The Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates You Should Bet On

While former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy award by unfurling one of the best seasons that any collegiate quarterback has ever had, the 2020 race to win the Heisman looks like it could turn into a knock-down, drag—out brawl for the ages. With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at my top five 20202 Heisman Trophy candidates right now!

The Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates You Should Bet On

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

  • Heisman Trophy Odds: +180

Lawrence got off to a relatively slow start last season and tossed eight interceptions in Clemson’s first seven games last season. However, the gifted 6-6, signal-caller picked up his play in a big way to finish the 2019 campaign with 3,665 passing yards, 36 TD tosses and eight interceptions. Lawrence will kick off the 2020 campaign riding the wave of a school-record 239 pass attempts without being picked off. Lawrence might be known as a classic drop-back pocket passer, but he also rushed for 563 yards and nine scores a year ago.

Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

  • Heisman Trophy Odds: +210

Field had an absolutely jaw-dropping 2019 campaign at Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. The five-star recruit played like a genuine superstar despite being a sophomore. Fields ended last season with 3,273 passing yards with a stunning 41 TD tosses and just three interceptions. The dual-threat signal-caller also added 484 rushing yards and another 10 scores on the ground to finish third in last year’s Heisman voting behind winner Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Fields might be listed as the No.2 prohibitive favorite here, but he’s the top pick to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy in the hearts and minds of many!

ChubaHubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

  • Heisman Trophy Odds: +600

As a sophomore last season, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard led the nation in rushing by racking up a stupendous 2,094 rushing yards and finished third in touchdowns with 21 while adding 198 yards on 23 receptions. After forgoing this year’s NFL draft to return to Stillwater. If Hubbard can unfurl another 2,000-yard campaign and the Cowboys can reach the double-digit win mark, Hubbard could really challenge for the Heisman win!

Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

  • Heisman Trophy Odds: +800

Sure, Spencer rattler rarely saw action as a freshman last season as former starter Jalen Hurts had a phenomenal season to finish off his collegiate career, but the fact of the matter is that Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley has produced two Heisman winners (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) and another runner-up finish (hurts) over the last three seasons. This clearly means that Rattler will have a decent shot to challenge, even in his first year as the starter in Norman. Despite standing a modest 6-0, Rattler was the fourth highest-rated quarterback recruit in the 2019 class. If he comes close to playing anywhere near the levels that Mayfield, Murray and Hurts did the last three seasons, Rattler could surprise in a big way!

Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

  • Heisman Trophy Odds: None

It’s  a shame really that defensive players aren’t really in the running for the Heisman with today’s game and this award being dominated by quarterbacks. No matter, Penn State junior linebacker Micah Parsons is a monster athlete that I expect to be the best defensive player in the country in 2020. Parsons had a phenomenal 2019 campaign by recording a mind-boggling 109 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Defensive player or not, numbers like those are rare and definitely Heisman worthy!

My Top 5 NCAAF Championship Favorites for 2020

While the LSU Tigers became the first team besides Alabama or Clemson to win the NCAAF Championship since 2014 when Ohio State won it all, if you’re expecting a repeat in Baton Rouge in 2020, you’d better think again.

My Top 5 NCAAF Championship Favorites for 2020

Not only will LSU be hard-pressed to win consecutive national championship, but I don’t see the Tigers even reaching the four-team College Football Playoffs. However, if you want to know which teams I believe do stand the best chances of winning the 2021 national championship, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started with my top five favorites to win it all this coming campaign.

Clemson Tigers

  • NCAAF Championship Odds: +230

While the Tigers were man-handled in their humbling 42-25 championship game loss against Joe Burrow and LSU last season, Dabo Swinney’s team should be right back in the championship mix for a handful of reasons, starting with the play of gifted quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The expected first pick in next year’s NFL draft has led the Tigers to a phenomenal 29-1 record the last two seasons while throwing 66 TD passes and just 12 interceptions the last two seasons combined. While Clemson must replace a handful of elite performers that are off to this year’s NFL draft, Clemson gets as much elite talent coming in every year as any team in the nation. With Lawrence under center and a boatload of talent at the skill positions, I like Clemson to reach the CFP in 2020 at the very least.

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • National Championship Odds: +350

The Buckeyes are coming off an unbeaten regular season (13-0) and even though they came up short in their CFP semifinal loss to Clemson, I think Ohio State is in great shape to contend again this coming season.

Yes, the Buckeyes lost some immense talent in defense end Chase Young and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah among others, but Ohio State has a flat-out star in quarterback Justin Fields. The former five-star recruit for Georgia had a campaign for the ages in passing for 3,723 yards with 41 TD tosses and just three interceptions while rushing for an additional 484 yards and 10 scores.

There’s work to be done in the secondary and you just don’t replace a talent like Chase Young like it’s nothing, but in the end, I love what Fields brings to the table and I believe head coach Ryan Day is clearly up to the challenge of bringing a national championship to Columbus.

Florida Gators

  • NCAAF Championship Odds: +1800

Florida has won 21 games the last two seasons while pulling off back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl victories under widely-respected head coach coach Dan Mullen. More importantly, Florida is loaded on the offensive side of the ball and the o-line returns four starters from last season’s team that put up a healthy 33.0 points per game (37th).

Defensively, Florida finished 10th overall and eighth in points allowed (14.4 ppg) while ranking inside the national top 20 against the pass and run. Don’t look now, but Florida is gaining on all of their SEC rivals, Alabama and LSU included.

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • National Championship Odds: +550

Sure, Alabama failed to reach the CFP for the first time since its inception back in 2014, but the Crimson Tide are brimming with talent on both sides of the ball and expected to contend for the national championship again in 2020.  Alabama lost a bunch of elite players to this year’s NFL draft including tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. and wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs II among others. Still, that happens to the Tide each and every year and it’s never stopped Nick Saban from fielding another winning team the following season.

Alabama will need to identify their new starting quarterback following the graduation of star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Mac Jones appeared in all 12 games as a sophomore last season, but he’s going to be pushed by five-star recruit Bryce Young.

If Jones or whoever starts under center is simply competent, then the Tide could turn to their powerful rushing attack to put points on the board. Defensively, I don’t care who Saban suits up. His defenses are always elite, so that should be the least of anyone’s concern. Defense, Nick Saban’s peerless coaching and what should be another elite defense leads me to believe Alabama will challenge for it all.

Georgia Bulldogs

  • NCAAF Championship Odds: +800

The Bulldogs might have come up short in their quest to reach the four-team College Football Playoff a year ago, but I believe they will be right back in the championship mix in 2020 for one huge reasons – they routinely shut their opponents down!

Georgia went 12-2 last season and has won 44 games in four seasons under head coach Kirby Smart, the former defensive coordinator at Alabama. The Dawgs have won 11 games or more in each of the last three season while reaching the CFP in 2017.

Georgia will have to replace starting quarterback Jake Fromm and star running back D’Andre Swift among others, but the Bulldogs brought in former Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman to start and they also claimed their second No. 1 ranking in recruiting in the last three years this offseason.

If Georgia plays defense anywhere near the level they’ve consistently played at under Kirby Smart and Jamie Newman succeeds at passing the rock better than Jake Fromm, I believe Georgia could easily find themselves in the CFP for the second time under Smart!

Early 2021 National Champions Odds – January 14th Edition

The 2020 college football national championship may have just concluded with LSU winning Monday night’s huge title tilt against the formerly reigning national champion Clemson Tigers, but thanks to the release of the odds to win next season’s 2021 national championship, you could already make a potentially winning wager – or three – on a handful of next year’s CFP title hopefuls.

Thanks to this fun-filled, look at the odds to win the 2021 National Championship next season, you’re going to have a great chance to boost the annual college football betting bankroll, long before the new season ever begins. Now, let’s get started.

Early 2021 National Champions Odds – January 14th Edition

Odds to Win the 2021 CFP National Championship

  • Clemson +200
  • Ohio State +350
  • Alabama +700
  • Georgia +750
  • LSU +1400
  • Notre Dame +2000
  • Florida +2500
  • Texas +2500
  • USC +2500
  • Oklahoma +3000
  • Texas A&M +3000
  • Wisconsin +3000
  • Iowa +5000
  • Michigan +5000
  • Penn State +5000
  • Auburn +6000
  • Nebraska +6000
  • Oklahoma State +6000

As you can see, despite their title game loss to LSU on Monday night, perennially-powerful Clemson and superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence are back as the prohibitive favorite to win it all next season. However, the Tigers will have their share of question marks, though they won’t have a lack of talent to address those question marks.

While the gifted Lawrence will be back under center for what will almost assuredly be his final season, the Tigers could potentially lose star running back Travis Etienne and leading receiver Tee Higgins. Do-it-all linebacker Isaiah Simmons will almost assuredly be leaving to become a high draft pick and a trio of starting defensive backs could all leave as well in junior A.J. Terrell and seniors K’Von Wallace and Tanner Muse.

Still, the Tigers have another class of elite high school recruits coming in and they have another relatively soft schedule that features just two games against non-conference opponents that look slightly challenging as they head to Notre Dame on Nov. 7 and host South Carolina on Nov. 28.

Ohio State loses superstar defensive lineman Chase Young and several other key performers like Jeffrey Okudah, Jordan Fuller and Damon Arnette and the Buckeyes could potentially see star running back J.K. Dobbins leave as well. Still, with gifted quarterback Justin Fields under center and the nation’s top recruiting class on the way, Ohio State looks like a team that will definitely challenge for a berth in next season’s College Football Playoff.

For the first time in ages, Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide have more question marks than actual answers as star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and star wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, among others, are set to leave the program. The good news for Saban is that the Tide have the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class waiting in the wings.

Next up, annual contender Georgia will lose three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm to the NFL draft and they could also lose star running back D’Andre Swift, but the Bulldogs recently added former Wake Forest star quarterback Jamie Newman and he’ll likely start right away next season. Georgia won’t suffer many losses on the defensive side of the ball and that means Georgia will be stupendous defensively at the very least again next season.

Last, but not least, rounding out the top five favorites is LSU, fresh off their unbeaten run to the national championship. The Tigers had an absolutely phenomenal campaign in running the table this season, but the Tigers will lose star quarterback Joe Burrow to the NFL draft and no team has repeated as national champs during the playoff era.

Looking For A Longshot

I know the Gophers play in a loaded Big Ten that features Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan, but Minnesota is coming off a double-digit winning campaign and their program is definitely trending upward under head coach P.J. Fleck. While the Gophers will need to replace a bunch of starters on the defensive side of the ball, I like the direction Minnesota is heading in even if they look like something of an afterthought in the Big ten!

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Why Bet on the LSU Tigers to Win the 2020 National Championship

The top-ranked LSU Tigers will look to cap off their phenomenal 2019 campaign in style when they take on the defending national champion Clemson Tigers in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 13 at 8:00 PM ET, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. With this year’s national championship featuring two undefeated teams, let’s find out why LSU looks like a great team to back as a 5.5-point favorite in this highly intriguing championship showdown.

Reason to Bet on the LSU Tigers to Win the 2020 National Championship

  • When: Monday, January 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2020 National Championship Odds: LSU -5.5 / Total: 69.5

Offense

Let’s get started where the Tigers are most dominant. LSU finished third nationally in scoring by putting up a mind-boggling 47.8 points per contest. The Tigers finished second in passing yards per game (268.8 ypg) and first in total offense as senior quarterback Joe Burrow had a stupendous Heisman Trophy-winning season by passing for 4,715 yards with 48 TD passes and just six interceptions. The Tigers topped the 40-point plateau a whopping nine times during the regular season while putting 50 points or more on the board six times and going over the 60-point mark twice. Burrow and LSU’s revamped offense basically has their way against every single defense they played this season.

Defense

The Tigers might be known for their defense because of their exciting offense, but LSU finished the regular season ranked an encouraging 27th in points allowed (21.2 ppg) while also ranking 24th against the run and fifth nationally in takeaways (16).

Quarterback

As previously stated, Joe Burrow won the Heisman this season and he’s basically outplayed every other counterpart along the way, including Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm, Kellen Mond and Tua Tagovailoa among others. One more outstanding game where he outperforms Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence that hard to envision.

Coaching

While head coach Ed Orgeron is now getting a lot of love for his team’s stunning success this season, prior to this season, he had recorded just double-digit winning season in seven years as a head coach. Still, he was smart enough to hire former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Brady who has completely transformed the Tigers’ passing attack with many of the same concepts he learned under widely-respected Saints head coach Sean Payton. The hire has completely transformed the Tigers into a team that can’t be stopped.

Battle Tested

Last, but not least, LSU is far more battle-tested playing in the powerful SEC than Clemson ever will be in the far more mediocre ACC. LSU has beaten a bunch of legitimate national championship hopefuls including Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Georgia while Clemson’s toughest opponent this season came against Ohio State in the CFP semifinals. The Tigers are battle tested and certainly won’t be afraid of the defending national champs.

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Why Bet on the Clemson Tigers to Win the 2020 National Championship

The defending national champion Clemson Tigers will be looking to finish with consecutive unbeaten seasons when they take on Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 13 at 8:00 PM ET, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Despite being solid 5.5-point underdogs in this year’s national championship, there are a bunch of great reasons to back the now, perennially-powerful Tigers to get the big upset win in this highly anticipated affair. Let’s find out now what those reasons are.

Reasons to Bet the Clemson Tigers to Win the 2020 CFP National Championship

  • When: Monday, January 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • 2020 CFP National Championship Odds: LSU -5.5 / Total: 69.5

Offense

LSU might be known for their high-scoring ways this season, but Clemson is just as dangerous offensively. The Tigers finished fourth in scoring by putting up a stellar 46.5 points per contest. Clemson finished 20th in passing and an even more impressive 10th in rushing. The Tigers scored 40 points or more 10 times this season while topping the 50-point plateau six times and the 60-point mark once.

Defense

Defense is where Clemson has the big edge in this year’s national championship. The Tigers rank first in total defense, first against the pass, ninth against the run and a stupendous first in points allowed (10.6 ppg). While Clemson, admittedly, doesn’t face a ton of elite opponents in the modest ACC, they did manage to hold offensively-explosive Texas A&M to 10 points while  limiting Ohio State’s  top-ranked scoring offense (48.7 ppg) to just 23 points in their CFP semifinal win the last time out. If any team can slow Joe Burrow and LSU’s potent offense, it looks like it’s Clemson.

Quarterback and Running Back

Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence gets the lion’s share of national media attention for his prolific passing, but Clemson actually has two elite stars on the offensive side of the ball. Lawrence passed for 3,172 yards with 34 TD passes and just eight interceptions while completing a blistering 68.8 percent of his passes.

Making Clemson’s offense even more difficult to stop is star running back Travis Etienne. The fleet-footed junior rushed for 1,500 yards during the regular season with 17 touchdowns while averaging a phenomenal 8.2 yards per carry. Etienne also showed some versatility by adding 29 catches for an additional 298 yards and two scores.

Coaching

LSU’s Ed Orgeron might be having the best season of his previously unheralded career, but Clemson’s Dabo Swinney has few peers in the same class of elite head coaches that he resides in. Swinney has built up his program at Clemson into one of the truly elite programs in the country. The Tigers have won two of the last three national championships while winning at least 14 games in four of the last five seasons.

Clemson has only one season with more than one loss in their last five campaigns and the Tigers have reached the coveted double-digit win mark in nine straight seasons. Clemson has gone a mind-boggling 29-0 heading into the 2020 national championship. Yeah, when it comes to coaching Swinney has the big edge in this matchup.

Big Game History

The Tigers have reached each of the last five College Football Playoffs while reaching the championship game in three of the last four years. More importantly, Clemson has won two of the last three national titles by beating perennially-powerful Alabama both times, including last season’s stunning 44-16 blowout win over then then, defending champion Crimson Tide. Clemson won it all in 2017 by beating Alabama 35-31 as a 6.5-point underdog.

Last year, the Tigers took out the Crimson Tide as a 5.5-point underdog, so, clearly, when it comes to big game experience and overcoming teams that are favored to beat them in the national championship, Clemson knows how to get it done and that means the Tigers have more than a chance to go back-to-back this year!

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Southern Miss vs Tulane 2020 Armed Forces Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

The Southern Mississippi Eagles and Tulane Green Wave will both be looking to cap off their respective seasons in style when they square off in the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday. With both teams closing out their regular seasons with discouraging losing streaks, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college football odds.

Southern Miss vs Tulane 2020 Armed Forces Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

Weather Forecast

  • Sunny: 9°C/48°F
  • Humidity: 59%
  • Precipitation: 1%
  • Wind: 6 mph N
  • Cloud Cover: 0%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On Southern Mississippi?

The Golden Eagles went 6-2 over their previous eight games, but comes into the Armed Forces Bowl off consecutive losses after falling to Western Kentucky 28-10 at home as a 3-point favorite and then losing to Florida Atlantic 34-17 in its finale.

Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham committed a whopping five turnovers (four interceptions) that directly led to several of the Owls’ scores.

The news is that Southern Miss has an solid defense that finished just outside the national top 50 in points allowed and 36th in total yards allowed.  Southern Miss is making its first appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl and is looking for its first bowl game win since taking down Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2016 New Orleans Bowl.

Team Statistics

Offense:

  • Average Score For: 27.75
  • Total Yards: 411.00
  • Pass Yards: 288.58
  • Rush Yards: 122.42

Defense:

  • Average Score Against: 25.92
  • Total Yards: 349.50
  • Pass Yards: 238.08
  • Rush Yards: 111.42

Why Bet On Tulane?

Tulane was looking good by going 5-1 over their first six games, but the Green Wave blew their shot at reaching American Athletic Conference championship game by losing three straight to finish off their regular season including a convincing 37-20 loss at SMU in their finale. More importantly, Tulane allowed a whopping average of 35.7 points over the final six games.

Still, there’s some decent news in the fact that their five losses this season came against bowl-bound teams.

Tulane is led by senior quarterback Justin McMillan, who passed 2,229 yards while adding 704 rushing yards and accounting for 26 touchdowns. The Green Wave are making their second straight bowl appearance under coach Willie Fritz. And despite their late-season struggles, Fritz has some high hopes for finishing with a win.

“I really feel like we’re an improved team from last year,” Fritz told reporters. “It may not have showed toward the end of the season, but we played a lot of great teams down the stretch. It’s another part of building a program, getting better and getting yourself on the map.”

Team Statistics

Offense:

  • Average Score For: 33.33
  • Total Yards: 455.16
  • Pass Yards: 205.33
  • Rush Yards: 249.83

Defense:

  • Average Score Against: 27.42
  • Total Yards: 378.50
  • Pass Yards: 214.00
  • Rush Yards: 164.50

2020 Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends Southern Miss vs Tulane

  • Tulane is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games
  • Tulane is 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Tulane’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Conference USA conference
  • Southern Miss is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 games following a ATS loss.
  • Southern Miss is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 games on grass
  • The total went UNDER in 5 of Southern Miss’ last 5 games

Southern Miss vs Tulane Expert Analysis and Prediction

Tulane might have played some awful football down the stretch run of the regular season, but the Green Wave have the more potent offense in this affair while Southern Miss often struggles to find the end zone as evidenced by the fact that they were limited to a grand total of 27 points over their last two. While Golden Eagles have gone an uninspiring 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Bowl games, Tulane has managed to go a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and a bankroll-boosting 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.

While Southern Miss has gone a stellar 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings against Tulane, Southern Miss quarterback Jack Abraham looked completely inept the last time he took the field and I don’t believe the month off since that last outing is going to help him much in this matchup. I say keep it simple and go with the approximately 66 percent of public bettors that are backing the Tulane Green Wave to get it done in this season-ending affair.

Pick: Tulane 35 Southern Miss 24

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Ohio vs Nevada 2019 Potato Bowl Spread & Expert Analysis

Just one bowl game on Friday this week and it’s from the blue turf in Boise as Ohio University of the Mid-American Conference faces Nevada of the Mountain West in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Bobcats are more than TD favorites on the Mybookie NCAAF odds.

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Ohio vs Nevada Series History

This will be the first meeting between the Wolf Pack and the Bobcats. Nevada (7-5, 4-4 MW) has played in two previous Famous Idaho Potato Bowls (2006 and 2008). Ohio (6-6, 5-3 MAC) will be making its second appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, winning the 2011 edition against Utah State.

Why Bet on Ohio?

Ohio closed the regular season with a 52-3 rout of Akron to earn bowl eligibility. The Bobcats piled up 603 yards of total offense, with a season-high 352 through the air and 251 on the ground. Ohio recorded over 600 yards of total offense for the second week in a row and seventh time in program history after putting up a season-high 609 in a 66-24 triumph at Bowling Green on Nov. 19. The Bobcats won all four of their MAC road games in 2019, marking the first time Ohio has won all of its conference road contests since going 4-0 in 2009.

Ohio’s defense produced the most dominant performance in the last 15 years under coach Frank Solich, limiting the Zips to just 74 yards of total offense and marking the first time an opponent has failed to reach 100 yards of total offense in the last 15 years. Akron’s 33 passing yards marked the fewest by an Ohio opponent since the Bobcats held Wofford to zero passing yards in a 33-10 win on Sept. 4, 2010.

QB Nathan Rourke completed 20 of his 28 passing attempts. The senior also added a one-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter, allowing him to set the program record for career touchdowns scored with his 50th, surpassing the previous high mark of 49 shared by Kareem Wilson (1995-98) and Kalvin McRae (2004-07). He gained 37 rushing yards on 10 attempts.

Rourke has passed for 2,676 yards and 20 touchdowns and is also the Bobcats’ second-leading rusher with 780 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranks 21st nationally in total offense with an average of 288 yards per game. Rourke became Ohio’s first quarterback to be named All-MAC First Team since 1981.

What Else?

Senior defensive back Javon Hagan was named first-team All-MAC for the second straight year. Hagan leads the Bobcats with 99 tackles, including four games with double-digit stops.

The Bobcats are making their 13th bowl appearance in program history, 11th in the last 14 years and fifth in a row. Ohio has won four bowl games in its history, and will be going for its third-straight bowl win. Ohio’s 13 bowl appearances are tied for the second-most among MAC programs. Ohio’s four bowl wins are tied for fourth-most among MAC programs, and a third-straight bowl win would tie Ohio with Toledo (1969-71) and Miami (1973-75) for the most consecutive bowl wins in conference history.

Ohio owns a 2-5 record against current members of the Mountain West, with both victories coming in bowl games.

Why Bet on Nevada?

Nevada ended the regular season with a 33-30 OT home loss to UNLN on Nov. 30, ending a three-game winning streak. Nevada grabbed a 30-27 lead in overtime on Brandon Talton’s 42-yard field goal, but the Rebels needed just three plays for Kenyon Oblad to find Steve Jenkins for the game-winning TD pass.

Carson Strong completed 33 of 54 passes for 351 yards and a TD for the Wolf Pack. Elijah Cooks had 12 catches for 151 yards — both were career highs for the junior. The Wolf Pack have started three different quarterbacks this season, but redshirt freshman Car- son Strong has taken the reigns, earning nine starts total and has thrown seven touchdowns with only one interception in the last four games. Among freshmen starting quarterbacks in the nation this season, Strong boasts the third-best completion percentage at 63.38%.

Ohio vs Nevada is going to be a good one.

Dalton is now 18-for-22 on the season on field goals. His 18 made FGs are seventh-most in a single season in program history. He needs one more make to tie Marty Zendejas for sixth.

Talk about Defense

The Nevada defense is lead by first-team All-MW end Dom Peterson. The sophomore ranked second in the conference and led Nevada with 13.5 tackles for loss, 13 of them being solo. Peterson also ranks second in the MW with eight sacks, averaging .73 per game which is good for 28th in the nation. He recorded at least one tackle for loss in all but one game this season. The Wolf Pack rank 32nd nationally with 11 interceptions, including a team-high four by second-team All-MW defensive back Daniel Brown. Brown totaled 41 tackles, 29 of them solo and three tackles for loss that totaled 12 yards. His five pass breakups ranked third on the team. The Nevada run defense has been dominant this season, ranking 43rd in the nation only allowing 137.9 rushing yards per game.

The Wolf Pack are looking for back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2009-10. They are in a bowl for the second straight year and 12th time in the last 15 seasons. This will mark the Wolf Pack’s 17th bowl appearance in program history. The Pack’s overall record in bowl games is 6-10.

Nevada toppled Arkansas State 16-13 in overtime last year at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. The Wolf Pack has never won bowl games in back-to-back seasons. Nevada has twice previously competed in this game, falling to Miami in 2006 and to Maryland in the 2008 edition. Nevada is searching for its first win on the blue turf in Boise since 1997, a span of 11 games.

Ohio vs Nevada 2019 Potato Bowl Betting Trends

  • Bobcats are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
  • Bobcats are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games played on a Friday
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ohio’s last 7 games
  • Wolf Pack are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games
  • Wolf Pack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Friday
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nevada’s last 6 games

Expert Final Score Prediction for Ohio vs Nevada

Ohio 34 – Nevada 30

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Indiana vs Tennessee 2019 Gator Bowl Betting Lines & Preview

It’s two unranked schools facing off in the Gator Bowl on Thursday night as surprising Indiana of the Big Ten takes on surging Tennessee of the SEC. The Vols are slight favorites on the Mybookie NCAAF odds.

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Indiana vs Tennessee Series History

Tennessee leads the all-time series, 1-0, with a 27-22 win in the 1988 Peach Bowl.

Why Bet on Indiana?

The Hoosiers had one of their best seasons in years at 8-4, closing with a 44-41 double-overtime win at Purdue. After throwing his third touchdown pass in the first overtime, Patrick Ramsey’s second 1-yard scoring run sent the Hoosiers home with the Old Oaken Bucket. Ramsey was 23 of 39 for 337 yards and ran 19 times for 42 yards.

It marked Ramsey’s first game with five total TDs, the first for a Hoosier since Tre Roberson’s six on Nov. 30, 2013, against Purdue, and his ninth-career game (3rd this season) with at least one passing and one rushing TD. The redshirt junior has 42 career passing touchdowns, tied with Antwaan Randle El for fourth-most in school history, and 13 career rushing scores. He is the fifth Hoosier to surpass 40 passing scores and the first since Nate Sudfeld (61, 2012-15). Indiana reached 30 points for the ninth time this season, tying the 2015 Hoosiers for the program record.

Top Ranked

WR Whop Philyor ranks among the Big Ten leaders in receptions (6.3 per game) and receiving yards (91 yards per game). He’s the seventh Indiana player to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season and leads the Big Ten with 489 yards after the catch.
IU has won eight games for just the eighth time in program history and the first time since 1993. The Hoosiers own six eight-win (1993, 1988, 1987, 1979, 1905) and two nine-win (1967, 1945) campaigns. The Hoosiers’ fifth-conference win is tied for their third-most in program history (1993, 1991, 1988, 1979, 1945). The school record for conference wins is six (1987, 1967).

Indiana posted a winning conference record for the first time since 1993 (5-3). The Hoosiers aim for only their third nine-win season and first since 1967, when they shared the Big Ten title with Minnesota and Purdue.

The Hoosiers will be making their 12th bowl appearance, their first in the state of Florida and their third in the last five seasons. IU hasn’t won a bowl game since 1991 (Copper). The Hoosiers last squared off against an SEC foe on Sept. 20, 2014, a 31-27 victory at No. 18 Missouri, and hold a 27-21-1 mark (.561) all-time against SEC opponents.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Points per Game: 32.58
  • Passing Yards: 308.67
  • Rushing Yards: 134.92
  • Yards per Play: 6.08

Defense

  • Points per Game: 24.50
  • Passing Yards: 211.67
  • Rushing Yards: 139.42
  • Yards per Play: 5.38

Why Bet on Tennessee?

The Vols were 1-5 at one point but won their final six games, capped by a 28-10 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 30. It was the first time that UT closed the regular season on a five-game win streak for the first time since 2015. UT added a sixth consecutive win in 2015 with an Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern.

Freshman Eric Gray rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns — including breakaways of 56 and 94 yards – vs. Vandy. Gray’s 246 yards were the most by a true freshman in Tennessee history, breaking the mark set by Jamal Lewis (232 yards) against Georgia in 1997. Gray became the 13th different Vol to rush for 200 or more yards in program history. Gray’s 246 yards are the most by any SEC player this season, surpassing Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill’s 232-yard game against Arkansas. Gray recorded the second-longest rushing touchdown in program history and 10th longest in SEC history on a 94-yard run with 8:36 remaining in the second quarter.

Redshirt senior Jauan Jennings recorded two receptions for 56 yards against Vanderbilt to claim sole possession of fifth-place on the all-time career receptions list (144). Entering the bowl game, Jennings has 2,126 career receiving yards, 144 receptions and 21 total touchdowns (18 receiving, 1 rushing, 2 passing.

Suspension

Jennings, one of their best players and leaders, will be suspended for the first half of this game. He was suspended by the SEC after video showed him stepping on the head of a Vanderbilt player on the sideline after getting up from a tackle in Tennessee’s regular-season finale. Jennings was named the 2019 Tennessee Team MVP after finishing the regular season with 57 catches for 942 yards and scoring 9 TDs.

Indiana vs Tennessee is going to be a good one.

UT’s defense showed significant improvement during the five-game win streak, allowing only 14.2 points and 304 yards per game during the streak. In the first seven games, the Vols allowed 27 points and 360.7 yards per game.

Tennessee is in 53rd bowl all-time, which ranks tied for fourth among college football programs. UT is 28-24 all-time in bowl games. Tennessee is making its seventh appearance all-time in the Gator Bowl to tie with the Sugar Bowl for the most appearances in a bowl all-time by the Vols. UT is 4-2. The Vols have won four straight against the Big Ten – all bowl game victories against Nebraska (2016 Music City), Northwestern (2016 Outback), Iowa (2014 TaxSlayer) and Wisconsin (2007 Outback).

Team Stats

Offense

  • Points per Game: 24.25
  • Passing Yards: 220.00
  • Rushing Yards: 144.83
  • Yards per Play: 5.82

Defense

  • Points per Game: 21.67
  • Passing Yards: 191.25
  • Rushing Yards: 145.83
  • Yards per Play: 5.04

Indiana vs Tennessee 2019 Gator Bowl Betting Trends

  • Volunteers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games this season
  • Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in January
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee’s last 7 games
  • Hoosiers are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games this season
  • Hoosiers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games

Expert Final Score Prediction for Indiana vs Tennessee

Indiana 26 – Tennessee 24

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Boston College vs Cincinnati 2019 Birmingham Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

The only ranked team in action around college football on Thursday is No. 21 Cincinnati as the Bearcats, runners-up in the American Athletic Conference, take on Boston College of the ACC in the Birmingham Bowl. UC is a touchdown favorite on the Mybookie NCAAF odds.

How to Bet Boston College vs Cincinnati Birmingham Bowl Odds & Game Info

Series History

The two teams have previously played seven times, with Boston College holding a 4-3 advantage. Their last meeting was in 1997.

Why Bet on Boston College?

Boston College finished the season 6-6 … and then fired coach Steve Addazio. Former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley will take over. Rich Gunnell is coaching in the bowl game. Gunnell, a former Boston College standout wide receiver, just completed his fourth season as wide receivers coach at his alma mater.

In addition, star running back AJ Dillon is skipping the bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. He leaves Boston College as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,382 yards. This season he was No. 4 nationally with 1,685 rushing yards, which helped him earn All-ACC honors. His 14 career 150-yard rushing games are the most by any ACC player over the last 20 seasons (Lamar Jackson 13, Dalvin Cook 12).

“At this point in my career, I’ve done everything I set out to do,” Dillon said. Dillon had 178 rushing yards and a touchdown in their final game of the regular season, a 26-19 win against Pitt. Dillon was named to the All-ACC first-team in 2019 for the third consecutive season. Boston College’s second-leading rusher, running back David Bailey, had 816 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per attempt. Quarterback Dennis Grosel added 203 rushing yards.

Some Talent

Redshirt freshman Tyler Vrabel was named All-ACC honorable mention. One of the top freshmen in the nation, Vrabel was the starter in all 12 games at left tackle in 2019. Vrabel has not yielded a sack on 314 pass blocks in 2019 and allowed just one QB hit and eight hurries this season. BC is third nationally with 0.92 sacks allowed per game in 2019. The Eagles are sixth nationally in rushing with 267.8 rushing yards per game. All five of BC’s starting offensive linemen were named All-ACC.

The Eagles lost quarterback Anthony Brown to a season-ending injury in an Oct. 5 loss to Louisville, putting backup Dennis Grosel in the starting lineup. That prompted a shift to a run-heavy attack.

The Birmingham Bowl is the 28th bowl appearance in school history for Boston College and the 18th bowl in the last 21 years for the Eagles. This will be Boston College’s first appearance in the Birmingham Bowl. The Eagles last played in Birmingham in 1984 when they defeated the University of Alabama 38-31. Last season, BC qualified for the First Responder Bowl in Dallas against Boise State, but the game was canceled because of lightning.

Boston College looks for its first bowl win since a 36-30 victory over Maryland in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. The Eagles are 14-12 all-time in bowl games. Boston College is 31-111-1 all-time against ranked opponents, including an 0-3 mark in 2019.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Points per Game: 30.92
  • Passing Yards: 183.42
  • Rushing Yards: 267.42
  • Yards per Play: 5.90

Defense

  • Points per Game: 31.67
  • Passing Yards: 299.58
  • Rushing Yards: 180.75
  • Yards per Play: 6.46

Why Bet on Cincinnati?

Cincinnati’s dreams of an AAC title and New Year’s Six bid fell short with a loss to Memphis in the conference title game, but the Bearcats are still one win from back-to-back 11-win seasons and ranked finishes. Cincinnati is 10-3 overall and ranked No. 21 in the latest College Football Playoff Top 25. It was the first time UC has been ranked in the final CFP rankings.

The Bearcats’ only losses of the season came against No. 5 Ohio State (42-0) and to Memphis twice (34-24, 29-24 in the AAC title game).

Cincinnati averages 29.0 points per game, 67th nationally. The Bearcats rank 85th in the country in total offense (385.0 ypg), 105th in passing offense (187.4 ypg) and 33rd nationally in rushing offense (197.6 ypg). UC has started six different offensive-line combinations this season but still ranks No. 5 in the AAC in rushing offense. UC led the AAC in scoring defense for the second-straight year, allowing just 21.7 points per game.

Boston College vs Cincinnati is going to be a close one.

The Cincinnati defense has five first-team All-AAC selections, led by junior safety Darrick Forrest. He ranks third in the AAC with a team-leading 104 tackles. Forrest also registered 3.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions on the season. He had three games with at least 10 tackles, including 16 in the win over Central Florida and 12 in the AAC title game.

What about the Offense?

QB Desmond Ridder threw for 2,069 yards in 2019, and never throwing for more than 300 yards in a game. But what makes Ridder dangerous is his ability to run the ball. Boston College has struggled against mobile QBs and Ridder could be a nightmare for the Eagles defense. Only a sophomore, he led all AAC QBs with 123 rushes for 545 yards and 2 touchdowns. Before the AAC Championship game, Ridder injured his shoulder in practice and it was questionable if he was going to play.

But he did and threw for 233 yards and one interception. Michael Warren II is the team leader in rushing yards with 1,160 and he has also scored 14 touchdowns.

UC is making its second postseason trip to Birmingham, having defeated Southern Miss in the 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl by a 31-21 margin. UC has won two-straight games at Legion Field, where they are 2-2 all time, with wins at former Conference USA foe UAB in 2003 and the 2007 bowl win.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Points per Game: 29.00
  • Passing Yards: 187.38
  • Rushing Yards: 199.54
  • Yards per Play: 5.38

Defense

  • Points per Game: 21.69
  • Passing Yards: 233.23
  • Rushing Yards: 143.38
  • Yards per Play: 5.21

Boston College vs Cincinnati 2019 Birmingham Bowl Betting Trends

  • Eagles are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference
  • Eagles are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games when playing as the underdog
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston College’s last 12 games this season
  • Bearcats are 19-0 SU in their last 19 games when playing as the favorite
  • Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games played on a Thursday

Expert Prediction

Boston College 24 – Cincinnati 30

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ULL vs Miami-OH 2020 Lending Tree Bowl Odds & Expert Prediction

If there is one thing that a lot of college football fans would like to see changes in the coming years, it is the time between the playoff semi-finals and the National Championship Game. Yes, kids have classes to attend to and we like to give players time to rest up and heal those niggling injuries, but it still feels like an awful lot of time between the semi-finals and the title game. We still have a week and a half to wait until we find out which team will be the National Champion but at least we have a couple of bowl games to fill some of the time.

The final game of bowl season before the big one will go on Monday night, with the Lending Tree Bowl set to go on ESPN. It will be the ULL Ragin Cajuns taking on the Miami-OH RedHawks in a game that has the potential to be a bit of a lopsided affair. It is the Ragin Cajuns who the bookies have as a clear favorite, with ULL in as a 14-point favorite. The point total for this one is set at 54 ½.

ULL vs Miami-OH 2020 Lending Tree Bowl Odds & Expert Prediction

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Why bet on the ULL Ragin Cajuns?

While some teams look at their bowl game as little more than a bit of a holiday reward at the end of a long season, others come in feeling as though they still have something to prove. My guess is that after losing to Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference Championship Game, the Ragin Cajuns will be falling into that latter category.

This is a team that is certainly fun to watch if you are a fan of offensive football, as they ranked #6 in the nation in offense this year. ULL have proven to be a very good bet when in as a double-digit favorite, going 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games carrying that label. Overall, they are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games. The OVER has hit in 6 of the last 8 games that ULL has played versus teams from the Mid-American Conference.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Points per Game: 38.77
  • Passing Yards: 236.00
  • Rushing Yards: 265.38
  • Yards per Play: 7.05

Defense

  • Points per Game: 19.92
  • Passing Yards: 193.85
  • Rushing Yards: 179.62
  • Yards per Play: 5.47

Why bet on the Miami-OH Redbirds?

If you are looking for a betting trend that would heavily sway you in one direction in this game, then we have one for you. The Redbirds have lost 40 straight games that they have started as a double-digit underdog, so if you are looking for them to spring the upset and win here, you may want to reconsider that thought.

The Redbirds finished the season on a good run of form, though, winning in 6 of their last 7 games and covering the spread in 5 of those games. If you are looking for a positive trend for the Redbirds, then it might well be the point total where you find the most joy, with 5 of their last 6 games going UNDER.

Team Stats

Offense

  • Points per Game: 24.69
  • Passing Yards: 172.85
  • Rushing Yards: 133.08
  • Yards per Play: 4.96

Defense

  • Points per Game: 28.23
  • Passing Yards: 206.38
  • Rushing Yards: 174.08
  • Yards per Play: 5.18

ULL vs Miami-OH 2020 Lending Tree Bowl Betting Trends

  • RedHawks are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
  • RedHawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami-OH’s last 6 games
  • Ragin Cajuns are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games this season
  • Ragin Cajuns are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisiana-Lafayette’s last 8 games

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for ULL vs Miami-OH

I think that we are going to see the Ragin Cajuns come out hot early, which could well turn this game into a lopsided affair. I am all over ULL to win and cover in rather comfortable fashion.

Score: ULL Ragin Cajuns 48 – Miami-OH Redbirds 23

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