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Betting the Big 12: Bowl Week Edition

We’ve got SIX Big 12 BOWL Games in SIX Days! There is no better time of year!

Big 12 Football Championship - Baylor v Oklahoma
Can OU make a run at the College Football Playoff?
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It’s the best time of the year – Bowl Season is here! While some call these games no more than an exhibition, it can change the momentum for months to come for programs.

The Big 12 has Oklahoma vying in the College Football Playoff, and five other schools playing in the postseason. In fact, all six teams are underdogs, as Vegas is once again doubting our brethren.

I’ve decided its time to go for it all – as our bounty is down to $735k, and there is no better time than to push all the chips in.

The Gods have given us Six Big 12 Bowl Games in Six Days, with our first contests on Friday, and last on New Year’s Day. Enjoy Bowl WEEK, here we go!

Here is Betting the Big 12: Bowl Week Edition


FRIDAY DECEMBER 27th | #25 Oklahoma State (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-5) in Houston, TX | 5:45 P.M. on ESPN | Texas A&M -7

This line opened at 4, but has since moved to a touchdown favorite for the Aggies. Jimbo Fisher has turned things around in year #2 for A&M, but this should be a tough test against Chuba Hubbard and the Cowboys.

Oklahoma v Oklahoma State
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Okie State and the fighting Gundy mullets have taken a step back since both receiver Tylan Wallace AND quarterback Spencer Sanders got injured. Still I expect a close game, and is a solid matchup. I think the Aggies have been battle-tested throughout their SEC-slated schedule, and are ready to pounce on the Cowboys and their so-so defense.

The line is right where it should be. I’m not touching it with a 39-and-a-half foot pole (ala the Grinch), but if I were to lean one way, it would be A&M. The injuries are just too much.


SATURDAY DECEMBER 28th | #15 Notre Dame (10-2) vs. Iowa State (7-5) in Orlando, FL | 11:00 A.M. on ABC | Notre Dame -3.5

From the outside looking in, one would expect an easy victory for the Fightin’ Irish. Not so fast, says Lee Corso. In bowl games under Matt Campbell’s tenure, the final margins have combined for a total of THREE POINTS. I expect another close one, as a month to prepare for Scientist Jon Heacock will allow him to devise a defensive strategy that will be sure to stifle Brian Kelly and Notre Dame.

Add to that, the Irish fired their offensive play-caller after the regular season, giving 27-year old Tommy Rees those duties. While Quarterback Ian Book is special, I wonder how motivated Notre Dame will be playing in Orlando, (when most fans expect a College Football Playoff or January Bowl).

With that being said, the sharp’s money is on the side of the Cyclones, and so am I. I’ll take the Cyclones and 3.5 points for $135k.


SATURDAY DECEMBER 28th | #4 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. #1 LSU (13-0) in Atlanta, GA | 3:00 P.M. on ESPN | LSU -11

The first game of the College Football Playoff pits major underdog OU against undefeated and top-ranked LSU in the Georgia Dome. While LSU is absolutely on a roll, and have the prowess of Heisman-winning Quarterback (and Ames, IA born) Joe Burrow, Oklahoma still has the firepower to keep up.

I expect a LOT OF POINTS, as the over/under is 76, and would advise betting the OVER, all day, every day. Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb will get theirs, as the LSU defense is average at best. The only problem is the Sooner defense is as porous as a sponge, and will be unable to stop the Tiger passing attack.

If you wanted to parlay and make some more money, I would lean towards OU to cover and the OVER. My money is on ALL THE POINTS, as I will bet $350k on OVER 76.


TUESDAY DECEMBER 31st | #23 Navy (10-2) vs. Kansas State (8-4) in Memphis, TN | 2:45 P.M. on ESPN | Navy -2.5

Too bad so sad for all the Wildcat Fans still crying over losing out on the Camping World Bowl (and Iowa State). That’s what happens when your fans continue to sell out their allotment (as ISU has already), and K-State doesn’t bring money to the bank.

This line opened at KSU -2, but has swung all the way towards Navy -2.5. It will be a BORING contest, while the Admirals run the wishbone, and K-State’s offense is as exciting as your great-grandma’s Christmas gift of homemade knitted socks.

I expect a low-scoring affair, and lots of 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust. With that being said, Navy has hung right with the big dogs this year, and I would lean towards them winning.


TUESDAY DECEMBER 31st | #11 Utah (11-2) vs. Texas (7-5) in San Antonio, TX | 6:30 P.M. on ESPN | Utah -7

Texas v Iowa State
Can Herman keep his undefeated Bowl streak alive?
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An underwhelming season for the Longhorns thus far, but can all change in an instant with a Bowl Victory heading into 2020. Coach Tom Herman is 3-0 in bowl games, winning all three as underdogs. Here we are again, with the Pac-12 Utah Utes favored by a touchdown, yet coming off an embarrassing loss to Oregon in the Conference championship.

Utah has a stellar defense, and even better running game, but for some reason I think Texas will come to play. Throw the records and rankings away.

Sam Ehlinger and company will come to play. I’ll take Texas and the points for $250k.


WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1st | #5 Georgia (11-2) vs. #7 Baylor (11-2) in New Orleans, LA | 7:45 P.M. on ESPN | Georgia -7

Welcome to 2020! As we enjoy a prime-time contest between two Conference Runner-Ups in a fantastic New Year’s Six Bowl Game. Quarterback Charlie Brewer’s status is still up in the air, as he remains in concussion protocol. Third-string signal-caller Jacob Zeno showed potential with two long completions versus OU in the Big 12 Championship game, but with Brewer out – Baylor’s chances of winning are slim.

The Bulldogs have some of the best talent in the country, and an efficient quarterback in Jake Fromm. Baylor has been able to hold their own, especially on the front lines. But this one is just too much, especially with Brewer’s prognosis.

I think Baylor keeps it in single digits still, but gotta roll with the Dogs in this one.

2019 WRNL College Football Betting Results

Begin the Year with $1,000,000

Week 1: 2 for 3, PLUS $80k

Week 2: 1 for 3, MINUS $65k

Week 3: 2 for 3, MINUS $560k

Week 4: 0 for 2, MINUS $450k

The Milton Brothers from Monopoly lent us $500k more to play with.. Haha

Week 5: 0 for 2, Minus $220k

Week 6: 1 for 2, Minus $10k

Week 7: 1 for 2, Minus $60k

Week 8: 0 for 3, Minus $165k

Week 9: 0 for 1, MINUS $45k

My main Monopoly Man is so nice he gave us $500k more. Lets just hope he doesn’t break my other leg

Week 10: 1 for 2, PLUS $45k

Week 11: 2 FOR 2, PLUS $350k

Week 12: 1 for 2, PLUS $90k

Week 13: 2 for 2, Plus $100k

Week 14: 2 for 3, MINUS $75k

Week 15: 0 for 1, MINUS $275k

Running Total, 15 for 32 (47% Correct), $735k Balance, Started with $2M