The college football bowl season rolls on this Friday with a trio of games to be found in your sportsbook. We’ve got some analysis and picks on each game.
Ohio Bobcats vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Odds: Louisiana-Monroe -7.5
The Warhawks likely have an edge because they should have more crowd support in Shreveport at the Independence Bowl. They’ll also have momentum on their side as they won their last two games of the season while Ohio has lost their last three.
However, the Bobcats players may be boosted coming off last season’s bowl win, which was the first in the history of the Bobcats. This contest could come down to ULM’s 104th-ranked pass defense and even though the Bobcats are only 62nd through the air nationally, that’s still good enough to spark an upset for Ohio in their first meeting with ULM. Take them to cover the college football betting spread.
Pick: Ohio +7.5
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Odds: Virginia Tech -2
It has been a down year for the Hokies, who are usually contending for a BCS bowl, and the Scarlet Knights may feel disrespected coming in as an underdog, although they did close out the regular season with two straight losses. The Hokies have also lost their last two trips to the postseason (although they were in BCS bowls), while Rutgers have won five straight bowl games and even though they underwent a coaching change when Greg Schiano left for Tampa Bay and the NFL, Kyle Flood was around for the Schiano regime and he should know how to prepare a team for a bowl game. This just isn’t the Virginia Tech you’re used to seeing, and that means another upset, this time going to the Scarlet Knights in Orlando at the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Pick: Rutgers +2
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Odds: Texas Tech -13
The Red Raiders are a double-digit favorite at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston, and as usual, Texas Tech rolls in one of the top aerial attacks in the country, ranking second in passing offense thanks to the arm of Seth Doege. Minnesota’s defense is 29th in the nation and 11th against the pass, but they’ve never seen the likes of a passing game like the Red Raiders possess. Also, the Golden Gophers are 111th through the air themselves, and that means they’re going to have a hard time keeping up with the Red Raiders, especially if Texas Tech gets out to a hot start and grabs the lead. The Golden Gophers don’t even have a decent ground game to keep the Texas Tech offense on the sidelines, so their best bet may be to force turnovers and capitalize on those. However, the crowd will be on Texas Tech’s side and this program has won four of their last five bowl games, while Minnesota has lost their last four trips to the postseason, which isn’t a good sign.
Pick: Texas Tech -13