Happy new year! I am going to try to hunker down and actually make picks each day. How is that for a resolution. I am also a realist, so check in come March to see how I did.
New Year’s Day equals lots of time in front of the TV. Plus Lots of bet opportunities. Before I hand out any free bet tips, lets take a look at the games today.
Kentucky vs. Penn State – Citrus Bowl – 1pm – ABC
The Big Ten hasn’t had much of a showing so far in bowl games, but I expect that to turn around today. (Notice I am skipping Iowa, I don’t expect the losses to stop there.) Let’s not hop right into the free bet tip, leave that to marinate and take a look at these two teams.
(14) Kentucky 9-3
Riding high after the first 5 weeks of the season, the Wildcats looked like the ground game was going to take them to the top of the SEC. Beating Mississippi State by 3 touchdowns? Wow. Even I was buying my ticket for the bandwagon.
Suddenly, the Benny Snell Jr. express took a trip into College Station and things ground to a halt. After rushing for at least 99 yards in 5 of the first six games, snell was held to just 60 yards in a close game that went to overtime.
Maybe it was just a hiccup; after all, Snell had 169 yards the next week against Vanderbilt. As Lee Corso would say, not so fast. Playing at Missouri, at home against Georgia, and on the road at Tennessee, Snell was held to under 100 yards total in all three contests. The rest of the offense got exposed once other teams took the legs out of the offense. The rushing game will meet another tough opponent in the trenches in Penn State today.
(12) Penn State 9-3
Speaking of rushing games, how about the Nittany Lions? 723 yards on the ground…over 1600 for his career. Who could it be? None other than Trace McSorley, the QB for Penn State.
McSorley, the senior playcaller will be in his 4th postseason game for Penn State of his career, and hoping for a 10th win on the season. On top of all those rushing yards, he racked up over 2200 passing, with 16 touchdowns and 6 picks. The problem is the line just isn’t helping make him look good, not giving enough time to get the looks he needs, giving up 22 sacks on the season.
Penn State defensively doesn’t dominate opposing teams, but they contain well and should be enough to keep Snell from having a stellar game. If James Franklin can stay out of his own way playcalling, maybe a rout will be in order. For my free bet tip, I have to go with Penn State. I think Kentucky has trouble moving the ball once Snell stalls, and the rest of the offense has struggled to carry its weight.
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