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2011 Bowl Predictions

by Matt Foust on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

kansas state bill synderThe College Football bowl season is almost here and while it will fail to yield a true, playoff style champion, it will bring excitement as well as a host of wagering opportunities. The action is scheduled to begin this Saturday, December 17th with three games, including a New Mexico Bowl meeting between Temple and Wyoming; it will conclude on Monday, January 9th with a BCS National Championship Game clash between No.1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama. 2011 Bowl Predictions have the season’s final contest listed as an against the spread pick’em.

The bowl committees seemingly missed the boat when they made this year’s BCS matchups (Michigan?, Virginia Tech?, Clemson?), but their ineptitude/corruption did yield at least two intriguing non-BCS postseason clashes. The Cotton Bowl meeting between Kansas State and Arkansas is certainly one of the more anticipated games on the docket as is a Las Vegas Bowl dust up between Arizona State and Boise State.

Kansas State Wildcats vs Arkansas Razorbacks (-7.5/62.5): Kansas State has been undervalued all season, finding itself an underdog eight times despite posting a 10-2 record. Now the Wildcats are catching 7.5 points from an Arkansas team that also owns the same 10-2 mark. While the Razorbacks, which have lost only to Alabama and LSU, have probably earned favored status, the number seems pretty steep given Bill Synder’s coaching prowess. Kansas State, like Arkansas, also played a grinder of a schedule, facing tough opponents in Miami, Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Texas. In other words, the Wildcats will be more than prepared for what it is the Razorbacks bring to the table.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs Boise State Broncos (-14/65.5): There is no question Boise State is the superior team here, but they catch an Arizona State squad that has not been to a bowl game since 2007. Suffice it to say the Sun Devils will be excited about this game while the Broncos, after getting unjustly stiffed by the BCS, may show up less than enthused. The only real scenario where an ASU victory looks plausible would be in the event of a three or four turnover night from Boise State; however, if the Broncos are slow out of the gate, the Sun Devils do have enough talent to keep this game close.  The Broncos are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games as a 14 to 17.5 point favorite, and this game looks like another one where they may struggle to cover the number.

2011 Bowl Predictions: Provided by BetOnline.com

Saturday, December 17 -

Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Temple vs Wyoming (+6.5)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah State vs Ohio (+2.5)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana Lafayette vs San Diego State (-4.5)

Tuesday, December 20 -

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg: FIU vs Marshall (+3.5)

Wednesday, December 21 -

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Louisiana Tech vs TCU (-10.5)

Thursday, December 22 -

MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Arizona State vs Boise State (-14)

Saturday, December 24 -

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs Southern Miss (-6)

Monday, December 26 -

AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: North Carolina vs Missouri (-4.5)

Tuesday, December 27 -

Little Ceasers Bowl: Western Michigan vs Purdue (-2.5)

Belk Bowl: Louisville vs North Carolina State (-3)

Wednesday, December 28 -

Military Bowl: Toledo vs Air Force (+3)

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: California vs Texas (-3)

Thursday, December 29 -

Champs Sports Bowl: Notre Dame vs Florida State (-3)

Valero Alamo Bowl: Washington vs Baylor (-9)

Friday, December 30 -

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Tulsa vs BYU (-2.5)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs Iowa State (+1.5)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Wake Forest vs Mississippi State (-6.5)

Insight Bowl: Iowa vs Oklahoma (-13.5)

Saturday, December 31 -

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas A&M vs Northwestern (+10)

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Utah vs Georgia Tech (-3.5)

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: UCLA vs Illinois (-2.5)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Cincinnati vs Vanderbilt (-2.5)

Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia vs Auburn (-1.5)

Monday, January 2 -

TicketCity Bowl: Penn State vs Houston (-5.5)

Outback Bowl: Michigan State vs Georgia (-3.5)

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska vs South Carolina (-2.5)

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Florida vs Ohio State (+2)

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs Oregon (-6)

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs Oklahoma State (-3.5)

Tuesday, January 3 -

AllState Sugar Bowl: Michigan vs Virginia Tech (+2.5)

Wednesday, January 4 -

Discover Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs Clemson (-3.5)

Friday, January 6 -

AT&T Cotton Bowl: Kansas State vs Arkansas (-7.5)

Saturday, January 7 -

BBVA Compass Bowl: SMU vs Pittsburgh (-4.5)

Sunday, January 8 -

GoDaddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State vs Northern Illinois (+1.5)

Monday, January 9-

AllState BCS National Championship Game: Alabama vs LSU (PK)

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