Ness Notes (December 29,2006)
All three favorites gained and protected in Thursday’s bowl games, as favorites maintain to rule inside the 2006-07 bowl season. Last yr, underdogs dominated, but thru this year’s first 12 bowl video games, favorites have long past 9-three ATS! So far, the pointspread has not come into play, as the 3 favorites that have failed to cover (Rice, New Mexico and UCLA), have additionally lost SU.
‘Under’ bettors were given off to a fast begin by means of cashing SEVEN in their first 8 plays however the remaining four bowls have all long past ‘over,’ with the common rating of those four games totaling fifty nine.5 PPG. That’s greater than TDs in line with recreation higher than the first eight bowl games, which averaged 44.9 PPG. As I stated on Wednesday, “matters trade in no time in this businesas.”
Fittingly, The Independence Bowl, which featured two 6-6 teams (Okla St and Alabama), saw the game decided through a subject goal with 8 seconds ultimate. Seven “6-6” teams are part of this yr’s elevated bowl season and besides Alabama and Oklahoma State, New Mexico has already lost to San Jose State with Florida State beating UCLA (Wednesday) and averting the faculty’s first dropping season for the reason that Bobby Bowden’s first year in Tallahassee (1976).
Minnesota is the next 6-6 group to be in action, because the Gophers play Texas Tech in Friday night’s final sport, The Insight Bowl. It’s one of SIX bowl games on Friday, which ties January 1 (also with six video games scheduled), because the busiest day of the bowl season. Kentucky and Clemson start matters off in The Music City Bowl at 1:00 ET, accompanied by means of Missouri vs Oregon State in The Sun Bowl, Houston vs South Carolina in The Liberty Bowl, Purdue vs Maryland in The Champs Sports Bowl and eventually, Minnesota vs Texas Tech.
In Thursday’s two other games, Rutgers dealt with Kansas State 37-10 and Cal ran faraway from Texas A&M in the 2d half of, triumphing forty five-10. The Cal win turned into a miles-wished one for the Pac-10, as formerly this bowl season, Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA had misplaced through the blended scores of 123-59! Oregon State of the Pac-10, plays Missouri on Friday.
Rutgers’ win gives the a great deal-maligned Big East a 2-0 mark in bowl play up to now, as USF without difficulty took care of East Carolina final Saturday. The Mountain West Conference, a league that most felt had a “down year” this season, has been very incredible, even though all in minor bowl games. While New Mexico did lose on its domestic subject, TCU, BYU and Utah have received their bowl video games by using the blended scores of a hundred-28. The MWC has no more teams playing.
The WAC has opened 2-0 in bowl play this 12 months, with Hawaii joining San Jose State as early winners. The convention still has bowl appearances remaining, as Nevada takes on Miami-Florida on New Year’s Eve in Boise and of course, Boise State will play Oklahoma on New Year’s Day in the Fiesta Bowl.
Conference-USA has long past 0-three in bowl play up to now, as Rice, East Carolina and Tulsa have all lost. Houston represents the league Friday in opposition to South Carolina and Southern Miss plays Ohio U in The GMAC Bowl on January