Sunday, January 3, 2016

College Football: A look back at Part III of 40(!!!!) College Bowl games.

After part's I and II I'm sitting at 22-18 and was hoping to get some momentum on the early games. As a reminder, I was picking both against the spread, and on the total, for each game, you can find my original picks for these games here......

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Tue, Dec 29, 1:30 PM CST)

California (-7) @ Air Force [O/U 67.5] Actual Result: Cal 55 Air Force 36. It was a going away party for Cal QB Jared Goff. I had Cal and the under so this was a push. (23-19)

Russell Athletic Bowl (Tue, Dec 29, 4:30 PM CST)

North Carolina (-3) @ Baylor [O/U 69.5] Actual Result: North Carolina 38 Baylor 49. Of course Baylor, on their sixth string QB, totally revamps their offense and sets a bowl rushing record. Total miss on my part here. (23-21)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. (Tue, Dec 29, 6:30 PM CST)

Nevada @ Colorado State (-3) [O/U 56.5] The game you didn't see because it wasn't televised. Brutal ending for Colorado State however. Actual Result: Colorado State 23 Nevada 28. Push for me. (24-22)

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl (Tue, Dec 29, 8:00 PM CST)

LSU (-7) @ Texas Tech [O/U 73.5] Turned out just like I thought it would. No surprises here. Actual Result: LSU 56 Texas Tech 27. (26-22)

Birmingham Bowl (Wed, Dec 30, 11:00 AM CST)

Auburn (-3) @ Memphis [O/U 62.5] Again, no surprises. Paxton Lynch had an awful game. Actual Result: Auburn 31 Memphis 10. (28-22)

Belk Bowl (Wed, Dec 30, 2:30 PM CST)

North Carolina State @ Mississippi State (-6) [O/U 60.5] Boston College actually scored some points, which surprised me. A fine send-off for Dak Prescott, the best player in MSU history. Actual Result: NC State 28 MSU 51. (29-23)

 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Wed, Dec 30, 6:00 PM CST)

Texas aTm @ Louisville (-4) [O/U 47.5] This game was brutal. There are bigger problems with aTm than just who's going to play QB. And it went over by .5 just brutal. Actual Result: aTm 21 Louisville 27. (29-25)

National Funding Holiday Bowl (Wed, Dec 30, 9:00 PM CST)

USC (-3.5) @ Wisconsin [O/U 50.5] New Rule - Never bet on USC.  Actual Result: USC 21 Wisky 23. (29-27)

Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (Thur, Dec 31, 11:00 AM CST)

Houston @ Florida State (-7) [O/U 50.5] This one made me happy, and not just because I called it. Actual Result: Houston 38 Florida State 24. (31-27)

Capitol One Orange Bowl [College Football Playoff Semi-Final #1] (Thur, Dec 31, 3:00 PM CST)

Oklahoma (-3.5) @ Clemson [O/U 64] I got this CFP semi-final game 100% wrong. Actual Result: OU 17 Clemson 37. (31-29)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl [College Football Playoff Semi-Final #2] (Thur, Dec 31, 7:00 PM)

Michigan State @ Alabama (-10) [O/U 46.5] Thank goodness for the total. Actual Result: Michigan State 0 Alabama 38. (32-30)

Outback Bowl (Fri, Jan 1, 11:00 AM CST)

Northwestern @ Tennessee (-8) [O/U 47] If anything I underestimated just how bad Northwestern would play. Actual Result: Northwestern 6 Tennessee 45. (34-30)

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (Fri, Jan 1, Noon CST)

Michigan (-4) @ Florida [O/U 39] Even I didn't think Michigan would look this dominant. Actual Result: Michigan 41 Florida 7. (35-31)

BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl (Fri, Jan 1, Noon CST)

Notre Dame @ Ohio State (-6) [O/U 56] Another situation where the dog was more offensively alive than I thought they would be. Actual Result: Notre Dame 28 Ohio 44. (36-32)

Rose Bowl Game Presented by NorthWestern Mutual (Fri, Jan 1, 4:00 PM CST)

Stanford (-6) @ Iowa [O/U 53] I, like many, made the mistake of assuming that Iowa could play football. Then the late cover to boot? Almost as brutal as the game. Actual Result: Stanford 45 Iowa 16 (36-34)

Allstate Sugar Bowl (Fri, Jan 1, 7:30 PM CST)

Oklahoma State @ Ole Miss (-7) [O/U 67.5] The Big XII's bad bowl season continues. Only slightly worse than the B1G. Actual Result: OSU 20 Ole Miss 48 (38-34)

TaxSlayer Bowl (Sat, Jan 2, 11:00 AM CST)

Penn State @ Georgia (-6.5) [O/U 42.5] I made the mistake of handicapping this game assuming that both teams would care. Neither did. Still, UGA eeked out the cover. Actual Result: Penn State 17 UGA 24 (39-35)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Sat, Jan 2, 2:20 PM CST)

Kansas State @ Arkansas (-12.5) [O/U 54.5] This one was never fair. Kansas State had too many injured players to compete. Still, they scored enough to hit the number. Actual Result: K-State 23 Arkansas 45 (40-36)

Valero Alamo Bowl (Sat, Jan 2, 3:45 PM CST)

Oregon (-7) @ TCU  [O/U 75] This game changed when Trevon Boykin decided to punch a cop. My revised pick is here.  In retrospect, I should have stuck with my original pick.  Actual Result: Oregon 41 TCU 47 (40-38)

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl (Sat, Jan 2, 9:15 PM CST)

West Virginia (-1) @ Arizona State [O/U 64] This game ended at 1:40 AM CST. I stayed up for the entire thing, which allowed me to see Todd Graham gift the win to WV. Actual Result: West Virginia 43 ASU 42 (40-40)

And that's it.  After 40 games, I ended up 40-40. Dead stinking even.  I think I had a push (or two) in there but I counted those as losses.

To be honest, that's not a horrible result considering.

I'll be back with a full-write up on the bowl season that was but, for now, I'm off to get some sleep. 

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