Looking toward 2017 with a sense of humility

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I was once told that as we get older time goes by faster. How does that happen?

The reality is it is true, as it seems like yesterday the football season started and now it will be 2017 on Sunday.

As a realist I try to never look back, except when correcting my mistakes, so my 2017 New Year resolution is to move forward and stay as humble as possible. Have a good time in 2017 and be kind to everyone. Never be afraid to say you are sorry and especially stay healthy.

The NFL has just one week left before advancing to the Wild Card games and the divisional playoffs as we head to the Super Bowl. And, there are still some juicy college bowl games to look at as we try and eke out some winners to start the New Year.


Heart of Dallas Bowl – Army -10 vs. N. Texas (49): The Cadets are on a high after beating Navy and would love to finish out their season with a revenge win here, as they lost to the Mean Green, 35-18, back in October as a -17 point chalk, committing seven turnovers. No such thing will happen in this rematch; we will lay the points. ARMY

Holiday Bowl, San Diego – Washington St. -7 vs. Minnesota (61): With this game in California and with all the problems the Golden Gophers are having with suspensions for sexual assault and the team in disarray, we must give a big edge to the Cougars. WASH ST.


Pinstripe Bowl, Yankee Stadium – Northwestern +5 vs. Pittsburgh (66): Pittsburgh’s high spot of the season was beating Clemson on the road and that is a big wow. Only a 5-point favorite here! Well, we won’t fall for it and will take Northwestern as they look for some respect after getting crushed last year in the Capital One Bowl, 45-6. There are 13 starters for the Wildcats from that loss back and they will be playing like this is their championship game. NORTHWESTERN

Russell Athletic Bowl, Orlando – W. VIRGINIA +3 vs. Miami, Fla. (57): WVU loaded with talent. Its two losses were against Oklahoma and Okie State. They finished a solid year, 7-2 in conference play and we note Big 12 Bowl underdogs have gone 5-1 ATS vs. the ACC. WEST VIRGINIA

Foster Farms Bowl, Santa Clara – Indiana +7 vs. Utah (54): This game opened with Utah -8 and some money has come of the Hoosiers. We won’t take the bait, especially with no quality wins. The Hoosiers beat Florida International and Ball State, which gave them enough wins to get here. We will lay the 7 with the much better team. UTAH

Texas Bowl, Houston – Kansas St. +2 vs. Texas A&M (57): Just think, they have the wrong favorite in this game. The Aggies faltered badly down the stretch going 0-6 ATS. The Wildcats are perfectly coached by Bill Snyder in his 25th year. They get the big win for the old guy, money line. KANSAS ST. (ML)


Birmingham Bowl, Alabama – South Florida -10 vs. S. Carolina: A step up in class for the Bulls, who will be laying 10 vs. the SEC Gamecocks. Class will prevail plus the points. S. CAROLINA

Belk Bowl, Charlotte – Arkansas +7 vs. Virginia Tech (61): I sit here still trying to figure out how the Hokies lost to Syracuse as an -18.5 point favorite and Georgia Tech as a -14 point favorite. ARKANSAS

Alamo Bowl, San Antonio – Oklahoma St. +3 vs. Colorado (62): The Buffaloes had a great year, going 10-2 SU and ATS, but could not handle Washington in the PAC 12 Championship game, getting crushed 41-10. Okie State owns some big wins including one vs. WVU. We will take the points. OKLAHOMA ST.


Sun Bowl, El Paso – North Carolina +3 vs. Stanford (54): We will side with the Cardinal in this game off their good late run, and they won their last two bowls. STANFORD

Arizona Bowl, Tucson – South Alabama +13.5 vs. Air Force (58): One thing you can depend on is you will get a top effort from military schools in bowl games. We will lay the points. AIR FORCE

Music City Bowl, Nashville – Nebraska +4 vs. Tennessee (60): The Vols were highly touted this year but suffered some goofy losses, including getting hammered by Vanderbilt in their last game of the season. Despite the loss by Nebraska to surging Iowa in their last game, taking the points is the way to go. TENNESSEE

Orange Bowl, Miami – Florida St. +7 vs. Michigan (52): Love the Seminoles in this game as they won and covered their last three games of the season. Look for their quality defense to hold the Wolverines in check. FLORIDA ST.


Citrus Bowl, Orlando – LSU -3.5 vs. Louisville (60): So LSU’s big running back Leonard Fournette says he will not play because he does not want to risk getting injured before the NFL draft, which could definitely cost him millions of dollars. LOUISVILLE

Taxslayer Bowl, Jacksonville – Kentucky +4 vs. Georgia Tech (60): Two 7-5 teams take to the field in this game, but we love the way Kentucky finished up. We will take the points. KENTUCKY +4

Peach Bowl, Atlanta – Washington +15 vs. Alabama (54.5): Wow, getting the Huskies plus more than two touchdowns, the Tide is good but not NFL good. Wash will hang close. WASHINGTON

Fiesta Bowl, Glendale (Ariz.) – Ohio State -3.5 vs. Clemson (59): Clemson really wants that rematch vs. Alabama and this is the first time this year they have been a dog. In a game that could end on a field goal we will take the hook. CLEMSON

Monday, Jan. 2

Outback Bowl, Tampa – Iowa +2 vs. Florida (40): This is one of my best bets as the Hawkeyes ended strong with a super defense, holding Michigan to just 13 points, shutting out Illinois and closing out with a 40-10 win vs. Nebraska. IOWA

Cotton Bowl, Arlington (Tex.) – W. Michigan +7.5 vs. Wisconsin (54): The undefeated high scoring Broncos from the MAC have already defeated two Big Ten teams this year. W. MICHIGAN

Rose Bowl, Pasadena – USC -6.5 vs. Penn St. (62): The Trojans could be the second-best team in the country right now and their speed will be too much for Penn State to handle, plus they have the home field advantage. USC

Sugar Bowl, New Orleans – Auburn +3 vs. Oklahoma (63): The boomin’ Sooners just have way too many guns for the Tigers to keep in check, and they finished the regular season with nine straight wins. OKLAHOMA

Last week: 3-4-1

Season: 41-60-3

Hope everyone has a safe and prosperous New Year and that we all will be walking around healthy and lucky and not even know it.

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