Best 5-team Early Parlay Picks for this Week’s College Bowls

Posted by Daniel Strum on December 22, 2015 in

It’s that time of the year when all bettors looking for College Football lines turn their attention to the set of games scheduled for this week and the value they offer. Having already looked at the past weekend’s opening slate of ball games and seen their results, let’s move forward taking a look at the best five-team parlay picks we’ve prepared for you this week.

Picking the Best 5-team Early Parlay Picks for this Week’s College Bowls

• Akron (+7) for ATS
• Bowling Green (-7.5) for SU, Georgia Southern + Bowling Green = OVER 65
• Western Michigan (-4.5) for SU and ATS
• Indiana (-2) for SU and ATS
• Marshall (-5) for SU, Connecticut + Marshall = UNDER 44

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Akron vs. Utah State

When: Tuesday, December 22 at 3:30 pm ET, ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Utah State (-7)

Analysis: Though the Zips come into this game on a four-game winning streak, they are going against an Aggies team that can be on song when Quarterback Chuckie Keeton is clicking with his receivers and runners. Nonetheless, the Zips have a third-ranked run defensive unit in the nation, led by MAC Defensive Player of the Year Jatavis Brown, which is likely to make it difficult for the Aggies to move the chains easily this Tuesday.

Pick: Akron (+7) covers the spread

GoDaddy Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green

When: Wednesday, December 23 at 8 pm ET, ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Bowling Green (-7.5), OVER/UNDER 65

Analysis: This one should not even be a subject for discussion. Yes, Georgia Southern has a good running game that can make this game interesting, but there’s simply no way Bowling Green senior quarterback Matt Johnson, who led all the quarterbacks in the nation with 4,700 passing yards plus 43 touchdowns against eight interceptions, will be letting this chance go without lighting it up for once again. As a side note, though, expect Georgia Southern’s Matt Breida (who ran for 1,540 yards in 12 games, ranked at 10th best among FBS players) to give a strong showing as well, helping to push this game’s total OVER.

Picks: Bowling Green for SU, Total goes OVER 65

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Western Michigan

When: Thursday, December 24 at Noon, ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Western Michigan (-4.5)

Analysis: Riding on a 6-game losing skid in bowl games, Western Michigan is hoping to end its bowl drought with a win over Middle Tennessee. That, however, isn’t as easy as it seems, as the Blue Raiders are also hell-bent on getting their first bowl win since 2009. Still, with Western Michigan boasting of a dangerous receiving corps tandem of Corey Davis and Daniel Braverman (who both collected north of 1200 receiving yards this season, the Broncos should be more than capable of handling Tennessee’s No.91-ranked pass defense for a win plus the cheap points.

Picks: Western Michigan (-4.5) wins and cover the spread

St. Petersburg Bowl: Connecticut vs. Marshall

When: Saturday, December 26 at 11 am ET, ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Marshall (-5), OVER/UNDER 44

Analysis: So, the Huskies impressively ranked 17th in FBS in scoring defense, allowing just 19.8 points per game, and scored only 13 points or less in three of their last five games, underlining the low-scoring résumé they bring with them to this game. Meanwhile, Marshall also comes with a defense-first reputation to this game, ranking at No.14 scoring defense. When you add up the value from the two teams, you get a game that has all the hallmarks of totaling not more than 3 TDs, meaning a regulated and probably boring scoring affair will be in the books here.

Picks: Marshall (-5) ekes out a close win over UConn, but both teams combine for less than 44 points to keep the game’s total UNDER (44).

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Indiana vs. Duke

When: Saturday, December 26 at 3:30 pm ET, ABC
NCAAF Odds: Indiana (-2)

Analysis: Both Duke and Indiana sort-of went cold over the second half of the season after making bright starts. It’s therefore not easy to point which team is out-rightly better. Even so, the Hoosiers managed to hang well with two of the nation’s best teams, and they’ll be welcoming star running back Jordan Howard back in the fold after he missed the regular-season finale. Indiana therefore looks most likely to claim the win and cover this Saturday.

Picks: Indiana (-2) wins and covers the spread