Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thursday lines: lousy bowl edition

As I'm typing this, Utah and Boise St. are playing a virtually unwatchable bowl game in Las Vegas. It's a game that, in a way, proves part of the problem with picking bowl games: there are just way too many variables. Take the regular accounting for variance in a regular-season college football game, then add a 6-week layoff, and all the potential for off-field incidents and injuries therein, then add the fact that there's no guarantee both teams will care. For further evidence, see Alabama's complete flop vs. Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Then again, the favored team might just stay completely healthy, stay completely focused and just pound the crap out of the underdogs (like Florida vs. Cincinnati in the 2010 Sugar Bowl). You just never really know.
Anyway, here's a look at the rest of the bowls through New Year's Eve. Lines this time come from centsports.com.
Thursday
Navy (+3) vs. San Diego St. (Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego)
(Note: The over/under for this game is 60. The over/under for Ron Burgundy jokes during the game: 112. Take the over.)

Friday
Tulsa (+10.5) vs. Hawaii (Hawaii Bowl, Honolulu)

Sunday
Fla. International (+1.5) vs. Toledo (Little Caesars Bowl, Detroit)

Monday
Ga. Tech (+3) vs. Air Force (Independence Bowl, Shreveport)

Tuesday
North Carolina St. (+3) vs. West Va. (Champs Sports Bowl, Orlando)
Missouri (-3) vs. Iowa (Insight Bowl, Tempe)

Wednesday
East Carolina (+7.5) vs. Maryland (Military Bowl, Washington D.C.)
Illinois (+1.5) vs. Baylor (Texas Bowl, Houston)
Arizona (+6) vs. Oklahoma St. (Alamo Bowl, San Antonio)

Thursday, Dec. 30
Army (+7) vs. SMU (Armed Forces Bowl, Dallas)
(Note: Intriguing because it's an "Armed Forces Bowl" that's actually played in the backyard of the non-military team, as well as because it involves in SMU, the program whose misfortune was immortalized recently in the documentary "Pony Exce$$.")
Kansas St. (PICK) vs. Syracuse (Pinstripe Bowl, New York)
UNC (-2) vs. Tennessee (Music City Bowl, Nashville)
Washington (+14) vs. Nebraska (Holiday Bowl, San Diego)

Friday, Dec. 31
South Florida (+6) vs. Clemson (Car Care Bowl, Charlotte)
Notre Dame (+3) vs. Miami (Sun Bowl, El Paso)
Central Florida (+7) vs. Georgia (Liberty Bowl, Memphis)
Florida St. (+3) vs. South Carolina (Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Atlanta)

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