All and all it was a very successful Bowl week.
It could have been one of my best, but for the greedy last TD by Oklahoma instead of just taking the knee and letting the clock run out.
Less than 24 hours later Texas A&M sticks it to me with a last minute field goal instead of trying for the first down and just winning by 8. There goes the field goal and my money.
Oh well, that’s why they call it gambling. It just seems like us little guys win games that way. As I tell my horse playing buddies at the Palace, just move on. The past is the past and we just can’t change the results.
Let’s get some winners in the wild card games and the last college bowl games.
For Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl check 2 for Tuesday and the winner will be posted there.
W. Virginia +3½ vs. Clemson (61):
At first glance I was ready to take a little plunge with the Tigers. After digging deeper I noticed WVU has gone 6-0 ATS in their last six bowl games as a dog. Clemson is 1-5 ATS in their last six bowls and just 1-7 ATS against the Big East. WEST VIRGINIA.
Kansas St. +7 vs. Arkansas (62½): Teams from the Big 12 have gone 0-7 ATS in bowls against the SEC, while the Razorbacks have gone 8-2 ATS when facing Big 12 competition. After watching Auburn crush Virginia, the Pigs and total are a must. ARKANSAS/OVER.
SMU +3 vs. Pittsburgh: Southern Methodist has been a good dog in bowl games going 6-0 SU and ATS. Pittsburgh first year HC Todd Graham’s teams in the past have gone 10-1 ATS with rest and 8-0 ATS against non-conference foes. This game opened with the Panthers as a -5½ point favorite, but we will go against the move. We’ll take the bargain. PITT.
GO DADDY, Sunday
Arkansas St. -1½ vs. NIU (63): After talking with Syl Friedman, GT’s good friend in New Orleans, the last two games will be on his shoulders. In this one at the Superdome where he will be, his advice is the MAC is the way to go. The Huskies will eke out the straight up win. NORTHERN ILLINOIS.
Monday at New Orleans
Alabama -1½ vs. LSU (40): Friedman will be seated on the 50 yard line for the big daddy of them all, oozing with confidence that the Tigers will get a repeat win over the Crimson Tide. LSU is ready, very willing and able. They have a few tricks up their sleeve and Syl said once they get in front there will be no comeback for the Tide. LSU/OVER.
There are four wild card games this week and here are my plays.
Saints -10: A big week for the fans in New Orleans as the Saints get past Detroit and continue their march to the Super Bowl, plus LSU winning the BCS championship.
Houston -3: The Texans wake up in their home matchup against the Bengals.
I like the visitors against the Giants in a game that could end in 3 one way or the other. Even though Pittsburgh is old and hurt, its defense will shut down Tebow and company.