Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Day 2010 Bowl Previews

Happy New Year and welcome to 2010.  While television has saddled us with only 5 games (same as last year but down from 6 the few years before that and more in the "olden days"), there are a few good ones.  The full previews newsletter subscribers got earlier this week will be posted around game time, but here is a short synopsis on each game.

The day kicks off with the Outback Bowl and Auburn favored big over Northwestern.  Even with the line growing to 8 or 9, the computer says it isn't enough picking Auburn by over 10.

Next up is LSU and Penn State in the Capital One Bowl where PSU was favored by 3 early but now it appears as a pick'em or even LSU by 1.  The computer liked LSU from the start, having the margin over 4 so I hope you got the early +3!

Florida State and West Virginia go at it in the Gator Bowl with WVU the 2 to 3 point pick and the computer agrees, the margin having been predicted to be right around 2.5 the whole bowl season.

In the grandaddy of them all, Oregon and Ohio State go head to head and Oregon is the Vegas pick by around 4 and early that was the computer's pick too, but with the Pac-10 underachieving a bit the pick is now down under 3.

And in the Sugar Bowl, Cincinnati tries to stay undefeated against a Florida team with a whole host of emotions in play and the Vegas line of 13 is way too high according to the computer, it pegging it at around 6.  But how will Cincinnati play with an acting head coach?

That's it for now.  Follow @computerratings on Twitter for more tidbits throughout the day.