Degenerates Guide to Bowl Season Week 1

By Chad Cooper

Twitter @thechadcooper

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

Over/Under: 25-32

Leans: 55-42

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

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