Well folks, we’re back. After going 23-22 last year and proving that betting on football is most certainly not a crapshoot, Matt and I are here to give you the content that you definitely do not need. It’s the Inside NU bowl betting special, year TWO. We’ll give your our picks for each bowl game, and if you’re smart, you will choose to fade us. Let’s do it.
As we head into our final set of picks, I’d like to thank everyone for bearing with us on this taxing journey. We made it.
I’ll let Matt take the lead on our final intro.
Greetings from the Lima, Peru airport! Forgive me if my summaries are short for this article, but I needed to keep the content pumping for the fans. It’s been a lot of fun as always doing this, and I’m hoping we can better our combined records of last year. I don’t want to jinx it, but we just might do that. Now let’s get to it!
- Birmingham Bowl: Boston College vs Cincinnati
Avery: With no AJ Dillon, no long term head coach or offensive coordinator and no talent advantage, I have to go with the Bearcats here. Barring an inspired performance from BC, Cincy will be able to handle the Eagles on both sides of the ball and cruise to a comfortable victory.
Matt: New offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian’s former team! This game is going to be Bearcat domination. Cincinnati will come out hungry after yet another conference championship loss and will shut down the BC offense. Bet Cincinnati despite Skyline Chili.
- Gator Bowl: Indiana vs Tennessee
Avery: The Volunteers enter this matchup on the back of a great end to their regular season. What at one point seemed like a lost cause turned into a positive year. Indiana, on the other hand, has sustained success throughout the year, and I expect that to continue. I’m going to count on dual-threat quarterback Peyton Ramsey to get the Hoosiers a win.
Matt: Currently summoning the spirit of the Crimson Quarry (who has been undefeated on Twitter in the face of annoying Tennessee fans). Am I trying to will #9WINdiana into existence, certainly. However, I think there is a realistic possibility this IU team wins, giving a nice conclusion to OC Kalen DeBoer’s time at the school. I’m on IU here.
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Ohio vs Nevada
Avery: Am I expected to know anything about either of these teams? I’m going to go with the numbers and trust the F+ ratings which give Ohio a huge edge in this one. The Bobcats cover.
MA: At this point (if you are somehow still reading these), you must be wondering why there are so many bowl games. I have no idea. But bowl games are fun. Instead of acting like I know anything about either of these teams, I’ve decided to write a haiku instead:
Bobcats and Wolfpack
Playing on Boise blue turf
Bobcats win here
- Armed Forces Bowl: Southern Miss vs Tulane
Avery: I’ve been quite impressed with Tulane all year. With a mobile quarterback that can burn you on the ground (but can struggle in the air) and a defense that is strong in the trenches and talented on its back end, I expect the Green Wave to dominate this contest. SOMO doesn’t have the talent to match up with Tulane, and it will show.
MA: Believe it or not, Tulane is actually decent this year. Having a non-conference game against this team next year makes it so that Wildcat fans may want to check this game out. The Green Wave could potentially play Northwestern very close in 2020. I’m on Tulane here.
- LendingTree Bowl: Louisiana Lafayette vs Miami (OH)
Spread: ULL -14
Avery: Nearly every single one of ULL’s wins comes against a subpar opponent, so it’s hard to side with that kind of resume. The Ragin’ Cajuns, on the other hand, do have some nice wins on the schedule, and only lost to Appalachian State in a one-score defeat. I’ll go with ULL to get the cover.
MA: I am so wholeheartedly disappointed that the head coach of a team with the mascot of the Ragin’ Cajuns is not Ed Orgeron. However, I’m on ULL here. They have only lost to a talented App. State team and Miss State. I also couldn’t justify betting on a team that lost a game by 71 points this season.
- The National Championship: Clemson vs. LSU
Avery: LSU is going to go out and dominate Clemson. Trevor Lawrence is the only reason Dabo’s squad is in this one, and he isn’t going to be enough to make this a close one. Joe Burrow, Ed Orgeron and co. cap off a historic season.
Matt: This spread drastically underestimates the skill of LSU. Simply put, this game won’t be close. I know that Clemson is not Oklahoma, but this will be a two touchdown win (at least) for the LSU Tigers. Trevor Lawrence is talented and Clemson has clearly played their way in here, but no team can stop LSU. I love Coach O, Geaux Tigers baby.