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December 29, 2010, 12:03 AM
Time to make a little money guys ! First game is East Caroline vs Maryland. Most signs point to a pretty easy time for Maryland. The Terrapins (8-4) are in an upbeat mood after bouncing back from a 2-10 record in 2009. They're going against an East Carolina (6-6) team that lost its footing late in the season, falling in four of its last five to barely achieve bowl eligibility.

Maryland also should benefit from something of a home-field advantage at RFK Stadium in Washington. And veteran Ralph Friedgen, the ACC coach of the year in his 10th season at Maryland, is going against rookie head coach Ruffin McNeil. Friedgen is 4-2 bowl games at Maryland, whereas East Carolina has lost four of its past five bowls.

Turrapins are laying -7.5 points / EC can score so I like the Over at 67.5

Illinois at Baylor

Baylor's edge: The Bears can put points on the board, scoring 32.58 points per game ??? only once did they score fewer than 24 points. Baylor is a balanced team which averages 200.5 yards rushing and 278 yards passing, leaving it ranked No. 12 in the nation. Running back Jay Finley has rushed for 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns. Baylor may have an edge in special teams with punter Derek Epperson (44.20 yard average) and kicker Aaron Jones, who has made 19 of 26 field goals and 44 of 45 PATs for 101 points.

Illinois' edge: Coach Ron Zook???s team prefers to keep the ball on the ground. Led by Mikel Leshoure (1,513 yards, 14 TDs), the nation???s No. 8 rusher, the Illini average 242.33 yards rushing per game, which ranks 13th in the NCAA. The Illini hope their dependable defense can rise to the occasion again. Illinois permitted opponents to gain 344.17 yards per game (38th in the nation) and its 24.25 points-allowed average was skewed by the 67-65 three OT loss to Michigan State.

The Quarterbacks: Both teams feature two-way threats at quarterback. Baylor's Robert Griffin III prefers to throw the ball. He completed 274 of 413 passes for 3,195 yards and 21 touchdowns, with only eight interceptions. Griffin ran for 591 yards and eight scores. Nathan Scheelhaase of Illinois threw for 1,583 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 815 yards and four touchdowns.

NFL Prospects: Baylor ??? DT Phil Taylor, OT Danny Watkins, P Derek Epperson. Illinois ??? DE Clay Nurse, P Anthony Santella, OLB Nate Bussey.

Bowl history: Illinois is returning to bowl action for the first time since it played Southern Cal in the 2008 Rose Bowl, a game it lost 49-17. The Illini are 6-8 in bowl games and have lost five of their last seven bowls. Baylor is 8-8 in bowl games, but will be making its first bowl appearance since 1994, when the Bears played Washington State in the Alamo Bowl and posted a 10-3 victory.

Point Spread: Baylor -1.5. Over/under ??? 62.5

I like Illinois on the ML here and the Over
December 29, 2010  12:22 AM ET

Arizona vs Oklahoma State

Point Spread: Oklahoma State -4.5. Over/Under 66.5

The Skinny: Oklahoma State (10-2) has a chance to reach 11 wins for the first time in school history but enters the Alamo Bowl disappointed after squandering an opportunity to play in the Big 12 Championship game by falling to rival Oklahoma in its final regular-season game.

Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who came over from Houston before the season and turned the Cowboys into the No. 1 team in the nation in total offense and the No. 3 team in scoring offense, did so well he got hired away. West Virginia named him offensive coordinator for next season, with a guarantee he'll be head coach in 2012. Holgorsen will coach the Cowboys in the bowl, though.

Arizona (7-5) will have more than a month to think about its last regular season game, a double overtime loss to rival Arizona State that included two blocked extra point attempts. That was the latest in a series of disappointments for a promising team, which lost three games by a total of six points.

Oklahoma States Edge: Offense, specifically running back Kendall Hunter. Quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon are one of the most dangerous combinations in college football but Hunter, who rushed for 1,516 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, will be going up against an Arizona defense that allowed 205 rushing yards to USC and 398 to Oregon.

The Cowboys are averaging nearly 45 points per game and balance it out with equally impressive rushing and passing numbers.

Arizona's Edge: Defensive end Ricky Elmore led the Wildcats with 11 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss this season and will be one of the keys to stopping Oklahoma State???s attack. His ability to get to Weeden in the passing game and help his fellow linemen bottle up Hunter on the ground could make the difference.

No slouch on offense itself, Arizona led the Pac10 in passing yardage this season and will be going up against a secondary that most recently yielded 47 points to Oklahoma.

The Quarterbacks: The Cowboys put 27 year old Weeden, a former minor league baseball player, under center this season and took off. His 4,037 yards and 32 touchdowns this season not only made their way up school record books but ranked third and fifth in the nation, respectively.

Arizona signal caller Nick Foles completed 67.6 percent of his passes, eighth-best in the country for 2,911 yards while tossing 19 touchdowns. He had 10 touchdowns against two interceptions in the last four games.

NFL Prospects: Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, RB Kendall Hunter, PK Dan Bailey. Arizona DE Brooks Reed, WR Juron Criner.

Bowl history: Oklahoma State is 12-8 all-time in bowls but has lost its last two, including a 21-7 setback against Mississippi in the 2009 Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys last played the Alamo Bowl in 2004, when they were crushed, 33-7, by Ohio State.

Arizona is 6-8-1 all-time and will be playing in a bowl for the third straight season after a 10-year drought. The Wildcats are coming off a 33-0 loss to Nebraska in last year???s Holiday Bowl.

Like the Cowboys here guys, ML and Spread, I think the total is a little high although both team can score a lot of points, no play there for me


December 29, 2010  12:28 AM ET

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