Before we look at some games, I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday. May you all get some of those Christmas cookies that are all over the place.
I was asked to do a wish list, but I really don’t have much to wish for. I have great family and friends that take care of almost everything. If I had just one wish that Santa or one of the big Sports Book directors could grant, it would be to allow the use of cell phones in the race books.
The other day was just the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I had been betting the ponies most of the day and left before the last race to go have a bite to eat. After dinner I went back to the race book, which was now closed, to see who won the last race. While I was checking the results my cell phone rang. It was an old friend from back in the "Ville" calling to wish me a Merry Christmas.
I was immediately circled by security who said "No cell phones in the book!" Is this crazy or what? Please someone do something.
First lets take a look at some of the Bowl games coming up.
Tuesday, Dec. 21
Syracuse (+5) vs Ga. Tech. (44Â½): Looks like a close game. Really like the way Syracuse ended the year with a big win over Boston College. Georgia Tech, on the other hand, lost their last two games. SYRACUSE.
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Memphis (-4Â½) vs B. Green (72): Both teams can put the points on the board as you can tell by this total. Love the underrated MAC conference and see no reason BG won’t cover. BOWLING GREEN.
Thursday, Dec. 23
FORT WORTH BOWL
Marshall (+1) vs Cincy (55Â½):The Bearcats were on a good roll until taking a 70-7 beating from Louisville in the last game of the regular season. Cincy had won and covered four straight. Marshall covered four games all year and went 1-6 ATS in the last seven games. CINCINNATI.
LAS VEGAS BOWL
Wyoming (+11) vs UCLA (58): Pac Ten facing a Mountain West team. Shame on the Bruins if they lose. UCLA may have already played its Bowl when taking USC to the limit, 29-24. Wyoming did cover its last four games, though losing outright twice and only beating Air Force and UNLV. As much as I would like to take the points, must side with the Pac 10. UCLA.
Friday, Dec. 24
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
UAB (+3Â½) vs Hawaii (75): UAB gets a great trip to end the year and I am positive will be having a good time on the beaches of Honolulu. The Rainbows own one of the must potent home field advantages in all of sports. Timmy Chang and Co. will come to play and then go home and spend Christmas Eve with the family. HAWAII.
Monday, Dec. 27
MPC COMPUTERS BOWL
Fresno (+5Â½) vs Virginia (52): Early in the season Virginia was averaging 42.4 points in its first five games. In the last six, the number dipped to 19.5. Fresno State came on like a runaway train, winning and covering the last five. The Bulldogs averaged a whopping 56 points a game during that span. FRESNO ST.
MOTOR CITY BOWL
Ford Field, Detroit
Conn. (+3Â½) vs Toledo (66): Toledo no stranger to Ford Field, beating Miami of Ohio 35-27 in the MAC championship game. There is no better second half team in college football than the Tom Amstutz-coached Rockets. I will play Toledo in the game and the second half. TOLEDO.