The New Year’s Day bowl games are less than a week away, and if you’re a football bettor looking to kill some time – and make some money – before banking on those big January 1 matchups, these entertaining bowl betssports handicapping service should keep you occupied until the confetti pops on 2018.
Here are the best remaining bowl games to bet of 2017 according to our sports handicapping service:
Foster Farms Bowl: Arizona Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers (+3)
This game is a great matchup between a dominating rushing attack and a smothering run defense. The Wildcats have a dynamic attack headlined by dual-threat QB Khalil Tate, who passed for 1,289 yards and added another 1,353 yards on the ground – totaling 12 rushing scores and nine passing touchdowns. On top of that, Arizona has a capable running back in J.J. Taylor, who ran for 827 yards and five scores, helping the Wildcats rank third in the country with 324.8 rushing yards per outing.
The Boilermakers were among the Top 30 run defenses in the land, budging for just 133.7 yards on the ground per game. Purdue was especially strong against the run to close out the season, holding foes to 2.6 yards per carry during the final three games of the schedule. On offense, the Boilermakers put up just over 24 points an outing and could be down one of their better options in the backfield in D.J. Knox, who is nursing a thumb injury. Fellow RB Markell Jones has stepped up with big efforts given the extra touches, including a 217-yard rushing day in the season finale.
Camping World Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (-4)
This is another great matchup of a stingy defense and powerful offense. The Hokies held opponents to 13.5 points per game while stuffing them for only 305 yards overall. As it pertains to slowing down the Pokes, Virginia Tech limited opposing quarterbacks to only 46.75 percent completions on the year – tops in the country – but did give up 14.7 yards per pass when opponents did complete a throw – eighth most in the FBS.
Oklahoma State is the best passing offense in the country, stacking the scoresheets with 392.3 yards through the air per game. The Cowboys surprisingly only passed the ball on 51 percent of their offensive snaps this year, but made up 15.5 yards per completed pass, which ranked eighth in the country. Not to be forgotten, OSU had a solid run game as well, averaging 186.6 yards on the ground behind running back Justice Hill, who could be the secret weapon versus the Virginia Tech stop unit.
Cotton Bowl: USC Trojans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (-7.5)
Many bettors would be weary of the Buckeyes after they were snubbed by the College Football Playoff, getting ousted by Alabama despite winning the Big Ten title. But, Ohio State knows what’s on the line with this high-profile bowl matchup with Southern Cal: recruits. Head coach Urban Meyer won’t let his players hang their heads and you should expect an inspired effort from OSU, looking to prove to the CFP selection committee that it was dead wrong.
Southern Cal was one of the hottest teams in the second half of the schedule and followed an inconsistent stretch with five straight wins, including a 31-28 victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Southern Cal averaged almost 39 points in that final five-game streak but allowed some big scores against. It will need to tighten up on defense if it wants to knock off a balanced Buckeyes squad, that sits eighth in total yards allowed and limited foes to under 20 points per game.