Alamo Bowl 2018

Alamo Bowl 2018 odds: Iowa State vs. Washington State betting lines, game trends The Washington State Cougars and Iowa State Cyclones clash in the Alamo Bowl on Friday night, with the Cougars set as the small betting favorites at the sportsbooks.

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The Washington State Cougars finished the regular season with a 10-2 straight up and against the spread record. The Cougars will try to finish up their strong season with a win this Friday night in the Alamo Bowl against the Iowa State Cyclones.

Washington State is a 2.5-point favorite on the Alamo Bowl odds in San Antonio at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last six bowl appearances, the Cougars are just 1-5 SU.

At 10-1 SU and ATS, the Cougars entered their last game of the regular season against the Washington Huskies with the chance to win the Pac-12 North and to keep their playoff hopes alive.

But on a rainy night in Pullman, Washington State’s high-powered passing attack couldn’t get going, and the Cougars lost their spot in the Pac-12 title game with a 28-15 loss to the Huskies. Even with that down game, Washington State ended the season with the best passing attack in the nation averaging 380 passing yards per game.

In five games against Big 12 opponents since 2004, the Cougars are 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS per the OddsShark College Football Database.

Iowa State’s 2018 campaign got off to a rocky start as the Cyclones went 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS in the month of September. After the slow start, the Cyclones found a rhythm with a 4-0 SU and ATS run that included upset wins over Oklahoma State and West Virginia before going 3-1 SU and 0-4 ATS over their last four games. The Cyclones rank 36th in the nation in scoring defense allowing 22.5 points per game this season which is an impressive feat for a team playing in the offense-driven Big 12. Iowa State is just 11-47 SU in its last 58 games as a betting underdog.

Friday night’s total is set at 56.5 points. The UNDER is 14-6 in Iowa State’s last 20 games.

This should be a very intriguing matchup between two teams that finished their seasons with wins in seven of their last eight games. After being held to 152 yards and no touchdowns in the rain against Washington, look for Gardner Minshew to bounce back with a much stronger performance at quarterback for the Cougars in this one.

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Washington State vs Iowa State

Washington State vs Iowa State ; One of the most intriguing matchups of the college football postseason will take place in the 2018 Alamo Bowl when No. 13 Washington State takes on No. 24 Iowa State on Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Both teams won seven of their final eight games of the season,

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though Washington State is coming off a crushing loss to Washington in the regular-season finale that ended its Pac-12 title hopes. The Cougars are 2.5-point favorites in the Washington State vs. Iowa State odds, while the total is set at 56. Before locking in any Washington State vs. Iowa State picks and Valero Alamo Bowl predictions of your own, you’ll want to see what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say.

The renowned co-founder of AccuScore enters bowl season on an impressive 16-9 run on his college football picks, and he’s had an especially keen eye for the tendencies of Iowa State, entering this matchup on a 4-0 run on against the spread picks involving the Cyclones. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now he’s evaluated the latest 2018 Alamo Bowl odds and crunched the numbers for every possible scenario for Washington State vs. Iowa State. His Alamo Bowl picks are in and only available at SportsLine.

Oh has taken Iowa State’s strong run to finish the season into account. After opening the year at just 1-3, the Cyclones looked to be in danger of missing the postseason altogether, especially with teams like Oklahoma State and West Virginia coming up on their schedule. But the Cyclones rallied, knocking off Oklahoma State as 10-point underdogs and then taking down a top-10 West Virginia squad.

There were improvements across the board, but the Cyclones made huge strides on offense. Running back David Montgomery finished the year with over 1,000 yards, while quarterback Brock Purdy brought stability to that position. After scoring a combined 17 points against Iowa and TCU during the 1-3 start, the Cyclones scored at least 27 in all seven of their victories down the stretch.

Just because Iowa State is coming in hot doesn’t mean it will cover the 2018 Alamo Bowl spread.

With quarterback Gardner Minshew (433 of 613, 4,477 yards, 36 TDs) leading an elite passing attack, Washington State was tops in the Pac-12 in total offense (461.8 yards per game) and scoring offense (38.3 points per game) during the 2018 season. And when all was clicking, the Cougars put up some eye-popping numbers, like when they scored 69 points against Arizona, 56 against Oregon State and 41 against a tough Stanford defense.

Oddsmakers regularly underestimated Washington State through the year, as the team went 9-2 against the spread. A letdown in the Apple Cup against Washington was the only thing that kept WSU from playing for a Pac-12 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

We can tell you Oh is leaning to the Under, but his stronger pick is against the spread. He’s identified a crucial x-factor that makes one side hit hard, and he’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

So, who wins Washington State vs. Iowa State? And what crucial x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Stephen Oh’s 2018 Alamo Bowl picks, all from the expert on a 4-0 run on against the spread picks involving the Cyclones, and find out.

Camping World Bowl 2018

Camping World Bowl 2018 ; Keep one eye on the field and another on the scoreboard on Friday as two explosive offenses run wild at the 2018 Camping World Bowl. The West Virginia Mountaineers, who averaged 49 points per game over their past five contests, take on the 9-3 Syracuse Orange at 5:15 p.m. ET from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. For the season, Syracuse is averaging 41 points per contest.

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Syracuse is a two-point favorite and the Over-Under is 66.5 in the latest West Virginia vs. Syracuse odds. Both numbers have seen significant movement since WVU quarterback Will Grier announced his decision to skip this game to focus on his NFL future. Before you make any West Virginia vs. Syracuse picks, check out the 2018 Camping World Bowl predictions from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past three years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,210 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated point-spread picks.

The model made some huge calls on Championship Week, including nailing Ohio State (-16.5) against Northwestern and Oklahoma (-9.5) against Texas. And when it comes to all top-rated picks, the model has been red-hot, entering the 2018 college football season on a blistering 45-25 run. The same model has also hit almost 70 percent of its bowl picks straight up over the past three years. Anybody who has been following it is way, way up.

Now the model has evaluated the latest 2018 Camping World Bowl odds and revealed picks. We can tell you the model is leaning to the under, and it has a strong pick against the spread as well, saying one side hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get that Camping World Bowl 2018 pick over at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that West Virginia’s explosive offense will be without a key cog in Grier. In his stead will be Jack Allison, who has attempted 10 passes in his collegiate career. But he has elite wideouts to target in David Sills and Garry Jennings to help him move the ball down the field. Sills, a likely NFL Draft pick, will play in the Camping World Bowl 2018. He has scored at least one touchdown in every game but two this season, and 15 of his 35 career scores have come this season.

With Grier a no-show, West Virginia will likely rely on a steady ground attack to keep the ball away from the Orange. A trio of running backs are available to keep the pressure off Allison. Martell Pettaway has racked up 562 rushing yards while gaining 6.0 yards a pop, Kennedy McKoy leads the squad with 729 yards and another 221 receiving, and Leddie Brown has chipped in 433 more.

But just because the Orange will face a high-octane offense doesn’t mean they can’t cover the Camping World Bowl spread.

The center of Syracuse’s offense is quarterback Eric Dungey. One of the all-time best quarterbacks to suit up for the Orange, he has more than 9,000 passing yards for his career. In addition to his 17 touchdown passes this season, he’s rushed for an incredible 15 more. He’s also the team’s second-leading rusher with 732 yards to add to his 2,565 passing yards. Deceptively quick at 6-4, Dungey isn’t afraid to lower the boom on would-be tacklers to gain that extra yard.

Syracuse has one of the most balanced offenses in the nation. Running back Moe Neal is tops in rushing yards with 827. He has five scores while netting 5.6 yards per carry. Deep-threat weapon Jamal Custis is the team’s top receiver with 826 yards and is averaging an eye-popping 18 yards per grab.

Syracuse vs West Virginia

Syracuse vs West Virginia : Bowl season is finally reaching the point where more ranked teams take the field, and Friday’s three-game slate could feature a major wager as well. Covers checks in on the action and line movement for all three contests, with insights from Scott Shelton, sportsbook supervisor at The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip.

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West Virginia had a shot at the Big 12 Conference title in mid-November, but lost its last two games in shootout fashion. The Mountaineers (8-3 SU, 6-3-2 ATS) fell at Oklahoma State 45-41 as 6-point favorites, then pushed as 3-point underdogs in a 59-56 home loss to Oklahoma.

So West Virginia ended up in the Camping World Bowl, which apparently wasn’t attractive enough for star quarterback Will Grier. On Dec. 8, the senior announced he would not play as he focuses on the NFL Draft. MGM books moved the line from Mountaineers -7 to -5 on rumors that Grier wouldn’t play, then dropped to West Virginia -2 after the QB confirmed he would sit out.

Meanwhile, Syracuse put some lean years behind it this season, going 9-3 SU and 8-3-1 ATS after four years in which it won a total of 15 games – a three-win season and three four-win campaigns. The Orange capped the regular season with a road upset of Boston College, 42-21 as 6-point pups.

The line jumped the fence to Syracuse -1 on Dec. 22 and continued to head the Orange’s direction for this 5:15 p.m. ET kickoff in Orlando.

“There’s been a million different lines, and it’s slowly creeping up on Syracuse,” Shelton said, adding that big cash could be looming on the Orange, as one large MGM player was approved for a $250,000 bet, but has yet to make the play. “We’re gonna need West Virginia, especially if that bet comes in. Even without it, pointspread ticket count is 3/1 on Syracuse, and pointspread money is way more than that.

“We really haven’t seen anything on West Virginia of late. It’s been all Syracuse.”

Purdue pulled off one of college football’s most impressive upsets this season, drubbing Ohio State 49-20 as a 12-point ‘dog back in October to cap a four-game SU and five-game ATS winning streak. However, the Boilermakers (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) went 2-3 SU and ATS in their last five games, barely gaining bowl eligibility with a 28-21 win as 3-point favorites at Indiana in the regular-season finale.

Auburn reached the Southeastern Conference title game last season, but got nowhere near that level this year. After winning four of their first five games, the Tigers (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) went 3-4 SU the rest of the way, including a 52-21 thumping at the hands of archrival Alabama as massive 25.5-point road underdogs.

“The money is really close on this game,” Shelton said of pointspread action at The Mirage and other MGM books. “A few more dollars on Purdue and literally one more ticket on Purdue. It’s as dead even a two-way game as you’re gonna get. Really balanced action, and we don’t have a real need yet. I did see a little sharp play on Purdue moneyline.”

Kickoff for this contest in Nashville is at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Washington State was in great position to win the Pac-12 Conference title and a Rose Bowl bid, but its archrival came to town in late November and spoiled the party. The Cougars (10-2 SU and ATS), who had the nation’s best regular-season pointspread mark, tumbled to Washington 28-15 laying 2.5 points at home, thereby missing the Pac-12 championship game.

Iowa State put together its second consecutive successful campaign, following up on its 8-5 SU mark in 2017-18, when the program led the country with an 11-1-1 ATS record. This season, the Cyclones already have eight wins (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS), but got a huge scare in what should have been a gimme finale, edging Drake 27-24 as monster 41-point home faves.

“That one’s not too big yet,” Shelton said of the decision on this 9 p.m. ET meeting in San Antonio. “We’re a small loser on Iowa State, especially if the Cyclones win outright. There’s some Iowa State moneyline play. Pointspread ticket count is 2/1 on Washington State, but the pointspread money is a little more on the ‘dog.”

Music City Bowl 2018

Music City Bowl 2018 ; The first of four clashes between Big Ten and SEC teams takes place at the Music City Bowl.

The Purdue Boilermakers captured our attention by blowing out Ohio State and subsequently knocking the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff, but they needed a win over Indiana in the final week of the regular season to become bowl eligible.

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Auburn experienced an up-and-down season in the SEC, as its longest winning streak was two games. Gus Malzahn’s team enters Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, off a blowout loss to Alabama.

The first of three bowl games Friday should be an even affair, with dynamic playmakers on both sides of the ball, including a quarterback with plenty to prove as he eyes the NFL and a freshman who took the college football world by storm.

The most important piece of news that appeared during the buildup to the Music City Bowl was Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham declaring for the NFL draft.

Unlike other top players, Stidham decided to play one final collegiate game, as he claims he has unfinished business, per Tom Green of AL.com.

“It’s like unfinished business,” Stidham said. “I just felt like, for me personally, I wanted to finish this season with the guys and try and finish this thing off the right way.”

“I’m a proud alumnus of Auburn University now, and so I wanted to leave Auburn in a good place, so to speak, especially for next year, and like I said, those guys that are coming back next year, give them a little bit more momentum for next year,” Stidham said.

The Music City Bowl also presents Stidham with an opportunity to impress scouts following a disappointing statistical year.

Stidham only threw for 2,421 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he failed to hit the 200-yard mark in each of his last three games.

However, Stidham appears to be in a decent situation entering the draft, as the quarterback class isn’t as deep as a year ago and Oregon’s Justin Herbert, who was seen as the top prospect at the position, is returning to school for another season.

If he puts together one of his best performances of the season, Stidham could become the second Auburn quarterback to win the Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player after Jason Campbell won it in 2003 in a win over Wisconsin.

While Stidham deserves the headlines, the Tigers need a successful balanced attack on offense to dispense of the Boilermakers.

Running backs Kam Martin and JaTarvious Whitlow will try to take advantage of a Purdue rushing defense that ranks 64th in the FBS and concedes 164.6 rushing yards per game.

Although Auburn boasts a strong collection of playmakers, Purdue possesses the most dynamic player on the field in freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore.

Moore racked up 1,154 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while putting together seven 100-yard performances.

The young wideout and quarterback David Blough should find some success through the air against an Auburn passing defense that sits 55th in the FBS.

In their November defeats to Alabama and Georgia, the Tigers gave up over 500 total yards to each team and they were torched by the Crimson Tide for 377 yards through the air.

Purdue isn’t close to comparing to two of the top teams in the nation, but it could achieve similar success as the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs through the air with Moore carving through the Auburn secondary.

In the event that Purdue’s passing offense can’t get into a rhythm, senior running back D.J. Knox will challenge Auburn’s 37th-best rushing defense.

Knox didn’t blow anyone away with his stats in November, but if he’s able to get positive yardage on most of his runs, he’ll make third-down conversions much easier for Blough.

The Music City Bowl will be closer than some think because both defenses are susceptible to conceding points.

Stidham does his best to leave the Auburn program with a win, but Purdue will have something to say about that.

Moore turns in one of his best performances of the season, and as he sets the tone for his sophomore season, he leads the Boilermakers to their second consecutive bowl win under head coach Jeff Brohm.

Auburn vs Purdue

Auburn vs Purdue ; The first of four clashes between Big Ten and SEC teams takes place at the Music City Bowl. . The Purdue Boilermakers captured our attention by blowing out Ohio State and subsequently knocking the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff, but they needed a win over Indiana in the final week of the regular season to become bowl eligible.

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Auburn experienced an up-and-down season in the SEC, as its longest winning streak was two games. Gus Malzahn’s team enters Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, off a blowout loss to Alabama.

The first of three bowl games Friday should be an even affair, with dynamic playmakers on both sides of the ball, including a quarterback with plenty to prove as he eyes the NFL and a freshman who took the college football world by storm.

The most important piece of news that appeared during the buildup to the Music City Bowl was Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham declaring for the NFL draft.

Unlike other top players, Stidham decided to play one final collegiate game, as he claims he has unfinished business, per Tom Green of AL.com.

“It’s like unfinished business,” Stidham said. “I just felt like, for me personally, I wanted to finish this season with the guys and try and finish this thing off the right way.”

“I’m a proud alumnus of Auburn University now, and so I wanted to leave Auburn in a good place, so to speak, especially for next year, and like I said, those guys that are coming back next year, give them a little bit more momentum for next year,” Stidham said.

The Music City Bowl also presents Stidham with an opportunity to impress scouts following a disappointing statistical year.

Stidham only threw for 2,421 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he failed to hit the 200-yard mark in each of his last three games.

However, Stidham appears to be in a decent situation entering the draft, as the quarterback class isn’t as deep as a year ago and Oregon’s Justin Herbert, who was seen as the top prospect at the position, is returning to school for another season.

If he puts together one of his best performances of the season, Stidham could become the second Auburn quarterback to win the Music City Bowl Most Valuable Player after Jason Campbell won it in 2003 in a win over Wisconsin.

While Stidham deserves the headlines, the Tigers need a successful balanced attack on offense to dispense of the Boilermakers.

Running backs Kam Martin and JaTarvious Whitlow will try to take advantage of a Purdue rushing defense that ranks 64th in the FBS and concedes 164.6 rushing yards per game.

Although Auburn boasts a strong collection of playmakers, Purdue possesses the most dynamic player on the field in freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore.

Moore racked up 1,154 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while putting together seven 100-yard performances.

The young wideout and quarterback David Blough should find some success through the air against an Auburn passing defense that sits 55th in the FBS.

In their November defeats to Alabama and Georgia, the Tigers gave up over 500 total yards to each team and they were torched by the Crimson Tide for 377 yards through the air.

Purdue isn’t close to comparing to two of the top teams in the nation, but it could achieve similar success as the Crimson Tide and the Bulldogs through the air with Moore carving through the Auburn secondary.

In the event that Purdue’s passing offense can’t get into a rhythm, senior running back D.J. Knox will challenge Auburn’s 37th-best rushing defense.

Knox didn’t blow anyone away with his stats in November, but if he’s able to get positive yardage on most of his runs, he’ll make third-down conversions much easier for Blough.

The Music City Bowl will be closer than some think because both defenses are susceptible to conceding points.

Stidham does his best to leave the Auburn program with a win, but Purdue will have something to say about that.

Moore turns in one of his best performances of the season, and as he sets the tone for his sophomore season, he leads the Boilermakers to their second consecutive bowl win under head coach Jeff Brohm.

Southampton vs West Ham United

Southampton vs West Ham United preview: Marko Arnautovic could return for visitors.Watch live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.30pm on Thursday.Marko Arnautovic is in the running to return to action for West Ham’s trip to Southampton on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.30pm.

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The Austria international has missed the last three matches after sustaining the injury in the first half of the Hammers’ 3-1 victory against Cardiff on December 4, but is almost ready to step up his comeback.

He will be needed for West Ham, who slipped to a surprise defeat at home to Watford on Saturday, having picked up four successive wins previously.

“In this moment, we have eight players injured,” Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini said. “We know that December and January are key months for results at the end of the season.

“I hope we can recover some players, especially Marko Arnautovic. Maybe he’ll be ready next week, but one of the merits of this team is to win games with a lot of players out of the squad.”

Southampton will be looking for a third win in a row, after picked up back-to-back wins with a 3-1 success at Huddersfield on Saturday, this first time they have won twice in succession since April.

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Southampton will be without midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season late on in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield and must serve a one-match suspension.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is unlikely to make many other changes after seeing his side win two matches in a row. Teenage striker Michael Obafemi will hope for more game time after becoming Southampton’s youngest ever Premier League scorer on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cedric Soares remains a slight doubt with a calf strain, while Ryan Bertrand is unlikely to return following a back injury.

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Highlights from Southampton’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League.

Fabian Balbuena and Javier Hernandez have joined West Ham’s injury list ahead of the trip to face Saints.

Defender Balbuena suffered a knee injury against Watford on Saturday and striker Hernandez came off with back and hamstring problems.

As well as Arnautovic’s fitness, Lucas Perez (foot) will be assessed after he picked up a foot inury that has kept him out since the win over Cardiff.

Jack Wilshere, Ryan Fredericks (both ankle), Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles), Carlos Sanchez (knee), Winston Reid (knee) and Manuel Lanzini (ACL) remain long-term absentees.

Oops! Remember you need to log in using your Sky iD to watch Premier League video.Highlights from Watford’s 2-0 win at West Ham in the Premier League.
  • Southampton have only lost one of their previous nine home league games against West Ham (W4 D4), with that lone defeat coming in February 2017 (1-3).
  • West Ham are looking to win back-to-back games against Southampton in the Premier League for the first time since October 2001 (a run of four wins).
  • After winning their first ever away game at Southampton in the Premier League (2-0 in November 1993), West Ham have won just two of 15 such games since (D6 L7).
  • This match between Southampton and West Ham United will be the ninth Premier League match played on a Thursday since the start of 2016/17 – none of the previous eight have been won by the side playing at home (W0 D4 L4).
  • Charlie Austin has never scored a Premier League goal on a Thursday (two games) but has scored on every other day of the week during his Premier League career. Should he score in his match, he’d be the 26th different player to score on every day of the week in the Premier League.
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Merson’s prediction

This should be a good game. West Ham were flying along before losing to Watford, while Southampton are showing you when you run around and work hard, like Man Utd did, they all have the talent and it is amazing what happens.

They now have a bit of confidence and are all working hard but, despite losing on Saturday, West Ham are also a decent team, so I am going to go for 2-2 here.

Texas Bowl 2018

Texas Bowl 2018: Baylor vs. Vanderbilt TV Schedule, Time and Odds.The Baylor Bears and Vanderbilt Commodores can each earn their first winning season under their respective head coaches with victory in the Texas Bowl. 

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In order to reach Thursday’s contest at NRG Stadium in Houston, both teams had to win their final regular-season games to become bowl-eligible.

Baylor used an 11-point victory over Texas Tech to salvage a campaign in which it lost four of its last six contests.

Vanderbilt closed with victories in three of its last four games, including a 38-13 demolition of Tennessee to reach six wins.

Texas Bowl Information

Date: Thursday, December 27

Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

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Odds (via OddsShark): Vanderbilt -4; Over/Under: 55.5

Preview

Unlike past bowl games with a pair of .500 programs, the Texas Bowl should be an intriguing watch because of where both Baylor and Vanderbilt have been in recent years.

Baylor went 1-11 in Matt Rhule’s first season in charge and deserves credit for bouncing back in his second year.

The Bears are hoping to secure their third postseason win in four years after winning the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl and 2016 Cactus Bowl.

Vanderbilt is traditionally one of the punching bags at the foot of the SEC, but the Commodores’ effort in November was commendable, as they earned the second bowl berth in Derek Mason’s five-year tenure.

Mason’s team carries more momentum into Houston, as it rebounded from a brutal October stretch to beat Arkansas, Ole Miss and Tennessee to reach the six-win mark.

Quarterback Kyle Shurmur and running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn rose to the occasion in November by producing a collection of impressive performances.

Shurmur threw 11 of his 23 touchdowns in the final four games, and he dazzled against the Volunteers with a season high of 367 passing yards.

Vaughn eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground by the slimmest of margins, when he totaled 1,001 yards in the regular season.

Against Arkansas, Missouri and Ole Miss, he scampered for 481 yards and five touchdowns.

Baylor’s offensive playmakers weren’t as consistent as Vanderbilt’s top players, but they still got the job done against Texas Tech.

Quarterback Charlie Brewer is coming off one of his most successful games of the season after he threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns in the 35-24 victory over the Red Raiders.

However, Brewer and the Baylor offense might not have enough firepower available to challenge the Commodores.

Leading receiver Jalen Hurd is out of the Texas Bowl following a knee procedure and running back JaMycal Hasty is dealing with a knee injury, per Selby Lopez of the Dallas Morning News.

The production of running back John Lovett and wide receivers Chris Platt and Denzel Mims in place of the injured stars will determine how much the Bears are capable of.

In the win over Texas Tech, Lovett ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, while Platt and Mims combined to catch 11 passes for 179 yards and a pair of scores.

Both teams are capable of putting up points, but they haven’t done so on a consistent basis in 2018, as Baylor ranks 46th in the FBS in total offense and Vanderbilt sits 77th.

Prediction

Baylor 21, Vanderbilt 17

The Texas Bowl isn’t the most intriguing bowl game on paper, but it will turn into one of the more competitive contests you’ll watch in December.

Given the inconsistencies of both offenses, the under is a safe bet but picking the outright winner will be more difficult.

Although Vanderbilt possesses more healthy playmakers, Baylor finds a way to rally around Rhule and win inside its home state.

Baylor vs Vanderbilt

Baylor vs Vanderbilt odds, line: 2018 Texas Bowl picks, predictions from expert who’s 9-2.Josh Nagel has his finger on the pulse of both Vanderbilt and Baylor football.

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The rebuilding Baylor Bears meet the resilient Vanderbilt Commodores in the 2018 Texas Bowl on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET from NRG Stadium in Houston. Just one year removed from a one-win season after taking over a turmoil-ridden program, coach Matt Rhule’s restoration project at Baylor (6-6) is likely ahead of schedule, and its promising season can end on a high note with a bowl victory.

Vanderbilt navigated a brutal schedule and managed to reach bowl eligibility by winning its last two SEC games against Ole Miss and Tennessee. The Commodores (6-6) are four-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 55.5 in the latest Baylor vs. Vanderbilt odds. Before you make any Baylor vs. Vanderbilt picks of your own, check out the 2018 Texas Bowl predictions from SportsLine’s Josh Nagel.

A Nevada-based expert with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics. He has had another strong year, hitting 61 percent of his spread selections for SportsLine members. He headed into bowl season on a strong 20-6 run on against the spread picks. What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the tendencies of these programs and boasts a stellar record of 9-2 on picks involving Baylor or Vandy. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

In Week 11, Nagel advised SportsLine members that TCU (+1) would have an edge because of its defense when it visited Baylor in a battle of clubs fighting to become bowl-eligible. The Horned Frogs forced three turnovers in their 16-9 victory, and anyone who followed Nagel’s advice booked another winner.

Now, he has analyzed the latest 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl odds and released a confident point-spread selection that is only available at SportsLine.

Nagel knows the Commodores defeated solid bowl-bound opponents in Nevada and Middle Tennessee State before hitting the thick of a conference slate that included clashes with Florida, Georgia and Kentucky. But perhaps their most memorable performance came in a 22-17 loss at College Football Playoff-bound Notre Dame as a two-touchdown underdog. Vanderbilt rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and held the Irish to six points while two potential game-winning drives in the fourth quarter came up short.

Senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur has had a strong season leading an experienced offense. He has thrown for 2,844 yards with 23 touchdowns against six interceptions while completing 64 percent of his attempts.

The Commodores will need to be in top form in the Texas Bowl 2018 to cover against an upstart Baylor club that has proven to be dangerous as an underdog.

Although the Bears still lack depth as they look to restore stability to the program, their playmakers consistently produced on the offensive end. They pulled home upsets of high-powered Big 12 foes Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, the latter earning them a bowl bid. They also fell just short of an upset at Texas as a two-touchdown underdog.

Baylor racked up 478 yards of total offense in its 35-24 win over the Red Raiders in the regular-season finale. Sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 308 yards with three touchdowns. John Lovett rushed for 125 yards on 28 carries with a score.

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Pinstripe Bowl 2018

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A season ago, Miami and Wisconsin met for a much match up in the Orange Bowl, but this year they will meet on a much smaller stage in the Pinstripe Bowl. The two teams took similar paths to this point. With high expectations and a top ten ranking to start the season, both the Hurricanes and Badgers struggled and ultimately finished with a disappointing 7-5 mark.

While neither team or fan base planned to be in this position, there is still a lot of value in trying to build momentum toward a more positive 2019. If that isn’t good enough for you, there are still bets to be made and won no matter the stage you are on.

The spread for the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl opened with the Badgers as a slight underdog at +3.5. Since then there has not been much sway either way, but oddsmakers did move Wisconsin down to +3 after getting a pretty strong backing from both public and sharp bettors. The Badgers are one of the more trendy underdogs of bowl season getting 74 percent of the bets and 85 percent of the total money wagered—meaning both Pro and Joe is riding with the underdog in this one. The under 48 has also been a popular pick from both sides as 96 percent of the money has been put on that side. To help you decide where you want to play, here are some notable trends for the Pinstripe Bowl:

The one notable trend that really sticks out to me here is how the two teams have fared in previous bowl game contests. Bowl games are very tough to play in as they pit unfamiliar teams and unfamiliar location in most cases. Some teams show up in these spots, while others appear to have no interest in it at all. The trends for these both teams are very noticeable, as the Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last four while the Hurricanes are just 1-3. It’s clear that the Badgers tend to show up for these games, while the Hurricanes have struggled to produce of late. With the game being in a cold weather city, that only adds to the advantage of bettors taking Wisconsin.

The Pick: Wisconsin (+3)

As a self proclaimed sharp bettor (61 percent on CFB this season, no big deal) I do not really see a particular advantage to playing either side. Each team has their flaws, but that’s what most 7-5 teams have. The big thing for me is how the Wisconsin offense will fair against the Hurricane defense. While Miami as a whole may have struggled, it was not because of their defensive play as the Hurricanes own the No. 2 defense in the country, statistically (total defense). They have played extremely well on that side of the football, and with Jack Coan starting for the Badgers, you have to think that plays an advantage to the Hurricanes.

The struggle for Miami has been on offense. The Hurricanes have had multiple quarterback changes, and neither option has provided any real progress. They have turned the ball over at a very high rate all season, and with Malik Rosier starting at quarterback, I have a hard time finding confidence in Miami either. With Wisconsin being the underdog, and having the best overall player in Jonathan Taylor—coupled with a few All-Americans on the offensive line—they are the more sensible bet in this game.

Over/Under?

My favorite play for the Pinstripe Bowl is the one that nearly everyone has made, and that is the under. When you look at the teams struggles and quarterback concerns, it is the only real play you can make and have confidence in. If you couple that with Miami’s dominating defense and Wisconsin’s style of play, you should be able to hit the under 48 mark in most cases. This game looks like it is going to be a grind it out, smash mouth football game that will stay close until the very end. If both quarterbacks can limit their mistakes and keep the turnovers low, this clock should bleed and you should have a very good shot at the under hitting. With 96 percent of the bets on it already, Vegas is begging for some sort of scoring, but I do not think they will get that in this one.