Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl Odds & Prediction


Welcome to the Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl breakdown!

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.

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Now, on to the Zaxby’s Heart Of Dallas Bowl!

Washington(-8.5) vs. Southern Mississippi at Dallas, TX(3):

Washington(6-6, 4-5):

Wins: vs. Sacramento State(49-0), vs. Utah State(31-17), at USC(17-12), vs. Arizona(49-3), at Oregon State(52-7), vs. Washington State(45-10)

Losses: at Boise State(13-16), vs. California(24-30), vs. Oregon(20-26), at Stanford(14-31), vs. Utah(23-34), at Arizona State(17-27)

Record vs. bowl teams: 4-6

Southern Mississippi(9-4, 7-2):

Wins: vs. Austin Peay(52-6), at Texas State(56-50), vs. North Texas(49-14), vs. UTSA(32-10), at Charlotte(44-10), vs. UTEP(34-13), at Rice(65-10), vs. Old Dominion(56-31), at Louisiana Tech(58-24)

Losses: vs. Mississippi State(16-34), at Nebraska(28-36), at Marshall(10-31), at Western Kentucky(28-45)

Record vs. bowl teams: 1-4

Washington is a very young team, particularly on offense. Jake Browning was handed the keys from the very beginning a la Keith Price, and he had some growing pains along the way. He also had some huge games, particularly against Arizona, Oregon State, and Washington State. Fellow freshman Myles Gaskin has world class speed, and can change the game. Oh, and the Huskies still have a very good defense.

Southern Miss fans are relieved that the lean years are over, but they get a tough draw here. Can their defense make Browning make mistakes? Can they contain the playmaking ability of Gaskin? We know the Eagles can score. They topped 50 points five times, and hit the 40’s twice more. Can they do it against a Washington defense that is better than any they have faced so far?

The wild card here is Browning. Just by looking at the capsule above, you can see where he struggled. I think this game might stay low scoring. If it does, it favors Washington, but it also favors those who are taking the points.

My pick: Southern Mississippi

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