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    Let’s Start with How the Spooky Bowl Picks are Formulated?

    Spooky started posting his bowl game selections on the forums more than 17 years ago — and that is how it all began! He has never had a losing bowl season since 1977 using these power rankings as a guide and not about to start now. Record speaks for itself.

    We’ve had some unbelievable outstanding seasons, one year going 27-3 and a few average years but always have showed a profit. Bowl season is the only time Spooky truly “crunches numbers” and plays more with the numbers than his head.

    The picks and numbers listed in this thread are SPOOKY'S PLAYS! If you don't want to follow — no worries! He's not looking to debate and argue the selections.

    The totals (Over/Unders) will be posted much closer to game time since weather and other developments affect the game and they are only an opinion. As you can see, he will post Power Ratings, underdog plays and some MoneyLine plays!

    IMPORTANT: As the odds change so can the selection. Obviously the best bets will not change dramatically. So check back with this thread day of the game and follow us at Spooky Express.com for any major developments.

    Understand, that right when the lines come out is a great time to jump on some early lines that stand out and get the best value for the wager. Spooky may completely reverse his thinking as time goes by, but for now he let's the numbers do the talking and everyone that has seen or followed Spooky this millennium know's how solid the picks usually are.

    NOTE: ANYTIME A TEAM IS PICKED TO WIN OUTRIGHT AND ARE ALSO RECEIVING POINTS — MAKES THEM A PLAY. NO LOOKING BACK, NO THINKING ABOUT IT.

    There will also be some live underdogs. So be ready. These teams are picked to win and they are getting points. Money Line Dogs. Get them while they are hot. Don't be afraid when the pointspread moves. It is done so emotionally.

    QB gets hurt, RB gets suspended, who cares. The points will be adjusted. These selections are not based on 1 or 2 games but an entire season. Remember since 1977 this has not lost.


    Spooky Power Ratings for All Bowl Teams

    The lower the number the stronger the ranking. These numbers will change slightly after the Army/Navy game. Please remember all the power ratings are a guide to what Spooky does during bowl season. The power ratings are only based on the game matchups and does not mean Ohio State is the best team in the country based on ratings. He may move away from certain plays when the time comes, so his picks above ARE THE PICKS.

    A huge THANK YOU goes out to Bobalou for all her assistance in crunching the numbers every year. Without her this wouldn't be complete until much closer to all the games.


    TEAM / RANK
    Ohio State 95
    Alabama 119
    Clemson 129
    Wisconsin 153
    Washington 154
    Georgia 162
    Penn State 162
    Auburn 171
    South Florida 196
    Oklahoma 214
    Mississippi St 219
    Southern Miss 225
    San Diego State 227
    Virginia Tech 229
    Toledo 230
    TCU 235
    Louisville 243
    LSU 246
    Appalachian St 255
    Iowa 257
    Troy 263
    Notre Dame 264
    Boise State 269
    Washington State 269
    UCF 270
    Northern Illinois 271
    Arkansas St 274
    Michigan 276
    Fresno State 284
    Oklahoma State 284
    USC 292
    Miami 293
    Florida Atlantic 298
    NC State 298
    ARMY 301
    Ohio 301
    Oregon 301
    Northwestern 302
    Utah 302
    Michigan State 308
    Missouri 321
    Duke 322
    Marshall 324
    Colorado State 334
    Texas 334
    UAB 336
    Iowa State 338
    Stanford 342
    Middle Tenn 355
    Florida State 356
    Houston 363
    Memphis 365
    Purdue 368
    Wake Forest 370
    N Texas 372
    Central Michigan 374
    Utah State 375
    Kansas State 381
    Louisiana Tech 383
    Boston College 389
    Navy 392
    Texas A & M 394
    West Virgina 399
    Texas Tech 402
    Western Kentucky 402
    New Mexico State 411
    SMU 412
    Wyoming 418
    Arizona State 425
    South Carolina 425
    Virginia 428
    UCLA 432
    Arizona 435
    Temple 435
    Florida Int. 446
    Georgia State 457
    Kentucky 495
    Akron 535

    Spooky Bowl Selections Without Pointspread

    The numbers below are the guts and meat of how Spooky gets to his final picks above. This is helped used to determine MoneyLine plays, contest picks and plays NOT involving pointspreads!

    In order of team to win by the most points based on power ratings. Remember these ratings will be adjusted after the Army/Navy game to a small degree!

    POWER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TEAMS

    Florida Atlantic 23.7 Akron
    South Florida 20.6 Texas Tech
    Ohio State 19.8 USC
    Northwestern 19.3 Kentucky
    Michigan 14.9 South Carolina
    Wisconsin 14.0 Miami
    Southern Miss 13.1 Florida State
    NC State 12.7 Arizona State
    Troy 10.9 N Texas
    TCU 10.8 Stanford
    Auburn 9.9 UCF
    Utah 9.7 West Virgina
    Arkansas St 7.9 Middle Tenn
    Fresno State 7.9 Houston
    San Diego State 7.4 ARMY
    Purdue 6.7 Arizona
    Virginia Tech 5.5 Oklahoma State
    Western Kentucky 5.5 Georgia State
    Georgia 5.2 Oklahoma
    Northern Illinois 5.1 Duke
    Kansas State 5.1 UCLA
    Central Michigan 4.4 Wyoming
    Washington State 3.9 MIchigan State
    Navy 3.6 Virginia
    Utah State 3.6 New Mexico State
    Ohio 3.5 UAB
    Boise State 3.2 Oregon
    Iowa 3.2 Boston College
    Louisiana Tech 2.9 SMU
    Iowa State 2.7 Memphis
    Toledo 2.5 Appalachian St
    Mississippi St 2.4 Louisville
    Wake Forest 2.4 Texas A & M
    LSU 1.7 Notre Dame
    Missouri 1.1 Texas
    Temple 1.1 Florida Int.
    Alabama 1.0 Clemson
    Marshall 1.0 Colorado State
    Washington 0.8 Penn State

    Point Spread Difference

    Now let's take Spooky's Power Numbers and apply them to the current (at time of writing) pointspread coming up with a “difference”.


    BOWL TEAMS POWER NUMBER VS. POINTSPREAD DIFFERENCE

    Southern Miss 27.1 Florida State
    South Florida 18.6 Texas Tech
    Ohio State 13.3 USC
    Northwestern 12.3 Kentucky
    Virginia Tech 11.5 Oklahoma State
    Purdue 10.2 Arizona
    Fresno State 9.9 Houston
    Northern Illinois 9.6 Duke
    Boise State 9.2 Oregon
    Mississippi St 8.4 Louisville
    TCU 8.3 Stanford
    Louisiana Tech 7.9 SMU
    Wisconsin 7.5 Miami
    Florida Atlantic 6.7 Akron
    NC State 6.7 Arizona State
    Marshall 6.5 Colorado State
    Michigan 6.4 South Carolina
    Iowa State 6.2 Memphis
    Florida Int. 5.9 Temple
    Appalachian St 5.5 Toledo
    Troy 5.4 N Texas
    Utah 5.2 West Virgina
    Arkansas St 4.4 Middle Tenn
    Central Michigan 4.4 Wyoming
    Georgia 4.2 Oklahoma
    UAB 4.0 Ohio
    Washington 3.3 Penn State
    Kansas State 3.1 UCLA
    Notre Dame 1.3 LSU
    Clemson 1.0 Alabama
    Washington State 0.9 MIchigan State
    Texas A & M 0.6 Wake Forest
    Utah State 0.6 New Mexico State
    Western Kentucky 0.5 Georgia State
    Texas 0.4 Missouri
    Iowa 0.2 Boston College
    UCF 0.1 Auburn
    Navy TBD Virginia
    San Diego State TBD ARMY


    On to the Individual Bowls


    IMPORTANT: As the odds change so can the selection. Obviously the best bets will not change dramatically. So check back with this thread day of the game and follow us at Spooky Express.com for any major developments.

    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-12-17, 11:54 AM.

  • #2
    R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

    Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Date & Time: December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
    Spread: Troy Trojans -5.5
    Over/Under Total: 60
    Quick Pick: Troy Trojans-5 (buy down half point)

    The Troy Trojans and the North Texas Mean Green are slated to match-up in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET. This game is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana and can be watched on ESPN.


    R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

    The New Orleans Bowl has been played annually since 2001. This is the 17th time for the New Orleans Bowl and both the Mean Green and Trojanshave some experience playing in this bowl.

    The Troy Trojans played in the New Orleans Bowl in 2010, 2008 and 2006. They went 2-1 in those three appearances winning in 2010 against Ohio 48-21 and in 2006 over Rice by the score 41-17 but lost their 2008 bid against Southern Miss by the score 30-27.

    The Mean Green have played in the New Orleans Bowl 4 times, going 1-4 in those games. They lost to Southern Miss in 2004 by the score of 31-10, lost to Memphis in 2013 by the score of 27-17 and lost to Colorado State in 2001 by the score 25-20. Their only New Orleans Bowl win came in 2002 over the Cincinnati Bearcats by the score of 24-19.


    Previous Matchup History

    The Mean Green and Trojans are familiar foes that will meet up for the first time since 2012, where the Trojans won 14-7. In the last 10 games between the Mean Green and the Trojans, Troy has won 8 out of 10 games SU and the two teams split the ATS record at 5-5.


    North Texas Mean Green 9-4 (Conference USA)

    The North Texas Mean Green will be playing in their 10th bowl game in the history of the program but their record is anything but stellar as they are only 3-6 in bowl games. They were 9-4 SU and 8-5 ATS in the regular season. They were undefeated at home this year at 6-0 but only 3-4 on the road.

    North Texas will be playing for their first 10 win season since 1977! The Mean Green are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. Overall, in the Mean Green’s last 6 non-conference games, they have played over the posted total in 5 out of the 6 games. Being contrary to that trend is the fact that the Mean Green have played 6 out of their last 8 games against the Sun Belt Conference, under the posted total.

    The Mean Green were totally dominated in the Conference USA Championship, losing to FAU by the score of 41-7. The Mean Green were completely shut out in the 1st half of play heading into halftime down 27-0. North Texas had absolutely no answer for Lane Kiffin's offense that racked up 330 yards passing and 276 yards on the ground.
    The Mean Green have the 18th ranked offense in the FBS, averaging 176.0 yards rushing and 291.0 yards passing. They are averaging 35.9 points per game this year. North Texas's offense is led by sophomore Quarterback Mason Fine. Fine is a very talented quarterback with a cannon for an arm. He has passed for 3749 yards, 28 touchdowns but he has thrown 13 interceptions. Fine is going to have to control those INT's against a very tough Troy secondary.


    Troy Trojans 10-2 (Sun Belt)

    The Troy Trojans will be playing in their 7th bowl game in the history of the program, where they sport a 3-3 record. They enter the New Orleans Bowl with a 10-2 SU and 5-7 ATS record. The Trojans home and away records were mirror images of each other, going 5-1 at home and 5-1 on the road. The Trojans have struggled lately in non-conference games, going 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference matchups.
    There are a ton of trends favoring playing the over in this game. The last 6 bowls that the Trojans have played in have all gone over the posted total! The last 6 times the Trojans have played on a neutral site, they have all played over! In their last 53 non-conference games, the Trojans have played over the posted total in 37 of the 53 games.

    Troy will be looking to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time ever. They will enter the game on a 6 game winning streak, where they have held opponents to only 16.3 points per game, which is 1.2 points lower than their season average.

    Troy enters the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl as co-Sun Belt Champs. They beat Arkansas State 32-25 last week to take a share of the Conference Title. Troy scored a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining in the game, to win their 6th straight game. The biggest shining bright spot on the Trojans resume for this year is there 24-21 win at LSU. No one could've predicted the Trojans would be the SEC powerhouse LSU Tigers on their own home field but that just goes to show you how powerful this defense really is.

    Trojans Senior Quarterback Brandon Silvers has really came into form over the last 6 games, throwing 11 of his 13 season long touchdowns during the recent winning streak. Silvers has completed nearly 63% of his passes for 2985 yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on the year.


    New Orleans Bowl Handicapping

    Handicapping this game comes down to one great defense against a really good offense! This should be a really good game to watch because it will be really interesting to see if the Mean Green can do what most teams in the NCAA were not able to do this year and that is put up more than 17.5 points per game on the ferocious Troy Defense.

    Mean Green QB Mason Fine has played well this year but his INT’s are truly concerning, especially knowing he is now going up against one of the best secondaries in the nation. The Trojans have decent history at the New Orleans Bowl compared to North Texas who have been terrible here in New Orleans.


    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system tells us that Troy should win this game by nearly 11 points. The pointspread at MyBookie is currently Troy Trojans -5.5 and the total is set at 60 points. We will buy down the half point and take the Trojans here -5.

    Spooky Express Pick: Troy Trojans -5 out of 5

    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

    For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-16-17, 12:46 PM.

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    • #3
      Autonation Cure Bowl

      Where: Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida
      Date & Time: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 2:30 PM ET
      Spread: Western Kentucky -5
      Over/Under Total: 52
      Quick Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -5

      The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Georgia State Panthers will matchup in this year’s AutoNation Cure Bowl at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The AutoNation Cure Bowl is the first of three bowls to be played at the 65,000 seat capacity Camping World Stadium. This bowl game is set to kickoff on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM ET and can be watched on CBS Sportsnet.


      AutoNation Cure Bowl

      This will be the third year for the AutoNation Cure Bowl.

      The AutoNation Cure Bowl features teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. This bowl was formed as a means to raise awareness for Breast Cancer research and proceeds from the bowl game will go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

      Previous Matchup History

      The Hilltoppers and Panthers have only faced each other one other time in the history of the two programs, back in 2013. In that game, the Hilltoppers beat the Panthers 44-28. The Hilltoppers won the game but the Panthers were able to hold on to cover the spread as an 18.5 point underdog.

      Georgia State Panthers 6-5 (Sun Belt)

      The Georgia State Panthers will be playing in their 2nd AutoNation Cure Bowl, with the hopes of a different outcome in this game. The Panthers faced San Jose State in the inaugural AutoNation Cure Bowl back in 2015 and lost the game 27-16. That was not only the first time the AutoNation Cure Bowl was played but it was the first time that the Georgia State Panthers appeared in a bowl. This is only the 2nd bowl in the history of the program’s 5 year history in the FBS.

      The Panthers finished up the regular season 6-5 SU and 4-7 ATS. The Panthers were decent on the road this year, going 5-1 away from Georgia State Stadium. They played 8 of their 11 games under the posted total. The Panthers have played 4 out of their last 5 non-conference games under the posted total.

      Georgia State hired Shawn Elliott to take over the program and he is taking them to a bowl game in his first year as head coach of the Panthers. Elliott’s offense will be led by QB Conner Manning and WR Penny Hart. Hart leads the Sun Belt Conference with 73 receptions for 1094 yards and 8 touchdowns. In addition to Manning and Hart, Running Back Glenn Smith is one of only 3 active FBS players with 1000 yards rushing, 1000 yards receiving and 1000 return yards in his career.



      Western Kentucky 6-6 (American Athletic Conference)


      The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 6-6 SU and 3-9 ATS on the year. Western Kentucky is 4-1 in bowl games in their history and will be looking to secure their 5th straight bowl win. The Hilltoppers had their struggles on the road this year, going 2-4. They have split their games for totals, playing 6 over and 6 under the posted total.

      The Hilltoppers have gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Sun Belt Conference. They are also 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against non-conference opponents. The Hilltoppers have played over the posted total in their last 4 games straight on neutral sites.

      The Hilltoppers come into the AutoNation Cure Bowl off a 41-17 loss to FIU. FIU posted 28 unanswered points They lost 4 out of their final five games but with the win over Middle Tennessee State two games back, they became bowl eligible.

      Head Coach Mike Sanford will be taking the Hilltoppers to a bowl game in his first year as head coach in Western Kentucky. Sanford took the reigns from Jeff Brohm, who left last year to take over the head coaching position at Purdue. Sanford took over a Hilltopper team that had previously won three straight bowl games and back to back Conference USA Titles.

      The Hilltoppers will be led by QB Mike White. White and the Hilltoppers offense is averaging 26.1 points per game. White is an NFL prospect that is averaging 333 yards per game. White’s passing offense is ranked 9th in the FBS and he is completing nearly 66% of his pass attempts. White recently accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

      White likes to spread the ball around and cause headaches for opposing defensive coordinators. They have 5 WR’s on the team that have caught at least 25 or more receptions on the year.


      AutoNation Cure Bowl Handicapping

      Western Kentucky has had their issues with stopping the run and run heavy teams have had success against the Hilltoppers. That will create a heavy urge for Georgia State to run the ball down the Hilltoppers throats. That being said, Western Kentucky should be able to outscore the Panthers in the game.

      Spooky’s Selection

      Our system tells us that Western Kentucky will win this game by nearly a touchdown. MyBookie has this game set at Western Kentucky -5 points. We will get on this game early with Western Kentucky -5 points at MyBookie.

      Spooky Express Pick: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers -5

      Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

      For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
      Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 05:53 PM.

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      • #4
        Las Vegas Bowl

        Where: Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada
        Date & Time: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
        Spread: Oregon -7.5
        Over/Under Total: 59
        Quick Pick: TBD


        The Boise State Broncos and the Oregon Ducks will square off on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET in the Las Vegas Bowl. This game is being played at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada and can be watched on ABC.


        Las Vegas Bowl
        The Las Vegas Bowl has been around since 1992 and is played each year at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

        The Bowl is actually owned by ESPN Events and features a team from the Mountain West vs. Pac-12. The Mountain West have played the Pac-12 a total of 13 times in the Las Vegas Bowl with the Mountain West team winning 7 of the 13 games. Both Boise State and Oregon have experience playing in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Broncos are undefeated in the Las Vegas Bowl at 3-0, while the Ducks are 1-1 in the Las Vegas Bowl.


        Previous Matchup History

        The Oregon Ducks and Boise State Broncos have played each other two times in the history of the two programs. In those two games, the Broncos won both games SU and also covered the spread in both games. They played each other in back to back years in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, the Broncos won 37-32 and in 2009, the Broncos won 19-8.

        Boise State 10-3 (Mountain West)

        The Boise State Broncos are 10-3 overall and are 8-5 ATS. They went 4-2 on the road this year and played 8 out of their 13 games under the posted total. The Broncos have struggled recently against teams from the PAC-12, where they are 2-6 ATS against teams from that conference. In the Broncos past 14 games in the month of December, they have played under the posted total in 9 out of the 14 games.

        The Broncos are coming into this game off a 17-14 win in the Mountain West Conference Championship, over Fresno State. This was the second game in a row that Boise State took on Fresno State, winning last week but losing 2 weeks ago in Fresno by the score 17-28. The Broncos have won 8 of their last 9 games overall and finished the year.

        QB Brett Rypien led the Broncos in passing this year, posting 2515 yards, 14 touchdowns and 4 INT’s. Rypien completed 63.5% of his passes and was averaging 8.1 yards per passing attempt in regular season. Sophomore Running Back Alexander Mattison leads the Broncos in rushing. Alexander has posted 299 carries on the year for 1074 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Alexander has scored 7 touchdowns in the Broncos last 5 games.

        Cedrick Wilson is the leading receiver for the Broncos. Wilson has pulled down 73 receptions for 1290 yards and 6 touchdowns. When the Broncos are in the red zone, keep your eyes open for TE Jake Roh. Roh leads all receivers on the Broncos with touchdowns, scoring 9 touchdowns in only 11 games played.


        Oregon Ducks 7-5 (PAC-12)

        The Oregon Ducks are 7-5 overall this year and split their games going 6-6 ATS. The Ducks have gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in December. The Ducks have not really been a team to bet on when they are on the road this year as they were just 1-4 on the road in 2017. The Ducks are also 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games that were played on neutral sites.

        The Ducks have struggled in non-conference games lately, going 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games outside the PAC-12. The Ducks are trending heavily to play under the posted total. They have played 5 out of their last 7 bowl games under the posted total and they have played 6 out of their last 8 games against the Mountain West under the posted total.

        The Ducks announce on Tuesday that head coach Willie Taggart would be leaving the school to head to the Sunshine State and take over the head coaching duties at Florida State, left open by recent departure of Jimbo Fisher. The Ducks will also be without defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, who will heading to Florida State with Taggart.

        Offensive Coordinator Mario Cristobal will take over as the interim head coach in Oregon. Cristobal has head coaching experience from his 6 years coaching Florida International.



        Las Vegas Bowl Handicapping

        This game is really difficult to handicap at this point in the game because we just don’t know what changes Cristobal will make to the offense. He is accustomed to running the spread offense in FIU and we just haven’t heard what changes he will make, if any, before the bowl game. Cristobal will have 11 days to prepare the Ducks for the Broncos and we will reserve the handicapping aspect for closer to the game.

        Spooky Selection

        This game is really hard to predict and we think it will be a very close game. Our system is leaning towards Boise and the points, as well as possibly making it a money line underdog play but we will tread lightly with this until we can gather some more details on the game. As with all of these bowls, make sure you check back closer to game time to get our final selection for the game. It is really too soon to give out an official play. There are a ton of coaching changes that are coming down the pipe for the Ducks and that could sway our decision one way or the other.

        Spooky Express Pick:Boise State +8 (Buy Up Half Point) | Boise State Money Line
        Boise State / Oregon over 58


        Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

        For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
        Last edited by Bobalou; 12-16-17, 12:28 PM.

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        • #5
          Gildan New Mexico Bowl

          Where: Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico
          Date & Time: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET
          Spread: Colorado State Rams -5.5
          Over/Under Total: 58
          Quick Pick: Marshall Thundering Herd +6 (Buy up half point)

          Marshall Thundering Herd and Colorado State Rams will square off on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM ET in the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. This game is being played at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico and can be watched on ESPN.


          Gildan New Mexico Bowl

          The Gildan New Mexico Bowl has been around since 2006. Gildan took over as the premier sponsor of the bowl game back in 2011 and have been ever since. The conference tie-ins for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are the Mountain West and the Conference USA.

          This will be the first time playing in the New Mexico Bowl for Marshall but the Rams from Colorado State are not only experienced, they are undefeated in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history. The Rams are 2-0 in the New Mexico Bowl, winning 40-35 against Fresno State in 2008 and 48-45 in 2013 over Washington State.
          Previous Matchup History

          This will be the first time that Marshall and Colorado State have faced off against each other. There are no previous matchup history for this bowl game.


          Marshall Thundering Herd

          The Marshall Thundering Herd were 7-5 SU and 8-4 ATS in the regular season. They played 7 out of 12 games under the posted total and went 3-3 on the road. The Thundering Herd 5-0 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. They are also 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. Marshall is 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 non-conference games.

          Marshall comes into this game with losing their last 2 games of the regular season and losers of 4 of their last 5 games overall. In their last game, the Thundering Herd lost to Southern Miss but had a chance to win the game in the end. With a little more than 2 minutes remaining in the game, QB Chase Litton led the Thundering Herd down the field on a 6 play drive that led to a 9 yard touchdown pass. Instead of going for the tie, the Thundering Herd went for the win but came up short on the 2-pt conversion.

          The Thundering Herd are led by QB Chase Litton. Litton has completed 60% of his pass attempts this year for 2853 yards. Litton has thrown 23 touchdown passes but has had his fair issues with throwing 12 interceptions on the season. Litton must control those turnovers if the Herd want to win ballgames! The Herd split backfield duties this year between Keion Davis and Tyler King. Davis leads the Herd in carries with 161 but King leads the Herd in yardage with 714 yards.


          Colorado State Rams

          The Colorado State Rams were 7-5 SU and 4-8 ATS in the regular season. The Rams failed to cover the spread in their final 6 games of the year. They split their games for totals this year, playing 6 over and 6 under the posted total. The Rams have gone 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 non-conference games and are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 bowl appearances.

          The Rams won their final game of the year over San Jose State but were losers of 3 of their last 4 games. In the game with San Jose State, QB Nick Stevens passed for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and led the Rams to a 42-14.

          Stevens has completed nearly 64% of his pass attempts this year and has thrown for 3479 yards. Stevens has compiled 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the year. RB Dalyn Dawkins is the Rams leading back, rushing 216 times this year for 1349 yards. Dawkins has 8 touchdowns on the year, which ties him with Izzy Matthews for the touchdown lead for running backs. Matthews carried the ball nearly half the amount of times (122 carries) and posted 583 yards with 8 TD’s.


          Gildan New Mexico Bowl Handicapping

          If you look at all of Colorado State’s losses this year, they really struggled with stopping the run. In the Alabama game, they gave up 239 yards rushing. In the Air Force game, they gave up 421 yards. In the Wyoming game they gave up 162 yards and in the Boise State loss, they gave up 310 yards on the ground. There is no way they can give up that amount of rushing yardage in a game and expect to win.

          That will mean that the Thundering Herd backfield should be fairly busy as they will look to expose this front line of the Rams and rack up the yardage. We expect to see a significant amount of running plays in the first half for the Thundering Herd, which is a complete opposite of what they normally utilize in their gameplans but that will open up the passing game in the second half as the Rams try to stack the box to stop the run. If Marshall gets this running game going, it could be a long night for the Rams.


          Spooky’s Selection

          Our system tells us that the Herd should keep this game close and should be the pick here. Bookmaker has the odds on this game at Colorado State -5.5 and the total set at 85. We recommend that you buy up the half point and bet this game at Bookmaker on Marshall +6. That being said, don’t be afraid to move up to +7 in this game on the Thundering Herd.

          Spooky Express Pick: Marshall +6 (Buy up half point)

          Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

          For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
          Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 05:57 PM.

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          • #6
            Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

            Where: Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama
            Date & Time: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
            Spread: Arkansas State -3.5
            Over/Under Total: 62.5
            Quick Pick: Arkansas State Red Wolves -3 (Buy down half point)
            The Arkansas State Red Wolves and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders will meet up in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday Night, December 16, 2017. This game is set to kick off at 8:00 PM ET and can be seen on ESPN.


            Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

            The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl is an annual football bowl game that is played at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

            The Cramton Bowl holds rough 21,000 people, so this is a rather small bowl in comparison to some of the other bowls. The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl has been around since 2014 and this will be the first time that both Middle Tennessee State and Arkansas State have appeared in this bowl. This bowl would usually be filled with a team from the Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference but due to the fact that Akron accepted a bowl bid to play in the Boca Raton Bowl, and Central Florida is playing in the Peach Bowl, they were forced to reach outside and select another conference to provide a team, hence the reason Middle Tennessee State is playing in this bowl.


            Previous Matchup History

            Arkansas State Red Wolves and Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders should be fairly familiar with each other, as they were Sun Belt Conference opponents from 2001-2013. Middle Tennessee State holds a 9-5 all time record over Arkansas State. Arkansas State Red Wolves have won 4 out of the last 5 games, both SU and ATS, against the Blue Raiders.

            Arkansas State Red Wolves 7-4 (Sun Belt)

            The Arkansas State Red Wolves ended their 2017 season 7-4 SU and ATS, and finished in 3rd place in the Sun Belt Conference. The Red Wolves have had their struggles covering the spread in these non-conference games. In their last 10 games outside the Sun Belt, they have gone 3-7 ATS.

            The Red Wolves have also had their issues against teams from Conference USA, going 1-4 ATS against teams from that conference. The Red Wolves played 7 out of their 11 games under the posted total this year and have played under the posted total in 31 out of 44 non-conference games.

            This will be the 7th consecutive bowl for the Red Wolves of Arkansas State and their 8th bowl game appearance in the history of the program. The Red Wolves hold a 3-4 record in the bowls Arkansas State will be coming into this bowl game off a regular season loss. They lost last week to Troy on the last drive of the game, with 17 seconds left in the game. Troy beat Arkansas State 32-25 in the game. Arkansas State dominated the game on paper, especially on offense, where they out gained Troy 606 yards to 293 yards. The reason for the loss…..simple, they turned the ball over 3 times Those turnovers have been the demise of the Red Wolves.


            Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 6-6 (Conference USA)

            Middle Tennessee State played .500 this year, going 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS. The Blue Raiders needed to win their last game of the year, against Old Dominion, to simply become bowl eligible. They played 9 out of their 12 games this year under the posted total. The Blue Raiders went 2-4 SU on the road this year but only 1-5 ATS.

            The Blue Raiders have been a smart bet when they are playing a team from the Sun Belt Conference. They have gone 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games against teams from the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders may be good against the Sun Belt Conference but they have struggled badly at covering the spread on a neutral site. They have gone 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on a neutral site.

            Middle Tennessee State will be going bowling for the 4th time in the past 5 years under head coach Rick Stockstill. That being said, they have not won a bowl game since 2009 so this team is eager to find a way to win a bowl under Stockstill. The Blue Raiders bowl history is anything but memorable for bettors as Middle Tennessee State is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games. The Blue Raiders are 3-7 in bowls in the history of the school. In their last 5 bowl games, the Blue Raiders have gone over the posted total 4 out of 5 times.

            Middle Tennessee State should have a decent showing this year in their bowl. Head Coach Rick Stockstill announced on Monday that he will personally purchase $10,000 worth of bowl tickets for the Middle Tennessee State students due to the fact that they were unable to travel with the team due to distance in the last 2 bowl games in Hawaii and Bahamas..


            Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Handicapping

            This game will be determined on one thing….can the Red Wolves control the ball and limit the turnovers. They have found themselves turning the ball over much more than Blake Anderson will care for. Anderson was a offensive coordinator at North Carolina and Southern Miss prior to taking the head coaching position at Arkansas State so turnovers are not something that he is accustomed too and a very frustrating aspect of the game for a offensive coordinator. With the extra time to prepare and plan for this game, the Red Wolves should be able to make the corrections needed and control the football.

            Spooky’s Selection

            In this game, we have Arkansas State winning the game by a tad bit more than a touchdown. BetOnline has the pointspread in this game at Arkansas State -3.5 and the total set at 62.5. We recommend that you buy the line down to Arkansas State -3 and go with the Red Wolves minus the points.

            Spooky Express Pick: Arkansas State -3

            Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

            For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
            Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 04:29 PM.

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            • #7
              Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

              Where: FAU Football Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida
              Date & Time: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
              Spread: FAU -17.5
              Over/Under Total: 61.5
              Quick Pick: Florida Atlantic -17 (buy down half point)

              The Florida Atlantic Owls will stay home this year and take on the Akron Zips in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. This bowl is being played on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET. The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl is being played at FAU’s home stadium at FAU Football Stadium.


              Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl

              The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl has been around since 2014 and is played each year at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

              The Boca Raton bowl features a team from Conference USA against the Mid-American Conference. This year, Cheribundi Tart Cherry takes over the sponsorship for the Boca Raton bowl.


              Previous Matchup History

              The Akron Zips and the Florida Atlantic Owls have never played each other. This will be the 1st matchup between the 2 schools in the history of the programs.

              Akron Zips 7-6 (Mid-American Conference)

              Akron started out their 2017 campaign losing 3 out of their first 4 games against the likes of Penn State, Iowa State and Troy, all three of which are playing in a bowl this year. They finished out their season going 6-3 to make their record 7-6 SU and 9-4 ATS. Akron played 10 of their 13 games under the posted total this year.

              There are two stats that really stick out for the Zips. First, Akron is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Second, Akron has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played on a neutral site. Those are two strong trends that should play out for this game and need to be taken into consideration.
              The last 4 games that the Zips have played against Conference USA, they have played over the posted total in all 4 games. That being said, they have also played all 4 of their last 4 games against non-conference opponents under the posted total.

              The Zips will be coming into this game off a loss to Toledo 45-28 in the Mid-American Conference Title game. On paper, the game looks like it was competitive but in all reality, it was a blowout. Toledo sort of took their foot off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter after being up 38-7. Akron could not move the ball in the first three quarters of play in the conference title game. Overall, the Zips have been lacking a true starting quarterback this year. They have used 5 different quarterbacks in 2017, including 4 different players throwing passes last week in the conference title game.

              None of the QB’s have completed more than 58% of their passes and none have passed for over 1800 yards. Thomas Woodson has played in the most games and thrown the most passing attempts but his inaccuracy has killed the team. He has thrown 14 touchdowns but also has thrown 9 INT’s on the year. It is not clear at this time who will start for the Zips.


              Florida Atlantic 10-3 (Conference USA)

              The Florida Atlantic Owls will be staying home for their bowl this year, playing in the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl on their home field. Head Coach Lane Kiffin said that he choose to stay home this year because he wants the college students to be able to enjoy the bowl game and a lot of times when teams travel far distances, fans and students are unable to attend the game. The Owls will have a huge home field advantage in this game as the Akron Zips will be traveling from Ohio, from the cold to the beautiful sunny weather of Boca Raton, Florida.

              FAU went 10-3 SU and 9-4 ATS this year. Their 3 losses all came from non-conference opponents against the likes of Navy, Wisconsin and Buffalo in the first 4 games of the year. They ran off 9 wins in a row to get them where they are right now at 10-3. FAU really turned their season around winning the last 9 games but also being beneficial to bettors going 7-2 ATS in those 9 games. In those same 9 games, 8 of those were won by double digits!
              Like Akron, Florida Atlantic has fared really well on games played at a neutral site. They are 5-0, undefeated ATS, when they are on a neutral field. FAU has also been a strong team to bet on overall, going 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

              Jason Driskel leads the Owls at quarterback. Driskel has completed nearly 66% of his passes for 1977 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Driskel will share the backfield Devon Singletary, who is the Owls leading running back. Singletary has carried the ball 275 times for 1796 yards and 29 rushing touchdowns.

              FAU head coach Lane Kiffin's name has been tied to several vacant head coaching positions, mainly the Oregon Ducks position. It is very unlikely that were gone will name their head coach before the end of December so FAU will hold onto Kiffin a bit longer. On a complete side note, if you aren't following Kiffin on Twitter, I highly suggest you head over and follow him. Love him or hate him, he is hilarious on social media!


              Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Handicapping

              As we said earlier, the Akron Zips simply do not have an effective quarterback to lead this team. In addition to their lack of passing, they are also just as bad running the ball, with averaging under 3.5 yards per carry on the ground. They are going to struggle badly against this Lane Kiffin led FAU team that will be playing at home.

              Let's face it, we all know that Kiffin is a head case and once he gets on top of this lower-level Akron squad, he's not going to give in or take his foot off the gas pedal. He's going to make a statement in this game. Kiffin has sort of taken it personal that his name wasn't selected for some other high profile coaching jobs and if you follow Twitter you'll see the remarks he makes towards Tennessee and other high-level jobs. Kiffin should be able to have his way against Akron and win in dominant fashion.


              Spooky’s Selection

              We've got this game showing FAU winning by just over 3 touchdowns. We think this game will end up a blow out. MyBookie opened line at FAU-17.5 but we will buy down the half point and bet this game at MyBookie on FAU -17. Make sure you check back because we fully anticipate this line going up drastically prior to game time so be sure to get our final play before the game.

              Spooky Express Pick: FAU-17

              Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

              For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
              Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 04:33 PM.

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              • #8
                DXL Frisco Bowl

                Where: Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas
                Date & Time: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
                Spread: SMU Mustangs -5
                Over/Under Total: 70
                Quick Pick: La Tech +5
                The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will take on the SMU Mustangs on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET in the DXL Frisco Bowl. The DXL Frisco Bowl is being played at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas and can be watched on ESPN.


                DXL Frisco Bowl

                This is the inaugural year for the DXL Frisco Bowl. This bowl was formerly known as the Miami Beach Bowl and was owned by the American Athletic Conference but they have sold the bowl and it’s rights to ESPN Events, who have relocated the bowl to Frisco, Texas.

                The formal tie-ins for this bowl set to be the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference in 2017 and 2019, while the AAC will face a team from the Mid American Conference in 2018. This year, the LA Tech Bulldogs, from the Conference USA, will take on the SMU Mustangs, from the American Athletic Conference.


                Previous Matchup History

                The LA Tech Bulldogs and the SMU Mustangs have faced off against each other 4 times in the history of the two schools. In those 4 games, LA Tech leads the series 3-1 SU and ATS. The last time these two schools played each other was in 2004, when the Bulldogs won by the score 41-10. They also played in 2003, where the Bulldogs won 41-6, in 2002 which happened to be the Mustangs only win by the score of 37-34 and in 2001 with the Bulldogs winning 36-6.

                LA Tech 6-6 (Conference USA)

                The LA Tech Bulldogs needed to win their last two games of the year to become bowl eligible and they did exactly that. They recorded wins over UTEP 42-21 and Texas San Antonio 20-6 to reach the 6-6 record. The Bulldogs had identical records SU and ATS this year at 6-6 and played half their games over and half their games under the posted total (6-6 OU).

                In their last game, LA Tech RB Boston Scott carried the ball 20 times for 138 yards and a touchdown to lead the Bulldogs past UT San Antonio. The true marking point in the game was the Bulldogs defense that stopped UT San Antonio deep in their own territory.

                The Bulldogs QB is J’Mar Smith and he has been hit or miss on the season. There are games where he really looks good and then there are games where he looks like he should be back in pony ball learning the basics. Smith has completed 55% of his pass attempts this year for 2758 yards, 13 TD’s and 5 INT’s. Smith must control the turnovers in this game as it is expected to be a high scoring affair, which may require him to air it out a little more than normal.
                The Bulldogs are 5-3-1 (.611) all time in bowl games. That being said, the Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their Bulldogs last 5 bowl games.


                SMU Mustangs 7-5 (American Athletic Conference)

                The SMU Mustangs are going bowling for the first time since 2012 but they will do it without the head coach that got them there! Head Coach Chad Morris led the Mustangs to a 7-5 record this year, which earned him a chance to take over the coaching position in Arkansas. Morris was named the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks and will not coach the Mustangs in their bowl game.

                SMU quickly named Associate Head Coach and Running Backs Coach Jeff Traylor the interim Head Coach for the DXL Frisco Bowl game. Traylor is very well liked among the players at SMU, as shown by the overwhelming outcry from players on Twitter, for Traylor to get a shot at the permanent Head Coaching position at SMU.

                There were at least 15 players that went onto Twitter and expressed their feelings for Coach Traylor and the fans have gone as far as coming up with a hashtag, #JeffTraylorForHeadCoach. It should come as no surprise that these guys are going to play hard for Coach Traylor, as they want him as a permanent part of the organization.

                SMU will be playing basically in their backyard, as Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas is only 34 miles from their home stadium, Gerald J Ford Stadium in University Park, Texas. QB Ben Hicks will be looking to continue his season of success in the Frisco Bowl. Hicks has completed nearly 59% of his passes for 3,442 yards, 32 TD’s and 9 INT’s.

                Hicks will he a plethora of receivers to throw to, 3 of which have over 800 yards on the season! Trey Quinn has been the leading receiver on the year, catching 106 receptions for 1191 yards and 12 touchdowns. Courtland Sutton, who has been a Spooky Express Fantasy Star over at Fan Picks for us for a decent part of the year, has pulled in 62 receptions for 1017 yards and 12 touchdowns. They also have James Proche, who has caught 40 passes for 816 yards and 6 touchdowns.


                DXL Frisco Bowl Handicapping

                This game is going to come down to what defense can step up and stop the opposing offense. SMU will play hard for their potential head coach but we’ve never been firm believers in emotions winning football games. They may play harder but skills win football games. If LA Tech can defense like they did against UT San Antonio, this game should be up for grabs for the Bulldogs.

                Spooky’s Selection

                Our system is calling for a 3 point win by LA Tech over the SMU Mustangs and beings the fact that the Bulldogs are underdogs in this game, getting +5 points, we will take early here at LA Tech +5. We recommend that you bet this game at Bookmaker, where you can find the line at LA Tech +5. Also, since we have LA Tech as a potential straight up underdog winner, don’t be afraid to jump on the Moneyline in this game.

                Spooky Express Pick: LA Tech +5

                Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

                For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
                Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 04:36 PM.

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                • #9
                  Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

                  Where: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida
                  Date & Time: Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
                  Spread: Temple -7
                  Over/Under Total: 55.5
                  Quick Pick: TBD

                  The Temple Owls will take on the Florida International University Golden Panthers on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET in the Bad Boys Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. This game is being played in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and can be seen on ESPN.


                  Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

                  The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is an annual bowl that is played each year in St. Petersburg, Florida.

                  This particular bowl has been around since 2008 and has tie-ins with the American Athletic Conference (AAC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Conference USA (C-USA), Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Sun Belt Conference. The AAC plays either a team from the ACC or the C-USA, unless none are bowl eligible at which point they would choose a team from either the MAC or Sun Belt.

                  This bowl has been called many sponsors in the past including MagicJack, Beef O’Brady’s and BitPay. This year, Bad Boy Mowers takes over the sponsorship for the Gasparilla Bowl. This will be the first time the Temple Owls have played in this bowl but FIU did play here in 2010 against the Marshall Thundering Herd, where they lost 20-10.


                  Previous Matchup History

                  This is the first matchup between the Temple Owls and the FIU Golden Panthers. The two teams did have two common opponents this year with both squads facing Central Florida and UMASS. Both teams lost to UCF, Temple 19-45 and FIU 17-61, and both teams defeated UMASS, Temple 29-21 and FIU 63-45.

                  Temple Owls 6-6 (American Athletic Conference)

                  The Temple Owls finished up their regular season 6-6 SU and ATS. They played half of their games under the posted total and half of their games over the posted total. They also split their games on the road and at home, going 3-3 both home and away. Temple won 3 out of their last 4 games and finished the season in 3rd place in the American Athletic Conference behind UCF (12-0) and South Florida (9-2).

                  The Owls found themselves in a must win situation in their final game of the year, against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, to become bowl eligible. Temple went on the road needing the win to continue their season and were 4.5 point favorites in the game. Junior QB Frank Nutile was pinpoint accurate on Saturday afternoon going 20 for 28 for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns.

                  This is the first time in Temple school history that they will appear in three bowl games over three consecutive years. The Owls are 2-4 in bowl game history and it should be noted that they haven’t won a bowl game since 2011. There are a ton of trends that support this game going over on behalf of Temple, such as they are 4-1 OU in their last 5 games on neutral sites, they are 5-2 OU in their last 7 non-conference games and also the fact that their last 5 games overall, all played over the posted total!

                  Temple will have some extra added motivation to win this bowl game. Temple Head Coach Geoff Collins was the defensive coordinator for FIU in 2010 and led the Golden Panthers to their only bowl game win in the history of the program.


                  FIU Golden Panthers 8-4 (Conference-USA)

                  FIU finished up their regular season 8-4 SU and 6-6 ATS. They played 7 out of their 12 games over the posted total this year. They won their last 2 games of the regular season over UMASS and Western Kentucky by a combined score of 104-62. They Golden Panthers played their last 4 games straight, all over the posted total and 5 out of the last 6 overall, over the posted total.

                  The Golden Panthers finished up in 2nd place in Conference USA this year behind only Florida Atlantic in the East. They tied the record for most wins in a single season under head coach Butch Davis.

                  In their final game of the year, the Golden Panthers set a record for most points scored in a game, winning the game 63-45 over the UMass Minutemen. QB Alex McGough passed for 296 yards and ran for another 108 yards on the ground, while totaling 4 touchdowns on the day.

                  FIU has not fared well lately in non-conference games, going 2-7 in their last 9 non-conference games. They have also had issues playing on neutral sites, where they are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on neutral sites. FIU is 1-1 all time in bowl games and this will be there first bowl appearance since 2011, when they played in the Beef O’Brady Bowl, which is now called the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.


                  Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Handicapping

                  This bowl game features two head coaches that are both in their first year with their schools, hungry to get a bowl win. If you have to pick a team that runs the ball better, it would be FIU but the numbers are so close that it really doesn’t make that much of a difference with FIU 165 RYPG vs Temple 136 RYPG. If you’re looking for who has the better turnover numbers, you would go with Temple due to the fact that they are -6 vs. FIU being -1. The numbers here are close in nearly every category and nothing stands out that makes us lean one way or the other.

                  Spooky’s Selection

                  This game is too close to call right now. We are going to sit patiently and monitor the line movement, injuries and see what happens as we get closer to the game. Be sure to check back closer to the actual game to get an updated pick, including our thoughts on the total.

                  Spooky Express Pick: TBD

                  Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

                  For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
                  Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 04:43 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Bahamas Bowl

                    Where: Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas
                    Date & Time: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET
                    Spread: Ohio -7.5
                    Over/Under Total: 57
                    Quick Pick: TBD
                    The UAB Blazers will take on the Ohio Bobcats in this year’s Bahamas Bowl on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM ET. This game is being played at Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas and can be watched on ESPN.


                    Bahamas Bowl

                    The Bahamas Bowl has been played since 2014.

                    The bowl was formerly known as the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl but Popeyes did not renew the bowl sponsorship this year so there is no formal sponsorship for this bowl. The Bahamas Bowl has tie-ins with the MAC and Conference USA. The Bahamas Bowl has always been played on Christmas Eve, December 24, but this year, it will be played 2 days early on December 22. This will be the first time UAB and Ohio have played in the Bahamas Bowl.


                    Previous Matchup History

                    This is another 1st time matchup between the Ohio Bobcats and UAB Blazers. These teams have never met up against each other in regular season or bowl season.

                    UAB Blazers 8-4 (Conference USA)

                    The UAB Blazers finished up the regular season 8-4 SU and 8-3-1 ATS. They finished in third place in Conference USA behind North Texas and Southern Miss. The Blazers were a tale of two teams at home vs. on the road this year, and this could come into play as they go on the road in the first bowl game outside of the US in Bahamas. The Blazers ended up going 6-0 at home but when they were on the road, they were only 2-4!

                    UAB finished up the regular season winning 4 out of their last 5 games. Their only loss in that stretch of games was against the SEC’s Florida Gators 36-7. In their final game of the year, the Blazers beat UTEP and set a school record with 6 conference wins, which is the most in school history.
                    The Blazers relied heavily on their defense this year, playing 8 of their 12 games under the posted total in fairly somewhat low scoring games. The trends lead us to believe that UAB should play under the posted total in this bowl game as well. They have played under the posted total in 7 of their last 8 games under the posted total.

                    On offense, the Blazers are led by AJ Elderly. Elderly has completed nearly 62% of his passes for 2077 yards, 16 touchdowns and only 4 INT’s. Elderly is also a threat on the ground, especially inside the red zone where he likes to take off with the ball. On the season, he has rushed for 13 touchdowns on the year.


                    Ohio Bobcats 8-4 (Mid American Conference)

                    The Ohio Bobcats finished up their regular season 8-4 SU and ATS. They went 5-1 at home and 3-3 on the road. They lost their final two games of the year against Buffalo 31-24 and Akron 37-34, both of which were on the road. In their last 29 non-conference games, the Bobcats have gone 21-8 ATS so they are a decent team to bet in this non-conference matchups.

                    The Bobcats played 8 of their 12 games over the posted total and many of the trends support them trying to make this bowl game a high scoring affair. In their last 5 non-conference games, the Bobcats played over the posted total in all 5 games.

                    The Bobcats have not played well in bowl games but they are covering games. Overall, they are just 2-8 SU in bowl games but they have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 bowl games for bettors. They have lost 3 bowl games straight in 2013, 2015 and 2016. They will be looking to snap that streak this year in the Bahamas Bowl.

                    The Bobcats have a very versatile offense. AJ Ouellette leads the team with 980 yards and 7 TD’s on 184 carries, while Nathan Rourke has carried the ball 134 times for 882 yards and 21 touchdowns and also has passed for 2018 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year. Dorian Brown has also got into the mix, carrying the ball 99 times for 605 yards and 7 touchdowns.


                    Bahamas Bowl Handicapping

                    Ohio Head Coach Frank Solich is known for taking advantage of his opponents weaknesses and allowing his team to adjust to the best style of play. His best option in this game is to utilize his running game and not try to beat the Blazers with the pass. UAB has a decent secondary and not many teams were successful trying to throw the ball on those guys. If Nathan Rourke and Ouellette can put pressure on the front D-line of UAB, they should be able to win this game on the ground by grinding out the defense and tiring them out.

                    Spooky Selection

                    We like Ohio to win a close game by a field goal but with the game being so far out, we are hesitant to lay the points at this time. We will sit tight on this one until we get a better feel for what happens over the next week. Be sure to check back over the next two weeks to find out what our final prediction is.

                    Spooky Express Pick: TBD

                    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

                    For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
                    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 04:48 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

                      Where: Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho
                      Date & Time: Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET
                      Spread: Wyoming -1
                      Over/Under Total: 45
                      Quick Pick: Central Michigan +1

                      The Central Michigan Chippewas will take on the Wyoming Cowboys on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET in the 2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This game is being played on the famous blue carpet of Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.


                      Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

                      The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been played since 1997 annually at the Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

                      The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was formerly called the Humanitarian Bowl from 1997 until 2010. In 2011, the Idaho Potato Commission took over the official sponsorship and the name was changed to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

                      This year, the bowl tie-ins are the Mountain West Conference and the Mid American Conference. This year, the Wyoming Cowboys will represent the Mountain West Conference and the Central Michigan Chippewas will represent the Mid American Conference. This is the first time that both the Chippewas and the Cowboys will appear in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.


                      Previous Matchup History

                      The Chippewas and Cowboys have only played each other two times in the history of the schools. The two schools split the games, with Central Michigan winning in 2002 and Wyoming winning in 2000. The Central Michigan Chippewas won the 2002 matchup in Mount Pleasant, Michigan by the score of 32-20. The Wyoming Cowboys won their game in 2000, at home in Laramie, Wyoming by the score 31-10. Both schools won on their home field and covered the spread.

                      Central Michigan Chippewas 8-4 (Mid American Conference)

                      The Central Michigan Chippewas finished the regular season 8-4 SU and 7-5 ATS. The Chippewas started the season 2-3 but finished strong going 6-1 to close out the regular season. They are riding a 5 game winning streak, where they have won by a combined 92 points over their opponents and covered the spread in all 5 of those games. Those games are being won by playing high scoring games, with their offense averaging have played their last 5 games over the posted total.

                      The Chippewas come into this game off a come from behind win over Northern Illinois 31-24. QB Shane Morris went 19 for 37 for 247 yards, 3 touchdowns and a INT. Morris has had a issue this year with protecting the ball. In the first 7 games of the year, Morris threw 11 interceptions but has straightened those horrendous numbers out by only throwing 2 INT’s in the final 5 games of the year.

                      The Chippewas are .300 in bowl games in the history of the program, going 3-7 in their 10 bowl game appearances. The Chippewas have lost 3 straight bowl games in 3 consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).


                      Wyoming Cowboys 7-5 (Mountain West Conference)

                      The Wyoming Cowboys were 7-5 SU and ATS on the year. They were decent at home this year but did not have as much success while on the road. They were 5-2 at home but only 2-3 on the road. The Cowboys played 10 of their 12 games under the posted total.

                      The Cowboys finished the regular season in second place in the Mountain West (Mountain) Conference behind the Boise State Broncos. They come into this game off a loss to San Jose State 20-17. San Jose had dropped 10 straight games heading into this game but that didn’t stop them from taking advantage of a backup QB, and never letting up off the pressure.

                      The Cowboys haven’t played bad in bowl games, going 6-8 (.482) in 14 bowl game appearances. They have lost their last two appearances in the Poinsettia Bowl in 2016 and the New Mexico Bowl in 2011. They will be looking to snap that 2 game bowl losing streak this year in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

                      The Cowboys are led by highly touted NFL prospect QB Josh Allen. Allen missed the final two games of the year with a shoulder injury. Wyoming lost both of those game and they are a different team without Allen under center. Allen was expected to come in and put on a Heisman type season but it was anything but spectacular. Allen only completed 56% of his passes for 1658 yards, 13 TD’s and 6 INT’s. It is expected that Allen will declare himself eligible for the NFL draft at the conclusion of the regular season.

                      The real question is will he play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl? He was recently asked if he expected to play and he stated that his shoulder was getting better with each day and if he is 100%, he will be playing in the bowl game. He stated that he owed it to the university and the team…..but he is also listed as #6 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board and that means millions of dollars. We all know that when dollar signs are involved, it changes players and we will need to wait and see if he will play in this game.


                      Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Handicapping

                      This game comes down to who can protect the ball and who can create takeaways. The Chippewas defense leads the FBS in creating turnovers with 31 on the year, while Wyoming is just one notch behind them with 30! The defenses will be ready to strike early and fast and force turnovers on the field.
                      Both the Chippewas and the Cowboys have had their issues with throwing INT’s on the year. Wyoming has thrown 8 INT’s while Central Michigan has thrown 13 INT’s. Both head coaches are well aware that they have quarterbacks that a INT prone and have defenses that like to steal the ball. This means that we could see a run heavy gameplan from both sides.

                      That will benefit Central Michigan as they have Jonathan Ward to carry the ball. Ward is just 10 yards shy of a thousand yard rushing season on just 166 carries. On the other side of the ball, Wyoming doesn’t have a single rusher in the backfield that has rushed for more than 475 yards on the year!


                      Spooky Selection

                      Our system tells us that Central Michigan is the play here. We have them winning the game by a field goal in a close, hard fought game. The pointspread at BetDSI is currently Wyoming -1 and the total is set at 45. We will take the point with Central Michigan here in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

                      Spooky Express Pick: Central Michigan

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                      • #12
                        Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

                        Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas
                        Date & Time: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
                        Spread: San Diego State -6
                        Over/Under Total: TBD
                        Quick Pick: TBD

                        The San Diego State Aztecs will take on the ARMY Black Knights in this year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The game is being played at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, December 23, 2017. The game will kickoff at 3:30 PM ET and can be watched on ESPN.


                        Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

                        The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is an annual football game played during the bowl season.

                        The game has been played since 2003 and is always played at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The Armed Forces Bowl has had numerous sponsors including PlainsCapital Bank from 2003-2004, Bell Helicopter from 2006-2013 and now Lockheed Martin which has sponsored the bowl from 2014 until current day.

                        The Armed Forces Bowl has numerous conference tie-ins depending on the year the bowl is played. That being said, the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference and Independents are all allocated conferences to sort of make sure that one of the 3 military service academies will appear in this bowl, unless they are unavailable due to prior bowl commitments or non-bowl eligible.

                        This will be the second time ARMY has appeared in the Armed Forces Bowl. Army took on SMU back in 2010, and won the bowl by the score 16-14. This is the first time that San Diego State will be appearing in the Armed Forces Bowl. It should be noted that teams from the D-I Independents are undefeated in the Armed Forces Bowl at 3-0, while teams from the Mountain West are just 2-4 in the Armed Forces Bowl.


                        Previous Matchup History

                        San Diego State and ARMY have played each other two times in the history of the two schools. The Aztecs won both games in the series, which were in back to back years in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, SDST won in West Point, NY by the score 23-20 and in 2012 they won at home in San Diego, California 42-7.

                        San Diego State 10-2 (Mountain West Conference)

                        The San Diego State Aztecs ended the regular season by winning 4 games straight and raising their end of year record to 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS. In those final 4 games of the year, the Aztecs beat their opponents by a combined score of 157-47. They are playing well on both sides of the ball and most of all, are controlling turnovers.

                        The Aztecs two losses this year came at home, against Fresno State 27-3 and Boise State 31-14. The Aztecs were favored in both of those games but simply couldn’t get the ball moving in either game. They got away from the home field and the comforts of their own environment by following up that two game losing streak by traveling to Hawaii and then to San Jose State on back to back games. The Aztecs have not lost since and the closest they came to being tested was against Nevada where they won by 19 points!

                        SDST went undefeated on the road this year, going 5-0 on the road! The Aztecs run the ball a ton and that means they run out the clock, shortening games. In their 12 games this year, they played under the posted total in 7 of them. The Aztecs have had their struggles against the Independents recently, going 1-4 ATS against Independents.

                        The Aztecs have gone 8-7 in bowl games and have played in 7 consecutive bowl games dating back to 2010. The Aztecs have won back to back bowl games beating Houston last year in the Las Vegas Bowl by the score 34-10 and beating Cincinnati in 2015 in the Hawaii Bowl by the score 42-7.
                        San Diego State will be anchored by RB Rashaad Penny. Penny led the country in rushing yards this year with 2,027 yards and 19 touchdowns. Penny finished up the regular season rushing for 4 consecutive 200 yard games.


                        ARMY Black Knights 9-3 (Independent)

                        The ARMY Black Knights ended the year, winning the Commander in Chief’s Trophy in their win over Navy on Saturday, December 9 by the score 14-13 on a snowy afternoon in Philadelphia, PA. Navy had a chance to win the game but a missed field goal assured the win for ARMY.

                        The Black Knights finished up the regular season 9-3 SU and 6-6 ATS. They split their road games this year going 3-3 and also split their total plays, playing 3 games over and 3 games under the posted total. ARMY is only 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against teams from the Mountain West Conference.

                        ARMY has gone 4-2 (.667) in bowl games in the history of the school. They have won back to back bowl games in 2016 and 2010. Last year, the Black Knights defeated North Texas 38-31 in overtime to win the 2016 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

                        If you are looking to see a passing game by the ARMY Black Knights, you are looking in the wrong place! On the entire year, they only threw the ball 61 times and only completed 19 of those 61 attempts. The Black Knights lead the nation in rushing per game, averaging 355.8 yards per game. They are one of only two schools this year that have passed 4000 yards on the ground. The rushing attack is led by QB Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw accounted for 1566 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year.


                        Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Handicapping

                        This game is all about the run and who can stop the run. If you enjoy running games, you will love this one but if you’re bored by running play after running play, tune into another channel!!! The real difference maker here will be the San Diego State defense and more particular, their 8th ranked running defense. These guys know how to stop the run! They are only allowing 110.4 yards per game on the ground and they are going to need it against an ARMY offense that runs the ball more than anyone else in the nation!

                        We have talked about what happens when ARMY has the ball and how SDSU's rush defense can stop them but what happens when the Aztecs have the ball? ARMY’s run defense is anything but stellar. They are allowing 166.1 yards per game and RB Rashaad Penny is on fire right now. If Penny gets his feet under him early in this game, it will be a very long day for the Black Knights defense.


                        Spooky’s Selection

                        Our system has San Diego State winning this game by a touchdown but right now, we will wait it out and see which way the line goes. BetOnline has this game at San Diego State -6 which is nearly a complete wash on the line. That being said, we will give our official play closer to gametime as we wait to see news coming out of practice, injuries and updated info for this game.

                        Spooky’s Express Pick: TBD

                        Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

                        For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
                        Last edited by Bobalou; 12-13-17, 05:02 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Dollar General Bowl

                          Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama
                          Date & Time: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
                          Spread: Toledo Rockets -7.5
                          Over/Under Total: 61
                          Quick Pick: Appalachian State +8 (buy the 1/2)

                          The Appalachian State Mountaineers will take on the Toledo Rockets in this year’s Dollar General Bowl on Saturday Night, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET. This game is being played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama and can be watched on ESPN.


                          Dollar General Bowl

                          The 2017 Dollar General Bowl is an annual bowl game played in Mobile, Alabama each year at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

                          The Dollar General Bowl has been played since 1999 and features teams from the Sun Belt Conference and the Mid American Conference.

                          The Dollar General Bowl has been played under several different names since 1999 including the Mobile Alabama Bowl in 1999, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl in 2000, GMAC Bowl from 2001-2010, GoDaddy.com Bowl from 2011-2013, GoDaddy Bowl from 2014-2015 and the Dollar General Bowl took over in 2016 until current day.

                          Toledo has played in the Dollar General Bowl 2 other times, winning both games in 2005 and in 2015. In 2005, the Rockets defeated UTEP by the score 45-13 and in 2015 they defeated Arkansas State 63-44. This will be the first time that Appalachian State has appeared in the Dollar General Bowl.


                          Previous Matchup History

                          Appalachian State and Toledo have only matched up one prior time, which just so happened to be last year, with the Mountaineers winning a close battle 31-28 in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. Many will remember that this game ended with a missed field goal after a delay of game call backed the Rockets up 5 yards. The field goal was wide right but many feel that it would have been good 5 yards closer. Last year’s game was very close throughout and was tied pretty much the entire game.

                          Appalachian State 8-4 (Sun Belt Conference)

                          The Appalachian State Mountaineers ended the regular season 8-4SU and 5-7 ATS. The Mountaineers played well at home this year at 5-1 but only went 3-3 on the road. The Mountaineers won their last 3 games of the year and covered the spread in all three of those games.

                          The Mountaineers took home a share of the Sun Belt Conference Title this year after knocking off UL-Lafayette 63-14 in the final game of the regular season. The Mountaineers were led by QB Taylor Lamb, who threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for another in the game. Mountaineers WR Thomas Hennigan caught all four of Lamb’s TD passes and was 1 yard shy of a 100 yard day.

                          Taylor Lamb has had a really good year this year, completing nearly 62% of his pass attempts for 2606 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 6 INT’s. It should be noted that 3 of those INT’s were tipped balls that were out of Lamb’s control. Lamb has spread the ball around this year, connecting with both Hennigan and WR Ike Lewis for more than 44 pass receptions each. Hennigan has 44 receptions for 556 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Lewis leads the Mountaineers with 47 receptions for 666 yards and 8 touchdowns.

                          The Mountaineers are 2-0 in school history in D-I Bowls. They won in both the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowls, beating Ohio 31-29 in 2015 and Beating Toledo in 2016 31-28.


                          Toledo Rockets 11-2 (Mid American Conference)

                          The Toledo Rockets finished up their regular season with a 11-2 SU record and went 7-6 ATS. They won their final 3 games of the year over Akron, Western Michigan and Bowling Green and covered the spread in 2 of the 3 games. Similar to Appalachian State, they were very tough at home going 7-0 but only 4-2 on the road. Both of their losses this year came on the road against Ohio 38-10 and Miami 52-30.

                          In the MAC Championship, Toledo manhandled Akron, taking a 38-0 lead before taking their foot off the gas pedal and cruising to a 45-28 win. Logan Woodside was 23/37 in the game for 307 yards. He threw for 2 touchdowns but also uncharacteristically threw 2 INT’s. Woodside had only threw 3 INT’s all year but was picked off 2 times in the same game against Akron for the first time of the year.

                          Woodside finished up the season completing nearly 65% of his pass attempts. He passed for 3758 yards, 28 touchdowns and 5 INT’s. Woodside has connected with WR Diontae Johnson 72 times this year for 1257 yards. The sophomore WR has pulled in 13 touchdowns on the year 7 of which have come in the last 6 games. The Rockets also have a thousand yard rusher on the season in Terry Swanson. Swanson has ran the ball 231 times for 1319 yards and 14 touchdowns.


                          Dollar General Bowl Handicapping

                          The question that we have is will Toledo have motivation to play this game? On paper, they are the better team but they feel sort of shunned as they think they should've been playing in a better bowl. Sure, they have to be a little intrigued by the fact that they get to avenge their loss from last year in the bowl season but they would much prefer to be playing a top level team, knowing the finished the year 11-2.

                          If the Rockets don’t want a repeat of last year, Logan Woodside is going to need to find a way to pick apart this Mountaineer defense that are holding opposing offenses to just 21 points per game. Toledo will need a fast start to put points on the board early because when Appalachian State gets their hands on the ball, they will use Jalin Moore to run the ball and control the clock.


                          Spooky’s Selection

                          Our system tells us that Toledo will win a close game by a field goal but the pointspread at MyBookie is currently set at Toledo-7.5, we are not excited to lay the points. With this being a close game, we will buy up the half point and lean to Appalachian State to cover in a close game.

                          **Update**: We are going to add a total play on this game. We like the OVER here in the Appalachian State vs. Toledo game. Both teams have the ability to score and it should be a high scoring game. We are making this a 5 STAR play! Bet it and forget it! BOOM!!!



                          Spooky’s Express Pick:
                          Appalachian State vs Toledo Over 61
                          Appalachian State +8

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                          • #14
                            Hawaii Bowl

                            Where: Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii
                            Date & Time: Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET
                            Spread: Houston Cougars -2.5
                            Over/Under Total: 49
                            Quick Pick: Fresno State +3 (Buy up half point)

                            The Fresno State Bulldogs will take on the Houston Cougars in this year’s Hawai’i Bowl. The game is being played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 8:30 PM ET and can be watched on ESPN.


                            Hawai’i Bowl

                            The Hawai’i Bowl is a annual bowl played at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Hawai’i Bowl has been played since 2002 and has always been called the Hawai’i Bowl in some way, shape or form.

                            They have had 2 different sponsors throughout the 15 years, including ConAgra Foods in 2002 and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts from 2003-2013. There is no formal sponsorship for this year’s Hawai’i Bowl.

                            The Hawai’i Bowl is normally played either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, December 24 or 25th. The conference tie-ins feature a team from either the Conference USA or the PAC-12 taking on a team from the Mountain West Conference. The charter policy for this bowl states that if Hawai’i is bowl eligible and have not already accepted a bowl big to another bowl, they are automatically eligible to play in the Hawai’i Bowl. If they are unable to get a team from either Conference USA or the PAC-12, they will choose from the highest ranking team from the Sun Belt, Mid-American and American Athletic Conference.

                            This year, Fresno State will represent the Mountain West Conference against the American Athletic Conference’s Houston Cougars. Both the Bulldogs and the Cougars have played in the Hawai’i Bowl in the past. Houston is 0-1 in the Hawai’i Bowl, losing their only time playing here against Hawai’i 54-48. The Bulldogs are 0-2 at the Hawai’i Bowl, losing in 2012 against SMU 43-10 and in 2014 against Rice 30-6.


                            Previous Matchup History

                            This will be the first time Houston and Fresno State have ever played each other. There are no real stats that can be used since this is the first matchup between these two teams.

                            Houston Cougars 7-4 (American Athletic Conference)

                            The Houston Cougars ended the year 7-4 SU and 6-5 ATS on the year. The Cougars finished in second place in the American Athletic Conference (West) behind Memphis. The Cougars played 9 of their 11 games under the posted total.

                            The Cougars ended the regular season with a win over Navy Midshipmen 24-14. Houston’s defense showed they were up to the task of stopping the vaunted Midshipmen rushing attack. QB D’Eriq King led the Cougars to the win by passing for 277 yards on a 21/27 day where he passed for a touchdown and ran for two others for a total of three touchdowns. The defense allowed 14 points in the first half of the game but totally shut them down in the second half.

                            Houston have a subpar bowl record at 11-13-1 (.460) in their history. The Cougars have played in 4 consecutive bowl games dating back to 2013. The Cougars lost in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, falling to San Diego State 34-10. The Cougars are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games. They are also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.


                            Fresno State 9-4 (Mountain West Conference)

                            The Fresno State Bulldogs wrapped up their regular season with a 9-4 SU record and covered the spread in 10 of the 13 games. Fresno finished in the top spot in the Mountain West (West) Conference. They went up against Boise State in the final game of the year, the Mountain West Conference Championship, and lost the game in a come from behind win for Boise 17-14.

                            The Bulldogs defense simply couldn’t stop Boise State and QB Brett Rypien from a late 4th quarter drive to put the Broncos in front and win the game. The Bulldogs hadn’t won in Boise since 1984 and were trying to achieve a feat that they haven’t reached in over 33 years.

                            Fresno State have a 12-14 (.462) record in bowl games. They have lost 6 straight bowl games dating back to 2008. The Bulldogs haven’t played in a bowl game since 2014, when they lost to the Rice Owls 30-6 in the Hawai’i Bowl.

                            First year Head Coach Jeff Tedford led this bulldog team to one of the biggest turnarounds in college history taking over a team that was 1-11 last year and finished up this year 9-4 with a shot at the Mountain West Conference Championship and playing in a bowl. Tedford’s name has been mentioned for potential candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Oregon but Tedford immediately ruled it out stating that he was happy in Fresno and wouldn’t be going anywhere.


                            Hawai’i Bowl Handicapping

                            Jeff Tedford really turned this Fresno team around and has them believing in themselves. They are playing decent offense but the real strength is on defense, where they rank 15th at stopping the run and 16th overall. Tedford knows how to prepare a team for a bowl, shown by his 5-3 bowl record when he was at Cal.

                            Spooky’s Selection

                            Our system is predicting that Fresno State will pull the upset here and win this game by a touchdown. BetDSI has this game as Houston -2.5 and the total set at 49. We will buy the half point here and grab 3 points with Fresno State. We will also be playing the moneyline on Fresno State due to the fact that we feel they will win this game outright.

                            Spooky’s Express Pick: Fresno State

                            Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

                            For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
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                            • #15
                              Zaxbys Heart of Dallas Bowl

                              Where: Cotton Bowl in Dallas Texas
                              Date & Time: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET
                              Spread: Utah -7
                              Over/Under Total: 56.5
                              Quick Pick: Utah -6 (Buy the extra point)

                              This year’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl will feature the Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Heart of Dallas Bowl is being played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 1:30 PM ET.


                              Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

                              The Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is sort of the Cotton Bowl 2.0. When the Cotton Bowl moved its location in 2010 to begin playing the bowl game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the Cotton Bowl Stadium was awarded this bowl to begin playing in 2011.

                              This is now the 8th year for the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

                              This bowl has been called the Dallas Football Classic, TicketCity Bowl and now is referred to as the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Zaxby’s is the current sponsor and have been since 2014.

                              The normal tie-ins for this bowl are Conference USA and the Big 12 but the selection committee can select a team from the Pac 12 of the Big 10 if a bowl eligible team is now available. This year, West Virginia will represent the Big 12, while the Utah Utes will come in as a representative of the Pac 12.
                              This is the first time that the Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers have ever appeared in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. That being said, both of their conferences are undefeated in the Heart of Dallas Bowl with the Pac 12 going 1-0 and Big 12 going 2-0.


                              Previous Matchup History

                              The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Utah Utes have only met up one time in the history of the two schools but that one time….was way back in 1964! Utah won that game, which was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the Liberty Bowl, by the score 32-6.

                              Utah 6-6 (PAC 12)

                              The Utah Utes finished up the regular season 6-6 SU and 8-3-1 ATS. They needed to secure a win on their final game of the year to become bowl eligible and they did so by beating Colorado by the score of 34-13. RB Zack Moss rushed for a career high 196 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Colorado. Moss ended the regular season with 1023 yards and 9 touchdowns on 194 carries.

                              Utah ended the year, only winning 2 games in a 8 game stretch! The Utes have gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against teams from the Big 12 Conference.
                              Utah has one of the best bowl records in football. They are 16-4 in their 20 bowl appearances and they are on a 4 game winning streak in bowls. Last year, the Utes beat Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl 26-24. They played in back to back Las Vegas Bowls, winning both over Colorado State in 2014 by the score 45-10 and in 2015 against BYU winning by the score 35-28. The Utes are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 bowl games and are also 9-3 when playing on a neutral site.
                              Utah has always been known as a running team but this year, under Whittingham, they are a pass first friendly offense. Tyler Huntley leads the Utes at QB. Huntley completed 65.4% of his passes this year for 2246 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 INT’s. Those INT’s are very concerning for not only Utah fans but also for head coach Kyle Whittingham.

                              Whittingham knows that turning the ball over at the rate they were this year, is not acceptable if they want to win ball games. Huntley did not play in the final game of the year against Colorado. Huntley was listed on the injury report as having an “Undisclosed” injury. Nothing would lead me to suspect Huntley will miss the bowl game.


                              West Virginia 7-5 (Big 12)

                              The West Virginia Mountaineers were not a team you would care to bet on in regular season. They were 7-5 SU but only 5-6-1 ATS in the regular season. The Mountaineers split their final 4 games of the year, losing the final two games of the year against Oklahoma and Texas but winning the 2 games prior against Kansas State and Iowa State. In their final 6 games of the year, they only covered the line in 1 game!!!

                              The Mountaineers are 15-20 overall in their 35 bowl appearances. They took on the Miami Hurricanes last year in the Russell Athletic Bowl and lost 31-14. They have lost 3 of their last 4 bowls overall with the only win coming in 2015 in the Cactus Bowl, where they beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 43-42.

                              West Virginia has struggled covering the spread in these bowl games, going 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games overall. They are also 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on a neutral site so the trends really don’t support the Mountaineers.

                              Mountaineers QB Will Grier was named Transfer of the Year after leaving the Florida Gators to play for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Grier was suspended for a year after he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and made the career decision to take his talent to WV. Grier had a great year at West Virginia. He passed for nearly 3500 yards and completed 64.4% of his pass attempts.

                              He threw 34 touchdowns for the Mountaineers and threw for 300 yards in 9 games this year…..that is all the good news….the bad news….Grier had thumb surgery and his status is up in the air. Some people say he may play, others say he is out. Grier has already said he will return in 2018 for his senior season so there is no NFL draft to prepare for so if he is able to play, he very well may take the field. If he does not suit up, backup Chris Chugunov will fill in the starting spot against Utah.


                              Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Handicapping

                              This game is so hard to handicap not knowing Grier’s status. You have a guy that has led the team all year and is playing great football but without him in the game, there is no doubt about it, the Mountaineers will struggle. They are two totally different teams with him in the game and with him on the sidelines.

                              Grier will visit the doctors in North Carolina this week and he will find out how much his thumb has healed. I highly doubt that he will be able to make the start, which means the Utah defense will get to pin their ears back and take aim at a backup QB in a bowl game.


                              Spooky’s Selection

                              We have Utah winning this game by a couple touchdowns. We will buy down the extra point to prevent the back door cover. Bet this game at BetDSI where they have the line at Utah-7. Shave that point and lay the 6!

                              Spooky’s Express Pick: Utah -6 (Buy down one point)

                              Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.

                              For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
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