the extra half point)

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

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    Cactus Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona
    Date & Time: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET
    Spread: Kansas State -2
    Over/Under Total: 63.5
    Quick Pick: Kansas State -2

    The Kansas State Wildcats will take on the UCLA Bruins in this year’s Cactus Bowl on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET. This game is being played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and can be watched on ESPN.

    Cactus Bowl

    The Cactus Bowl is an annual football bowl game that has been played since 1989.

    The Cactus Bowl has operated under numerous other names including the Copper Bowl, Domino’s Pizza Copper Bowl, Weiser Lock Copper Bowl, Insight Bowl, Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, TicketCity Cactus Bowl and the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

    This bowl game is always played in the State of Arizona but the location has changed multiple times over the years. This bowl is played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona this year but in the past was played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix and Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

    The Cactus Bowl has tie-ins with the Big 12 and Pac 12 but has also had teams from the WAC and Big East in years past. This year, the Big 12 will provide the Kansas State Wildcats, while the Pac 12 will provide the UCLA Bruins.

    Kansas State has played in this bowl more than any other team in the history of the bowl, going 2-1 in their 3 previous appearances. The Wildcats have wins over Michigan in 2013 by the score of 31-14 and Wyoming in 1993 by the score 52-17. Their only loss in the Cactus Bowl came in 2001 when they lost to the Syracuse Orange 26-3. This will be the first time the UCLA Bruins have appeared in the Cactus Bowl.

    Previous Matchup History

    The Kansas State Wildcats and the UCLA Bruins have faced each other 3 times in the history of the 2 programs, with the Bruins holding a 2-1 edge over the Wildcats. The most recent matchup featured these two teams in the 2015 Valero Alamo Bowl, where UCLA won a high scoring game 40-35. In the two prior games, in 2009 and 2010’s regular season, the teams split the games with each team winning on their home field. UCLA won in 2009 23-9 and Kansas State won in 2010 31-22.

    Kansas State Wildcats 7-5 (Big 12)

    The Kansas State Wildcats finished up the regular season with a 7-5 Su and 5-6-1 ATS record. The Wildcats wrapped up the season by winning 4 of the last 5 games SU but only covered the spread in 2 of those games. The Wildcats came into the final two games of the year, needing to win at least 1 game over either Iowa State or Oklahoma State to become bowl eligible. K-State not only won one of the games, they swept both teams to improve their record to 7-5 and to become bowl eligible.

    This will be the 8th straight bowl appearance for Kansas State. The Wildcats have played in 20 bowl games in their history and have a record of 8-12. They won their bowl game last year over the Texas A&M Aggies in the Texas Bowl by the score 33-28.

    The Wildcats have gone 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games. They are also only 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games that were played on a neutral site. The Wildcats have not been a team you want to bet on when they are facing the Pac 12. In those Pac 12 matchups, the Wildcats have gone 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Pac 12 teams.

    The Wildcats will be playing the Cactus Bowl without Offensive Coordinator Dana Dimel. Dimel has been hired to fill the vacant UTEP head coaching position and therefore can not be a part of the bowl season. That being said, this is Bill Snyder football and that hasn’t changed over the years and probably won’t change in the bowl game.

    The Wildcats had 3 quarterbacks combined for 2177 yards but the truth be told that Kansas State and Bill Snyder use the QB spot more as another running back in the backfield than they do a passer. The Wildcats used those same 3 QB’s to complete 145 passes in the 2017 season but they also ran the ball 209 times, which is more than the amount of passes they completed!

    The Wildcats started out the year with Jesse Ertz at QB but he injured his knee and subsequently had surgery which ended his season. Then came sophomore Alex Delton who played well but was also ended up getting injured in the season, which made room for Freshman Skylar Thompson. Thompson has a better QB completion percentage than both Ertz and Delton and has thrown for better numbers overall than Delton. It is anticipated that Thompson will start the bowl game for the Wildcats.

    UCLA Bruins 6-6 (Pac-12)

    If their regular season home/away splits are any indication of how the UCLA Bruins will play in this bowl season, it will not be good! The Bruins were 6-6 SU and 4-8 ATS this year. They were undefeated at 6-0 at home but were winless on the road going 0-6. They basically won all their home games and lost all their road games in 2017.

    The day after the Bruins dropped their 6th game of the year to the USC Trojans, former head coach Jim Mora was terminated, leaving Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch with the task of somehow pulling the team together to win the final game of the year to become bowl eligible. Fisch pulled off the impossible and the Bruins beat Cal 30-27 to head to the Cactus Bowl.

    UCLA has appeared in 35 bowl games in their history and have a 16-18-1 record in those games. In their last bowl game, they faced off against these same Kansas State Wildcats, winning a close game 40-35. The Bruins have gone 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.

    Much of the talk in UCLA is the hype surrounding the newly hired head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly will take over a team that was ranked 21st on offense and he will add a new dimension on offense that could move them over the hump and contend in the Pac 12. Current Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch will coach the Bruins in the Cactus Bowl.

    There have been rumors spreading rampant about what Bruins QB Josh Rosen will do at the end of the year. Rosen is a NFL prospect that has received much attention over the year and has been talked about being a top 5 draft selection all year. Rosen took to Twitter to ask the media to stop spreading false news about his intentions to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.

    For Rosen, returning for his senior year would be very risky. There are many things that could happen to him that could affect his pro career such as he could get injured, he may not fit the mold in Chip Kelly’s offense and thus struggle decreasing his value or he may simply lose value as other QB’s in the class make themselves available. It will be very interesting to see what Rosen ends up doing but one thing is for sure, he will be playing in the Cactus Bowl, with at least one more game to shine.

    Cactus Bowl Handicapping

    It is always tough for a new head coach or a replacement head coach to come in and be expected to win a bowl game but that is exactly what will be expected of former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Fisch met with newly hired head coach Chip Kelly and the topic of that conversation had to be something to do with Fisch’s future. Will he stay….will he go? Only time will tell but a win here at the Cactus Bowl with an impressive offensive performance could improve his chances of remaining on as offensive coordinator.

    Spooky’s Selection

    We are predicting Kansas State will win this game by nearly a touchdown. This match-up at Bookmaker is Kansas State -2 and 63.5. We recommend you playing this game early just in case Rosen does skip the game in favor of entering the NFL draft. If that happens, this line will most likely go up! Play it early.

    <b>Spooky Express Pick: Kansas State -2</b>

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

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    Walk On’s Independence Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana
    Date & Time: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET
    Spread: Florida State -15.5
    Over/Under Total: 49
    Quick Pick: Southern Miss +16 (Buy up half point)
    The 2017 Walk On’s Independence Bowl is being played on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET. The game is being played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana between Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Florida State Seminoles.
    Walk On’s Independence Bowl

    The Walk On’s Independence Bowl is one of the oldest active bowl’s being played with it’s inaugural game played way back in 1976.

    The Independence Bowl is played each year at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Independence Bowl gets its name from the inaugural year the game was played in 1976, the same year as the US Bicentennial.
    The Independence Bowl has conference tie-ins with the SEC and the ACC. If there isn’t a team eligible from either one of these conferences, the selection committee can go outside to the Mountain West or the Conference USA. This year, Florida State will represent the ACC, while Southern Miss will represent the Conference USA.
    Florida State will be making their debut in the Independence Bowl but Southern Miss is not only experienced, they are undefeated at 2-0. The Golden Eagles appeared in this bowl in 1980 against McNeese State and won by the score of 16-14 and also played here in 1988 where they beat UTEP 38-18.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Florida State Seminoles and Southern Miss Golden Eagles are familiar foes, facing each other 22 times in the history of the two programs. Florida State holds a 13-8-1 edge in win/loss/ties over Southern Miss. The two teams haven’t played each other since 1996, when the Seminoles won 54-14.
    Southern Miss Golden Eagles 8-4 (Conference USA)

    The Southern Miss Golden Eagles finished up the regular season 8-4 SU and ATS. Southern Miss ended up in 2nd place with a 6-2 Conference USA (West) record. They were a very strong team to bet on when they were on the road this year, going 5-1 on the road. The Golden Eagles won their final 3 games of the regular season by the combined score of 137-82.
    The Golden Eagles ended the regular season by winning on the road over Marshall 28-27 on a failed 2 point conversion attempt by Marshall with 1:15 left in the game. Golden Eagles RB Ito Smith rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Kwadra Griggs threw three touchdowns in the game.
    Griggs has taken over the QB spot, passing for 1793 yards and completing 56% of his pass attempts in 9 games. Griggs was very safe with the ball this year only throwing 2 interceptions compared to his 15 touchdowns. Senior RB Ito Smith has rushed 232 times this year for 1323 yards and 13 touchdowns.
    Southern Miss has split their 22 bowl games in school history. They are 11-11 (.500) and will be playing in the 3rd consecutive bowl game. The Golden Eagles are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.

    Florida State Seminoles 6-6 (Atlantic Coast Conference)

    The Florida State Seminoles had anything but a Seminole type of season. They needed to win the final 3 games of the regular season just to keep their consecutive bowl streak alive. Thankfully for the Seminoles, they planned an easy ending to their schedule with Delaware State, Florida and Louisiana-Monroe being their final 3 games of the regular season.
    The Seminoles beat up on the low level Delaware State 77-6 and then headed to an in-state rivalry game against Florida. Seminoles beat the Gators 38-22 before coming into the last game against La-Monroe. The Seminoles cruised in the game to a 42-10 win, to make them bowl eligible. This three game win streak that the Seminoles put together was the first time all season that they won consecutive games.
    The Seminoles ended up 6-6 SU but only 3-7-2 ATS. They played 8 of their 12 games under the posted total. The Seminoles are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. They are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games that were played in neutral sites.
    Florida State has played in 47 bowl and are 27-16-2 in those games. They have gone 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 bowl games and come into this bowl game on a 35 game bowl streak. This is their 36th consecutive bowl game!
    As many of you know, Jimbo Fisher jumped off the sinking ship in Florida State and headed out west to take over the head coaching job at Texas A&M. The Seminoles have since hired in Willie Taggart as the head coach. Interim Head Coach Odell Haggins will coach the Seminoles in the Independence Bowl. Haggins led the team in the final game of the year and was very emotional after the game. Haggins will lead the team in the bowl but made it abundantly clear that Taggart is the head coach of the Seminoles and is directing him on how he wants the game directed.
    The Seminoles defense will be without sophomore Safety Derwin James, who will bypass the bowl game in favor of declaring himself eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Seminoles defense is ranked 24th in the FBS and
    Bowl Handicapping

    It’s kind of hard not feeling bad for Florida State with the way Jimbo Fisher left but it is what it is. That being said, this team is a complete mess! They walked over the last 3 opponents but let’s not get carried away and forget who they are? Florida had a terrible year, Delaware State doesn’t belong on the same field and La Monroe was a cupcake opponent to finish the season.
    They will now try to find a way to contain a dual threat of Griggs and Smith. If the Seminoles stack the box and try to prevent Ito Smith from running on them, QB Griggs will pick apart the secondary. If they try to double up the corners, Ito Smith will find holes and run on the defensive front.
    Then, there is always that question of how will the Seminoles offense perform? In 5 games, they were held to three or less touchdowns? Too many questions surround the Seminoles and the deck is stacked against them.
    Spooky’s Selection

    We think Southern Miss could pull off a huge bowl upset here in the Independence Bowl. Obviously we are going to take the points with Southern Miss but we will buy up that half point to make it Southern Miss +16. Also, don’t sweat playing the moneyline here on Southern Miss. Many of the online sportsbooks have the Golden Eagles at +510, which would be a nice little payday for us on the bowl season!
    Spooky Express Pick: Southern Miss +16 (Buy up half point) and play moneyline!!!
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    New Era Pinstripe Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: New York Yankees Stadium in New York, New York
    Date & Time: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 5:15 PM ET
    Spread: Iowa -3
    Over/Under Total: 46
    Quick Pick: Iowa (MoneyLine)
    The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will take place on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 5:15 PM ET and can be watched on ESPN. This year, the Iowa Hawkeyes will take on the Boston College Eagles in a ACC vs. Big 10 battle!
    New Era Pinstripe Bowlz

    The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is a rather new bowl that has only been played since 2010.

    The Pinstripe Bowl is played at New York Yankee Stadium and is basically organized and operated by the New York Yankee organization.
    The Pinstripe Bowl features tie-ins with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Big 12 Conference. This year, Boston College will represent the ACC, while Iowa will represent the Big 12. This will be the second time that Boston College has played in the Pinstripe Bowl. They took on Penn State back in 2014, losing the game in overtime 31-30. This will be the first time Iowa has appeared in the Pinstripe Bowl.
    Previous Matchup History

    This will be the first ever matchup between the Boston College Eagles and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
    Iowa Hawkeyes 7-5 (Big 10)

    The Iowa Hawkeyes finished up the regular season with a 7-5 SU and 5-6-1 ATS record. Iowa was a hit or miss team this year, winning tough games against Ohio State by complete domination by the score of 55-24 and going down to the final play of the game in a close loss to Penn State 21-19, yet losing games that they should have won to lower level teams like Purdue 24-15? They finished in 3rd place in the Big 10 (West) behind Wisconsin and Northwestern, both of which were teams that the Hawkeyes lost to.
    Iowa ended the regular season on a winning note, destroying the Nebraska Cornhuskers 56-14. Akrum Wadley ran for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns, while the Hawkeyes posted 28 points in less than 7 minutes. TE Noah Fant set a career high in the game, catching three passes for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Hawkeyes offense combined for a total of 505 yards in the game and completely dominated the Cornhuskers in the second half.
    Iowa has played in 30 bowl games in the history of the program. In those 30 games, they have a record of 14-15-1(.483). The Hawkeyes have lost 5 consecutive bowl games SU and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. They are also 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Hawkeyes are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
    Open up any media source and research this game and you will certainly see headlines about Iowa Safety Brandon Snyder being arrested on Sunday for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. Here is my thoughts on this…..in 2017, he played 1 game and only 1 game so why does it matter? This is just another example of the media making a mountain out of a molehill. Yes, it was wrong of him and he should be processed through the judicial system but how does this affect this game? It doesn’t…move on.

    Boston College 7-5 (Atlantic Coast Conference)

    The Boston College Eagles wrapped up their regular season with a 7-5 SU and 8-3-1 ATS record. The Eagles were a decent team to play on the road this year, going 5-1 in the 6 road games this year. The Eagles have not cost bettors a loss since way back in September. They have covered the spread in 8 of their last 9 games overall and have been one of the hottest teams in the nation to bet on this season.
    Boston College is a tough team to take on when they are playing on a neutral site. They are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games. They are also 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games. Now that we told you the good….let’s talk about the bad! They are 1-4 ATS against teams from the Big 10 and they are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
    The Boston College run defense is not ranked high, actually they are towards the bottom of the rankings at 102nd but they have the best defensive end at stopping the run in Zach Allen. Allen had 42 defensive stop in run defense this year, which is 4 more than the next closest defender. Allen is a beast off the edge and will be a handful for Iowa to run on that side.
    On offense, the Eagles are led by freshman RB AJ Dillon. Dillon ran 268 times for 1432 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. Dillon played in all 12 games this year and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. Dillon was named to the ESPN Freshman All-American on Monday morning and fell just short to 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson for the most yards in the ACC.
    New Era Pinstripe Bowl Handicapping

    This game will come down to who can run the ball effectively. Iowa has a running back that is capable of taking over the game in Akrum Wadley. Wadley is the workhorse for the Hawkeyes and they will use him early and often. Wadley will run against the opposite side of where Zach Allen lines up and as we stated earlier, Boston College struggles stopping the run! If Wadley can get going early, it will force Boston College out of their game and force them to adjust to the game flow early.
    Spooky’s Selection

    We have Iowa winning a close game by a field goal. Bookmaker has this game at Iowa -3, which makes it a complete wash. This will lead us to playing the Iowa Hawkeyes as a moneyline play since we won’t give 3 points in a close game. We will play the moneyline and take it to the bank in a hard fought game.
    Spooky Express Pick: Iowa (Moneyline)
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    Foster Farms Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
    Date & Time: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
    Spread: Arizona Wildcats -3.5
    Over/Under Total: 65
    Quick Pick: Purdue Boilermakers +4 (Buy up half point) and Purdue Moneyline

    The Arizona Wildcats will meet up with the Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl. This game is being played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and can be watched on FOX.
    Foster Farms Bowl

    The Foster Farms Bowl is an annual bowl played since 2002. The Foster Farms Bowl has previously been played under numerous other names including the Fight Hunger Bowl, Diamond Foods, Inc., San Francisco Bowl, Emerald Bowl and the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl.

    The Foster Farms Bowl has conference tie-ins with the PAC-12 and the Big Ten. This year, the PAC-12 provide the Arizona Wildcats while the Purdue Boilermakers will represent the Big Ten. This will be the 1st time in the history of the Foster Farms Bowl that Arizona or Purdue will appear in the bowl. If you’re looking for a slight edge between the conferences, the PAC-12 is 7-3 while the Big Ten is 2-2.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Arizona Wildcats and the Purdue Boilermakers have played each other two times in the history of the programs. Purdue has won both matchups, winning in 2005 in Tucson, Arizona by the score 31-24 and in 2003 at home in West Lafayette, Indiana by the score of 59-7. Purdue not only won both games outright, but they covered the spread in both games.
    Arizona Wildcats 7-5 (PAC-12)

    The Arizona Wildcats come into this game 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS. They played an even .500 on the road going 3-3 on the year. The Wildcats finished in 3rd place in the PAC-12 South with a 5-4 Conference record. The main question surrounding Arizona is what will their momentum be heading into this bowl game knowing that they lost 3 out of their last 4 games overall to end the season.
    The Wildcats lost the last 3 games on the road against the USC Trojans, Oregon Ducks, and Arizona State Sun Devils. Their defense simply couldn’t stop anyone from scoring towards the end of the year allowing a combined 137 points in those 3 losses. Their defense allowed over 35 points per game on average for the year. They simply cannot allow teams to score 35 points and expect to win football games.
    Arizona Wildcats Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is all-too-familiar with the Purdue Boilermakers from his time as Head Coach of the Michigan Wolverines from 2008-2010. Rodriguez went 1-2 in his 3 years as Michigan Head Coach. Not only is Rodriguez’s record not a winning one but his relationship with the Purdue organization has always been questionable.
    Back in 2008, many of you will remember that Purdue coach Joe Tiller and Rich Rodriguez had words in regards to recruiting. Rodriguez had better success with recruiting players and Tiller made the comment in the media, “if we had early signing date, you wouldn’t have another outfit with a guy in a wizard hat, selling snake oil, get a guy at the last minute but that’s what happened”. Tiller was referring to losing a football recruit to Rodriguez and Michigan.
    The Wildcats will be led by quarterback Khalil Tate who is averaging 10.2 yards per carry and leads the nation in that category taken beat you with his legs or his arm as he is a dual threat quarterback that is mobile, agile and tough to bring down. Tate completed 61.4% of his passes for 1289 yards. Tate through 9 touchdown passes but he also had issues with control, throwing 8 interceptions. Tate appeared in 10 games and rush the ball 133 times for another 1353 yards and 12 more touchdowns.
    The Arizona Wildcats have played in 21 bowl games in the history of the program. They have an overall record of 11-9-1 in those bowl games. Arizona missed the bowl season last year and their last bowl game came in 2015 when they beat the New Mexico Lobos in the New Mexico bowl by the score 45-37.That being said, the trends recommend avoiding Arizona in this game due to the fact that they are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 bowl games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games played in the month of December and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games played on a neutral site.

    Purdue Boilermakers 6-6 (BIG 10)

    The Purdue Boilermakers finished up the regular season at .500 with a 6-6 SU and 8-4 ATS record. PUrdue played 9 of their 12 games under the posted total this year. The Boilermakers finished the regular season in fourth-place in the Big Ten West Conference and ended the season winning 3 out of their last 4 games.
    Purdue one those games by playing tough defense and slowing down the game. There defense allowed the 16.33 points per game in those final 3 wins over Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. The Boilermakers have been a very strong play against non-conference opponents. In their last 4 non-conference games they have gone 4-0 ATS. They have also had some recent success against the PAC-12, going 3-1-1 ATS against teams from the PAC-12.
    The Purdue Boilermakers have played in 17 bowl games, having gone 9-8 in those games. This is the 1st year the boilermakers have gone bowling since the 2012 season when they lost to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the heart of Dallas bowl by the score 58-14.
    David Blough and Elijah Sindelar co-started the 1st 8 out of 9 games of the year at quarterback for the Boilermakers but when Blough went down with a season ending ankle injury, Sindelar took over under center for the Boilermakers permanently. Sindelar has really opened up the offense and has taken this team from predominantly run heavy offense to a more well-rounded offense that is averaging nearly 40 pass attempts per game. He has thrown 7 touchdown passes in the last 3 games compared to only one interception in 126 passing attempts. On the year, Sindelar has completed 55.8% of his passes for 1703 yards, 14 touchdowns and 6 INT’s.
    Foster Farms Bowl Handicapping

    This game comes down to one offense controlling the clock and preventing turnovers against another team that simply isn’t playing defense right now. Since Elijah Sindelar has taken over the full-time starting quarterback job at Purdue, they’ve done a really good job at controlling the ball and not turning the ball over.
    They are now passing the ball much more in this offense and that should farewell for them knowing the fact that Arizona’s defense has been thrashed in the 2nd half of the season. If past indications tell us anything and if history repeats itself, Purdue should raise their all-time record over Arizona to 3-0.
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system is calling for an outright upset in this game with Purdue winning by a touchdown. GTbets has the line in this game at Arizona -3.5. Due to the fact that we think Purdue will win this game, we will buy the half point up and take Purdue +4 points. We will also be playing the Moneyline, where you can get it from anywhere from +140 to +150. Take the points, the moneyline and cash it all in! .
    Spooky Express Pick: Purdue Boilermakers +4 and play them as a Moneyline Dog!
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    Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
    Date & Time: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET
    Spread: Missouri -3
    Over/Under Total: 60.5
    Quick Pick: Missouri -3

    The Texas Longhorns will square off with the Missouri Tigers in this year’s Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl. This bowl game is being played at the energy Stadium Houston, Texas on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9:00 PM Eastern time. This game can be watched on ESPN. BetOnline has the spread in this game at Missouri Tigers -3 and the total of 60 1/2.
    Academy Sports & Outdoors Bowl

    The Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl is an annual football bowl game that is played annually in Houston, Texas at the NRG Stadium.

    The Texas Bowl has been played since 2006, under various other names. The Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl has been played under the names Meineke Car Care Bowl, Advocare Bowl and now under its current sponsorship, Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl.
    The Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl has conference tie-ins with the BIG 12 Conference and the SEC Conference. This year, the Texas Longhorns will represent the BIG 12 Conference while the Missouri Tigers represent the SEC.
    Both the Longhorns and the Tigers have appeared in the Texas Bowl in the past, with both teams losing their only appearance. In 2009, the Missouri Tigers were defeated by the Navy Midshipmen by the score 35-13. In 2014, the Texas Longhorns were defeated by the Arkansas Razorbacks by the score 31-7 in front of a record-breaking 71,000 fans.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Texas Longhorns and the Missouri Tigers are familiar foes playing each other 23 times over the history of the 2 schools. In the 23 games, the Texas Longhorns hold a decisive edge with a 17-6 record over the Missouri Tigers. Missouri won the last matchup, back in 2011 17-5, but overall Texas has won 15 out of the last 17 games against the Tigers.
    Texas Longhorns 6-6 (BIG 12)

    The Texas Longhorns finished up the regular season at 6-6 SU and 7-4-1 ATS. They had their struggles this year under first-year head coach Tom Herman. Herman was hired at the end of last year and expectations were high in Austin, Texas. They opened up the season allowing the Maryland terrapins to put up 51 points on the Longhorns by completely thrashing the defense. They followed that up with splitting their next 6 games, going 3-3. That left them needing to win 3 out of their last 5 games to end the season bowl eligible.
    The Longhorns recorded wins over Baylor and West Virginia, both on the road, and dominated Kansas at home to become bowl eligible and to prevent the 2017 season from being a complete wash.
    The Longhorns have been a defensive oriented team this year. They played 8 out of their last 10 games under the posted total. When it comes to defense for the Longhorns, they are really good up front at stopping the run but they are also really bad at secondary at stopping the pass. Teams that strictly pass the ball dominated the Longhorns 108th ranked passing defense but teams that tried to run against Texas’s 6th ranked rushing defense greatly struggled!
    The Longhorns have gone 27-24-2 in their 53 bowl appearances in the history of the school. Texas have a decent amount of trends supporting them in this bowl game. They have been a very strong team to bet on in these neutral site match ups. They are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. They have also gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. One trend that is not supportive of the Longhorns is the fact that they are only 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against teams from the SEC.

    Missouri Tigers 7-5 (SEC)

    The Missouri Tigers are 7-5 on the year and covered the spread in 7 out of the last 8 games overall. The Tigers 2017 college football season was a tale of 2 halves of the year. In the 1st 6 games of the season, Missouri went 1-5. In the 2nd half of the season, the Tigers went 6-0. The difference is clear to see, offense offense offense! In the 1st 6 games the season, the Wildcats averaged 27 points per game but in the 2nd half of the season they averaged 51 points per game, nearly doubling their offensive output in the 1st half.
    That offensive increase has rested on the shoulders of QB Drew Lock. Lock has gone from being relatively untalked about to now being talked about at the same time as the likes of Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold as being a NFL caliber quarterback.
    The Tigers offensive explosion in the second half of the season also has to be credited to former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who recently accepted a position to take over the head coaching vacancy at Central Florida. The Tigers have not named a replacement for Heupel but head coach Barry Odom stated that the Tigers will continue to play a fast pace, same style offense in the bowl game because that is what the Tigers players are used to.
    The Tigers are 15-16 in school history in bowl games. They haven’t appeared since 2014, when they faced the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Citrus Bowl. They won that game 33-17, as well as their prior two bowls to come into the Academy Sports & Outdoor Bowl with a 3 game bowl game win streak.
    Academy Sports & Outdoors Bowl Handicapping

    This game is pretty cut and dry. Missouri is going to play at an extremely fast pace and tire this Texas Longhorn defense out, very similar to what the Maryland Terps did in game 1 of the season. Drew Lock is going to air it out, which will force the Longhorns to adjust their secondary, which will open up the plethora of running backs that Missouri will use to keep the Longhorns on the toes.
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system has Missouri winning this game in a close one by a field goal. 5Dimes has this game at Missouri -3 and the total at 60.5. We will play the Missouri Tigers as a moneyline play as one of our biggest plays of the bowl season. Play the moneyline and cash it in!!!
    Spooky Express Pick: Missouri on the Moneyline

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    Military Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET
    Spread: Virginia Cavaliers -1.5
    Over/Under Total: 55
    Quick Pick: Navy Midshipmen +2 (Buy up half point)
    The Navy Midshipmen will take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET in the 2017 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. The Military Bowl will played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland and will be aired on ESPN.
    Military Bowl

    The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman is an annual college football bowl game played each year during the NCAA’s College Bowl Season. The Military Bowl has been around since 2008, when it was called the Congressional Bowl and then played as the EagleBank Bowl.

    The Military Bowl features teams with tie-ins to the Atlantic Coastal Conference and American Athletic Conference. This year, the Military Bowl will feature the Navy Midshipmen against the Virginia Cavaliers.
    Navy has played in the Military Bowl 2 previous times, splitting their 2 games winning one and losing one. Navy beat the Pittsburgh Panthers 44-28 in 2015 but lost in the inaugural game in 2008 against Wake Forest 29-19. This will be the first time the Virginia Cavaliers have played in the Military Bowl.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Virginia Cavaliers and the Navy Midshipmen are familiar with each other, having played each other 39 times in the past. The Midshipmen and Cavaliers haven’t played each other since 1994, when the Virginia Cavaliers defeated Navy 47-10 in Annapolis, Md. Virginia has won the last 5 games straight against Navy and 8 out of the last 11 matchups overall. In the past 4 games between the Cavaliers and Midshipmen, Navy has only scored 20 points total combined.
    Virginia Cavaliers 6-6 (ACC)

    The Virginia Cavaliers come into the bowl game with a 6-6 SU and ATS record. They finished the season in 5th place in the ACC’s Coastal Conference with a 3-5 conference record. The Cavaliers lost their final 3 games of the year against Louisville, Miami and Virginia Tech. In the final game of the year, against the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Cavaliers were shut out 10-0.
    The Cavaliers have appeared in 18 bowl games and have a 7-11 record in those games. This will be the first time the Cavaliers have played in a bowl since 2011 when they lost to the Auburn Tigers 43-24. They have lost their last 2 bowls and 3 out of their last 4 overall.
    Cavaliers Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall was recently mentioned as a candidate for the Oregon State Coaching job but immediately shot down any speculation by stating that he is not interested in the job. Mendenhall is in his second year as head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers. Mendenhall has taken the Cavaliers from a 2-11 team last year to a 6-6 team this year.

    Navy Midshipmen 6-6 (American Athletic Conference)

    The Navy Midshipmen finished the regular season 6-6 SU and 5-5-2 ATS. Navy finished the year in 4th place in the AAC West with a 4-4 conference record. They played 8 of their 12 games under the posted total, thanks to their running offense that chews up the clock. The Midshipmen started out the year 5-0 but ended the season on a complete reversal of fortune by going 1-6 to end the season. They finished the year at 4-4 in the AAC West, which was good enough for 4th place in the conference.
    The Midshipmen ended the year by losing an emotional game in the snow against the Army Black Knights 14-13. They actually lost their last 3 games of the year and 6 of the last 7 games overall.
    The Midshipmen are no doubt a run heavy team and if you want to stop them, you have to base your game plan on stopping the run. That all starts with QB Zach Abey and RB Malcolm Perry. Abey has ran the ball 280 times for 1325 yards and 14 touchdowns. Perry has ran the ball 122 times for 1068 yards and 9 touchdowns. Between those two running the option, they are able to find holes in the defense and rack up the yardage in games.
    The Midshipmen have appeared in 20 bowl games in the history of the program and have compiled a 9-10-1 record. The Midshipmen lost last year in the Armed Forces Bowl to La Tech 48-45. Prior to that game, they were on a 3 game winning streak in the bowl season. Navy has gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games.
    Military Bowl Handicapping

    Both of these teams have local ties in the area and both should have a decent turnout of fans in the seats. It is basically a home game for Navy but Virginia is only a few hours west of the location. Navy will get the nod for home field due to the fact…..well, it is their home field!
    Virginia have struggled stopping the run. They have the 81st ranked defense in the NCAA allowing 178.3 yards per game. Those yards were compiled against rushing teams that don’t run the ball nearly as much as Navy. No matter how good the defense is, Navy is a tough offense to plan for and to try to contain. Virginia will find themselves with a major headache trying to stop this running game and we just don’t see it happening.
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system tells us that this will be a very close game with the Midshipmen winning by a field goal. BetOnline has this game at Virginia Cavaliers -1.5 and the total of 55. Buy the extra half point and take the points here with Navy +2. Also play the moneyline here with Navy as we have them winning by a field goal.
    Spooky Express Pick: Navy +2 and MoneyLine Dog!!!

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    Camping World Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 5:15 PM ET
    Spread: Oklahoma State -4.5
    Over/Under Total: 63
    Quick Pick:Virginia Tech +5 (Buy up half point)

    The Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in this year’s Camping World Bowl. This game is being played on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 5:15 PM ET at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and can be watched on ESPN.
    Camping World Bowl

    The 2017 Camping World Bowl is an annual college football bowl that is played in Orlando, Florida. This bowl is one of the oldest bowls actively being played and has been around since 1990. The Camping World Bowl has been played under numerous other names such as the Blockbuster Bowl, Carquest Bowl, Micron PC Bowl, Florida Tourism Bowl, Mazda Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl and the Russell Athletic Bowl.
    The Camping World Bowl has conference tie-ins with the ACC and the BIG 12. This year, the Virginia Tech Hokies will represent the ACC and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will represent the BIG 12. This will be the first time that the Cowboys from Oklahoma State will play in the Camping World Bowl. The Hokies from Virginia Tech have played here one other time, winning their 2012 Russell Athletic Bowl by the score of 13-10 in overtime over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. (Camping World Bowl was known as Russell Athletic Bowl during that time)
    Previous Matchup History

    The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have met each other 2 times in the past but not since 1972. Each team has a win at their home stadium, Virginia Tech winning in Blacksburg, VA 34-32 and Oklahoma State winning in Stillwater, OK by the score 24-16.
    Virginia Tech Hokies 9-3 (ACC)

    The Virginia Tech Hokies finished up their 2017 regular season with a 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS record. They were a defensive oriented team that shut teams down and held 8 of their 12 games under the posted total. The Hokies played 4 out of their last 5 games under the posted total and held their final 6 opponents of the year to under 14 points per game.
    Virginia Tech have played in 30 previous bowl games and have a record of 13-17 in those games. This is the 25th consecutive bowl game for the Hokies, who are coming off back-to-back-to-back wins in the last 3 years in bowl games. They are coming in off a 35-24 win at last year’s Belk Bowl over the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hokies have gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. They are also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games played against teams from the BIG 12.
    They finished in 2nd place in the ACC’s Coastal Conference with a 5-3 conference record. The Hokies finished the regular season by defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers 20-14 and the Virginia Cavaliers 10-0 to earn a bid in the Camping World Bowl.
    The Hokies have the 12th ranked defense, with the 16th best at stopping the run and 21st at preventing the passing plays. They are a very well rounded team that can run the ball, as well as pass with QB Josh Jackson. Jackson is a dual threat quarterback that has completed 60% of his passes this year for 2743 yards, 19 touchdowns and 8 INT’s.

    Oklahoma State 9-3 (BIG 12)

    The Oklahoma State Cowboys finished the regular season at 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS. They were one of the highest scoring offenses in the NCAA led by head coach Mike Gundy. Gundy’s offense was ranked #2 on the year with averaging nearly 400 yards of passing offense in each game. Gundy was rumored as possibly leaving Oklahoma State to go to Tennessee but those talks came to an abrupt stop when he announced on Twitter that he was the head coach of Oklahoma State Cowboys, “For life”.
    The Cowboys played phenomenal on the road this year, going undefeated at 6-0. They have been a very strong team lately when playing in these non-conference games. They have gone 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Cowboys have also been strong in games that are played on a neutral site, going 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played on a neutral site.
    The Cowboys are anchored on offense by QB Mason Rudolph. Rudolph started out the season as hot as any QB in the country but hit a rough skid in late September where he threw 4 INT’s in 3 games. On the year, Rudolph completed 65% of his passing attempts for 4553 yards, 35 touchdowns and 9 INT’s.
    Rudolph has a plethora of wide receivers that he uses but his favorite is Biletnikoff Award winner James Washington. Washington has caught a team high 69 passes for 1423 yards and has pulled down 12 touchdowns. He is averaging 20.6 yards per reception and played in all 12 games this year for the Cowboys.
    Camping World Bowl Handicapping

    The Cowboys have a very good team but they have struggled when they face tough, opposing defenses like TCU, and Oklahoma and if a team can score points by the handful, the Cowboys have lost games. What I mean by that is the three highest amount of points allowed this year by Oklahoma State was in their 3 losses. They will now face a Virginia Tech team that put up 64 points on East Carolina, 59 on North Carolina, 38 on Old Dominion and 31 on West Virginia. Josh Jackson is hard to contain and it is hard to imagine that the Cowboys will be able to slow this team down.
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our prediction is Virginia Tech is a hot underdog here that will win the game by a touchdown. MyBookie has the line in this game at Oklahoma State Cowboys – 4.5 and the total at 63. We recommend you buying up the half point and taking Virginia Tech +5 points, as well as play them on the moneyline as a moneyline dog!!!
    Spooky Express Pick: Virginia Tech +5 and take them on the MoneyLine!!!
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    Valero Alamo Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET
    Spread: TCU Horned Frogs -2.5
    Over/Under Total: 49
    Quick Pick: TCU Horned Frogs Moneyline Play
    Valero Energy Corporation took over the sponsorship of the bowl game in 2007 and have remained the sponsor since that time.

    The Valero Alamo Bowl has conference tie-ins with the PAC-12 and the Big 12. This year, the TCU Horned Frogs will represent the Big 12 and the Stanford Cardinal will represent the PAC-12. TCU has appeared one other time in the Alamo Bowl, winning their game in 2015 against the Oregon Ducks by the score of 47-41 in overtime. This will be the first time the Stanford Cardinals have appeared in the Alamo Bowl. Previous Matchup History

    The TCU Horned Frogs and the Stanford Cardinal have played each other two times in the past. These two faced off in 2007 and 2008, with both games going to the Horned Frogs by the score of 31-14 and 38-36. Stanford Cardinal 9-4 (PAC 12)

    The Stanford Cardinal are 9-4 SU and 6-6-1 ATS in the regular season. They only went 3-4 on the road this year but split their final 4 road games 2-2. The Cardinal won 3 of their final 4 games of the regular season both SU and ATS.

    The Cardinal will rely heavily on Heisman Candidate Running Back Bryce Love. Love has been in the media lately as experts across the land try to figure out if he will return for his senior season or if he will enter the NFL draft. Many experts compare Love to his former teammate Christian McCaffrey but there are drastic differences that I see.

    First and foremost, McCaffrey left early because he wanted to be a professional football player and follow in the footsteps of his father. He knew going into college that he wanted to play in the pro’s and academics, weren’t on the top of his list of goals. On the other hand, Love places academics on the front burner and knows what he wants to do after college…..he wants to be a pediatrician. That’s not to say that Love doesn’t go into the NFL for a few years and then finish up medical school but he is goal oriented and I firmly believe he will return for his senior season.

    Love finished 2nd in this year’s Heisman voting but one must wonder if that has anything to do with him playing at Stanford, a west coast team, that plays many late games throughout the year on pacific time, when many fans don’t watch due to time differential.

    Love will have a new Offensive Coordinator when the bowl game kicks off. Former Cardinal Offensive Coordinator Mike Bloomgren left Stanford to become the Head Coach at Rice. The Cardinal are expected to move former Cardinal QB Tavita Pritchard up into the Offensive Coordinator position.

    TCU Horned Frogs 10-3 (BIG 12)

    The TCU Horned Frogs went 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS in the 2017 regular season. TCU finished up the regular season with a 7-3 conference record to end up second in the BIG 12. They lost to Oklahoma in the BIG 12 championship game, which happened to be their second loss to the Sooners on the year, by the score 41-17.
    The played 10 of their 13 games under the posted total this year. The Horned Frogs defense led in nearly every category in the BIG 12 for defensive statistics. They were #1 in rushing defense, #1 in passing defense, #1 in total defense, #1 in scoring defense, #1 in passing defense efficiency, #1 sacks and #1 in red zone defense. They allow less than 100 yards per game on the ground, which is 4th overall in the country. The bottom line, the TCU defense is really good not easy to move the ball on.
    On offense, the Horned Frogs are well balanced and led by senior QB Kenny Hill. Hill has passed for 2838 yards this year and has completed 67% of his passing attempts. He has thrown for 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Hill has also ran for 265 yards and 4 touchdowns on the year.
    Valero Alamo Bowl Handicapping

    Planning and preparing for a defense like TCU is a headache on anyone but when your main offensive planner, the O-Coordinator leaves for another job, that puts more pressure on everyone. The Horned Frogs are going to put constant pressure on the Stanford O-Line and force the Cardinal to beat them with the arm of sophomore QB KJ Costello. Costello is no elite QB and facing this daunted defense is a headache causing nightmare for him and the offensive line!
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system is calling for a 10 point win for the Horned Frogs. Bookmaker has the line currently set at TCU -2.5 and the total of 49. We will be playing TCU on the Moneyline here. Bet it and forget it!!!

    Spooky Express Pick: TCU Horned Frogs Moneyline Play (3 out of 5 stars)

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    San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, California
    Date & Time: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET
    Spread: Washington State -2
    Over/Under Total: 45
    Quick Pick: Washington State Moneyline Play
    The Washington State Cougars will take on the Michigan State Spartans in this year’s San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. The game is being played at the San Diego County Credit Union Stadium in San Diego, California on Thursday, December 28, 2017. The game will kick off at 9:00 PM ET and can be watched on FS1.
    San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl

    The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl has been played annually since 1978. The bowl has tie-ins with the Pac-12 and the BIG 10. This year, the Washington State Cougars will represent the Pac-12 and the Michigan State Spartans will represent the BIG 10.

    The Washington State Cougars will be playing in their 4th San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. They have gone 1-2 in those bowl with their only win coming against Texas in 2003 by the score 28-20. Their two losses came against BYU in 1981 by the score 38-36 and last year against the Minnesota Golden Gophers 17-12. This is the first time the Michigan State Spartans have appeared in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Michigan State Spartans and the Washington State Cougars have faced off against each other 7 times in the history of the two programs but haven’t played recently since 1977. In the series, the Spartans hold a 5-2 edge over the Cougars. In the past, these games have been rather low scoring games with the average score being Michigan State 29 – Washington State 14
    Washington State Cougars 9-3 (PAC 12)

    The Washington State Cougars come into this bowl with a 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS record. They were undefeated at home this year at 7-0 but only 2-3 on the road. The Cougars played 3 of their last 4 games over the posted total.
    The Cougars will be playing in their 3rd consecutive bowl game this year. They have played in a total of 13 bowl games and have a 7-6 record. They are coming in off a 17-12 loss to Minnesota last year and have lost 2 of their last 3 bowl games by a combined 8 points.
    To say that the Washington State Cougars are a pass heavy offense would be the most drastic understatement of the bowl season. They don’t have a single rusher on the team that has ran the ball 100 times on the season but they have 2 quarterbacks that have combined for 663 passing attempts on the year for a combined 4497 yards passing and 35 touchdowns.
    This is a Mike Leach offense and that means he is going to pass the ball and pass it some more and then just when you think he will run it….he will pass it again. They call themselves the “Air Raid Passing Attack” and that is exactly what they will do in this game. They open up the field and play catch all day with QB Luke Falk leading the way. Falk went 357 for 534 and 3593 yards. He threw 30 TDs and 13 INTs. Falk struggled with control at the end of the season, throwing 2 INT’s in the first 6 games but 11 INT’s in the final 6 games of the year. Falk is a decent QB and those numbers are a little misconstrued as several of those INT’s were tipped balls that were out of his control.
    The Cougars and Falk will be without his two top wide receivers for this bowl game. WR Tavares Martin Jr was dismissed from the team and will not play in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. He led the Cougars with 70 receptions, 831 yards and 9 touchdowns. They will also be without sophomore Isaiah Johnson-Mach, who announced the intended to transfer out of Washington State to be closer to his family in Florida.

    Michigan State Spartans 9-3 (BIG 10)

    The Michigan State Spartans are 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS on the 2017 regular season. They finished up the regular season in 3rd place in the BIG 10 (East) behind Ohio State and Penn State. The Spartans ended the year, winners of their final two games against Maryland and Rutgers.
    The Spartans have played in 26 bowl games since 1896. They are 11-15 overall in the bowl games and will be returning to play in a bowl after missing last year. In their last bowl, they were shut out by the Alabama Crimson Tide 38-0 in the 2015 Cotton Bowl. Prior to their Alabama loss, the Spartans were on a 4 game bowl winning streak.
    The Spartans have the 9th best defense in the NCAA and are holding passing teams to only 196.5 yards per game. Their defense held half of their opponents to no more than 1 touchdown scored in the game. This unit is not an easy one to move the ball on and they consistently get pressure on the quarterback.
    San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl Handicapping

    For those that are now aware, the Air Raid offense is basically a new style of the Run and Shoot offense that teams played in the pro’s back in the 90’s. It utilizes many crossing patterns that are meant to confuse man-zone and man to man defenses. It creates many short passes that equal big yardage. This will be difficult for Michigan State to design a game plan for as it was back in 2010, when Mike Leach’s Texas Tech Red Raiders, using the same style offense, slashed the Michigan State Spartans for 579 yards! They better come up with a defensive strategy fast or this game will be over before it even gets started!
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our systems tells us that Washington State will win this game by a field goal, which makes it difficult to give out Washington State because the line is right around that 3 point mark. Bookmaker has this game at Washington State -2 but we will instead take the Cougars on the moneyline.
    Spooky Express Pick: Washington State Moneyline play
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    Belk Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
    Spread: Wake Forest -3
    Over/Under Total: 65
    Quick Pick: Wake Forest Moneyline Play!
    The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on the Texas A&M Aggies on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET in this year’s Belk Bowl. This game is being played at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina and can be seen on ESPN.
    Belk Bowl

    The Belk Bowl is an annual college football game that is played during the NCAA’s Bowl Season. The Belk Bowl is played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina each year and has been played since 2002.

    The Belk Bowl features conference tie-ins with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeast Conference (SEC). This year, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will represent the ACC and the Texas A&M Aggies will represent the SEC. This will be the second time that the Demon Deacons have appeared in the Belk Bowl, defeating the Connecticut Huskies in 2007, while this will be the first time the Texas A&M Aggies will appear in the Belk Bowl.
    Previous Matchup History

    This will be the first time the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have played the Texas A&M Aggies. That being said, both teams have losing record against the opposing team’s conference. The Demon Deacons have going 35-62-2 against the SEC. The Aggies are a tad bit better against the ACC going 13-16 against teams from the ACC.
    Wake Forest Demon Deacons 7-5 (ACC)

    The Wake Forest Demon Deacons went 7-5 SU and 8-3-1 ATS in the regular season. Wake started out the season with a ton of optimism and went 4-0. The optimism turned to deflated hope as the Demon Deacons dropped 4 of their next 5 games. That being said, all was not lost as you have to consider the teams they played in those games.
    The Demon Deacons went toe to toe Florida State 26-19, Clemson 28-14 and Notre Dame 48-38. They also lost to Georgia Tech on the road 38-24 but the fact is they played all of those opponents tough and were within one score late in the game. There were really no games this year that Wake wasn’t in the game.
    The Demon Deacons should have no problems with filling the stands with fans for this bowl game as it is only a 1 hour drive from Winston-Salem, NC to Charlotte, NC. This will basically be a home game to the Demon Deacons, as they should travel well. As of Wednesday, December 13, 2017, the Demon Deacons had completely sold out of their allotted amount of tickets and had requested more.
    Wake Forest has appeared in 10 bowl games and have gone 7-4 in those games. Last year, the Demon Deacons traveled to Annapolis, Maryland and defeated the Temple Owls 34-26 in the Military Bowl. The Demon Deacons have won 3 out of the last 4 bowl games and 6 of their last 8 bowls.
    There are a ton of trends that support Wake in this game. For starters, the Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games. In addition to playing teams in the bowls, they are also 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games that were played on a neutral site. This game is sort of hard to call a neutral site but it isn’t their “home” field so we will still consider it a neutral site. They are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games that were played during the month of December. Finally, the Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Those are some pretty hefty trends to take in and sort of hard to ignore.
    For many years the Demon Deacons have been known as a run heavy team but this year, they were actually a predominantly pass heavy team. Their passing offense averaged 266.6 yards per game, which was good enough for 35th in the nation. They are led by Senior John Wolford. Wolford completed nearly 64% of his passing attempts on the season and threw 25 touchdowns and 6 INT’s. Wolford averaged 8.6 yards per passing attempt and he truly didn’t favor any one target on the year.
    Wolford connected with 4 receivers, who each caught a minimum of 35 receptions and at least 444 yards of offense. Greg Dortch was the leading receiver pulling in 53 receptions for 722 yards and 9 touchdowns.

    Texas A&M Aggies 7-5 (SEC)

    The Texas A&M Aggies finished up their regular season 7-5 SU and 7-4-1 ATS. That 7-5 record wasn’t good enough to keep Kevin Sumlin’s job as he was fired as head coach of the Aggies. The Aggies went out and lured Jimbo Fisher away from the Florida State Seminoles by offering him a guaranteed $75 million dollars over 10 years.
    Interim Head Coach Jeff Banks will take the lead in the Belk Bowl for the Aggies. Banks is basically playing for one game and will make $75,000 for the game. If he is able to lead the Aggies to a win, he will make an additional $25,000.
    The trends in this game are against the Aggies. Texas A&M have gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site game, which is good, but then you have to take into consideration that they are also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 bowl games. They are also 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games played in December. The Aggies have also gone 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against teams from the ACC.
    Belk Bowl Handicapping

    Wake Forest doesn’t try to hide anything on offense. They are pretty cut and dry. If it is short yardage, they are going to run and if it is long yardage, they are going to pass. When I say long yardage, I mean even on first down, they will come out firing the ball. They have 10 receivers that each average over 10 yards per reception, which is truly remarkable for a team that has always ran the ball.
    Trying to find a way to contain that passing threat is tough on any head coach, so one can only imagine that it will be extremely difficult for a interim head coach to prepare for. The Aggies have always had their issues with running quarterbacks and Wolford leads the team with 10 rushing touchdowns. Another thing the Aggies will have to do is find a way to change the red zone efficiency of the Demon Deacons. In 50 trips inside the red zone, the Demon Deacons scored 47 times. Those are tremendous numbers and considering the fact that the Aggies are the 112th ranked red zone defense……this game could get ugly.
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system has Wake Forest winning this game by a field goal, the same basic amount that they are giving to Texas A&M. Bookmaker has this game at Wake -3 and that is exactly what we are predicting they will win by. Therefore, we will play this on the Moneyline on Wake Forest and not lay the points.
    Spooky Express Pick: Wake Forest MoneyLine Play

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    Birmingham Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama
    Date & Time: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM ET
    Spread: South Florida -2.5
    Over/Under Total: 67
    Quick Pick: South Florida -2 (Buy down half point) UPDATE Below

    The South Florida Bulls and the Texas Tech Red Raiders will face off in the 2017 Birmingham Bowl on Saturday, December 23, 2017 from Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. This game will kick off at 12:00 PM ET and can be watched on ESPN.

    Birmingham Bowl

    The Birmingham Bowl is played each year during bowl season at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

    This bowl has been around since 2006, when it was known as the Papa Johns Bowl. The Birmingham Bowl does not have a formal sponsorship for this year. They’ve had prior sponsorships such as Papa Johns and BBVA Compass but this year, they do not have a feature sponsor. The Birmingham Bowl has tie-ins with the SEC and the AAC but if one team is unable to provide a bowl eligible team, they can select from Conference USA and MAC. In this years Birmingham Bowl, officials have actually reached out to the BIG 12 to provide a bowl eligible team.
    This year’s Birmingham Bowl features the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the South Florida Bulls. South Florida has played in the Birmingham Bowl on 2 other occasions, going 2-0 in those games. The Bulls played in the inaugural Birmingham Bowl in 2006 against East Carolina, winning 24-7 and they also played here last year, beating South Carolina 46-39. This will be the first year that Texas Tech has played in the Birmingham Bowl.

    Previous Matchup History

    This is the first time that the Texas Tech Red Raiders will face the South Florida Bulls. These two teams have never met up in regular season or bowl games.

    Texas Tech Red Raiders 6-6 (BIG 12)

    The Texas Tech Red Raiders needed to pull off an upset win over in-state rival Texas Longhorns, on the final game of the regular season to become bowl eligible. The Red Raiders took that obstacle in stride, winning the game 27-23. Many experts close to the Red Raiders felt that if Texas Tech did not make a bowl game this year, Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job could be in jeopardy but that does not appear to be the case as they won and are now going to a bowl.
    Texas Tech finished the regular season 6-6 SU and 7-5 ATS. They played 8 of their 12 games under the posted total in the regular season. The Red Raiders are tough in non-conference games, going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games outside of the BIG 12. They have gone 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games. They have played these bowl games as high scoring affairs, playing 7 of the last 8 bowl games over the posted total.
    They also are a strong team to bet on the over when they are on a neutral site, playing over the posted total in 14 of the last 17 neutral site games. In addition, when the Red Raiders are in non-conference games, they have played 19 of their last 28 games over the posted total. As you can see, there are plenty of trends to support the over in this game!
    QB Nic Shimonek leads the Red Raiders, completing nearly 69% of his passes for 3547 yards on the season. Shimonek has thrown 30 touchdown passes compared to 8 INT’s. Shimonek’s top target is Junior WR Keke Coutee. Coutee has caught 82 passes this year for 1242 yards and 9 touchdowns.

    South Florida 9-2 (American Athletic Conference)

    The South Florida Bulls are 9-2 SU and 7-5 ATS on the regular season. They ended the year in one of the most exciting battles of the year against undefeated Central Florida. South Florida and UCF alternated leads in the 4th quarter in a game the ended with UCF winning by a touchdown.
    QB Quinton Flowers was responsible for 605 yards by himself and 5….that is right, 5 touchdowns in the game! Flowers has completed only 54% of his pass attempts this year for 2600 yards, 21 touchdowns and 6 INT’s but he has also hurt opposition with his legs. Flowers leads the team with 972 yards on 182 rushing attempts. Flowers scored 10 touchdowns on the ground for the Bulls, 1 shy of Darius Tice for the most TD’s on the ground/rushing for the Bulls.
    The Bulls have gone 0-5 in their last 5 games played in the month of December. South Florida has gone 1-4 in their last 5 non-conference games. The Bulls are 5-3 in the history of the program in bowl games. They won last year, here at the Birmingham Bowl, over SEC powerhouse South Carolina 46-39.
    Birmingham Bowl Handicapping

    Texas Tech has a decent offense….but their defense is lacking to say the least. They are ranked 124th against the pass and 100th overall. They will have their hands full against Flowers and the Bulls, who are ranked 9th overall in offense in the FBS. They are able to run the ball and pass the ball and it will be very difficult for the Red Raiders to somehow keep this game within a grasp. The game could get out of hand really early if they don’t find a way to contain Flowers and this Bulls team.

    Spooky Selection

    Our system shows South Florida winning this game by 3 touchdowns. South Florida is a really strong play this year and we will play them early. MyBookie opened line at South Florida -2.5 but it has since risen to South Florida -3. As you know, Spooky never plays a game giving 3 or less so we will take South Florida on the MoneyLine for 5 Stars

    Spooky Express Pick: South Florida (Moneyline) 5 out of 5 Stars 

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

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    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM ET
    Spread: NC State Wolfpack -6
    Over/Under Total: 59.5
    Quick Pick: NC State Wolfpack -6

    The Arizona State Sun Devils will take on the NC State Wolfpack in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl. The game is scheduled for Friday, December 29, 2017. This game is set to kick off at 3:00 PM ET and can be seen on CBS.
    Hyundai Sun Bowl

    The Sun Bowl is an annual football game that is played during the NCAA College Bowl Season. The Sun Bowl is tied with the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl as the 2nd oldest bowl in history of the bowl season.

    The bowl is played at Sun Bowl Stadium at University of Texas El Paso. The Sun Bowl has been called the Hyundai Sun Bowl since 2010 but was called numerous other names throughout its history. It has been called the John Hancock Sun Bowl, John Hancock Bowl, Norwest Bank Sun Bowl, Norwest Sun Bowl Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, Vitalis Sun Bowl, Brut Sun Bowl and Sun Bowl.
    The Sun Bowl features conference tie-ins with the ACC and the PAC 12. This year, the NC State Wolfpack will represent the ACC and the Arizona State Sun Devils will represent the PAC 12. This will be the first time that the North Carolina State Wolfpack will appear in the Sun Bowl but the Sun Devils from Arizona State have appeared in the Sun Bowl 5 previous times. They have a record of 3-1-1.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Wolfpack and the Sun Devils have played each other two times in the history of the programs but the most recent game was played way back in 1974. Both teams have split wins/losses with NC State winning in 1974 by the score 35-14 and Arizona State winning in 1960 by the score 25-22.
    North Carolina State Wolfpack 8-4 (ACC)

    The North Carolina State Wolfpack finished up the season in 2nd place in the ACC’s Atlantic Conference, behind Clemson. The Wolfpack ended the season with a 8-4 SU and 4-7-1 ATS record. They went 3-2 on the road this year and played 8 of their 12 games under the posted total. The Wolfpack struggled covering the line to end the regular season. They ended up only covering the spread in 1 of their final 5 games.
    The North Carolina State Wolfpack are led on offense by junior quarterback Ryan Finley. Finley has completed 64% of his passes for 3200 passing yards on the year. He is averaging 7.1 yards per attempt, has thrown 16 touchdown passes and 6 interceptions. Finley likes to spread the ball around and has 4 wide receivers with at least 450 yards on the season. Kelvin Harmon leads the Wolfpack with 993 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.
    Nyheim Hines has rushed for 1040 yards and has crossed the goalline 9 times for the Wolfpack. Hines gets his share of carries but also splits carries with junior tailback Reggie Gallaspy II. Gallaspy has ran 106 times for 435 yards and 5 touchdowns.
    The Wolfpack have appeared in 30 bowl games, going 16-13-1 in those games. The Wolfpack have appeared in 3 straight bowl games, going 2-1 in those bowl games. Last year, the Wolfpack defeated Vanderbilt 41-17 in the Independence Bowl.

    Arizona State Sun Devils 7-5 (PAC-12)

    The Arizona State Sun Devils and the regular season 7-5 SU and ATS. They were just 2-3 on the road this year and played 7 of their 12 games under the posted total. The Sun Devils played in some tough games this year and came out of it with a winning record but that wasn’t enough to save the job of head coach Todd Graham. The Arizona State University cut ties with Graham firing their head coach and moving on in a different direction. Graham has already been given notice but will finish out the season and coach the Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl game.
    That direction ended up with the legend and Herm Edwards. Edwards agreed to a five-year contract making $2 million per year in guaranteed salary and another $3.7 million per year in incentives and bonuses.
    The Sun Devils offense can score against any team in the nation. They posted 30 or more points in 8 of their 12 regular-season games. They are let on offense by junior quarterback Manny Wilkins. Wilkins completed 63.5% of his pass attempts for a total of 2918 yards, 17 touchdown passes and 5 interceptions. Wilkins top target for the Sun Devils is wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Harry has pulled in 73 receptions for 1000 yards and 7 touchdowns.
    The Sun Devils also have a pair of talented running backs in the Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage. Richard leads the Sun Devils with 12 touchdowns on the ground and is just 23 yards shy of a 1000 yard rushing season.
    The Sun Devils have appeared in 29 bowl games in the history of the program. The Sun Devils are 14-14-1 overall and are coming in off a 2016 loss in the Cactus Bowl to West Virginia by the score of 43-42 (was played in 2016 but is considered a 2015 bowl). They are 2-5 in their last 7 bowl games overall.
    Hyundai Sun Bowl Handicapping

    The Wolfpack were undefeated this year when they are the favorite in the game with the exception of the opener. GTBets has NC State as the favorite at -6 in this game. The Sun Devils offense was explosive to close out the season but now they face a defense that can put pressure on an offensive line, led by defensive player of the year Bradley Chubb. Some people suspect that Chubb will sit this one out but it may not matter as they are still a dangerous defense with the core group around him. There is no doubt, the Sun Devils will play hard as they want to send Graham out in style with a win but will it be enough to beat a well rounded team like the Wolfpack???
    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system shows North Carolina State winning this game by close to two touchdowns. With the line being 6, that still leaves us a touchdown to play with. Don’t sweat it, play NC State -6 and cash the winner!
    Spooky Express Pick: North Carolina State -6
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    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET
    Spread: Northwestern Wildcats -6
    Over/Under Total: 51
    Quick Pick: Northwestern Wildcats-6 (buy it down if you need to)

    The game is played in Nashville, Tennessee at the Nissan Stadium, home of the Pro Football NFL Team, Tennessee Titans. The game has been around since 1998, when it was played at Vanderbilt Stadium.
    This game has been referred to and played under the names of Music City Bowl, HomePoint.com Music City Bowl, Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl and Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone.
    The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl features teams with conference tie-ins from the ACC or the BIG 10 and the SEC. This year, the Kentucky Wildcats will be the SEC representative, while the Northwestern Wildcats will represent the BIG 10.
    The Kentucky Wildcats have played in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl more than any other team, coming in with 4 prior appearances and a 2-2 record. This will be the first time that the Northwestern Wildcats will play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
    Previous Matchup History

    The Kentucky Wildcats and the Northwestern Wildcats have only played each other one time, if you even consider these stats with the game being played…..in 1928!!! In that game, NW won the game 7-0 in a lack of offensive outing by both teams in Evanston, Illinois.
    Kentucky Wildcats 7-5 (SEC)

    The Kentucky Wildcats are 7-5 SU and 3-9 ATS on the regular season. They were not a team that many bettors made money on as they only covered the spread in three games all year. Kentucky ended up finishing up the regular season with only covering 1 game in their final 8 games!!!
    They ended up going 3-2 SU on the road but only 2-3 ATS this year but this really isn’t much of a travel, with the University of Kentucky only being a 3 hour drive from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. In the last 4 games that Kentucky played at Nissan Stadium, the fans traveled well with the average attendance being roughly 63k fans in attendance. Kentucky ended up losing 3 of their final 4 games of the year, with their only win coming on the road against Vanderbilt 44-21.
    Kentucky has relied heavily on QB Stephen Johnson. Johnson completed 60.7% of his passes for 2048 yards. Johnson threw 10 touchdowns and only 4 INT’s on the year. The Wildcats also rode a heavy rushing attack this year from RB Benny Snell Jr. Snell has ran the ball 256 times for 1318 yards and a whopping 18 touchdowns.
    The Kentucky Wildcats have appeared in 16 bowl games and have a .500 record of 8-8. They have lost their last 3 bowl games against Georgia Tech in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl by the score 33-18, Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2010 BBVA Compass Bowl by the score 27-10 and the 2009 Music City Bowl to the Clemson Tigers 21-13. They will be looking to snap that 3 game losing streak with a win over Northwestern.

    Northwestern Wildcats 9-3 (BIG 10)

    The Northwestern Wildcats ended their regular season with a 9-3 SU and ATS record. Unlike the Kentucky Wildcats, NW was a great play for bettors this year covering the spread in 9 of the 12 games. NW was one of the hottest teams in the country to close out the year, as they won their final 7 games both SU and ATS
    Enter Info about conference championship game and how they got to bowl

    The Northwestern Wildcats will lean on QB Clayton Thorson. Thorson has completed 60.8% of his passes for 2809 yards. He has thrown 15 touchdowns but struggled with control throwing 12 INT’s. Justin Jackson has been the workhorse for the Wildcats. He has ran the ball 255 times for 1154 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Wildcats will look to send Jackson out in style as a winner in his final game in Northwestern.
    Northwestern has only appeared in 13 bowls in the history of the program and their record is just 3-10. They have won 2 of their last 3 bowl games and come into this one with a win over Pittsburgh Panthers in the 2016 Pinstripe Bowl.

    Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Handicapping

    Justin Jackson is the type of player that can take over games and carry teams to wins on his back. He led NW to many wins and defenses are absolutely forced to stack the box because of his elusiveness and running capabilities. The fact is since he has been in NW, he has been the workhorse and is the main source of offense. They will NOT let him go out as a loser! He will run between the tackles and find holes along the line, where they will chew up the clock and yardage!

    Spooky’s Selection

    We have the Northwestern winning this game by nearly 3 touchdowns. This is a big win for us as the line in this game is only NW -6, buy it down if needed. We like this one as we think it is a good line and one we can take advantage of. Bet it and forget it!

    Spooky Express Pick: Northwestern -6  => 3 of 5 Stars

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    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl
    Matchup at a Glance

    Where: Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
    Date & Time: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET
    Spread: Utah State -4
    Over/Under Total: 62
    Quick Pick: Lean on Utah State Moneyline Play

    A battle of two teams called “Aggies” will face off as the New Mexico State Aggies take on the Utah State Aggies in the 2017 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl.  This game is being played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET and can be watched on CBS Sports Network.

    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

    The Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl is a football game that is played during the NCAA College Bowl season.

    The Arizona Bowl has been around for 2 prior games and this is the third year overall for the bowl.  Nova Home Loans has been the primary sponsor for the Arizona Bowl since its inception in 2015.

    The Arizona Bowl feature conference tie-ins with the Mountain West and the Sun Belt Conference. This year,  the Utah State Aggies will represent the Mountain West Conference and the New Mexico State Aggies will represent the Sun Belt. This is the first year that both of these teams will appear in the Arizona Bowl.

    Previous Matchup History

    New Mexico State and Utah State are old familiar foes from their days playing in the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) from 2005-2012, Sun Belt in 2002-2003 and Big West from 1985-2000.  They have faced each other a total of 37 times, with Utah State holding a decisive edge 30W-7L.  Utah State has won the last 3 games straight against New Mexico State and 5 out of their last 6 overall.

    New Mexico State Aggies 6-6 (Sun Belt Conference)

    The New Mexico State Aggies will be appearing in a bowl for the first time since 1960!  But making that bowl bid wasn’t easy!  The Aggies started out the year 2-4 and barely beat some lower level teams.  They finished up the regular season by winning 3 of their final 4 games to get bowl eligible.

    In their final game of the regular season, the NM ST Aggies defeated South Alabama 22-17. QB Tyler Rogers threw for 451 yards and led the Aggies to their first bowl in 57 years.  Rogers has completed 62.3% of his passing attempts on the year and thrown for 3825 yards, 26 touchdowns and 16 INT’s. New Mexico State will throw it early and often. They throw the ball a ton and rank 4th in the nation in passing yards per game.

    New Mexico State has only appeared in 3 bowl games in the history of the program and have a 2-0-1 record in those bowls. Their 3 prior bowl were all in the Sun Bowls, with the last one coming in 1960! New Mexico State has covered the spread in 6 of their last 7 non-conference games with a 6-0-1 ATSrecord.

    Utah State 6-6 (Mountain West Conference)

    The Utah State Aggies ended the regular season with a 6-6 SU and ATS record.  They played 9 of their 12 games over the posted total thanks to an offense that posted 35 or more points in 6 of their games.  The Utah State Aggies are coming in off a 38-35 loss to Air Force after shutting out Hawaii in the game prior 38-0.

    Utah State is playing in their 6th bowl game in 7 years.  They have played in a total of 11 bowls and have a record of 4-6 overall in those bowl games.  In their last bowl game, the Aggies lost to Akron in the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 23-21.

    The Utah State Aggies have been an especially tough team when they are coming in off a bye under head coach Matt Wells.  The Aggies are 8-1 when they are coming in off a bye or more than 1 week off under Wells.

    Jordan Love leads the Aggies on offense at the QB position.  Love has started the past 6 games for the Aggies and has racked up 1377 yards, 8 TD’s and 6 INT’s.  Love took over the starters position from Kent Myers, who passed for 1278 yards, 8 TD’s and 7 INT’s.  Both Love and Myers have had their struggles on the year with turning the ball over and need to get more consistent in the bowl game.

    Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Handicapping

    Utah State creates turnovers and creates them in bunches!  They forced 26 turnovers on the year, 15 forced fumbles and 11 INT’s.  They are 9th in the nation in turnovers and will be a handful for New Mexico State’s QB Rogers, who has thrown 16 INT’s on the year.   Utah State has scored touchdowns in 9 of their 12 games that were not offensive scores.  If they continue to put this defensive pressure on New Mexico State,

    Spooky’s Selection

    We are 100% certain that the Aggies will win this game……OK, all jokes aside, we see Utah State winning by little more than a field goal.  Bookmaker has the line in this game at Utah State -4.  We are leaning to Utah State on the Moneyline but we recommend that you sit tight for now and we will update as we get closer to the game.

    Spooky Express Pick: Lean on Utah State Moneyline Play

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