By Chad Cooper
It’s officially bowl season as the Degenerate’s Guide to College Football rumbles into the postseason on a 94-59 against the spread run. Unlike others, we will have a play in every bowl game and this edition will go through Dec. 24.
Record ATS: 124-100
Friday, Dec. 20
Buffalo (-6.5, 51) v Charlotte
Scoop: It’s the MAC v. Conference USA. Charlotte, who only has 1 good win this year (Marshall), is horrible against the run and Buffalo has a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Running of the Bulls.
Pick: Buffalo -6.5
Kent St v Utah St (-7, 67.5)
Scoop: The MAC v Mountain West. Kent St is looking for their 1st ever bowl win and have a good little QB in junior Dustin Crum, who is a dual threat type dude. USU has a gunslinger, but he throws a lot of picks. Kent keeps it close enough.
Pick: Kent St +7
Saturday, Dec. 21
Central Mich v San Diego St (-4, 41.5)
Scoop: Get ready for defense. And probably boring offense. I won plenty of cheese this season on San Diego St, but they are not very flashy on offense. CMU has a good ground game and the Aztecs run that boring-ass Rocky Long system as they only average 19 points per game. Gonna tip toe on the under.
Pick: Under 41.5
Liberty v Georgia Southern (-4, 58.5)
Scoop: Liberty playing in their first bowl & the Flames love to sling it. On the other side, GSU is gonna run run run. Should be a fun game so let’s play the over.
Pick: Over 58.5
SMU (-3.5, 68.5) v FAU
Scoop: SMU started off strong then tailed off. FAU lost their head coach in Lane Kiffin to Ole Miss, but is playing a home bowl game. I think the wrong team is favored here.
Pick: FAU +3.5
FIU v Arkansas St (-3, 62.5)
Scoop: Bad defenses usually make for fun bowl games. Butch Davis is a veteran coach for FIU and this is another game I think the wrong team is favored.
Pick: FIU +3
Washington (-3.5, 49) v Boise St
Scoop: The Las Vegas Bowl should be a good one…UW head coach Chris Peterson has retired. So how will the Huskies respond? Boise always plays up in big games so we are gonna grab the points.
Pick: BSU +3.5
UAB v App St (-16.5, 47.5)
Scoop: UAB comes into this bowl game after a getting their ass kicked by more than 40 points to FAU in the Conference USA championship. App St lost just 1 game this season and their coach is off to Missouri. I hate giving that many points, but App St is the better team here.
Pick: App St -16.5
Marshall v UCF (-17.5, 61)
Scoop: UCF is the better team. Hell, Marshall lost to Charlotte. But have you seen UCF’s ATS record this season? They were 2-9 ATS as favorites. Hoping Marshall has enough athletes to cover receivers.
Pick: MU +17.5
BYU (-2, 64) v Hawaii
Scoop: BYU is the hotter team and Hawaii seemed to fade late offensively. BYU did have an easier second half of a schedule and this is a freakin’ home game for the Rainbow Warriors.
Pick: Hawaii +2