And just like that, college football bowl season is nearly upon us.
The official kickoff will be Friday the 20th of December from the Bahamas where UNC Charlotte is getting 6.5 points against Buffalo U.
Watch out for the USC Trojans when they play the Iowa Hawkeyes the night of the 27th at the Holiday Bowl down in San Diego.
Of course, you can expect a predominantly pro-Trojan crowd as LA is just up the 5 and many Iowans will likely be snowed in by late-December.
Right now, USC is getting 2.5 points, are returning their coach, and present matchup problems on the outside for a suspect Iowa secondary.
The Oklahoma State and Texas A&M matchup is rather interesting and will likely play out closer than the 7 points the Cowboys are getting right now.
13.5 points, though… It seems like quite a bit to give to the most productive offensive mind in college football in Lincoln Riley, especially with battle-tested veteran Jalen Hurts under center.
These are just a few of the teams I am thinking about taking with the points right now. I normally find the college bowl season much easier to predict than the regular season. This year doesn’t appear to be much different.
We will need to jump on some of these odds with the quickness, though, if we want to maximize our value because I know the lines will be on the move soon.
These betting odds are provided to us today by BetOnline.AG.
Let’s go ahead and get to the 3 college football bowl game underdogs to bet with the points.
Buffalo Bulls (-6.5) vs UNC Charlotte 49ers (+6.5)
This will be a time of possession game. Buffalo loves to chew up the clock and averaged nearly 35 minutes of time on offense each game. They are a very strong running team and also have a great rush defense.
This is where UNC Charlotte will need to bust a trend. The 49ers are also a team that likes to establish the run and control the clock. They averaged nearly 33 minutes of offense in 2019. Neither team has won a bowl game, ever.
Buffalo is 0-3 and this is UNC Charlotte’s first bowl game ever. Neither team has any coaches leaving or going during this time and there won’t be any potential draft picks choosing to sit this one out.
I expect both teams, who are matched up well, to play hard.
The 49ers need to run the ball very well to win. They are 1-5 when they don’t get to 230 yards on the ground which is bad but consider that they were able to eclipse that mark in half of their games played and we have some good value.
As long as UNC Charlotte doesn’t fall behind by a couple of scores, they should stay within 7 and potentially win. They have a pass rusher with 14 sacks this year and they can’t afford to have him steadily trying to stop the run.
Iowa Hawkeyes (-2.5) vs USC Trojans (+2.5)
Iowa may be the better-coached team and they always seem to be the group with better fundamentals.
Maybe it’s an Iowa thing versus Los Angeles.
Naturally, we expect the Midwest group to play with more discipline than the guys from Southern California. I’m not sure discipline is going to play enough of a role in this one to make a difference, though.
USC’s head coach Clay Helton is potentially on the chopping block but his players absolutely adore him and will undoubtedly be highly motivated to play hard for their leader heading into the offseason.
USC was heavily hampered by injuries this year and they still managed to get to this point. With the talent and speed they have at wide receiver, I foresee big plays and Iowa playing catchup for most of the night.
USC is one of the most penalized teams and Iowa ranks as one of the very least. Given the lengthy preparation time, I think the penalty disparity gap closes.
USC is also essentially playing at home. If the Trojans fall behind, they aren’t a running based team so they will be playing catch up with their strength.
I think they win it outright, though, but we will take the 2.5 just in case.
LSU Tigers (-13.5) vs Oklahoma Sooners (+13.5)
I can’t believe the line is moving in the direction of the Tigers. It has already moved 2 points. Goodness knows, if it gets to the magic number of 14, then it would start to appear too good to be true.
Hey, I’m a huge fan of what the Tigers have been able to do this season. Joe Burrow is as tough as they come and wow, what a cool character he is.
Then there’s head coach Ed Orgeron, who is a man’s man, a coach’s coach, you name it. How do you not love that guy?
This is a lot of points, though, especially considering who is on the other side of the field. Lincoln Riley knows a thing or two about scoring points. 28 is their lowest output on offense all season and that came in a win versus TCU.
It’s the running game, though, that is essential for the Sooners this year. Sophomore back Kennedy Brooks has rushed for more than 2,000 yards in his college career and averaged nearly 8 yards per carry.
Yes, that is in the defensively weak Big 12 but amazing numbers nonetheless.
I just have too much faith in OU’s head coach to pick another team to cover by two touchdowns even if it is the 2019 LSU Tigers.
The Tigers did just beat the Georgia Bulldogs by 27 points. I suppose that’s why the NCAAF sportsbooks have this one set so wide.
OU has the firepower and the coaching schemes to backdoor this spread if they have to.
I expect LSU to win and worst-case scenario, they are up by 20 going into the 4th quarter…I still believe in Lincoln Riley’s ability to get the score within 13.
It’s Christmas time! The NBA is heating up. The NFL is approaching playoff time. The landscape of college basketball is beginning to take shape.
What’s more fun than those four combined? If you guessed college football’s bowl season, then you are correct!
Sometimes, it can be tricky betting on these bowl games because you never know if a team isn’t motivated at all and ends up playing like they couldn’t care less.
I like the three picks we made today, though. They aren’t locks but with Charlotte and Buffalo, you’re getting what’s nearly a pick’em game with 6.5 points.
USC has much more talent and if they play hard and disciplined for their coach, they should beat the Iowa Hawkeyes outright.
Finally, the college football playoff game between the Sooners and #1 seed LSU Tigers should be a fun one.
I’m not sure how OU is going to stop Joe Burrow but I have enough faith in the offensive genius that is Lincoln Riley to keep it within two touchdowns by the final horn.
Get those bets in now before the lines move away from our favor!