Thursday, December 29, 2011

College Bowls: Armed Forces, Pinstripe, Music City, and Insight

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl 
Tulsa vs. BYU (+1, 56.5): This one should be more entertaining than most casual fans would expect.  Both teams come in with balanced attacks and defenses that are susceptible to giving up points to offenses that can move the ball well.
The Pick: Over 56.5

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Rutgers vs. Iowa State (+1, 44.5): This is basically a home game for the Scarlet Knights as they'll be playing just across the bridge in the NYC.  I'm not going to give too much weight to the Cyclones W over the Cowboys that was over a month ago.
The Pick: Rutgers -1

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Wake Forest vs Mississippi State (-6.5, 48): For me this is a classic conference mismatch as 6-6 in the SEC means a lot more to me than 6-6 in the ACC, especially this year.  Expect the Bulldogs to come with their ground game and the Demon Deacons likely won't have an answer for it on offense or defense.
The Pick: Mississippi State -6.5

Insight Bowl
Iowa vs Oklahoma (-13.5, 57.5): The biggest question is will Oklahoma be ready to play?  If yes, then there's no reason they wouldn't be able to handle the Hawkeyes with ease.  If no, then Iowa could sneak in for the upset.  Either way I don't think Iowa has the firepower to put up points on the Sooners defense, and I believe the Oklahoma offense will come out a little flat.
The Pick: Under 57.5

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