The Cheez-It Bowl takes over for the Camping World Bowl this year, as this one typically gets a good matchup between a decent ACC and Big 12 school. Before the Camping World Bowl, it was known as the Champs Sports Bowl from 2004-2011, and then the Russell Athletic Bowl from 2012-2016.
The Cheez-It Bowl might have a silly ring to it, but this bowl typically generates some good matchups. Among the mid-tier bowls, this Orlando bowl game is one of the bigger ones. The game that follows, the Alamo Bowl, is also a solid mid-tier game.
As we get closer to New Years, the bowl games continue to get bigger and more important. I don’t know if any non-playoff game is necessarily important, but winning a New Year’s Six bowl is something most schools care about. For players with a potential NFL future in April, they certainly don’t mean anything, though.
They are opting out or looking to put another game on tape for scouts. Showing up big in the College Football Playoff can only help elevate a player’s stock, especially for players that are on the draft bubble. Trevor Lawrence has no bubble to worry about. He’s going No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Lawrence gets lucky and avoids the New York Jets organization.
There is a pretty good quarterback in the Cheez-It Bowl to be aware of on Tuesday. D’Eriq King announced that he will be returning another year to play at Miami. The former Houston Cougar could have declared for the draft, but it was certainly in his best interest to get another year of college experience before heading for the pros.
King is an exciting player and plays a bit like a poor man’s Russell Wilson. From what I’ve watched, his game reminds me the most of Wilson, though I believe Wilson was a few steps ahead of King in college at Wisconsin. Wilson was a sure fire NFL quarterback, and when it comes to King, the verdict is still out.
Oklahoma State will counter with talented quarterback Spencer Sanders. He might not be the talent of King right now, but Sanders has developed a nice rapport with Tylan Wallace in the passing game. Star running back, Chuba Hubbard, is passing on this game to prep for the draft, but the Cowboys should still have enough weapons to compete. Head below for our free Oklahoma State vs. Miami pick in the Cheez-It Bowl.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Miami Hurricanes Cheez-It Bowl Betting Odds:
Oklahoma State vs. Miami Prediction:
D’Eriq King is going to be one of the most exciting players to watch in this game. He is worth tuning in to watch in the Cheez-It Bowl. King and the Hurricanes get a pretty decent, albeit, overrated Oklahoma State defense on Tuesday night. If King plays his game and focused on Tuesday night, then he should be able to find room to do damage.
He’s passed for 22 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 63.6% completions. What makes King so difficult to defend is his ability to tuck the ball and run if there isn’t anything downfield. He doesn’t run like Lamar Jackson, but does make you think of Russell Wilson. King has rushed for 520 yards and 4 touchdowns on 4.3 yards per attempt.
Miami scored an average of 34 points per game, while accumulating 432.6 yards per game. If their defense plays anything like it did against North Carolina, King’s effort is going to be a moot point, though. It will be the Oklahoma State ground show in the Cheez-It Bowl. The Hurricanes allowed Michael Carter to run for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Javonte Williams gained 236 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Hurricanes have been susceptible against the run this season, with 180.9 rushing yards per game. Hubbard hasn’t been quite as dominant as he was last season, but is still running nicely for 625 yards and 5 touchdowns on 4.7 yards per carry. He has been dealing with a nagging injury throughout the season as well. Passing on the Cheez-It Bowl made sense for Hubbard.
Despite no Hubbard, Dominic Richardson could do damage on Tuesday. Richardson is coming off a monster performance versus Baylor. Richardson ran for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns on 7.3 yards per carry. That was his first game in a main role and Richardson took advantage. I anticipate Miami dictating the tempo and forcing Spencer Sanders and Oklahoma State to keep pace. The total looks four or five points too short, so the OVER looks tempting in the Cheez-It Bowl.