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GoDaddy.com Bowl Preview

Go Daddy.com Bowl – Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 9:00 PM EST (ESPN) Toledo Rockets (8-4, Mid-American) vs Arkansas State Red Wolves (7-5, Sun Belt) Current Line: Toledo -3.5, O/U: 67.0 Toledo Rockets (Head Coach Matt Campbell): Aside from the NCAA Championship Game, this is college football's 2014 bowl game swan-song. The Rockets played good ball for the most of the season, finishing second in its conference. They only two bad games played that came against #16 Missouri and a very good Cincinnati team. This is the fifth year in a row that the Rockets have qualified for a postseason bowl game. The Rockets, using equally strong running and passing games, were able to amass 486.3 YPG in offense. The best player on offense was Soph RB Kareem Hunt with 1,360 yards rushing and 11 TDs. He was joined in the backfield by Soph QB Logan Woodside who came through with 2,087 yards passing and 9 TDs. The defense played well in spurts, but still gave up just over 400 YPG, which created problems for the team in close games. Toledo is 9-0 under vs. good offensive teams – scoring 31 or more points/game over the last 3 seasons. Toledo is 26-13 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992. Arkansas State Red Wolves (Head Coach ): Playing a weak schedule that included only three other bowl teams, the Red Wolves managed to be the best of an average lot. They started the season off with back-to-back losses to Tennessee and Miami Fla before hitting a nice stretch where they won...

Cactus Bowl Odds

Cactus Bowl – Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 10:15 PM EST (ESPN) Washington Huskies (8-5, Pac-12) vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-6, Big 12) Current Line: Oklahoma State -5.5, O/U: 56.5 Washington Huskies (Head Coach Chris Petersen): The Huskies entered the season with modest expectation and actually managed to do a little better than anticipated. While they lost 5 games on the year, all five came to bowl-bound teams, including #@ Oregon, #10 Arizona, #14 UCLA and #15 Arizona State. There in real shame in that. They did manage to salvage the season with a big win versus in-state rival Washington State. The Huskies offense featured a balance attack in which both the passing and rushing games accounted for 195 YPG. Statistically, it is clear that the Huskies' season was indeed a team effort. Contributions came from a variety of players who were steady and reliable. Soph QB Cyler Miles controlled the offense with 2,129 yards passing and 16 TDs, adding another 4 TDs rushing. Jr DB Shap Thompson had a pretty good season on defense with 71 tackles and 4 TDs (1 INT return and 3 fumble returns). The Huskies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.  The under is 11-4 in Huskies last 15 games overall. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Head Coach Mike Gundy): It's hard to knock a Cowboys team that lost six games, but did so against the likes of #3 Florida State, #5 Baylor, #6 TCU and #11 Kansas State. A 6-6 season might be disappointing, but considering...

Alamo Bowl

Alamo Bowl – Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 12:00 PM EST (ESPN) #11 Kansas State Wildcats (9-3, Big 12) vs #14 UCLA Bruins (9-3, Pac-12) Current Line: UCLA -1.5, O/U: 59.0 Kansas State Wildcats (Head Coach Bill Snyder): In the last game of the regular NCAA bowl season between two ranked opponents, the Wildcats will look to take out its frustration over not receiving a better bowl bid on the UCLA Bruins. This was a fine Wildcats team that had the misfortune of running into the likes of #5 Baylor and #6 TCU when they had losses. If they had just beaten #19 Auburn earlier in the season, they might have gotten the bowl bids they wanted. Coach Snyder does a great job year-after-year putting solid, focused teams on the field. This edition of the Wildcats was able to avoid turnovers (11) and penalties (51), which made the offense seem better than is was statistically. The passing combination of Sr QB Jake Waters (3,163 yards and 20 TDs passing) and All-American Sr WR Tyler Lockett (1,351 yards receiving and 9 TDS plus 2 TDs on punt returns) was enough to keep good defenses playing back on its heels all season long. Kansas State is 7-0 ATS when playing against a good team (Win Pct. 60% to 75%) over the last 3 seasons.  Kansas State is 39-23 over versus good offensive teams – averaging >=5.9 yards/play since 1992. UCLA Bruins (Head Coach Jim Mora): After a 4-0 start that included a blowout victory 62-27 over #15 Arizona State, the Bruins looked like they were ready...

Taxslayer Bowl Odds

Taxslayer Bowl – EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 3:20 PM EST (ESPN) Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5, Big Ten) vs Tennessee Volunteers (6-6, Southeastern) Iowa Hawkeyes (Head Coach Kirk Ferentz): After starting off the 2014 season 5-1, the Hawkeyes found themselves deeper into the Big Ten schedule where they just seemed to have trouble competing. They had a hard time establishing any kind of consistency against better teams. With that said, they still had a winning season and earned the right to play in the postseason. While the Hawkeyes may not have had the explosiveness found in many of the other bowl bound teams, they did find a way to win games while only averaging just over 398 YPG. Jr QB Jake Rudock was the team leader with 2,404 yards passing to go along with 16 TDs through the air and another 3 TDs rushing. His supporting cast featured a lot of mid-level players who made meaningful contributions. The Hawkeyes also proved to be opportunistic by scoring 5 TDs on kick returns and turnovers. The Hawkeyes are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss.   Iowa is 6-0 ATS in road games after 1 or more consecutive losses against the spread over the last 2 seasons. Tennessee Volunteers (Head Coach Butch Jones): This is a Volunteers team that has fallen on hard times. Over the past 6-7 years, they had failed to qualify for a bowl game until this season. The good news is they may be rounding back to form after avoiding their fifth losing season in a row. The fact they...

Armed Forces Bowl

Armed Forces Bowl – Amon Carter Stadium in Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 12:00 PM EST (ESPN) Houston Cougars (7-5, American Athletic) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (6-6, Atlantic Coast) Current Line: Pittsburgh -3, O/U: 53.5 Houston Cougars (Interim Head Coach David Gibbs): Three years removed from a brilliant 14-1 season that included a Cotton Bowl win, the Cougars are clawing its way back to respectability. This season was a mirror image of last season when the Cougars went 7-5 in the regular season and won its bowl game. This year's schedule wasn't very challenging, but the Cougars played well enough to earn its way back into the postseason. In past years, the Cougars had been known for having a high-flying offensive attack that racked up spectacular numbers. They now have a more balanced and conservative attack. The offense used a QB platooning approach that saw the running option Soph QB Greg Ward Jr. passing for 1,736 yards a 9 TDs while adding 481 yards and 6 TDs on the ground. The other QB, Soph John O'Korn threw for 951 yards and 6 TDs. When they wanted to run, they found Jr RB Kenneth Farrow to be a reliable option. He gained 934 yards while scoring 12 TDs. The Cougars are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game and are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games on grass. Pittsburgh Panthers (Interim Head Coach Joe Rudolph): It has been more than a decade since the Panthers have put together a spectacular season. In typical fashion, they grinded out another so-so...

Sugar Bowl Preview

Sugar Bowl – SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana Thursday, January 1, 2015 @ 8:30 PM EST (ESPN) #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1, Big Ten) vs #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1, Southeastern) Current Line: Alabama -9.0, O/U: 58.5 Ohio State Buckeyes (Head Coach Urban Meyer): This was a season that the Buckeyes should be very proud. They certainly endured enough controversy plus devastating injuries to both of the team's first two quarterbacks on the depth chart. Aside from an early season upset by Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes pretty much rolled over the competition with a powerful offense and a better than average defense. It's no surprise that the Buckeyes' offense ended the season ranked at #4 in the nation in scoring at 45.2 PPG. It's also hard to imagine what the Buckeyes might have done without 20 turnovers and injuries. As mentioned above, the Buckeyes found out before the season began that All-American candidate Braxton Miller would be lost for the season. To add insult to injury, starting Fr QB J.T. Bartlett was injured in the Michigan game leaving them down to the 3rd-string QB. All Soph Cardale Jones did was throw 5 TDs and lead the team to a 59-0 blowout of #18 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The top starter for the Buckeyes was Soph RB Ezekiel Elliot who led the team in rushing with 1,402 yards and 12 TDs. Ohio State is 29-11 ATS versus excellent offensive teams – averaging >=6.25 yards/play since 1992.  Ohio State is 9-1 ATS after allowing 75 or less rushing yards last game over the last 3 seasons. Alabama Crimson...