Angelo Montilla | Tue 26/12/2017 - 04:16 EST

College Football Picks: Bowl Season in Full Swing

TOP PICK

Orange Bowl

Wisconsin Badgers (-230) vs. Miami Hurricanes (+190)

When you talk about college football bowl dominance, it’s hard to look past the Wisconsin Badgers, who will face Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl on Saturday, December 30. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. and ESPN will have the coverage. Wisconsin, which finished with a 12-1 record, was hoping for a spot in the College Football National Playoff, but are now -230 favorites in Saturday’s Orange Bowl. The Badgers are 3-0 straight up and 2-0-1 ATS in their last three bowl appearances. Wisconsin has also averaged 425.7 yards and 27 points per game during that span. The Hurricanes (+190) finished 10-2 on the year, but were a dismal 5-7 ATS.

Pick: Wisconsin Badgers (-230)

Here are the remaining bowl games, with odds courtesy of Bovada.lv.

TUESDAY, DEC. 26

Tuesday

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Utah Utes (-250) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers (+210)

The Utah Utes are seeking a fifth straight bowl victory when they take on the struggling West Virginia Mountaineers in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Tuesday. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN. Utah (6-6) is 8-3-1 against the spread in its last 12 games, while the Mountaineers limp into the playoffs, having lost their last two games of the season. West Virginia has made it to a bowl game in 15 of their last 16 seasons, but they are 2-5 straight up in their last 7 playoff appearances.

Pick: Utah Utes (-250)

Quick Lane Bowl

Duke Blue Devils (-220) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (+180)

The Duke Blue Devils — generally not known for having a strong football program — will face the Northern Illinois Huskies in the Quick Lane Bowl on Boxing Day at Ford Field in Detroit. The game kicks off at 5:15 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN. The Blue Devils enter Tuesday’s bowl as -220 favorites after finishing the season 6-6. Duke is also 1-5 straight up in its last six games in December. Northern Illinois heads to Detroit as enticing +180 underdogs, wrapping up their season at 8-4. However, the Huskies are 6-2 straight up in its last eight games.

Pick: Northern Illinois (+180)

Cactus Bowl

Kansas State Wildcats (-160) vs. UCLA Bruins (+140)

Kansas State is making its eighth straight appearance in a bowl game as it prepares for a stiff test against the UCLA Bruins in the Cactus Bowl on Tuesday night. The match begins at 9 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN.  In their last meeting, UCLA walked away with a 40-35 victory in 2015.  The Wildcats are a dreadful 3-7 against the spread in their 10 games, but the club has posted a 4-1 straight up record in their last five contests. UCLA hasn’t been much better ATS, posting a 4-10 record over its last 10 games.

Pick: UCLA Bruins (+140)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

Wednesday

Independence Bowl

Florida State Seminoles (-800) vs. Southern Miss. Golden Eagles (+500)

The Florida State Seminoles will take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in Wednesday’s Independence Bowl. The game begins at 1:30 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN. Despite finishing with an average 6-6 record, the Seminoles enter the Independence Bowl as -800 favorites, while the Golden Eagles are +500. FSU has battled adversity to get to this point, having lost starting QB Deondre Francois in the opening game of the season. But Southern Miss is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games and 6-2 SU in its last 8. Take the Golden Eagles.

Pick: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (+500)

Texas Bowl

Missouri Tigers (-140) vs. Texas Longhorns (+120)

The Missouri Tigers take a six-game winning streak into their clash against the Texas Longhorns in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday night at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN. The Tigers, who haven’t dropped a game since mid-October, enter the Texas Bowl as intriguing -140 favorites. However, Mizzou is 2-7 versus Texas in its last 10 meetings. Texas is 8-3 ATS and 6-1 in its last seven games heading into the Texas Bowl. Certainly, they will also feed off playing in front of a home crowd as well.

Pick: Texas Longhorns (+120)

Pinstripe Bowl

Iowa Hawkeyes (-140) vs. Boston College Eagles (+120)

The Iowa Hawkeyes are back in a bowl game for the fourth straight year as they prepare to take on the Boston College Eagles in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN. Iowa’s passing attack has put up on average 197.8 yards per game as the Hawkeyes finished the season with a 7-5 record. Look for the Eagles to keep the ball on the ground for the most past as they’ve averaged 224.1 yards per game. However, Boston College has posted a 1-5 record SU in its last six games in December.

Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes (-140)

Foster Farms Bowl

Arizona Wildcats (-160) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (+140)

After missing the post-season a year ago, the Arizona Wildcats return to bowl action with a matchup against the Big Ten’s Purdue Boilermakers. The two will clash in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. — a game that will air on FOX. The Boilermakers are intriguing +140 moneyline and +3 point spread underdogs. Purdue, which squeaked into the playoffs, still own a 9-4 record against the spread in its last 13 games. This is the third time these two schools have faced off, with Purdue winning the previous two meetings. Expect the same on Wednesday.

Pick: Purdue Boilermakers (+140)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Thursday

Military Bowl

Navy Midshipmen (-125) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (+105)

A pair of 6-6 teams will do battle on Thursday as the Navy Midshipmen and Virginia Cavaliers square off in the Military Bowl in Maryland. The game begins at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN. Navy — making its 14th bowl appearance in 15 years — head into the Military Bowl as -125 favorites. The Midshipmen are also slim 1-point favorites against Virginia, which is making its first playoff appearance since 2011. The Cavaliers are 9-3 straight up in its last 12 games against the American Athletic Conference. However, Navy is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games played on Thursday. Expect a tight matchup with Virginia pulling out the victory.

Pick: Virginia Cavaliers (+105)

Camping World Bowl

Oklahoma State Cowboys (-190) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (+165)

Two team coming off strong 9-3 seasons will face off in this year’s Camping World Bowl as the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Virginia Tech Hokies face off at Lane Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN. The Cowboys come into the game at -190 and are also 4-point favorites after finishing the season at 9-3 and 6-5-1 against the spread. The Hokies boast one of the country’s best defenses and enter this matchup as enticing +165. Virginia Tech is 10-3 straight up in its last 13 games, so you should ride the hot streak.

Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies (+165)

Holiday Bowl

Washington State Cougars (-115) vs. Michigan State Spartans (-105)

The No. 16 Michigan State Spartans and No. 18 Washington State Cougars will face off in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday — a game that is sure to provide drama between the two 9-3 teams. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. and can be seen on FS1. The lines are super close with the Cougars coming in as the slight -115 favorites. The Spartans are riding a hot streak as MSU is now 7-2 straight up in its last 9 games going into the Holiday Bowl. However, the Cougars have been just a little bit better — going 9-3 SU in its last 12. This game could come down to a final play but take the Cougars to prevail.

Pick: Washington State Cougars (-115)

Alamo Bowl

TCU Horned Frogs (-140) vs. Stanford Cardinal (+120)

Two teams that had high expectations to challenge for a national championship, the TCU Horned Frogs and Stanford Cardinal will clash in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday at the Alamodome. TCU finished the season at 10-3 (7-6 against the spread) and head into the Alamo Bowl as -140 favorites. Stanford (+120) will have a difficult time against the Horned Frogs’ defense, which allows just 2.9 rushing yards per attempt. The key stat to focus on is Stanford’s 6-2 record against the spread in its last 8 bowl games. Coming in as 3-point underdogs, take the Cardinal to cover and win the Alamo Bowl.

Pick: Stanford Cardinal (+120)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29

Friday

Belk Bowl

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (-150) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (+130)

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are back in a bowl game for the second straight year as the open as the favorites against the Texas A&M Aggies in the Belk Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be aired on ESPN. Wake Forest, which is looking to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2008, open as the -150 favorites against Texas A&M (+130). Wake Forest had a remarkable season, finishing 7-5, but 8-3-1 against the spread. The Demon Deacons are also 7-1 ATS in bowl games since 1995. Expect Wake Forest’s 61st-ranked defense to stymie the Aggies’ offense in the Belk Bowl.

Pick: Wake Forest Deacons (-150)

Sun Bowl

NC State Wolfpack (-250) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (+210)

Looking for their seventh victory in the last 10 bowl appearances, the NC State Wolfpack will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in the Sun Bowl in El Paso. The game begins at 3 p.m. and will air on CBS. The Wolfpack finished a promising season at 8-4, but weren’t particularly strong against the spread, going 4-7-1. Arizona State goes into the match as the 6 ½ point underdogs, but the Sun Devils were 7-4-1 against the spread this season. Arizona’s State’s 39th-ranked offense, which averages 31.92 points per game, will give the Wolfpack defense all it can handle.

Pick: Arizona Sun Devils (+210)

Music City Bowl

Northwestern Wildcats (-300) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (+250)

A pair of teams with the Wildcat moniker will do battle in this year’s Music City Bowl as Northwestern will face Kentucky in what is sure to be an exciting contest. The game begins at 4:30 and will be aired on ESPN. Northwestern, which finished with an impressive 9-3 this season, opened as the -300 favorites against Kentucky, which comes in as +250 underdogs. Northwestern also opened as 7 ½ point favorites, but one thing to take into consideration is the fact that the Wildcats have covered in seven straight games going into the Music City Bowl. Northwestern is also 5-2 ATS in its last 7 post-season games.

Pick: Northwestern Wildcats (-300)

Arizona Bowl

Utah State Aggies (-190) vs. New Mexico State Aggies (+165)

A pair of 6-6 teams will clash in the Arizona Bowl as the favorite Utah State Aggies take on the New Mexico State Aggies at Arizona Stadium. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on CBS. After missing out on bowl season a year ago, Utah State returned to the playoffs for the sixth time in 7 years. Utah State has dominated the head-to-head matchup between these two football programs, winning 30 of the last 37 meetings against New Mexico State, which is 1-8 straight up in its last nine games after a victory. Utah State is 1-3 ATS in its last 4 games against Mexico State, but expect them to cover and win the Arizona Bowl.

Pick: Utah State Aggies (-190)

Cotton Bowl

Ohio State Buckeyes (-290) USC Trojans (+245)

After missing out on the Final Four playoff for the national championship, the Ohio State Buckeyes will take out its frustrations on the USC Trojans in the highly anticipated Cotton Bowl. The game begins at 8:30 p.m. and will air on ESPN. Both the Buckeyes and Trojans finished with season with 11-2 record, neither doing well ATS. Ohio State will go into the matchup as the 7-point favorites against a Trojans team that is 0-6 ATS in the last 6 games versus Big Ten teams. The Buckeyes boast the No. 5-ranked offense in the country, averaging 43.75 points per game against the 60th-ranked Trojans defense. Take OSU and the points.

Pick: Ohio State Buckeyes (-290)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

Saturday

Taxslayer Bowl

Louisville Cardinals (-260) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (+220)

Louisville Cardinals pivot Lamar Jackson will lead his club into the Taxslayer Bowl where they will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon and ESPN will carry the broadcast. After finishing the season at 8-4, Jackson heads into the playoffs having passed for 995 yards and 10 touchdowns in the last three games. However, the Bulldogs do boast one of the best defenses in the country, which allows 20.4 points per game. Miss State is 2-0 straight up in its last 2 bowl games as an underdog.

Pick: Mississippi State Bulldogs (+220)

Liberty Bowl

Memphis Tigers (-170) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (+150)

For the fourth straight season, the Memphis Tigers are going bowling as the team will take on the Iowa State Cyclines in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday. The game is schedule for 12:30 p.m. and will be aired on ABC. Memphis, which finished its season its season at 10-2, open Saturday’s contest as the -170 favorites. However, the Cyclones will be enticing underdogs at +150 and 3-point underdogs. After finishing their season at 7-5, it is important to note the Cyclones are 5-1 straight up in its last 6 games following a loss.

Pick: Iowa State Cyclones (+150)

Fiesta Bowl

Penn State Nittany Lions (-130) vs. Washington Huskies (+110)

If you like offense, then you’ll enjoy the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night when the Penn State Nittany Lions and Washington Huskies clash at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The game, which begins at 4 p.m., can be seen on ESPN. Both Penn State and Washington finished with identical 10-2 records, but the Nittany Lions opened as the -130 favorites. Both clubs are averaging more than 36 points per game heading into Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. Penn State will have a tough time containing Huskies running back Myles Gaskin, who is has 656 and 11 TDs in the last 5 games.

Pick: Washington Huskies (+110

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