College football bowl season kicks off but most of the early matchups are lackluster

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It’s hard to believe, it seems like the football season just started and now starting Saturday we have college bowls, if you really want to call them that.

We have the Celebration Bowl with N.C. A&T vs. Grambling State in Atlanta; this game will be on ABC at 9 a.m. Pacific. Next, at 10 a.m., we get North Texas playing Troy in the New Orleans Bowl with the Trojans a -6.5-point favorite in the Superdome. This will be televised on ESPN.

Troy’s claim to fame this year was a win over LSU, 24-21. They played their first seven games UNDER the total, which stands at 62 right now. The Mean Green from Denton had a nice season with their biggest game vs. Iowa, which they lost 31-14. Take it from there.

The third matchup of the day comes at 11:30 a.m., the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, which is a beautiful place. We get Georgia State taking on Western Kentucky who is a -5.5 point favorite. This game will be on CBSC if anyone is interested. The Panthers from Atlanta lost to Troy, 34-10. Western Kentucky could only beat UTEP, 15-14. Still, this is a bowl game, we think.

We finally get a good game in the Las Vegas Bowl at 12:30 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium on ABC as Oregon takes on Boise State. The Ducks have been listed as -7.5- point chalk with a total of 59.5. The one thing this bettor knows is that Boise will be fired up for this game. The Ducks on the other hand may come into this one with a different attitude. We like the Broncos and will be taking the +7.5. BOISE STATE +7.5

Now we head out to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Bowl with Marshall taking on Colorado State. The Rams from Fort Collins listed as -5.5-point chalk. Colorado State has lost its last three Bowl games SU and ATS and is 0-6 against the number in its last six games. On the other hand the Thundering Herd from Huntington, West Virginia makes the long trip but have won and covered their last three bowl games. We like their chances here. MARSHALL +5.5

The Saturday Bowl games end with the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama with Middle Tennessee State taking on Arkansas State on ESPN. The odds makers have made the Red Wolves from Jonesboro, Arkansas -3.5. Note they beat UCF last year in the New Orleans Bowl. The Blue Raiders from Murfreesboro, Tennessee have gone 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three bowl appearances. If you are still awake and betting, we like the favorite. ARKANSAS STATE -3.5

College basketball

Let’s see if we can find a hoops game to make a play on this Wednesday.

Villanova and Temple meet in a Big Five as Nova takes the short 45 minute ride in Philly. The Owls will be all out to stay in this one and we say they do. Nova was not impressive to say the least in their 77-68 win vs. La Salle this past Sunday as 20-point chalk. We will be taking the points here with Temple.

Horse sense

It was a tragic week for the Southern California horse racing world with the wildfires taking a toll at San Louis Rey Downs, sweeping and burning down barns with at least 49 horses losing their lives.

Just reading what went on made me sick! But as bad as things were some good has come out of this tragic situation as race fans, owners, trainers, breeders and too many others to number have pulled together in support. Just shows that it is possible to come together in this crazy world.

I do believe in Santa Claus and that the support will continue to arrive for all those involved as horse players stand up and stick together. We here at GT will continue to back horse racing with all of our great writers as we move forward.

Bet of the Week

This Thursday at Los Alamitos we will go to race seven, a $20K maiden claimer for fillies and mares going five furlongs. We think this is a perfect spot for first time starter No. 7 Chatty Carole who is listed at 10/1 on the morning line. The underrated Giovanni Franco has the ride for Hector Palma, who put in a solid work on the 10th. This filly is live and the price will be juicy.

This will be the closing week at Los Al and then we will have a week off before Santa Anita opens on Tuesday, Dec. 26. Don’t forget our new feature play of the day that will be on our website each and every day Santa Anita runs. Get in on it. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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