The bowl circuit took a break yesterday for the NFL on Sunday, but heats up this week as we get closer to New Years Eve and the college football playoff. Note that the college football playoff is on New Years Eve his year and not New Years. Reason being the Rose Bowl would not move from playing on New Years Day. Instead, when the Rose Bowl is included in the playoff, the schedule will move back. Ratings rule the day, and if ratings are not good on New Years Eve, I don’t think it will stay like this for much longer. Now is the appetizer before the main course. Today there a couple of games on the college football schedule. First up is the Pitt Panthers taking on the Navy Midshipmen. Neither team want to be playing in this bowl game. Okay, Navy can’t say anything about the Military Bowl. It was like the bowl was created for the military schools, but not that long ago they were looking at a New Year 6 bowl.
The Panthers had an okay season for their standard as well. Navy comes in with a 10-2 record, with losses against Notre Dame and Houston, to play the 8-4 Panthers. The only losses for Navy came against two very good teams. Houston may be one of the most underrated teams in college football. In other words, Navy were close to a perfect season, but all 10-2 gets you at Navy is a trip to the Military Bowl. Keenan Reynolds leads Navy into this one in his last try as a Midshipmen. What a career it was for Reynolds, who will exit with several records broken at Navy. Not only school records, but college football records.
Reynolds is the record holder for career rushing touchdowns in a season, and also holds the most rushing yards among quarterbacks in college football. He can conclude his college career with a win today at the Military Bowl over Pittsburgh. Pitt is no slouch. I think this could turn into a pretty good game between pretty even opponents. Some of you have time off from work this week, so why not try and earn some extra cash while you’re sitting at home. Let’s look deeper into the Military Bowl.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Navy Midshipmen Military Bowl Betting Odds:
vs. Navy -3(-110)
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Pittsburgh vs. Navy Pick:
Navy is going to run the football and then run the football some more. The Midshipmen utilize the triple-option offense, which just trys to confuse the opposition with misdirection and so many players in the backfield that the defense has to account for. I think having some time to prepare for this offense bodes well for teams, though. There is only so much a team can do running the triple-option. Reynolds can throw out of this set, though, and can be pretty efficient at doing it. But the story of the game will be Pitt’s effort slowing down the run game of Navy. Navy averaged 319.2 yards per game on the ground this season, while throwing for 92.3 yards.
Pitt loves to run the football too, as they are rushing for 185.9 yards a game. They’ve had problems throwing, averaging only 195 yards per game through the air. Pittsburgh had their moments this season, and battled hard against some of the big boys. They held around against Notre Dame and pushed them to a 42-30 loss. Pittsburgh also lost 27-24 to Iowa early in the season, which looks like a good loss knowing how good the Hawkeyes have been this season. The Panthers also came a touchdown short against UNC. Navy got rolled over against the Irish. They played a real easy schedule, with their most difficult team being Notre Dame then Houston in the conference championship. This should be a close game that Pittsburgh takes.
PICK: PITTSBURGH +3 (-110)