College Football Bowl Season 5 ? Lock Picks

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College Football Bowl Season 5 ? Lock Picks

The first week of the College Football Bowl Season is here. I think I’ve got some pretty outstanding lock picks for football handicappers. I am going to stick with the the must bet bowl games from the frist week of bowl game matchups so you can bet early and win early.

A Closer Look At My College Football Bowl Season 5 ? Lock Picks

The first lock pick is in the Las Vegas Bowl where interstate rivals Brigham Young battles #20 ranked Utah. The second lock pick occurs in the Camellia bowl where Ohio takes on Appalachian State. My final lock pick is in the Miami Beach Bowl where Western Kentucky battles South Florida.

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
What: BYU Cougars (9-3) at No. 22 Utah Utes (9-3)
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Kickoff: 3:30 PM ET 
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Stadium: Sam Boyd Stadium
Spread: Utah -2.5
Moneyline: BYU +125 vs Utah -145
Game Total: 54
Watch: ABC
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: BYU vs Utah

Analysis: BYU started out the season hot. Even though they lost QB Taysom Hill in the first game of the season, BYU beat Nebraska on the road, Boise State at home, and lost by only a single point in a game versus UCLA in the Rose Bowl. It was the 0 to 31 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor that changed the Cougars season.

Utah started out hotter than BYU. The Utes won their first 6 games of the season and were ranked in the Top 5 in almost every poll before losing 24 to 41 to USC. Utah ended up losing only 2 more games during the regular season, a 30 to 37 loss to Arizona in Tucson and a 9 to 17 loss to UCLA at home. Utah beat Washington, Oregon and ASU this season. That makes Utah the pick in a game that could be less competitive than the spread infers.  

Pick: Utah

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
What: Ohio Bobcats (8-4) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-2)
When: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Kickoff: 5:30 PM ET 
Where: Montgomery, AL
Stadium: Cramton Bowl
Spread: Appalachian State -8
Moneyline: Ohio +270 vs Appalachian State -330
Game Total: 55
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Ohio vs Appalachian State

Analysis: Ohio finished off their season by winning 3 games in a row. The 26 to 21 win over well-coached Northern Illinois on Nov. 24 was the Bobcats best win of the season. But, Ohio faces a freight train in Appalachian State in the Camellia Bowl.

The Mountaineers went 10 and 2 straight up during the season. Appalachian State’s only 2 losses was a 10 to 41 drubbing at the hands of undefeated #1 Clemson on September 12 and a 27 to 40 loss to Arkansas State on Nov. 5. Appalachian State allows only 18.2 points per game while averaging over 37 on offense. They should cover against Ohio on Dec. 19.  

Pick: Appalachian State

Miami Beach Bowl
What: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (11-2) at South Florida Bulls (8-4)
When: Monday, December 21, 2015
Kickoff: 2:30 PM ET 
Where: Miami, FL
Stadium: Marlins Park
Spread: Western Kentucky -3
Moneyline: Western Kentucky -175 vs South Florida +140
Game Total: 66
Watch: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Western Kentucky vs South Florida

Analysis: Sure, South Florida beat Temple 44 to 23. But, the Bulls lost to Memphis 17 to 24 and to Navy 17 to 29. South Florida’s defense faces one of the most electric offenses in college football in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Western Kentucky averages 520.3 yards and 44.2 points per game on offense. Everybody is talking about Memphis QB Paxton Lynch and California’s Jared Goff as being first round draft picks. They’re forgetting about 6’ 3” and 220 pound Hilltopper QB Brandon Doughty who completed 71% of his passes and threw for 4594 yards and 45 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions. Doughty should decimate South Florida’s defense with his laser passes. 

Pick: Western Kentucky