As the holiday week approaches, work productivity nosedives, sugar intake goes through the roof, and bowl games abound. From Friday, December 22 to the following Saturday, 27 bowl contests dot the schedule in the build-up to the CFP matchups on January 1. It would be easy to get ahead of ourselves and leave out some gems from this Saturday alone, which we’ll focus on in this article.
Two 11-win teams from the Sun Belt will put their impressive records on the line, beginning with the conference champions, Troy. In the 76 Birmingham Bowl, the Trojans are favored by seven points against the Duke Blue Devils, who will be without quarterback Riley Leonard after his transfer to Notre Dame was announced.
The conference’s darling from 2023, James Madison, is also a favorite entering their clash with Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. The Dukes snuck into a bowl despite eligibility requirements when not enough six-win teams filled the available slots.
The South Alabama Jaguars, favorites of 17.5 points, are expected to have the widest victory margin Saturday. They’ll play Eastern Michigan in the 68 Ventures Bowl, the latest in a long line of sponsors for this matchup in Mobile, AL.
Through the first bowl weekend, our record on props was a disappointing 0-2. Davis Brin, the Georgia Southern QB, tossed two touchdown passes on 42 attempts to sink our opening play on his under. Louisiana’s Jacob Kibodi didn’t suit up, which voided our bet on him, and Cal’s Jadyn Ott delivered a stinker during the Bears’ blowout loss to Texas Tech in the Independence Bowl to put a cherry on top of that day.
Now that we’ve hopefully exercised some demons by acknowledging how poor our picks were last week, the prop card for this Saturday’s handful of bowl games is lined up and ready for a rebound. All three of these can be found at DraftKings.
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