Kick Off Your Bowl Season With These Opening Games

Mike Leach takes his 6-6 Cougars to the New Mexico Bowl where Colorado State awaits.

As I told you in the blog yesterday, I really do enjoy bowl season and I’m thrilled the time of year begins tomorrow with four games. I really like three of the four we have to choose from too. The action runs from early afternoon through the evening so you should have plenty of opportunities to catch some college football action. From the mountains in Idaho to the Superdome of New Orleans, the 2013 college bowl season is about to kick off.

Colorado State (+4.5) vs. Washington State – These two face off in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and while it doesn’t sound like a big deal it is to a team like the Cougars. Under a coach like Mike Leach, improvement is expected and making a bowl game in year two is a step in the right direction. WSU started the season strong losing by just seven in the opener at Auburn and then knocking off USC in Los Angeles.

The Rams won five of their last seven and come in averaging 35 points per game. Normally when teams from non-AQ conferences play the big boys in bowl games they find themselves bigger underdogs. The four and a half does not fall into that category.

The over/under is 66 and that’s proof both of these teams can score so go with the over. Five of CSU’s last seven games have gone the way of the over for that matter. I like the experience of Leach and the schedule toughness of the Cougars so take them to cover.

Can Derek Carr lead Fresno State past USC in the Las Vegas Bowl?

Fresno State vs. USC (-7) – The Trojans enter the Las Vegas Bowl as a touchdown favorite over the Bulldogs who have no problem scoring. The issue for them is that the USC defense will probably pose one of their stiffer tests this season. QB Derek Carr had the Bulldogs in position to possibly qualify for a BCS game but lost a shootout in the Mountain West Title game.

When you think of the Trojans’ season it begins with the firing of Lane Kiffin ends with the hiring of Steve Sarkisian. He replaces interim coach Ed Orgeron who many felt deserved the job. With news breaking last night about a possible recruiting scandal at Sarkisian’s last job in Washington, maybe Orgeron should keep his USC resume on hand.

Both teams have seen their games go with the under in five of their last seven and I think that’ll be the case here as well. Because the Trojans started moving the ball and scoring more later in the season I think that bodes well for them and I like them to cover.

Buffalo vs. San Diego State (-1.5) – The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl once again comes to us from the smurf turf of Boise State which will match well with the blue of Buffalo. The Bulls finished second in the MAC East this season blowing an opportunity to play in the MAC Title game by losing at home in the final week. Buffalo doesn’t do anything outstanding but they’ll be a challenge for the Aztecs.

SDSU won seven of their last nine games after opening with three straight losses. Like the Bulls, they don’t do anything special but they do play good, hard football. The Aztecs have gone over in four of their last five games while the Bulls are over in eight of their last 12. The over/under has dropped from 55 to 51 which makes me like the over in this one.

I also like the Aztecs getting the one and a half.