Just can’t find the groove in NFL, but thankfully its college bowl season

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The celebration of college bowls begins this week with N.C. Central and Grambling. The line has Grambling around a 15-point favorite. No opinion, but we’ll cover the rest.

Last week I delved into the NFL and went 0-2. I took the Raiders and got stuck with a QB with a bad hand who could not release the ball. They lost 21-13. Then I took the red hot Cowboys who could only score 7 in a 3-point loss to the Giants. As they say in horse racing: How do you stop a runaway horse? The answer is bet on the horse.

I will be giving the NFL another shot this week and my advice is that it is for entertainment purposes only.

My college hoops play last week also went down in a blaze of glory but we will come again. 

At one time this bettor was a big winner in college hoops and then they went to the three-point play and it has been downhill ever since.

It was with great pleasure I watched the Army/Navy game, my only winning pick. It reminded me what college football was really about.

Last week: 1-0

Season: 38-51-2

Saturday, Dec. 17

Gildan New Mexico Bowl – UTSA +7 vs. New Mexico: The Lobos fittingly host their own bowl game off a very good season going 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games. They played in this game last year and were +9.5 vs. Arizona and got the cover. No Arizona this time around as they play the Roadrunners from San Antonio who dropped their last three games. NEW MEXICO

Las Vegas Bowl

Houston -3 vs. San Diego State: One of the best Las Vegas Bowls in years and a perfect time for fans to pack Sam Boyd. 

We know the Aztecs will bring in a huge following but I’m opting for the Cougars in this spot. They won their last two Bowl games, beating Pitt in 2014 and Florida State last year. The Cougars own quality wins over Oklahoma and Louisville. HOUSTON

AutoNation Cure Bowl 

Arkansas State +6 vs. UCF at Orlando: Wow what a turnaround season for the UCF Knights who were winless last year. They brought in Scott Frost from Oregon and he turned things around. UCF is happy to be bowling and gets to stay home. UCF

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – App State pk vs. Toledo: The Rockets could not handle undefeated Western Michigan but put together a great season almost beating BYU on the road, losing late 55-53. App St. kept winning but only went 2-5 ATS in  last 7. TOLEDO

New Orleans Bowl

Southern Miss -3.5 vs. UL Lafayette: I had to go to our New Orleans scout and handicapper Syl “the thrill” Friedman for his opine on this one and he assured me the Ragin’ Cajuns are very fired up for this bowl game in their home state. 

Syl noted they are 4-0 in bowl games under head coach Mark Hudspeth and they covered their last four games of the season, including one with Georgia. UL-LAFAYETTE

Monday, Dec. 19

Miami Beach Bowl

C. Michigan +11.5 vs. Tulsa: This looks like a blowout as the Golden Hurricanes from Tulsa have too many guns for Chippewas to handle, and Central Michigan does not score enough points to keep up as Tulsa has averaged 44.8 points per game in their last six games while the Chippewas have only averaged 21.2 in their last five. 

Lay the points here. TULSA

NFL

Sunday, Dec. 18 – Steelers -3.5 at Bengals: Ok, we know the Steelers beat Cincy in Pittsburgh, 24-16, so we look for some revenge in this big rivalry in the AFC North with playoff implications for the “burgh.” This really looks like a field goal game so we will take the +3.5 and look for one hard hitting black and blue typical game between these two rivals. 

Cincy will be a good bet on teasers +10.5. BENGALS

NCAA Basketball

Wednesday, Dec. 14 

Wis-Milwaukee at Ohio: Wisky Mil does not score many points, averaging around 60 points per game, and has been horrible on the road. Ohio can launch the three pointers and if they are on target this looks like blowout city in Athens. Lay the double digit points. OHIO

Christmas is right around the corner and we are wishing, as we do this time of year, for cheer. 

Put that Santa hat on and get out of the house. You just could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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