Bowl Season 2017: It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Updated: December 16, 2017

Bowl Season 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. College Bowl season is here and set to kick off this Saturday, December 16th. And while many are in the holiday spirit with visions of sugarplums dancing thru their heads sports fans and more so gamblers are also in the spirit with visions of victories and their favorite team covering. Let’s take a quick look at this Saturday’s slate of games.

The New Orleans Bowl. Saturday, December 16th at 1:00 pm ET

The bowl season officially kicks off with the New Orleans Bowl where the North Texas Mean Green (9-4) will take on the Troy Trojans (10-2) in a matchup of former Sun Belt conference members. North Texas will be looking to wash the taste of their last game out of their mouth where they were blown out by Florida Atlanta in the C-USA championship game. Many will remember Troy this season for their huge upset of heavily favored powerhouse LSU.

North Texas has a high powered offense led by quarterback Mason Finn who has thrown for over 3,700 yards with 28 touchdowns helping his team average just over 35 points per game. Troy will hope to slow North Texas with a dominant defense that is ranked 11th in the country in scoring. Troy is currently favored by 7 points with the total coming in at 62. I think Troy takes this one is a high scoring affair that gets into the high 60’s to 70’s.

The Cure Bowl, Saturday, December 16th at 1:00 pm ET

In what many will call the ugliest bowl of the season the Georgia State Panthers (6-5) will take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-6). Georgia State enters the contest losing two straight to Appalachian State and FBS opponent Idaho. Western Kentucky enters the contest off a 41-17 win over FIU in their regular-season finale.

Georgia State will have to find offense if they are going to keep up with the Hilltoppers after combing to score only 20 points in their final two games. Western Kentucky is currently listed as a -6.5 to -7 point favorite. The over/under for the game currently sits at 54. This could be an ugly one for sure but got to think Western Kentucky comes thru in the end.

The Las Vegas Bowl, Saturday, December 16th at 3:30 pm ET

The Las Vegas Bowl gives us the Oregon Ducks(7-5) versus the Boise State Broncos(10-3). The Ducks will be without coach Willie Taggart as he has left the program to take his “dream job” at Florida State. Will the Ducks have enough in place to gameplan for the Broncos. Oregon currently sits as a -7 point favorite after opening as a -5 point favorite. This game is a pass for me. The total currently sits at 60.

The New Mexico Bowl, Saturday, December 16th at 4:30 pm ET

The next one up in this all-day opening bowl affair is the New Mexico Bowl which pits the Marshall Thundering Herd(7-5) against the Colorado State Rams(7-5). Both of these teams will look to break season-ending struggles after hot starts. Marshall opened the season 6-1 before finishing 1-4 while CSU started 6-2 only to falter late and finish 7-5. Marshall is 5-0 in their previous 5 bowls games but enters this contest as a +3.5 to +4 point underdog. The total has sat at a solid 58 since open at most shops.

The Camellia Bowl, Saturday, December 16th at 8:00 pm ET

The fourth annual edition of this bowl I’m sure many didn’t even know existed pits the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders(6-6) against the Arkansas State Red Wolves(7-4). These two teams last met five years ago as members of the Sun Belt conference in a contest won by Arkansas State 45-0. The Red Wolves are currently favored by -3.5 points. The total opened around 61 and currently sits at 63.

So that does it for the opening day of bowl games. It may not be the most exciting slate of games but the die-hards and gamblers will have a field day. Now hurry up and get your bowl pool picks in before the deadline passes.