Friday, December 30, 2011
Today's and tommorow's picks guaranteed* to win you money
After starting the bowl picks pretty low at 2-4, we did much better this past week, winning at least 5 of the 7 (the Alamo Bowl with Baylor was just starting as I write, edit-Baylor won by 11 to cover the 9 1/2, so 5-2). There's 9 bowl games today and tomorrow, so since that'll take a while to go through them all, let's get your picks guaranteed to win you money going.
New Year's Eve Eve
Armed Forces Bowl at noon - Tulsa -1 1/2 BYU
Tulsa has an explosive O, but a D just as likely to blow up. BYU can score, but has a much better D. It's just that simple, although the over is probably the play in this one. But combine a better D with their usual 26 yr old OL back from mission trips, and we're taking the Cougars to cover and upset the Golden Hurricane (seriously, is that like a massive golden showed from multiple directions?)
Pinstripe Bowl at 3:30 - Rutgers -1 1/2 Iowa St
Considering the name, we're guessing they play this one at Yankee Stadium. The Cyclones have had a series of streaks; a couple wins to start, followed by a run of Ls, then a handful of Ws and some losses to top 25 teams to close. Rutgers wasn't as up and down, but they lost to crap Big East schools, and will likely feel right at home in Knickerbockerland. But still, we're talking about a team that beat should-be-national-championship-game-participant Oklahoma St, vs a team from the Little Least. Yeah, take Iowa St to cover, and upset.
Music City Bowl at 6:40 - Miss St -6 1/2 Wake Forest
Jim Grobe has done well for the Demon Deacons, and Dan Mullen's Bizarro Bulldawgs struggled after a promising early start. But then, all of the Cowbells loses were to respectable teams, while Wake lost to Syracuse, Vandy, and North Carolina. Give up the points and take the Bullies to blow this one out.
Insight Bowl at 10 - Oklahoma -13 1/2 Iowa
With a name like that, more proof that there's way, way too many bowl games. We'd usually take the Hawkeyes just because of Kirk Ferentz over Big Game Bob. But they lost to Minnefreakinsota. Combine a crap team, against a team with multiple first round picks (that thanks to Stoopslow is in the Insight Bowl) we're taking the Sooners despite our coach is an idiot alarm ringing loud.
New Year's Eve
Meineke Car Care Bowl at noon - Texas A&M -10 1/2 Northwestern
OK, so apparently the Belk Bowl did not replace this game. Yep, way too many bowls. It's a nice little SEC vs. Big Slow matchup, but A&M ain't SEC yet, and we have a ton of respect for Pat Fitzgerald. Take the Wildcats to cover although they won't win.
Sun Bowl at 2 - Tech -2 1/2 Utah
Paul Johnson is preparing for his career in a mariachi band once he loses to Georgia a couple more times and gets fired. That means he and his team haven't been focused on the Youths. That, and the non-mormons have had a month to work on getting ready for his gimmick wing T attack. Utah covers and upsets.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at 3:30 - Illinois -3 1/2 UCLA
The Interim Bowl, as both the Zooker and Neuheisel are already gone. We'll keep this short as there's 2 more games to get cover. UCLA sucks, so we're taking the Illini.
Liberty Bowl at 3:30 - Vandy -1 1/2 Cincinnati
Thankfully, ESPN was smart enough to schedule another game in the early afternoon so we don't have to suffer too much of the Sun, or any of the Fight Hunger. James "I'm an asshole" Franklin has his cheap shot artists doing better than anyone ever expects out of the Commodores. The Bearcats on the other hand lost to Tennessee by more than 20 earlier this year. Take Lionel Ritchie's backup band to win this one easy, as the single point is nowhere near enough.
Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl at 7:30 - Auburn -3 1/2 Virginia
The Plainsmeagles have suffered through a lot of issues this past month. But the Wahoos are still a mediocre, at best, ACC team. Missing Michael Dyer gives us pause, but Ted Roof's departure is a massive addition by subtraction. The WarTigemen cover with ease and blow out Virginia.
*-guarantee only good on Christmas Eve, between 4:30 and 4:49 in the morning, if you're on your way to Toys-R-Us to get your kid the last Transformer doll, and right before you go inside you get smacked upside the head with a brick