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Utah Utes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Bowl Game Point Spread Pick from Jimmy Boyd: December 26th 2017

| December 26, 2017

Utah Utes vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Bowl Game Point Spread Pick: Utah -6.5 (December 26th 2017)

When it comes to getting their team to excel in a bowl game, few have had as much success as Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. In his 13 years with the Utes, Whittingham has guided them to 11 bowl games and posted a 10-1 record.

Not only do I think he adds to his win total, but I’m confident Utah wins here by at least a touchdown. While the Utes finished up at just 6-6, their season took a turn for the worse when sophomore QB Tyler Huntley suffered an injury during their 4-0 start. They lost the first two games without him and 4 of 5 when he returned. Now that he’s had multiple weeks to rest up and get ready, I’m expecting a big game here from the Utes offense.

As for the Mountaineers, it’s hard seeing them being much of a threat offensively. Star quarterback Will Grier isn’t going to play because of an injury and leading rusher Justin Crawford is sitting out to focus on the draft. It’s also worth noting that West Virginia is just 1-3 in their last 4 bowl games, including an ugly 17 point loss last year. Take Utah!

Appalachian State vs. Toledo Dollar General Bowl Point Spread Pick from Brandon Lee: December 23rd 2017

| December 23, 2017

Appalachian State vs. Toledo
Dollar General Bowl Point Spread Pick: Toledo -6.5 (December 23rd 2017)

I think that it’s worth a shot here on the Rockets laying less than a touchdown against Appalachian State in the Dollar General Bowl. I have a lot of respect for head coach Scott Satterfield and what he’s been able to do with this Mountaineers program, I just think they are going to have a hard time hanging with a really good Toledo team that cruised to their first MAC title since 2004 on their way to an 11-2 season, with one of those losses coming in a true road game at Miami (FL), where they trailed the Hurricanes by just 8-points with less than 7 minutes to play in the 4th quarter (led at the half).

The Rockets have one of the best quarterbacks in the country that no one talks about in senior Logan Woodside, who thew for 3,758 yards with 28 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions (completed 65% of his attempts). Toledo also had no problem replacing Kareem Hunt, as the trio of Terry Swanson, Shakif Seymour and Art Thompkins combined for 2,641 yards and 28 touchdowns, with all three averaging at least 5.7 yards/carry.

Appalachian State has a good defense, but I don’t think they have seen anything quite like this Toledo unit. The closest thing I believe they played to what Toledo has to offer is ULM, which finished 21st in the country at 458.6 ypg. The Warhawks put up 52 points and 569 yards in a 52-45 win over the Mountaineers. Toledo is 8th in the country at 509.9 ypg and rank inside the Top 30 in both rushing and passing.

Unlike ULM, which ranked 119th against the run and 128th against the pass, the Rockets have a legit defense (68th vs run and 48th against the pass) who has been tested against much better offenses than what they will see here.

Lastly, I don’t think we have to worry the slightest about Toledo not taking this bowl game seriously, which is the most important part of handicapping these bowl games. That’s because these same two teams played each other in bowl season last year and App St pulled out a 31-28 win. Give me the Rockets -6.5!