Welcome to part two of our nine hundred thirty-three part series picking each of this season's bowl games against the spread. You can find part one here. I don't mean to brag, but none of our bowl picks has been wrong yet. I'm just sayin'. Think this unbeaten streak will continue? Don't Bet On It!
Maaco Bowl Las Vegas (12/22)
Washington v. No. 19 Boise State (-5)
Despite the loss of fantasy football star Doug Martin and the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, the Broncos are still a much better football team than the Huskies. Boise State is averaging more than 6.6 points per game more than Washington, and they're allowing 8.9 fewer points per game as well. This looks like a pretty easy pick for BSU to cover in Las Vegas for the third straight year.
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (12/24)
Fresno State (-12) v. Southern Methodist
Speaking of the Broncos, the west coast Bulldogs have won five in a row since losing to conference rival Boise State in October, with an average margin of victory of nearly 26 points per game. The Mustangs, on the other hand, limped to a 6-6 record, 5-3 in Conference USA, and they've given us no reason to trust either head coach June Jones or QB and Texas-transfer Garrett Gilbert. Look for Fresno State to cover and break their run of three straight bowl losses.
Little Caesars Bowl (12/26)
Western Kentucky (-5.5) v. Central Michigan
Remember that time that the Hilltoppers beat Kentucky the week after they sacked A.J. McCarron six times? I mean, I didn't actually watch either of those games or anything, but I really enjoyed reading about them the next day. That win over Kentucky sparked a string of four consecutive victories before WKU lost four of six to end the season. The Chippewas had a similar skid, but theirs happened mid-season, and they finished with three straight victories. Nevertheless, we're taking the Hilltoppers to cover because their slightly above-average rushing offense (led by junior Antonio Andrews) ought to have a field day against Central Michigan's 105th ranked rush defense. Oh, and also, the Chippewas have a running back named Zurlon Tipton. That has no relevance to our pick, but it is awesome.
Military Bowl (12/27)
San Jose State (-7) v. Bowling Green
It's WACtion versus MACtion on the Thursday after Christmas. Unfortunately, we won't be getting the high-scoring affair that you might expect. Both of these teams have top 25 scoring defenses, and, while San Jose State appears to have a significant advantage in the strength of its passing attack, Bowling Green boasts the nation's fifth best passing defense. However, we're never going to pick the Clawfense against a decent defense, so we're forced to take SJSU to cover. Besides, can you really pick against Spartans in a military match-up?
Belk Bowl (12/27)
Cincinnati (-7.5) v. Duke
The Big East is better than the ACC. Yeah, I said it. The
Bengals Bearcats cover.