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Beating Vegas: Bowl Locks, Pt. 2

Potato Bowl (played in Boise, Idaho) on Dec. 22nd

CMU vs. Wyoming (even), total 46.5

Draft “experts” have Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen in the top three of quarterback prospects that are entering this year’s NFL draft.  Draft-guru, Mel Kiper Jr. has Allen as the number one quarterback. . . it’s just amazing that a guy who’s numbers this year are as follows: 1658 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  Excuse me as I pick my jaw up from the floor. . . Playing out of the Mountain West Conference, he knew that his marquee games would come against teams from Power 5 Conferences. . .he was embarrassed by both Oregon and Iowa.   Allen suffered an injury in Wyoming’s win over Air Force on November 11th, but is going to play in the Potato Bowl.  Allen will be going up against a Central Michigan pass defense that is one of the best in all of college football.  This defensive unit holds the opposition to a completion percentage of 54.6% and is second, nationally, in the  interceptions category  with 19 (tied with Akron and Iowa).  Another impressive stat by this secondary is that they’ve only given up 13 touchdowns through the air this year.   Take a guess at which team these stats kind-of run neck-in-neck with. . . ?  Yup, Wyoming.  Wyoming has allowed only 10 touchdowns through the air, nabbed 16 interceptions and have held the passing yards against them to a total under 2000 yards this season.  The under in this game seems to be the play, and for the win, the Central Michigan Chippewas just have better players and really no pressure in this game.

The Pick: CMU and the Under

Armed Forces Bowl (played in Fort Worth, Texas) on Dec. 23rd

Army +6 vs. San Diego State, total 46

If you like watching teams that run the ball then this is the game for you.  Just good ol’ smash mouth football.  San Diego State attempts about twenty passes a game while Army attempts five. . . 5.  Yes, five.   Good thing Army runs the ball.  They freakin’ better. . . Army leads the nation with 4270 rushing yards, at a 6.1 yard clip.  Army’s offense is a marvel of college football tradition, as they run the triple-option-flexbone attack.  This is usually a problem for opposing defenses because they don’t see this very often, but San Diego State sees this formation when they go against their conference rival Air Force.  Adding into the mix are the formidable rushing attacks of UNLV, New Mexico and Colorado State – the San Diego Aztecs see their fair share of rushing attacks. San Diego State fares well against all of them.  They are seventh in the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed and their run defense allows only 3.5 yards a rush – just like Penn State and Georgia.   San Diego State’s rushing attack is led by the phenomenal Rashaad Penny.  Penny received AP All American College Football 1st Team Honors this week and still feels he needs to prove something to the world.  A large portion of fans think Penny was snubbed in the Heisman race, and that he was overshadowed by the likes of Penn State’s Saquan Barkley and Stamford’s Bryce Love.  Penny isn’t “on the fence” about playing in this bowl game and actually feels he needs to show the world one last time just how dominant of a runner he is.  He’ll be going up against an Army defense that allows five yards a rush (after calculating Penny’s 7.4 yards a carry, Penny has a smash-average-advantage of 6.2 yards per carry).  Army has had a nice season, but this one gets ugly with the Aztecs literally running away with this one.

The Pick: San Diego State -6

Dollar General Bowl (played in Mobile, Alabama) on Dec. 23rd

Appalachian State +7 vs. Toledo, Total 61.5

Appalachian State is a confusing squad.  They have an 8-4 record, co-champions of the Sun Belt conference and have an offense that scores 33 points per game.  Yet, they somehow manage to lose against teams like Louisiana-Monroe and UMass. . . This is football in the Sun Belt conference, I guess. . . Regardless of that, App State has put together an impressive season once again.  Senor quarterback Taylor Lamb has put up some impressive stats this year and is hoping to impress scouts one last time in this Dollar General Bowl.  Lamb has 27 touchdown passes and only 6 interceptions this year and in his entire four years as starting quarterback has stood at a 61% completion percentage.  The offensive line (three of gained made All-Sun-Belt-First-Team honors in front of Lamb has done a great job for him and his stable of running backs – most notably Jalen Moore who is 88 yards away from a 1000 yard season.  Those are the kind of things that don’t bode well for a below average Toledo rush defense that allows 4.7 yards a carry.  Toledo is giving up 25 points a game this year,  and although they are holding opposing quarterbacks to a completion percentage of 52.7% but they’ve had a tendency to give up the big plays. . . Toledo’s offense is a powerhouse though.  Quarterback Logan Woodside has thrown for over 3700 yards with 28 touchdown passes and his targets Dionte and Jon’Vea Johnson are a sweet receiving duo.   Appalachian State’s tough defense will definitely be pushed to their limits in this one.  App State is going to take their time on drives while Toledo might find themselves getting frustrated against this Mountaineer defense. . . Should be a good game, but look at this one as a chess match.

The Pick: The Under at 61.5

Good Luck and Wager Wisely!

G.W. Gras

Twitter @GeeSteelio


Beating Vegas: Wake Up, Gator Down

Utah State +13.5 at Wake Forest

Wake Forest has been a team I’ve picked on for the last few years.  And, why not? Outside of Tim Duncan, you’ll struggle to name a talent out of Wake Forest who has been athletically dominant.  Redshirt freshman wide out Greg Dortch may change that way of thinking though. In his first two games Dortch has 10 catches for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns. For a Wake Forest team that has recently been known for having above average defense and below average offense, this is a player that helps tilt things in their favor. Wake is a team that will predominantly run the ball with their quarterback Kendall Hinton and their running backs Cade Carney and John Wolford.  This ground game will pose the biggest problem for Utah State, who’s secondary might be looking forward to the challenge of covering Dortch, but their defensive line will get pummeled by Wakes offensive front.  Even though they beat up on cup-cake Idaho State, they still gave up 100 yards on the ground to tailback Ty Flanagan, and although Wisconsin is “next-level-good” they couldn’t do much to stop the ground attack or  the passing attack led by Alex Hornibrook, who nearly everyone has questions about as QB of the Badgers.  It may seem like a lot of points but Utah State won’t be able to move the ball against a Demon Deacons squad that has a pretty impressive defense and an improved offense.

The Pick: Wake Forest -13.5


Appalachian State -23 at Texas State

Twenty-three  points is a big number.  Although we did pick UCLA last week and we saw them easily cover that number to rout Hawaii, so who knows. . . App State and Texas State have played a similar schedule: Both lost to a good school from a power-five conference and both won against their scheduled “cup-cake” opponents.  The only difference is, App State dismantled Savannah State 54-7 while Texas State limped passed Houston Baptist 20-11.  The stats between Baptist and Texas were pretty similar, Baptist just didn’t have what it took to finish drives.  Appalachian State knows how to finish drives and put opponents away.  Last year they won this match-up 35-10 and with not much improvement coming on the side of Texas State offensively or defensively in the last year, it’s easy to see where this one is going. . . Last season this Texas State defense was terrible against the run allowing 4.9 yards a rush and allowing 2663 yards on the ground.  Expect App State to take advantage of this and watch as the highly accurate quarterback Taylor Lamb has all day in the pocket.

The Pick: Appalachian State -23

Tennessee +4.5 at Florida

This line opened at eight points and has plummeting ever since.  Does that mean something?  Yes, one of two things.  1) Bookmakers just want even betting on the side so they are begging people to take Florida OR 2) Bookmakers realized something that the majority of the nation refuses to believe: Florida is just not that good.  It’s true.  Sorry folks, no more Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow – hell, I’m sure people are still wishing Percy Harvin will suit up for the Gators – nope, not happening.  The Gators have been able to recruit great athletes on the defensive side of the ball but have been stagnant on offense for – forever it seems. The addition of former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire proved to be in vain as he struggled to throw over 100 yards against Michigan.  Tennessee beat the Gators last season, although they DID have Dobbs at quarterback but this team is already 2-0 and showing no signs in slowing down offensively.  It would’ve been better to get them at 8, but the Vols are just the better team, familiar with this enemy territory and should pull off the victory outright.

The Pick: Tennessee +4.5

Four Game Teaser of the Week: Boise State -2, UConn +22, Oklahoma State -1.5 and Wake Forest -1.


Good Luck and Wager Wisely!

G.W. Gras

Twitter @GeeSteelio