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His best bets for this weekends slate of football games

Deke Bellavia
December 21, 2017 - 6:11 pm

There aren’t many NFL Games to my liking.  And I made just one play among the big boys this week.  But I do have many Bowl guesses for you below! 


One for the big boys

I don’t have a feel for much in the NFL right now.  With two games left and so many teams already out of the playoff mix I don’t like to make plays just to be making plays.  But I do like the Cowboys against the Seattle Seahawks.  Dallas minus -2 OVER Seattle


Here are some of the other Bowl Games I like

Utah minus – 4 OVER West Virginia:  The Utes are physical and they can run the football.  Utah is a very consistent team that has one of the better football programs in the nation.  Plus I don’t like picking a team that everyone else is picking.  West Virginia is the highest bet on underdog (78%) this bowl season.  Take Utah here.

Iowa minus -2 OVER Boston College:  The Hawkeyes proved they are capable of playing against good teams and winning some big games.  I like the Big Ten here so lay the points and go with Iowa. 

Missouri minus – 1 OVER Texas:  Yes I know Tom Herman wants to make a statement going into the off-season.  But Missouri is hot and QB Drew Lock was one of the nation’s best QB’s during the final half of the 2017 season, with more passing TD’s than any other QB in CFB.  I like the Tigers here.

Memphis minus -3 OVER Iowa State: Iowa State had a very good year and won some big games, but the Tigers are at home in their very own Liberty Bowl which they have been wanting to be in for years.  Memphis has become one of the most consistent non-big five programs. 

Texas A&M plus +3 OVER Wake Forest:   This looks like a sucker bet to me.  Lost in all of the coaching search drama in College Station was that the Aggies were not a bad team in 2017.  In fact I think the Aggies will win this game pretty handily.

Stanford plus +3 OVER TCU:  To me the wrong team is favored in this game.  I love the Stanford Cardinal in this game.  Coach David Shaw and his Stanford Team never take a bowl foe lightly. 

Auburn minus -9 OVER Central Florida:  Sure many out there will say that Auburn does not want to be in this game.  But their coach just signed on for a fat pay check and that is plenty good enough for me to think that Auburn is taking this game very seriously. 


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