Trying to keep track of the multitude of bowl games these days is like trying to keep tabs on a colony of ants by naming all of them. There’s a good chance you’ll remember a few of them but you have no chance in heck of remembering every name. Especially when the name changes all the time to boot.
I’ll do my best to get all of the games and their titles correctly as I give you the five best bowl games to wager on for 2014.
Popeye’s Bahamas’ Bowl 7-5 Central Michigan (O/U 65) vs 7-5 Western Kentucky (-3)
I like this guy for a couple of reasons and keep in mind all three of these are games I like because I think they present you with the best chance to gain some cash. Central Michigan is led by running back Thomas Rawls who spent two seasons at Michigan before transferring to CMU. He has over 1,100 yards rushing and averages about 23 carries per game which is one of the higher rates in the country.
Western Kentucky is an offensive juggernaut featuring a quarterback who has over 4,000 yards passing and a running back over 1,000 yards himself. Neither team has what we’d call a good defense. The Chippewas surrender over 23 points per game while the Hilltoppers give up 39 a game. The difference is that CMU scores just two points more per game then they give up while WKU scores over 44 points per game.
I love the Hilltoppers to cover here and I love the OVER even more.
Military Bowl Pres. by Northrup Grumman 6-6 Virginia Tech (O/U 49) vs 9-3 Cincinnati (-3)
I have to admit I’m a bit jealous of the players on both sides in this bowl game. As you know, players on bowl teams get lots of gifts with some being better than others. Every member of the Hokies and Bearcats will receive their own Xbox One. Pretty nice huh?
I like this game because I really do think it’s a mismatch. The Hokies barely made it into the postseason with a four-point win over rival Virginia. Since beating Ohio State in Columbus early in the season, the Hokies have really sputtered along. The defense allows just 20 points per game and that has to be their calling card in this one.
Cincinnati is led by former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel. He has had an excellent season as have the Bearcats who shared the American Athletic Conference title. The Bearcats score 35 points per game and while I think Virginia Tech will limit them, I don’t think it will be enough.
Take Cincinnati to cover and take the OVER as well.
National University Holiday Bowl 9-3 Nebraska (O/U 61.5) vs 8-4 USC (-6)
There’s two trains of thought here with the Cornhuskers; the players will be so relieved to have Bo Pelini gone that they’ll play out of this world or they won’t respond well to the interim coach Barney Cotton. All Big-Ten running back Ameer Abdullah suffered a keen sprain late in the season but should have ample time to recover. The Huskers have a nice supporting cast that includes wide receiver Kenny Bell but they will be facing some great athletes on the USC defense.
Southern Cal was a hail mary loss to Arizona State from playing in the Pac-12 Title game and finished the season with a blowout of Notre Dame. Trojans’ QB Cody Kessler has had a solid year and can put up serious numbers which I believe he will in this game. The Nebraska defense has been humbled by both the run and the pass in 2014 and I think that continues.
Take the Trojans to cover and take the OVER.