Championship Bowl - Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Thursday, January 7, 2010
TEXAS +5.5 -110 x5
It looks like Alabama will have two jinx'es going against them from the start - getting the Sports Illustrated cover and the Heisman winner this week. Mark Ingram will pick up the trophy as voters feel some obligation to the Crimson and Tide for never having a winner. Ndamukong Suh was the best player, hidden from view by the cornfields of Nebraska.
Enough soap box rhetoric and no need for mounds of information. You can get enough of that to make your head spin over the next 4 weeks.
The important stuff: Oddsmakers were forced to set Alabama as the favorite for a heavily bet game, based on last week's perception. Alabama stomps the defending champions and Texas gets the coyote ugly win over Nebraska. To guarantee balanced action, Alabama opened as a 5 point favorites and it raced to six. A true line would have Texas as the favorite, according to sports consultants. Maybe I should wait for the 6 again, but feel I don't need it. Impressive sharp action moved the line from six to four and a half on Monday. One more thing, Texas won't have to sweat the small stuff, playing in this game in Pasedena previously. Logistics and requests will be old hat for the Longhorn staff.
Armed Forces Bowl - Fort Worth
December 31, 2009
Air Force +4.5 -110 x5
Another sharp play. A rematch of two teams from last New Year's Eve, with Houston winning by 6 as a 3 point favorite. Last year's game was revenge against an earlier season loss to Air Force. This year, Air Force is seeking revenge. Houston won at #5 Oklahoma State early. Second-year coach Kevin Sumlin said "We're a talented enough team to win every game on our schedule". They ended the year with 2 road losses, 10-3. crushing their dreams for the national spotlight. A team hoping to go 13-0 is now playing in a bowl they went to last year with only 8 wins. Are they motivated to be there?