Here is the pick for the Camping World Independence Bowl, against the spread of course!
Happy Holidays to all of you readers! You may be taking it easy, but there are bowl games to prepare for, so I am still at it! I still have nearly 30 picks to make to try and stay above .500. It could be a challenge with the way this bowl season has started!
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In case you missed how the point scale works, here is a brief rundown:
5. A lock. I am comfortable making a sizable wager on this game.
4. Very confident. Not quite a lock, but I am comfortable making a decent sized wager on it.
3. Middle of the road. Good enough that I would make a small wager on it.
2. Could go either way. So much so that I wouldn’t bet on it.
1. Stay away from these.
Just in case you missed any:
- Gildan New Mexico Bowl
- Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
- Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
- Autonation Cure Bowl
- R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
- Miami Beach Bowl
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
- Marmot Boca Raton Bowl
- San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
- GoDaddy Bowl
- Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
- Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
- St. Petersburg Bowl
- Hyundai Sun Bowl
- Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl
- New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Now on to the Camping World Independence Bowl!
Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech(-13.5) at Shreveport, LA(4):
Wins: vs. Florida Atlantic(47-44), at New Mexico(40-21), vs. Louisiana-Monroe(34-24), at SMU(40-31), vs. Central Florida(45-30), at Tulane(45-34)
Losses: at Oklahoma(38-52), vs. Houston(24-38), at East Carolina(17-30), vs. Memphis(42-66), at Cincinnati(38-49), vs. Navy(21-44)
Record vs. bowl teams: 1-5
Virginia Tech(6-6, 4-4):
Wins: vs. Furman(42-3), at Purdue(51-24), vs. North Carolina State(28-13), at Boston College(26-10), at Georgia Tech(23-21), at Virginia(23-20)
Losses: vs. Ohio State(24-42), at East Carolina(28-35), vs. Pittsburgh(13-17), at Miami(FL)(20-30), vs. Duke(43-45), vs. North Carolina(27-30)
Record vs. bowl teams: 1-5
Tulsa’s defense was a sore spot all season. They allowed at least 21 points in every game, and allowed more than 40 five times. They have the offense to keep up, but if they run into a good defense, like Virginia Tech still has, they could have all sorts of trouble. Keyarris Garrett is a matchup nightmare for the Hokies, and could be a nice DFS play. He wont be able to do it himself, though. Quarterback Dane Evans needs to make plays as well.
Frank Beamer ends his bowl streak where it began all the way back in 1989. He put the Hokie program on the map, and the team played inspired football down the stretch to get Frank that one last game. The offense has struggled at times this year, but they have been much better since return of QB Michael Brewer and the emergence of RB Travon McMillian. The defense isn’t as strong as in previous years, but still only allowed more than 30 points once after the first three games.
Simply put, the Hokies wont lose this game. This spread is a little big, but Tulsa’s defense has bordered on awful all year. The Hokies are going to be all sorts of fired up here. I have to believe they wont get caught off guard.
My pick: Virginia Tech
Stay tuned for the picks of every bowl game against the spread!