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12/28/2011 08:22 PM

Florida Gators Battle Buckeyes In Gator Bowl

The specter of Urban Meyer will loom large at the Gator Bowl on Monday, January 2 when the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Florida Gators. Some are even calling it the Meyer Bowl.

ESPN2 will have the 1:00 p.m. (ET) telecast from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. There are six Monday games with none on traditional New Year’s Day due to the NFL schedule.

Don Best has Florida as 2-2½ point favorites with the game being played only about 70 miles from its Gainesville campus. The total is 44 points, the lowest among all remaining bowls except the national title game between LSU and Alabama (40½ points).

The statistical similarities between these teams are frightening. Each is 6-6 straight up with Florida scoring 25.6 PPG and allowing 20.6 PPG. Ohio State is at 25.1 PPG and 20.8 PPG respectively. The offensive numbers rank them outside the top-70 nationally, with the defensive stats much better around 25th.

The big difference is the against the spread marks. Florida is 3-8-1 ATS after dropping the last eight. Ohio State is 6-6 ATS, although covering just one of the last four.

Florida has a first-year coach in Will Muschamp and is trying to avoid its first losing season since the Jimmy Carter administration (1979). Meyer won two national titles with the Gators in six seasons, but resigned after going 8-5 SU after the 2010 campaign, citing health and family concerns. He recently accepted the Ohio State job and will start coaching next season.

Muschamp comes from a defensive background and hired the respected Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator. Weis switched the offense from the spread that Tim Tebow thrived in to a pro-set. Senior quarterback John Brantley was thought to be a good fit, but he missed two games with an ankle injury and has underperformed overall with 10 TDs versus six picks.

Brantley’s latest ailment is a concussion which he suffered in the regular season finale against rival Florida State. That was a 21-7 home defeat as 3-point ‘dogs that had Muschamp calling his team ‘soft’ afterwards.

Brantley needs to be smart with the football after throwing three picks versus Florida State. Running backs Chris Rainey (790 yards) and Jeff Demps (539 yards) are speedsters, although neither run much between the tackles.

Ohio State’s defense is ranked 53rd nationally against the run (142.4 YPG). Look for it to contain the outside and force Brantley to throw on the 15th-ranked pass defense (186.2 YPG).

The Gators need to prove they can beat a good team. They’re 0-5 SU and ATS against ranked teams with the average score 27-12. Their only wins since September have come against Vanderbilt (26-21) and FCS Furman (54-32).

Weis also won’t be coaching after taking the Kansas job. Running backs coach Brian White will take over the play-calling duties.

Ohio State has had plenty of coaching turmoil of its own with Luke Fickell having to replace Jim Tressel last May after a player memorabilia scandal. Fickell will remain on Meyer’s staff and will be looking to make a good impression even though Meyer is reportedly staying away from Jacksonville for this game.

True freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will be making his 10th start after taking over for ineffective senior Joe Bauserman. The 6-foot-3 Miller has a big arm and can also run the ball (team-leading 695 rushing yards). He’s had limited pass attempts, but did break out last game against Michigan, going 14-of-25 for 235 yards. He has 11 TDs versus four picks on the year.

The Buckeyes are still going to be a run-first team. Senior Dan Herron was suspended for the first six games, but averaged 138.3 YPG in his first three back, wins over Illinois (17-7), Wisconsin (33-29) and Indiana (34-20).

Herron only averaged 60.3 PPG the last three contests, losses to Purdue (26-23 OT), Penn State (20-14) and Michigan (40-34), so he needs a big game to take the pressure off Miller.

The Buckeyes lost some big bowl games under Tressel, including the national title game to Florida in January 2007. They have won and covered their last two bowls over Arkansas (31-26) and Oregon (26-17) in the Sugar and Rose respectively.

Florida went 5-1 SU and ATS in its six bowl games under Meyer, with the ‘over’ also going 5-1. Last year was a 37-24 win over Penn State as 7-point favorites in the less prestigious Outback Bowl.

Neither of these teams are ranked in the top-25 of the major polls or even receiving votes. The Don Best Linemakers Poll does have Ohio State ranked tied for 28th with Florida unranked.

Jacksonville weather should be in the 60s, but is expected to be windy.

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12/28/2011 08:27 PM

Hokies And Wolverines Set For Allstate Sugar Bowl

Who knew that a school's ability to fill hotel rooms was part of the calculations that go into the BCS Standings? Why, it's enough to make you wonder what the spread might be between Comic-Con and the Consumer Electronics Show if they ever met on a gridiron.

Relax. I'm not here to pour it on the Virginia Tech Hokies and Michigan Wolverines. It's not their fault that Sugar Bowl officials chose them over more deserving candidates such as Boise State and Kansas State. However, with the ACC and Big Ten each getting a second BCS payday, you can't blame the Big 12 and Mountain West conferences for getting their feathers a bit ruffled.

All of the controversy surrounding the selection of the Hokies and Wolverines aside, their Tuesday, Jan. 3 battle at the Superdome in New Orleans has the potential to be a very evenly matched contest. Oddsmakers opened Michigan as a slim 1-point favorite, with early green backing the Maize & Blue pushing that number up to -2½. The total has been stuck on 51 at most sports books, and kickoff is scheduled for a tad past 8:30 p.m. (ET) with ESPN on hand to deliver the broadcast.

Seeing Virginia Tech (11-2 straight up, 4-9 against the spread) in a BCS bowl is no surprise, and it's certainly not surprising to see the Hokies in the Sugar Bowl with this being their fifth appearance there under Frank Beamer. Heck, if not for those pesky Clemson Tigers, Beamer's bunch would have pushed Alabama out of the BCS Championship Game.

Michigan making it to one of the top-tier bowls is a bit of a shock, with the Wolverines coming off a lackluster 7-6 campaign a year ago to go 10-2 this season (8-4 ATS) under first-year head coach Brady Hoke.

The statistical similarities the two teams share start on the defensive side of the ball where each squad surrendered just 17.2 points per game, knotting them for seventh-fewest in the country. Va Tech's unit ranked 14th in the land giving up just over 313 yards per game, while Michigan isn't far behind in 17th (317.6 YPG). Both stop units fared well against the run – Hokies 16th allowing 108 rushing yards per contest, Wolverines 36th at 129 YPG – and that is where this game should get interesting given both schools sport offenses with solid ground games.

With Denard Robinson a dual threat under center for Michigan, the Wolverines ran up the nation's 12th-rated rushing attack that averaged nearly 236 yards each outing. The junior tallied about 97 of those yards himself, running for 1,163 yards in total, second most among all FBS quarterbacks.

Robinson was just one of two 1,000-yard rushers in the Wolverines backfield where Fitzgerald Toussaint scooted for 1,011 on the season, finishing up with three successive 100-yard games in wins over Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State.

The passing game saw Robinson throw for more than 2,000 yards with a decent 142.2 QB rating. However, his 18:14 TD:INT ratio leaves a little to be desired.

On the Virginia Tech side, junior tailback David Wilson paced a Hokies ground attack that is 30th in the land averaging almost 189 yards per game. Wilson had the bulk of that number, rumbling for over 125 per game and finishing fifth in the country with 1,627 yards.

The Hokies have a bit of a dual threat at QB themselves, though Logan Thomas is never going to be confused for Denard Robinson. Thomas ran for over 400 yards and scored 10 TDs using his feet, while passing for nearly 2,800 yards with 19 more scores (9 INT).

With both teams possessing strong defenses and their offenses relying more on running the ball, bettors might turn to historical trends between the two teams to help make their minds up. Alas, there is no gridiron history between the two schools with this the first-ever matchup. Recent bowl records for the two teams finds Va Tech 6-6, a span that starts with losing the 2000 National Championship to Florida State at this site, while Michigan is 4-6 in its last 10 postseason trips that started with an Orange Bowl win over Alabama in 2000.

The two teams did trend strongly to the 'under' this season, combining for a 16-8 mark below the total, though that should be tempered with the Wolverines going above the number in both of their final two games.

And this ladies and gentlemen is your BOWL GAME OF THE YEAR:

Tuesday, January 3

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Michigan - 8:30 PM ET ( Michigan -2.5 500 BGOY )

Virginia Tech - Under 51 500

Now should this game cover i'll have another BGOY 2


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12/29/2011 10:02 PM

Clemson, West Virginia In High-Octane Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl matchup between the Clemson Tigers and West Virginia Mountaineers is being criticized in some circles, but these are two entertaining teams who can light up the scoreboard.

ESPN will have the Wednesday, January 4 broadcast at 8:30 p.m. (ET) from Sun Life Stadium in Miami. This is the final BCS bowl before the national title game pitting LSU and Alabama the following Monday.

Don Best has Clemson as 3-point favorites. The total is between 60½-61 points and features the nation’s 19th-ranked scoring offense in West Virginia (34.9 PPG) against 25th-ranked Clemson (33.6 PPG).

The BCS No. 15 Tigers (10-3 straight up, 8-5 against the spread) have been one of the best stories in college football, Ranked sixth (12/1) in odds-to-win the ACC before the season, they won their first eight games (7-1 ATS) and skyrocketed to No. 5 in the BCS.

Coach Dabo Swinney is as energetic as they come, but his Tigers couldn’t keep up the momentum, going 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS the next four games. Things looked bleak heading into the ACC title tilt against Virginia Tech as 7-point ‘dogs, but they shocked everyone with a 38-10 victory.

Sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 240 yards in that game, but more importantly three TDs and no interceptions. Boyd had hit a lull with the rest of the team the prior four games with four TDs and seven interceptions.

The ‘under’ is 5-0 in Clemson’s last five games after the ‘over’ started 6-2.

Boyd has passed for 3,578 yards on the season (11th nationally). He loves throwing to his two AP All-Americans in receiver Sammy Watkins (1,153 yards) and tight end Dwayne Allen (577 yards). The freshman Watkins was chosen as an all-purpose player being a great kick returner as well.

There is some bad news with receiver DeAndre Hopkins (871 yards) having a concussion and doubtful for this game. That’s a decent size blow for Boyd and the Tigers offense.

Clemson does have a 1,000-yard rusher in junior Andre Ellington, but this should be mostly an aerial attack against the Mountaineers even though they ranked 30th nationally in pass defense (199.6 YPG). West Virginia will be without starting strong safety Terence Garvin (knee), who started every game and is third on the team in tackles.

The BCS No. 23 Mountaineers (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) won their last three games over Cincinnati (24-21), Pittsburgh (21-20) and South Florida (30-27), each requiring a fourth quarter comeback.

They finished in a three-way conference tie, but got the Big East automatic bid. They’re trying to leave for the Big 12 after this season, but it could be held up in litigation.

Junior quarterback Geno Smith is West Virginia’s answer to Boyd. He has 3,978 passing yards (eighth nationally) on 65 percent completions and has thrown 25 TDs versus just seven picks. Smith did throw two interceptions last game against South Florida and the team has averaged only 18 offensive points the last three games, boosted by special teams and defensive TDs.

The ‘under’ is 3-0 in West Virginia’s last three games after the ‘over’ was 8-0 in the previous eight.

West Virginia relies on the run even less than Clemson at 117.8 YPG (ranked 100th). Dustin Garrison has 742 yards rushing, but 291 came in one game against Bowling Green. Shawne Alston has 339 yards and 10 TDs. Clemson has been run against this year at 176.5 YPG (ranked 81st), so WVU needs to be patient and stay balanced.

This is the first year as head coach for the Mountaineers’ Dana Holgorsen. They’ve lost their last two bowl games to North Carolina State (23-7) and Florida State (33-21) under former coach Bill Stewart, and are 1-4 ATS in their last five bowls overall.

Swinney is 1-2 SU and ATS in bowl games, losing last year to South Florida (31-26) in the Meineke Car Care. The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last six bowls overall. They last played in the Orange Bowl in 1981, the year they won their only national title.

These teams have only met once previously despite their relative close proximity. It came in the 1989 Gator Bowl with Clemson getting a 27-7 win as 7-point favorites.

The Don Best Linemakers Poll has both teams ranked slightly lower than the BCS. Clemson is 16th (111.4), while West Virginia is 25th (109). Those numbers suggest the 3-point spread is right on.

Early weather forecasts in Miami call for clear skies and temperature in the 60s.


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12/29/2011 10:06 PM

Friday's Bowl Notebook

December 29, 2011

Armed Forces Bowl at Gerald Ford Stadium from Dallas, New York
Tulsa (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) vs. BYU (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS)

Tulsa closed the year on a 7-1 run (5-2 ATS), but it hasn't played since Nov. 25 when it was blasted at home to Houston (16-48)
The Golden Hurricane went 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS on the road, with losses coming against Oklahoma (14-47) and Boise State (21-41)
Despite averaging 34.1 points per game, Tulsa saw the 'under' go 8-4 this season
Tulsa has won its last three bowl games by scores of 63-7, 45-13 and 62-35
After starting the season 1-2, BYU finished with an 8-1 record
The Cougars went 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS outside of Provo
BYU posted 41 points in its final three games, which helped the 'over' go 3-0
The Cougars own an all-time record of 11-17-1 in bowl games
However, coach Bronco Mendenhall is 4-2 in bowls at BYU, which includes back-to-back victories the last two years by 24 and 28 points
BYU opened as a three-point favorite, but the money has shifted Tulsa to a one-point 'chalk'

Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium from Bronx, New York

Rutgers (8-4 SU, 8-4 ATS) vs. Iowa State (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) -

Rutgers started the season on a roll (5-1) and ended just as strong (3-1)
The Scarlet Knights went 4-1 SU and 3-1 ATS in non-conference play, the loss coming on the road to North Carolina (22-24)
Rutgers was 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS outside of New Jersey this season
The Knights were a clear-cut 'under' team (8-3), especially on the road (4-1)
Rutgers is 4-2 all-time in bowls, and all of the victories have come under head coach Greg Schiano (4-1).
The Knights have won four straight postseason affairs (3-1 ATS), putting up 37, 52, 29 and 45 points during this span
Iowa State's season can be summed up in a pair of three-game winning streaks
The Cyclones began 3-0 before dropping four straight. Then the team won three in a row, including the big upset against Oklahoma State (37-31). Sure enough, they closed the year with back-to-back losses.
On the road, Iowa State was 2-4 SU and 4-2 ATS
Against non-conference foes, ISU was 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS
The Cyclones watched five of their final six games go 'under' the number
Iowa State stopped Minnesota 14-13 in last year's Insight Bowl, which improved their all-time bowl record to 3-7
The line has held steady in this matchup, with Rutgers listed as a short favorite (-1) and the total hovering between 44 and 45


Music City Bowl at LP Field from Nashville, Tennessee

Wake Forest (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) vs. Mississippi State (6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS) -

Wake Forest started the season 4-1 but ended with a 2-5 record
The Demon Deacons were 1-3 SU and 1-2 ATS in non-conference games
On the road, WF went 2-3 both SU and ATS. Two of the setbacks were tight, with one loss to Syracuse (29-36) in overtime and the other against ACC Champions, Clemson (28-31)
The Deacons closed the season with four straight 'under' tickets
Jim Grobe has been a solid bet in bowl games, going 3-1 in his career, 2-1 at Wake Forest
Mississippi State went 1-2 in its final three games, with double digit losses to Alabama (7-24) and Arkansas (17-44)
The Bulldogs had identical 3-3 records on the road and at home. However, they were 4-2 ATS outside of Starkville
Mississippi State owns an 8-6 all-time bowl record, which includes last year's 52-14 blowout win against Michigan in the Gator Bowl.
The last seven Music City bowls have been decided by single digits. The ACC has taken the last two from the SEC
Not much line movement on the side, but the total dropped from 48 ½ to 47 ½ points


Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium from Tempe, Arizona
Iowa (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) vs. Oklahoma (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS) -

Iowa was 1-4 both SU and ATS on the road this season
The Hawkeyes were 3-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in non-conference affairs
Iowa closed the season with a 1-2 mark, losing both games by double digits
Kirk Ferentz has gone 6-3 in bowls at Iowa, which includes three straight wins and covers
Oklahoma went 4-2 SU and 3-3 ATS outside of Norman
The Sooners finished the season with losses in two of their last three, giving up 45 and 44 in the setbacks
Oklahoma was a double-digit favorite in 11 of its 12 games, which produced a 9-2 SU and 6-5 ATS mark
Bob Stoops owns a 6-6 record in bowl games at Oklahoma. The Sooners are 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS in their last five postseason games
The Big 12 has won four of the last five Insight Bowls, but Iowa captured the hardware last year when it beat Missouri 27-24
Oklahoma opened as high as a 16-point favorite but the number has dropped to 13 ½ at most shops. Surprisingly, the suspension of Iowa running back Marcus Coker was announced last week yet the line still shifted toward the 'dog

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12/29/2011 10:13 PM

Friday, Dec. 30

(Armed Forces Bowl from Dallas
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend
TULSA vs. BYU...BYU on another late-season uptick like 2010, won last five and covered last six in 2011. Last year the Cougs covered their last five including bowl romp past UTEP. Bronco Mendenhall has won and covered his last two bowls, now 4-2 vs. spread in postseason. Tulsa did cover last five away from home TY and has covered 10 of last 11 away from Chapman Field/Skelly Stadium. Golden Hurricane has also won and covered last three bowls. BYU, based on late-season uptick.

Yankee Pinstripe Bowl from Bronx, New York)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

RUTGERS vs. IOWA STATE...Greg Schiano has won his last four bowls games SU and is 4-1 vs. spread in five bowls since 2005 campaign. Rutgers also 4-1 vs. line outside of Big East TY. ISU closed with a rush by covering five of its last six TY, including last five as dog. Slight to Rutgers, based on Schiano bowl marks.

Music City Bowl from Nashville
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

WAKE FOREST vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE...Grobe has won and covered three of four bowls at Wake. Grobe 23-15 as dog since 2005 if you exclude injury-wrecked 2010. MSU covered five of last six TY, and Bulldogs have won and covered last three well-spaced bowls since 2000 (1-0 for Dan Mullen). Wake, based on Grobe's extended dog marks.

Insight Bowl from Tempe
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

IOWA vs. OKLAHOMA...OU cooled off down the stretch, failing to cover last three and five of last six TY. Bob Stoops just 1-4 vs. number last five, and 2-6 vs. points last eight bowl games. Krik Fernetz has covered last four bowls and five of last six as bowl underdog. Ferentz 6-1 vs. spread last seven bowls. Ferentz only 1-3 as dog TY but 13-7 as "short" since 2007. Iowa, based on bowl trends.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Meineke Car Care Texas Bowl from Houston
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

TEXAS A&M vs. NORTHWESTERN...Ags only 2-9 vs. line last 11 TY and have lost and failed to cover last five bowls. Pat Fitzgerald only 4-8 as dog since 2010 but NU 14-7 last 21 as dog away and 3-0 vs. line in bowls for Fitzgerald. Northwestern, based on team and bowl trends.

Sun Bowl from El Paso
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

UTAH vs. GEORGIA TECH...Kyle Whittingham was 5-0 SU and vs. line in bowls (including a win over a Chan Gailey GT team in 2005 Emerald Bowl) prior to LY vs. Boise in Las Vegas Bowl. Whittingham Ute teams 15-10 as dog since he took over in 2005. Utes overall 8-2 SU in bowls since 1999. Paul Johnson 0-3 SU and vs. line in bowls at GT, and Jackets no wins or covers their last six bowls. Tech only 1-6 vs. line last seven in 2011. Utah, based on team and bowl trends.

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl from San Francisco)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

UCLA vs. ILLINOIS...Rematch of some memorable past bowls, including Illinois 45-14 win in 1947 Rose Bowl, UCLA 45-9 in 1984 Rose Bowl, and UCLA 6-3 in 1991 Sun Bowl. Bruins also won another 6-3 yawner vs. Illinois in 2003, Karl Dorrell's first win as Bruins coach. Illini lost last six SU in 2011 although they are 7-4 vs. spread last eleven away from Champaign-Urbana since LY. Bruins have covered 5 of last 8 bowls and covered four of last six overall in 2011. UCLA, based on recent Illinois fade.

Liberty Bowl from Memphis
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

CINCINNATI vs. VANDERBILT...Vandy making only second bowl appearance since 1982 (2008 was the other) and Dores were 9-3 vs. line for James Franklin TY, including 4-1 as chalk. Cincy no covers last four bowls and Bearcats just 1-4 against spread last five in 2011. Cincy 4-9 vs. number last 13 away from home as well (4-7 for Butch Jones). Vandy, based on team and bowl trends.

Chick Fil-A Bowl from Atlanta)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

VIRGINIA vs. AUBURN...Auburn very so-so 4-8 vs. line TY, and Tigers 6-14 vs. spread for Chizik in their last 20 games non-Cam Newton. Note Virginia "under" 8-2-1 in 2011. Cavs covered 4 of 5 bowls for Al Groh but haven't been to postseason since 2007. Slight to Virginia and "under," based on Auburn non-Cam marks and "totals" trends.

Monday, Jan. 2

Ticket City Bowl from Dallas
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

PENN STATE vs. HOUSTON...Nittany Lions just 3-10-1 their last 14 on board and 1-5-1 last seven as dog. Penn State 29-1 last 12 as dog. UH 1-4 vs. line last five bowls but was 10-3 vs. spread in 2011. Houston, based on Penn State negatives.

Outback Bowl from Tampa Bay
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

MICHIGAN STATE vs. GEORGIA...Mark Richt is 4-1 SU and vs. line in last five bowls, with the loss a year ago vs. UCF at Liberty. Dawgs covered 8 of last 11 TY and were 5-0 vs. points their last five with spreads of 10 or fewer. Rematch of 2009 Cap One Bowl (after 2008 season) in which Georgia won and covered, 24-12. Spartans 8-2 vs. line last 10 TY, although Dantonio no wins or covers in last three bowls. Georgia, based on bowl trends.

Capital One Bowl from Orlando)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

NEBRASKA vs. SOUTH CAROLINA...Bo Pelini 3-1 SU and vs. line in bowls with Huskers, including 2003 Alamo Bowl as interim HC vs. Mich. State after Solich ouster. Spurrier no wins or covers last three years in bowls and just 2-5 vs. spread last 7 away from Williams-Brice Stadium. Slight to Nebraska, based on bowl trends.

Gator Bowl from Jacksonville)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

FLORIDA vs. OHIO STATE...Gators enter "Gator" on 8-game spread losing streak. Although Florida did win and cover 5 of 6 bowls for Urban Meyer (lone loss after 2007 to Michigan in Lloyd Carr's last game as coach). Buckeyes won and covered last three bowls for Tressel and are 7-2 vs. number last nine bowls since 2002. Slight to OSU, based on recent Florida negatives.

Rose Bowl from Pasadena)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

WISCONSIN vs. OREGON...Ducks no wins or covers in two bowl games for Chip Kelly. Bielema 3-2 SU and vs. line in bowls. Bielema has covered last four as dog. Bielema 14-5-1 last 20 on board since mid 2010. Ducks surprisingly better on road vs. points (4-1) than at home(2-5-1) this season. Both "over" 9-4 this season, though Wiscy "under" 5-1 last 6 bowls and Ducks "under" last two bowls for Kelly. Wisconsin, based on team trends.

Fiesta Bowl from Glendale)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

STANFORD vs. OKLAHOMA STATE...Pointspread showdown, Tree 10-2 vs. line TY and 13-2 last 15 on board, OSU 19-6 against points since LY. Cowboys also 11-1 against spread away from Stillwater since LY. Gundy only 1-2 in last three bowls but did rout Arizona LY at Alamo. Tree has covered last seven vs. non-conference opposition. Slight to Stanford, based on team trends.

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Sugar Bowl from New Orleans)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

MICHIGAN vs. VIRGINIA TECH...Beamer only 4-6 vs. spread last ten bowls and has struggled vs. ranked teams. Beamer is 8-5 as a dog since 2005, but was only 4-9 against number this season. Michigan 5-14 vs. line away from Ann Arbor since 2008 but most of that was Rodriguez' doing, 2-2 in role for Hoke TY. Wolverines 1-3 vs. line last four bowls and 2-6 SU last eight bowls dating to the Lloyd Carr years. Michigan 7-4 vs. spread TY for Hoke, who is 16-8 vs. line last two years at SDSU & Michigan. Slight to Michigan, based on Brady Hoke marks.

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Orange Bowl from Orlando)
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

WEST VIRGINIA vs. CLEMSON...West Virginia no covers last three years in bowls for Stewart. Holgorsen spread marks this year were very middling. But he was 2-1 as dog, and Mountaineers 11-3 getting points since 2005. Dabo had dropped four straight vs. line late in season until ACC title win vs. Beamer, but he's only 4-7 last 11 laying points away from Death Valley. Dabo also just 1-2 SU and vs. line in bowls. WVU, based on team trends.

Friday, Jan. 6

Cotton Bowl from Arlington, Texas
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

KANSAS STATE vs. ARKANSAS...Bill Snyder was 9-2 vs. line in 2011 including 7-1 as dog! Snyder 15-6 as dog since returning to Wildcats in 2009. K-State, however, has failed to cover its last five bowls dating back to the last win at the Jan. 1, 2001 Cotton Bowl vs. Tennessee. Petrino 28-15 last 43 spread decisions at Arkansas but only covered 1 of 5 away from home this season. Arkansas no covers in its last four bowls, either. Kansas State, based on Bill Snyder dog trends.

Saturday, Jan. 7

BBVA Compass Bowl from Birmingham
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

SMU vs. PITTSBURGH...These two once met in a memorable Jan. 1, 1983 Cotton Bowl won by SMU 7-3, Eric Dickerson over Dan Marino in their last college games. Pitt returns to this bowl for a second straight year again with an interim coach. June Jones, however, no covers last six TY for SMU and just 7-15 vs. spread last 22 since mid 2010. June Jones also 1-6 last 7 as dog. Pitt covered its last five this season prior to Todd Graham's departure. Pitt, based on SMU negatives.

Sunday, Jan. 8 Bowl from Mobile
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

ARKANSAS STATE vs. NORTHERN ILLINOIS...Ark State 10-2 vs. line TY and 17-7 last two years vs. number. First Red Wolves bowl since losing 2005 New Orleans Bowl (at Lafayette) vs. Southern Miss. NIU had lost and failed to cover in four straight bowls prior to LY's 40-17 romp past Fresno in Boise. Huskies only 5-8 vs. line in 2011. Ark State, based on team trends.

Monday, Jan. 9

BCS Championship from New Orleans
Matchup Skinny Tech Trend

ALABAMA vs. LSU...LSU has won and covered close 3-point decisions the last two meetings including 9-6 OT win Nov. 5 at Tuscaloosa. Les Miles 10-3 vs. line but covered all seven away from Baton Rouge, and has covered last eight away from Tiger Stadium. This series had gone "over" five straight prior to earlier 9-6 scoreline in November. Tigers "over" 12-5-1 last 18 since mid 2010. Saban dropped three of last four vs. line in 2011 and is 4-3 as dog with Bama (hasn't been a dog since 2009 SEC title game vs. Florida). Saban 4-3 vs. line last seven bowls at LSU & Bama. Les Miles 5-1 SU and vs. line in bowls with LSU. LSU, based on team trends

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12/29/2011 10:16 PM

Chick-fil-A Bowl preview

December 29, 2011

Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5)
Chick-fil-A Bowl
Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)
Saturday, Dec. 31
7:30 pm ET - ESPN
Auburn -3, o/u 48.5

Call me a traditionalist, but I will always think of this game as the “Peach Bowl.” That said, as far as bowl sponsors go, Chick-fil-A is a whole lot better sounding – and tasting – than Beef 'O' Brady's or some of the other sponsors out there. I have also always had a soft spot in my heart for this game because of its timing. At 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, the Peach Bowl has been a pre-party staple as sports fans geared up for the festivities at midnight. Hopefully the 2011 version will once again set the tone for a memorable New Year’s.

One thing is sure; the 2010-11 season was memorable for Auburn. The Tigers – or War Eagle, whichever you prefer – capped off a perfect 14-0 season by beating Oregon in the BCS title game for its second national championship. That win was Auburn’s fourth consecutive bowl victory, a streak many thought would come to an end this season. That’s because the Tigers lost a boat load of talent from their dominant squad last year, including Heisman Trophy winning junior quarterback Cam Newton. A 7-5 record seems like a pretty steep drop from 14-0, but a winning season and Peach Bowl invite is probably the most Auburn faithful could have hoped for.

Similarly, but from a completely different perspective, a Peach Bowl invite is also the most Virginia fans could have hoped for in 2011. The Cavaliers finished 2010 at 4-8, their third straight year without a bowl invite, and while progress was expected in coach Mike London’s 2nd season, 8-4 and a trip to Atlanta on New Year’s Eve is considered a best case ending no matter how this game plays out.

Both of these teams have had their fair share of highs and lows during the 2011 campaign. Auburn had quality wins against South Carolina and Florida but needed a major rally to pull out a victory against Utah State. Virginia turned heads with wins at Miami and Florida State but only after needing overtime to beat Idaho.

Since the regular season ended, there have been a number of changes at Auburn. Both coordinators have moved on as defensive coordinator Ted Roof has taken the same position at Central Florida and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has taken the head coaching job at Arkansas State. Roof won’t coach in this game – head coach Gene Chizik will call the defensive formations – but Malzahn will be on the sidelines to direct the Auburn attack one last time. How Malzahn’s attack will look should be interesting.

This much we know: Running back Michael Dyer will miss this game for violating team rules. Dyer burst on the scene as a true freshman last year, topping the 1,000 yard mark. The sophomore backed it up this year with 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns, becoming the first Auburn player to eclipse the 1,000 yard rushing mark in both of his first two seasons. Without Dyer, Auburn will turn to Onterio McCalebb who has been productive in a reserve role this season.

The quarterback position could also look a little different as reports out of the Auburn camp have freshman Kiehl Frazier taking a number of snaps with the first team offense. Auburn started the season with Barrett Trotter under center but then turned to Clint Moseley in the 2nd half of the schedule - with mixed results. The thinking goes that Chizik may want to get an early look at Frazier in preparation for the 2012 season and considering Auburn enters this game with the 100th ranked offense in the nation, what does the coach have to lose?

Whichever quarterback goes will face a Virginia defense ranked 29th in the nation and one which has kept the Cavaliers alive in many games this year. That unit has a distinct advantage over Auburn’s defense, ranked 77th in the nation, giving up 29 points and 405 yards of offense per game. The Virginia offense, ranked 46th in the nation won’t overwhelm anyone but if quarterback Michael Rocco can play mistake free football and distribute the ball to a number of options – including RB Perry Jones – the Cavaliers can mount an efficient attack.

While the offensive and defensive stats seem to point to the Cavaliers, we know the SEC is top to bottom a much stronger football conference than the ACC. As much talent as they lost from last year, this is still an Auburn team with fresh memories of a 14-0 National Championship season while Virginia is looking for its first bowl win in six years.

Betting Notes:

Virginia was 6-6 ATS this season
The Cavaliers went 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS on the road this season. The lone loss came on Sept. 17 to North Carolina, 17-28
UVA was 3-1 SU and 1-3 ATS in non-conference action
The ‘under’ went 10-2 for Virginia this season
Auburn was 4-8 (33%) versus the number
Auburn won six of its seven games at home this season
The Tigers went 1-4 both SU and ATS on the road, the lone win coming at South Carolina (16-13).
The four losses were by double digits and against some quality opponents (Clemson, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia) too
Including last year’s win in the BCS Championship, Auburn is 4-0 in its last four bowls and the outcome was decided by three points each time.
Ironically, Virginia’s last three bowl games were decided by exactly three points as well. The Cavs are 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS with the last postseason battle in 2007.
The ACC has won the last two Chick-fil-A Bowls, but the SEC was on a 4-0 run prior to that.

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12/29/2011 10:23 PM

Bowl Game Record:

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
12/29/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/28/11 3-*1-*0 75.00% +*950 Detail
12/27/11 2-*2-*0 50.00% -*100 Detail
12/26/11 2-*0-*0 100.00% +*1000 Detail
12/24/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/22/11 2-*0-*0 100.00% +*1000 Detail
12/21/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/20/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/17/11 4-*2-*0 66.67% +*900 Detail
Totals 17-*9-*0 65.38% +3550

Friday, December 30

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Tulsa - 12:00 PM ET Brigham Young -2.5 500
Brigham Young - Over 55.5 500

Rutgers - 3:20 PM ET Iowa State +1.5 500
Iowa State - Under 44.5 500

Wake Forest - 6:40 PM ET Mississippi State -6.5 500
Mississippi State - Over 48 500

Iowa - 10:00 PM ET Iowa +14 500
Oklahoma - Under 58 500

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12/30/2011 04:58 PM

Armadillo's Write-Up

Bowl Season

Armed Forces Bowl

Tulsa started season 1-3, but losses were to Oklahoma/Oklahoma St/Boise St- they won next seven games, with six wins by 17+ points, before losing finale 48-16 to Houston. Hurricane was 3-0 in bowls under previous coach Graham, winning 63-7/45-13/62-35, but two of those three were vs MAC schools; LY’s bowl was great win at Hawai’i. BYU is an independent now; ; they were 5-0 vs WAC schools, beat UCF of C-USA 24-17 but lost 54-10 to rival Utah, 38-29 at TCU, split 1-point decisions with Ole Miss/Texas. Cougars won bowls last two years, 44-20/52-24. Underdogs won this game last two years, but favorites are 5-3 vs spread in this bowl, 3-0 when TCU/service academy isn’t involved; average total in last four bowls is 59.3. Tulsa (+1.5) lost this game 26-13 five years ago. MWC teams are 2-3 in this bowl.

Pinstripe Bowl

6-6 Iowa State won two games as double digit underdogs to get here; they lost four games in row in October by average score of 34-18, but handing Oklahoma State its only loss made them bowl eligible- they are 7-3 vs spread as underdogs, with 24-20 win at UConn (not far from here) in September. Rutgers lost 40-22 at UConn, but won seven of last ten games- they’re 2-2 as favorite this year. Scarlet Knights didn’t go bowling LY, but they’ve won last four bowls by average score of 41-22 (3-1 vs spread); this is home game for them, with game being played in Bronx for second time. Iowa State is playing in just its second bowl since ’05; they’re 2-3 in last five bowls, all as underdogs- four of the five games were decided by 4 or less points (3-1-1 vs spread). ISU coach Rhoads is familiar with Rutgers from his days as Pitt’s DC (2000-7).

Music City Bowl

Mississippi State won its last four bowls, despite being underdog in three of them; their last bowl loss was in ’98 Cotton Bowl- this is just their third bowl since 2000, so their fans are excited (sold out their allotment of tickets). More was expected of Bulldogs than 6-6, scoring 12 or less points in four of six losses. State is 4-3 as a favorite this year. Wake Forest is in first bowl since ’08; they’ve won four of last five bowls, despite being dog in three of five. Deacons lost four of last five games, losing finale 41-7 to Vanderbilt; now they’re bowling in Vandy’s hometown. Wake is 5-4 as a dog this season. SEC teams are 4-4 in this bowl, 3-3 vs ACC teams, with underdogs 5-2 vs spread in last seven. Since 2003, dogs of 6+ points are 3-1 in this bowl. Since 2006, SEC clubs are 30-16 in bowls, 18-11 against the spread as bowl favorites.

Insight Bowl

Iowa is 1-4 on road this year, losing at Minnesota/Iowa State; they covered once in four games as a dog. Oklahoma split its last six games after a 6-0 start, allowing 41-45-44 points in its three losses- they’re 6-5 as favorite this year, 5-5 when laying double digits. Hawkeye alum Stoops is 6-6 in bowls, 4-8 vs spread, 1-2 when laying double digits, but he won his last two bowls, 31-27/48-20; Ferentz is 6-3 in bowls, winning his last three- he’s covered six of seven as a bowl dog. Big 12 teams are 4-1 in this bowl last five years, with Iowa (+2.5) beat Missouri LY; since ’03, underdogs are 5-3 vs spread in this game. Over last 5+ years, double digit bowl favorites are 11-18 v spread, 1-1 this year. Teams from Oklahoma’s league (Big X) won nine of last 12 bowls vs Big Dozen schools, but are just 4-8 vs spread in those games.

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12/30/2011 04:59 PM


Friday, December 30

What bettors need to know: Friday's bowl game action

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. BYU Cougars (+1, 56.5)


1. Brigham Young started 1-2 before winning nine of its last 10 and Tulsa rebounded from a 1-3 start to win seven in a row before losing to Houston in its last game. All four of Tulsa’s losses are to teams that were in the top 10 at the time.

2. Fifth-year senior quarterback G.J. Kinne and running back Ja’Terian Douglas, who leads the nation with 8.2 yards a carry, key a Tulsa offense which ranks 23rd in the country in scoring (34.1) and yards (454.4). BYU is ranked 17th in the nation in total defense.

3. Tulsa has won three straight bowl games, averaging 56.7 points. BYU has won four of its last five bowl outings and will try to win its 10th game for the fifth time in six seasons.

4. BYU won the first six meetings between the two former Western Athletic Conference teams, but Tulsa won the last one 55-47 in 2007.


LINE: BYU opened as a 2-point favorite and was bet up to -3, before bettors came back on Tulsa and flipped the spread to +1

WEATHER: Clear skies are in the forecast for Dallas, with game-time temperatures in the high 50s. Winds will blow at 6 mph from the NW.

ABOUT TULSA (8-4, 7-1, Conference USA, 7-5 ATS): The Golden Hurricane have plenty of weapons. Douglas and Trey Watts have both rushed for more than 800 yards. Kinne, with 900 career passing yards, has 25 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions – two against Houston. Willie Carter is Kinne’s top target with 61 catches for 868 yards. Kicker Kevin Fitzpatrick is 15-for-17 this season and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 296 points. Linebacker Curnelius Arnick averaged 11.8 tackles, tied for sixth in the nation. All-Conference USA defensive end Tyrunn Walker is listed as questionable with a leg injury. The Golden Hurricane has an 8-9 all-time bowl record.

ABOUT BYU (9-3, 8-4 ATS): The Cougars have put up good numbers defensively in their first season as an independent, averaging 15 points against in wins and losing only 17-16 to Texas. But BYU, which has an 11-7-1 all-time record in bowls, has only one victory over a team with a winning record (Utah State). Quarterback Riley Nelson is 5-1 as a starter after replacing Jake Heaps. Nelson has 16 touchdown passes, only five interceptions and 376 yards rushing. Wide receiver Cody Hoffman has caught 53 passes for 821 yards and Ross Apo has nine touchdown receptions. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy leads the team with 10 tackles for loss and five sacks.


* Golden Hurricane are 4-1 ATS in their last five Bowl games.
* Cougars are 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
* Under is 4-1 in Golden Hurricane's last five Bowl games.
* Over is 4-1 in Cougars' last five non-conference games.

PREDICTION: Tulsa 41, BYU 31 – Kinne shakes off a rough game as the Golden Hurricane win a shootout.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Iowa State Cyclones (+1.5, 44.5)


1. Rutgers fell short in its bid for the Big East’s automatic BCS berth. Iowa State played a big role in the BCS in its own way, scoring one of the biggest upsets of the season when it knocked off then-No. 2 Oklahoma State in double overtime Nov. 18.

2. The Scarlet Knights came into the final weekend of the regular season with a share of the Big East title and a chance at a BCS bowl. But they committed six turnovers and fell behind by 30 points in the third quarter en route to a 40-22 setback against Connecticut.

3. Rutgers has been going back and forth between sophomore Chas Dodd and freshman Gary Nova at quarterback, with each struggling to claim the job outright. The two have the best security blanket in the Big East in receiver Mohamed Sanu, who set the conference record with 109 receptions and totaled seven touchdowns.

4. The Cyclones, who average 181.2 yards on the ground, will put their high-scoring attack up against the Scarlet Knights and their 12th-ranked scoring defense. Rutgers’ strength is in the secondary, where it is holding teams to 168.3 passing yards. Iowa State should have room to run.

TV: 3:20 p.m., ESPN,

LINE: Rutgers opened as a 2-point favorite and has dropped to -1.5

WEATHER: Rain is in the forecast for Yankee Stadium, with a 33 percent chance of showers. Game-time temperatures will dip into the mid 40s while winds will blow South at 6 mph.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (6-6, 3-6 Big 12, 7-5 ATS): The Cyclones went up against seven ranked teams during the regular season and knocked off two, claiming upsets at Texas Tech and in the shocker versus Oklahoma State. Iowa State also holds a win at Rutgers’ nemesis Connecticut from September and played strong at Kansas State in a 30-23 loss to end the regular season. Coach Paul Rhodes was given a 10-year contract extension but will be coaching his final game with offensive coordinator Tom Herman, who is taking a job under Urban Meyer at Ohio State.

ABOUT RUTGERS (8-4, 4-3 Big East, 8-4 ATS): The Scarlet Knights’ vaunted defense was put in a tough position against Connecticut thanks to three combined interceptions by Dodd and Nova. Dodd also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter. When the two play mistake-free football, the defense usually leaves Rutgers in a strong position. Dodd and Nova have each been getting practice reps and coach Greg Schiano won’t be afraid to pull either quarterback. The Scarlet Knights have recent experience playing at Yankee Stadium after beating Army 27-12 in the Bronx on Nov. 12.


* Scarlet Knights are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five bowl games.
* Cyclones are 6-2 ATS in their last eight non-conference games.
* Over is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights' last five Bowl games.
* Under is 4-0-1 in Cyclones' last five Bowl games.

PREDICTION: Iowa State 33, Rutgers 20 - The Cyclones are battle-tested from the Big 12 slate while the Scarlet Knights have yet to prove themselves against top competition.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (-6.5, 48)


1. Mississippi State has won its past four bowl appearances, including a 52-14 thrashing of Michigan in last season’s Gator Bowl. But the Bulldogs had to beat arch-rival Mississippi in the regular-season finale just to become bowl eligible after struggling in the rugged SEC West.

2. Whether Chris Relf or Tyler Russell start at quarterback for Mississippi State remains a question. Both are splitting snaps in practice. Relf started the season on top of the depth chart and appeared in 10 games. Russell took over starting duties at midseason and played in nine games.

3. Wake Forest will look to trump a Bulldogs’ defense allowing only 19.9 points per game with the play of quarterback Tanner Price, a sophomore who completed 60.9 percent of his passes and threw for 20 touchdowns. Price’s top target, Chris Givens, caught nine touchdowns and finished with 1,276 receiving yards.

4. The Demon Deacons have not appeared in a bowl game since beating Navy 29-19 in the 2008 EagleBank Bowl.


LINE: Mississippi State opened at -6.5 and has remained steay at that numbers with some books going to -7.

WEATHER: Cloudy skies and game-time temperatures in the high 50s are in the forecast for Nashville. Winds, blowing SW, will reach speeds of up to 11 mph.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (6-6, 2-6 SEC West, 6-6 ATS): Expectations were high in Starkville following a nine-win season in 2010. But the Bulldogs lost to Auburn and LSU in a five-day span in mid-September and never fully recovered. Whoever plays quarterback will look to running back Vick Ballard to lead the way. Ballard rushed for 1,009 yards and eight touchdowns this season, including 144 yards against Ole Miss. The Bulldogs are in a bowl game for the second consecutive season for the first time since 1999-2000, and have won their past four bowl appearances.

ABOUT WAKE FOREST (6-6, 5-3 ACC, 7-5 ATS): A 35-30 upset victory over then-No. 23 Florida State on Oct. 8 pushed the Demon Deacons to 4-1 on the season. But Wake would drop five of its final seven, including an ugly 41-7 loss at home to Vanderbilt in the regular-season finale. Price will have to spark the offense as Wake Forest ranks 96th in the nation in rushing offense. Leading rusher Brandon Pendergrass posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Clemson (134 yards) and Maryland (125 yards) late in the season.


* Demon Deacons are 4-1 ATS in their last five bowl games.
* Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games.
* Under is 4-1 in Demon Deacons' last five Bowl games.
* Under is 7-3 in Bulldogs' last 10 games overall.

PREDICTION: Mississippi State 24, Wake Forest 20 - The Bulldogs find a way to keep Price in check just enough to pull out a close victory.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Oklahoma Sooners (-14, 57.5)


1. Oklahoma opened the season with national-championship expectations, but the loss of leading receiver Ryan Broyles and leading rusher Dominique Whaley combined with a sloppy defense has Bob Stoops’ Sooners outside of a BCS bowl for only the second time in the last six years. Iowa also enters off a down year by Kirk Ferentz’s standards, but has won three straight bowl games, including the last two as underdogs.

2. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, billed as a Heisman candidate for the first half of the season, didn’t throw a touchdown pass in his last three games and had five interceptions. Iowa junior quarterback James Vandenberg was up-and-down, but finished with 23 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He'll be missing his backfield mate, leading rusher Marcus Coker, who has been suspended for the game. Coker set Iowa bowl records for rushing attempts (33) and rushing yards (219) in the Hawkeyes' 27-24 win over Missouri in last year's Insight Bowl.

3. Stoops played safety at Iowa, when Ferentz was the Hawkeyes’ offensive line coach in the early 1980s.

4. Ferentz has been mentioned as a candidate for the Kansas City Chiefs vacancy.


LINE: Oklahoma opened at -15.5 and has been bet down to as low as -13.5.

WEATHER: Clear skies and temperatures in the high 50s is in the forecast for Sun Devil Stadium. Winds, blowing WSW, will blow at 2 mph.

ABOUT IOWA (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten, 5-7 ATS): A difficult offseason was followed by an up-and-down regular season for the Hawkeyes. They had an impressive win over BCS-bound Michigan, but also suffered an embarrassing loss to a three-win Minnesota team. Vandenberg has a big-play target in Marvin McNutt to throw at the suspect Oklahoma secondary. The Hawkeyes’ defense struggled to pressure the quarterback, which left their secondary vulnerable. Iowa ranked last in the Big Ten in pass defense.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA (9-3, 6-3 Big 12, 6-6 ATS): The Sooners are making their 12th straight bowl appearance, a streak spanning Stoops’ entire tenure in Norman. But bowl season hasn’t always been kind to Oklahoma, which has lost three of its last five postseason appearances. Oklahoma was No. 1 in the nation until suffering a stunning upset at home to Texas Tech in late October. The Sooners managed to climb back into the national-title picture, before falling at Baylor. If Jones can’t get the offense clicking, look for backup Blake Bell to get more snaps. Bell was used as a short-yardage specialist as Jones faded late.


* Hawkeyes are 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games.
* Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games.
* Over is 5-0-1 in Hawkeyes' last six non-conference games.
* Over is 4-1 in Sooners' last five Bowl games.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma 34, Iowa 28. After a blowout loss at Oklahoma State to end the regular season, the Sooners’ motivation will be tested by the less-talented Hawkeyes.

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12/31/2011 12:00 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record
12/30/11 3-*5-*0 37.50% -*1250 Detail
12/29/11 2-*2-*0 50.00% -*100 Detail
12/28/11 3-*1-*0 75.00% +*950 Detail
12/27/11 2-*2-*0 50.00% -*100 Detail
12/26/11 2-*0-*0 100.00% +*1000 Detail
12/24/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/22/11 2-*0-*0 100.00% +*1000 Detail
12/21/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/20/11 1-*1-*0 50.00% -*50 Detail
12/17/11 4-*2-*0 66.67% +*900 Detail
Totals 21-*15-*0 58.33% +2250

Saturday, December 31

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Texas A&M - 12:00 PM ET Texas A&M -10 500
Northwestern - Over 66 500

Utah - 2:00 PM ET Georgia Tech -3.5 500
Georgia Tech - Under 50.5 500

UCLA - 3:30 PM ET UCLA +2.5 500
Illinois - Over 47 500

Cincinnati - 3:30 PM ET Vanderbilt -2.5 500
Vanderbilt - Under 48.5 500

Virginia - 7:30 PM ET Auburn -2.5 500
Auburn - Under 49 500

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