In looking over the five Bowl games being offered up to start off 2009, I've isolated two games I'm looking to have action on and they come from the Outback Bowl and Orange Bowl.
The Iowa Hawkeyes come into this game on a high note as they won five of their last six games and all of their final three. Overall, while they have 4 losses on the year, combined they were for only 12 points. Iowa also pulled an upset over 6th ranked Penn State this year.
Pts for/ Pts Agst = 30.2 13.2
On the other hand the South Carolina Gamecocks stumble into this matchup on a two-game losing streak, getting embarrassed 56-6 and 31-14 in those contests. They rank 109th out of 119 teams in rushing defense, and may have some QB confusion as Garcia looks to be going behind center again as he replaces Smelley.
Pts for/ Pts Agst = 21.7 20.2
Iowa sits currently at -3.5 at many books and that's my play for this game.
It looks like Virginia Tech linebacker Brett Warren, their second-leading tackler, has a torn ACL and is doubtful for this game. Tech's starting LG will also be out for academic reasons.
The Bearcats should be motivated for this one, as it's their first major bowl series game ever. The program is improving and they should be looking for a big performance in this one.
At wagerline.com approximately 55 percent of bets on coming in on the Hokies, yet the line has risen to -2.5 for Cinn at most shops.
Hokies pts for/agst = 22.2 17.5
Bearcats pts for/agst = 27.3 20.2
Cincinnati -2.5 is my play here.
I plan to make it to the "window" with at least one of these plays for tomorrow, right now I'm leaning towards Iowa.
Let's hear some thoughts and best of luck to all.