The bowl season begins this Saturday and two Mountain West teams are in action with Wyoming taking on Temple in the New Mexico Bowl and San Diego State playing Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl.
So with games upcoming it is time to look at who is favored in what bowl games.
Temple being favored by seven points seems like a lot. Both teams have eight wins, Temple plays in a lesser league and Wyoming's best two wins over Air Force and San Diego State trump Temple's best two wins. The only conceivable reason for Temple to be favored by so much is because they have the best player on the field in running back Bernard Pierce. I am calling for an outright Wyoming win in this game.
The Louisiana-Lafayette is taking part in their first bowl game in school history, but they get to play in their home state. The Ragin Cajuns went 8-4 in the Sun Belt to finish third and have a fairly impressive offense that put up 32 points per game, but they allow 29 per. I think San Diego State will cover this spread as they hand the ball off to Ronnie Hillman on nearly every play.
The WAC champs will be no match against TCU. Eleven points seems about right in this game as Louisiana Tech gives up 30 points per game which TCU should easily get in this game. Unless TCU just mails it in, there is no reason they should not win by less than two touchdowns.
Boise State is going up against a reeling Arizona State team that had their sites set on a possibly Rose Bowl beth in October, but now they are without a head coach and have lost five of their last six games. I see Boise State rolling over ASU by 21 points or more. Arizona State does not want to be there at all.
This game should feature a lot of points, but Toledo has a new coach for this game as Tim Beckman left to take Illinois job, but Toldeo is expected to stay in-house and promote offensive coordinator Matt Campbell to the head coaching spot. As for the three-point line, sure why not, I am more interested to see if the 70-point over/under is met.