Armed Forces Bowl
Tulsa (+1) vs. Mississippi State (o/u 45)
Tulsa opened as a 3 point favorite but with the news that the best LB in the country, Zavion Collins, will be absent in this game the line moved away from the Golden Hurricane. Along with Collins, DE Jackson Player and OT Tyler Smith were both first team all conference. Tulsa’s most impressive game this season may have come in a loss when they went toe to toe with top 10 team in the country Cincinnati.
Mississippi State’s offense has been Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. After exploding on the scene in their first game the Bulldogs have been so bad on offense that they had to switch QBs. Will Rogers will start in the bowl game and in an offense that has 6 different pass catchers with over 34 catches in 10 games. Starting running back Kylin Hill opted out of the season and there’s a lot of talk that head coach Mike Leach has already lost his locker room. If the good Mississippi State shows up they’ll win in a landslide but it’s a 50/50 coin flip.
Tulsa +1 Under 42
Ball State (+10) vs. San Jose State (o/u 64)
Nick Starkel is quietly one of the best QBs in the country with a 16/4 TD/INT ratio and 273.6 yards per game. On defense DT Cade Hall is the Spartans first All-American in 13 years. SJSU also comes into this game as undefeated Mt. West Champions.
The MAC Champion Ball State hasn’t lost since week 1. QB Drew Plitt has an impressive stat sheet for the season too with 16 TDs and 278 passing yards per game. One defense safety Bryce Cosby and linebacker Anthony Ekpe were both named first team All-MAC.
Ball St +10, over 64
West Virginia (-9.5) vs. Army (o/u 41)
Army is always a tough matchup for anyone given their run heavy triple option offense. West Virginia also had less time to prepare for West Point than usual because Army was a replacement team.
West Virginia QB Jarret Doege has thrown 13 TD and 270 yards per game in 9 games. This game will be surprisingly high scoring for an Army game because the Knights should be able to run all over the Mountaineers defense while WVU throws all over theirs.
Prediction: West Virginia -9.5 Over 41