We are all looking forward to the first ever college football playoff once the New Year rolls around, but there are some programs that have played what essentially amounts to a playoff style game and that offer great college football betting opportunities. There were a few teams that had to win out in the final weeks in order to become bowl eligible, with each of those games taking on a playoff feel that was sure to have fired up the fans.
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How To Bet the Panthers vs Cougars Armed Forces Bowl Odds & Game Info
Date/Time: Friday, January 2nd, 12:00 PM
Location: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Panthers
There may have been no better example of that than what went on with the Pittsburgh Panthers. They were sitting at 4-6 with two games to play on the year, both of which they had to win on order to be bowl eligible. Not only did they manage to knock off Syracuse 7-30 and the Miami Hurricanes 35-23, they did so in some style, racking up 65 points while only giving up 30 in those two games. That was a great way to rebound from a 6 losses in 7 games streak that they had to endure in the middle of the season. The Panthers defense will now get an opportunity to show just how good they have been all year, which could mean trouble for the Houston Cougars.
Why Bet on the Houston Cougars
Win or lose, Houston are guaranteed of a winning season. It was certainly something of a rollercoaster year for the Cougars, but the one consistent part of their game was the defense. The offense looked good against lesser opponents, but had a tendency of disappearing when the big games came around. The one game where they really did put it together was in the final regular season game against Cincinnati, where they battled hard, but eventually fell just short at 31-38. This is a pretty good team, and an Armed Forces Bowl win would certainly make them feel better about their season.
Panthers vs Cougars Key Betting Odds and Prediction
PITTSBURGH: -3-115, OV 53 ½ -110, ML -155
HOUSTON: +3-105, UN 53 ½ -110, ML +135
Pittsburgh make the trip to Fort Worth, Texas as 3-point favorites for this one. They were just 6-6 ATS on the season, including a 3-5 record when starting the game as a favorite. The Houston Cougars were 6-5 ATS this season, but did manage to go 2-0 ATS when carrying the underdog tag. You can bet that Pittsburgh is going to hand the rock to Paul Conner and let him hammer the ground game. The big question is whether or not Houston are going to be able to handle that power. I don’t think they can, which is why I like the Panthers to win and cover the college football betting spread.