The BCS Rankings and the college football regular season has come to an end, but that's no reason to be upset because now is when the good stuff begins.
The college football bowl season is officially underway as this is the best time of the year. The schedule was just released yesterday and there are several great matchups that should keep us college football fans entertained for the next month or so.
Nothing better than combining the holidays with food, family and great football.
But with all of the games comes gambling odds for all of the sports bettors out there. You can either jump on the lines now to gain an advantage or hope for the lines to drop in your favor over the next couple of weeks.
Regardless, here are the point spreads for all 35 bowl games, including some early predictions and thoughts.
Gildan New Mexico—Temple vs. Wyoming -6
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl—Ohio vs. Utah State -2
R+L Carriers New Orleans—San Diego State -4.5 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg—Florida International -5 vs. Marshall
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia—TCU -12.5 vs. Louisiana Tech
MAACO Las Vegas—Arizona State vs. Boise State -13.5
Arizona State was lucky to make a bowl game after losing five of its last six games. Boise State may not have gotten the bowl game they wanted but with a team full of seniors, they'll be ready to play. Look for the Broncos to cover the spread with ease against a sub-par inconsistent Sun Devils team.
Sheraton Hawaii—Nevada vs. Southern Miss -5.5
AdvoCare V100 Independence—Missouri -3.5 vs. North Carolina
Little CaesarWestern Michigan -1 vs. Purdue
Belk—Louisville vs. NC State (pick ‘em)
Since this game is a pick 'em game, I'll go with the Wolfpack because they have a higher scoring offense. Louisville struggles to score points and lost five games in the horrible Big East. I'll go with the team that can score and take my chances.
Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman—Toledo vs. Air Force (pick ‘em)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday—California vs. Texas -3
Champs Sports—Florida State -2.5 vs. Notre Dame
Two teams that you never really know what you're going to get when they show up. Overall I like the Fighting Irish and the points against a Florida State team that is a tad bit more inconsistent than Notre Dame. Give me the more balanced team and the 2.5 points.
Valero Alamo—Washington vs. Baylor -10
I believe that this line is too low and I'll gladly take the Baylor Bears under two touchdowns. Baylor scores points with ease and against a defense that gives up 33 should be no problem. The Bears defense has also been stepping up lately which makes me even more confident.
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces—BYU -1.5 vs. Tulsa
New Era Pinstripe—Rutgers -2.5 vs. Iowa State
I'll go with the Rutgers considering they're pretty much in their own backyard. Iowa State struggles mightily on both sides of the ball and Rutgers can at least play defense. Give me the home team under three points.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City - Mississippi State -7 vs. Wake Forest
Insight—Iowa vs. Oklahoma -16
I'll take Iowa and the 16 points. Oklahoma is way too banged up and will not be inspired to play in this game. On the other hand Iowa loves this matchup and will be looking to pile on the Sooners and their disappointing season. May not win the game but they'll cover the spread.
Meineke Car Care of Texas—Texas A&M -11 vs. Northwestern
Hyundai Sun—Georgia Tech -3.5 vs. Utah
AutoZone Liberty—Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt -2
Kraft Fight Hunger—Illinois -1.5 vs. UCLA
Chick-fil-A—Virginia vs. Auburn (pick ‘em)
TicketCity—Houston -9 vs. Penn State
Outback—Michigan State vs. Georgia -2
Georgia showed that they can compete with LSU last weekend and if it wasn't for dropped passes, they may have won. The Spartans defense crumbles at times and against a solid Georgia offense they will be vulnerable. Not to mention the Bulldogs can get after the quarterback. I'll take the SEC team under a field goal.
Capital One—Nebraska -1 vs. South Carolina
I'll take South Carolina in this game because of that defense that has been playing great the last few weeks. Nebraska is one dimensional on offense that doesn't seem to go well against a Gamecocks defense that gives up only 268 total yards, which is fourth best in the country.
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl—Ohio State vs. Florida -1.5
Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio—Wisconsin vs. Oregon -5.5
My opinion may change but as of right now I like the Badgers and the points. The Ducks defensive line will be a non factor against the beasts on the Wisconsin offensive line. The Badgers also have the offensive weapons to keep up with Oregon as far as the scoring goes. This should be a pick 'em game if anything.
Tostitos Fiesta—Stanford vs. Oklahoma State -3.5
I'll take Stanford and the points as I believe they'll win straight up. Oklahoma State is upset they're not in the national championship and it's Andrew Luck's last game at Stanford. He's also going up against a defense that is ranked 107th out of 120 teams. Yea, I'll take Luck and the points.
Allstate Sugar—Michigan vs. Virginia Tech (pick ‘em)
Don't know how Virginia Tech will be in this game after getting destroyed by Clemson twice but I'll take the Wolverines in a pick 'em. Michigan has a difference maker in Denard Robinson at quarterback, solid defense and a running back who's been stepping up every week. Virginia Tech has looked sloppy all season long.
Discover Orange—West Virginia vs. Clemson -3
You have to like Clemson in this game because they are more battle tested. And if they play against the Mountaineers like they played in the ACC Championship, they'll cover easily. West Virginia is just very inconsistent and not sure they have the firepower to keep up.
AT&T Cotton—Kansas State vs. Arkansas -8.5
Give me Arkansas under 10 points. Kansas State has a horrible defense and a one dimensional offense. Not a good recipe against an Arkansas team that averages 37 points per contest.
BBVA Compass Bowl—SMU vs. Pittsburgh -7
GoDaddy.com—Arkansas State -1 vs. Northern Illinois
Allstate BCS National Championship Game—LSU -1 vs. Alabama
Give me Alabama in this game as they have the revenge factor and the overall best player in Trent Richardson. LSU has struggled to wake up the past couple of weeks and I wonder how many times somebody will be able to create a spark. The Crimson Tide have been doubted and will be playing this game with a chip on their shoulder. Let's also not forget who would have won the game last time if their kicker could make a field goal or two.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com