Gary “The Gut” Goombah : 2018 Bowl Season

Gary “The Gut” Goombah : 2018 Bowl Season

Gary enjoyed his biggest week of the year during Championship Weekend! In fact, “The Gut” won so much cash that he isn’t here right now to give me his Bowl picks. He took a quick trip to the Maldives to celebrate, so we had to get his picks via fax. Wait, there’s fax machines on the Maldives? Sure there are, but no cell phones or computers. Doh!

Before we get to our Bowl Special Selections, let’s recap our insane winning during Championship Weekend, including two for two on “Locks of the Year”.

Week 14 NCAA Selections – (All selections are ATS. Point spreads were from Friday’s Chicago Tribune.)

Friday Night Specials (2 games) – MAC Championship & PAC 12 Championship

NIU Logo Northern Illinois Huskies (+3.5) over Buffalo Bulls – PICK: Northern Illinois ………… FINAL SCORE: NIU 30, Buffalo 29……… Northern pulled off the upset. WIN!

Washington Logo Washington Huskies (-5) over Utah Utes – PICK: Washington …………… FINAL SCORE: Washington 10, Utah 3……. Washington won by 7…… WIN!

Championship Saturday (8 games) – Big 12, Sun Belt, Conference USA, AAC, SEC, Mountain West, ACC, & B1G

Oklahoma Logo Oklahoma Sooners (-8) over Texas Longhorns – PICK: Oklahoma ………… FINAL SCORE: Oklahoma 39, Texas 27 …………… OU won the Big 12 by 12……. WIN!

Louisiana Logo2 Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns (+16.5) over Appalachian St. Mountaineers – They used to be called “Louisiana-Lafayette”. They dropped the Lafayette suffix now that they’re big time. Check that…..they’re not THAT big-time. Nonetheless, PICK: Louisiana ……….. Appalachian St. 30, Louisiana 19 ………. Louisiana covered the huge 16 and a half points……. Another WIN!

UAB Blazers Logo UAB Blazers (+1) over Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders – The Blazers phenomenal defense will earn them this victory. (See Fun Fact #3 below for more info.) PICK: UAB ………….. FINAL SCORE: UAB 27, Middle Tennessee 25 ………….. UAB pulled off the upset…….. WIN!

Memphis Logo Memphis Tigers (+3) over UCF Knights – I just don’t think UCF will be able to get over the loss of superstar QB McKenzie Milton. PICK: Memphis ……….. FINAL SCORE: UCF 56, Memphis 41 ………. We were wrong about UCF’s backup quarterback Darriel Mack. He was good. LOSS


Georgia Bulldog logoGeorgia Bulldogs (+13.5) over Alabama Crimson Tide – If this game doesn’t get your blood boiling, what will? Remember last year? Georgia beat Auburn in the SEC Championship, then won the Rose Bowl to advance to the National Championship against…….Alabama. You might recall that ‘Bama won 26-23 in OT. Frankly, Georgia outplayed the Crimson Tide for much/most of that game. They blew the game. They blew the Championship. Well, now it’s time for Saban/Smart II. Gary “The Gut” and I expect a much closer game than the “experts” do. It wouldn’t surprise us to see Georgia win this game straight up. That is possible. Beating the thirteen-and-a-half point spread is probable. PICK: Georgia ……….. FINAL SCORE: Alabama 35, Georgia 28 …………. We won this 3rd Lock of the Year but once again Georgia blew this Championship game to ‘Bama. This time they led 28-14 before blowing it in the 4th quarter. Nonetheless, yet another huge ATS WIN!

Boise St. logo Boise St. Broncos (-2.5) over Fresno St. Bulldogs – PICK: Boise St. ……… FINAL SCORE: Fresno St. 19, Boise St. 16 in OT ……….. Boise struggled. LOSS

Pittsburgh Logo Pitt Panthers (+27.5) over Clemson Tigers – PICK: Pitt ……….. FINAL SCORE: Clemson 42, Pitt 10 ………. A 32 point victory covered the spread for Clemson = LOSS


Ohio State Logo Ohio St. Buckeyes (-14) over Northwestern Wildcats – Gary and I expect a blowout by a minimum twenty points. I could see something like Ohio St. 42, Northwestern 20. Perhaps it will get even worse. PICK: Ohio St. …………. FINAL SCORE: Ohio St. 45, Northwestern 24 …………. The Buckeyes won by 21 after we predicted a 22 point win. Not bad. That’s why we call them “Locks of the Year”. Fantastic WIN!

2018 Season Totals:

  • Week 1 : 1-4
  • Week 2 : 2-3
  • Week 3 : 2-3
  • Week 4 : 1-4
  • Week 5 : 4-2
  • Week 6 : 4-1
  • Week 7 : 2-3
  • Week 8 : 4-1
  • Week 9 : 2-3
  • Week 10 : 3-2
  • Week 11 : 2-4
  • Week 12 : 2-3
  • Week 13 : 1-4
  • Championship Weekend : 7-3
  • TOTALS: 37-40 (including 3-1 on “Locks of the Year”)

2018 Bowl Selections – (All selections are ATS. Point spreads are from December 14’s Chicago Tribune.)

Saturday, December 15

AutoNation Cure Bowl : Louisiana vs Tulane (-3.5) – PICK: Louisiana

New Mexico Bowl : Utah State (-7.5) vs New Mexico St. – PICK: Utah State

Las Vegas Bowl : Arizona St. vs Fresno St. (-5) – PICK: Arizona St.

Camellia Bowl : Georgia Southern (-3) vs Eastern Michigan – PICK: Georgia Southern

New Orleans Bowl : Middle Tennessee vs Appalachian St. (-7) – PICK: Appalachian St.

Tuesday, December 18

Boca Raton Bowl : UAB (-2.5) vs Northern Illinois – PICK: UAB

Wednesday, December 19

Frisco Bowl : San Diego St. vs Ohio (-3) – PICK: San Diego St.

Thursday, December 20

Gasparilla Bowl : Marshall (-2.5) vs South Florida – PICK: South Florida

Friday, December 21

Bahamas Bowl : Florida International vs Toledo (-5.5) – PICK: Florida International

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl : Western Michigan vs BYU (-12) – PICK: BYU

Saturday, December 22

Birmingham Bowl : Memphis (-3.5) vs Wake Forest – PICK: Memphis

Armed Forces Bowl : Houston vs Army (-3) – PICK: Army

Dollar General Bowl : Buffalo (-2) vs Troy – PICK: Troy

Hawaii Bowl : Hawaii (-1) vs Louisiana Tech – PICK: Hawaii

Wednesday, December 26

First Responder Bowl : Boston College vs Boise St. (-3) – PICK: Boise St.

Quick Lane Bowl : Minnesota vs Georgia Tech (-3.5) – PICK: Minnesota

Cheez-It Bowl : California vs TCU (Pick ‘Em) – PICK: TCU

Thursday, December 27

Independence Bowl : Temple (-3.5) vs Duke – PICK: Duke

Pinstripe Bowl : Miami (-4) vs Wisconsin – PICK: Miami

Texas Bowl : Baylor vs Vanderbilt (-3.5) – PICK: Baylor

Friday, December 28 

Music City Bowl : Purdue vs Auburn (-3.5) – PICK: Purdue

Camping World Bowl : West Virginia (-1.5) vs Syracuse – PICK: Syracuse

Alamo Bowl : Iowa St. vs Washington St. (-3.5) – PICK: Washington St.

Saturday, December 29

Peach Bowl : Florida vs Michigan (-7.5) – PICK: Michigan

Belk Bowl : South Carolina (-4) vs Virginia – PICK: South Carolina

Arizona Bowl : Arkansas St. (-1.5) vs Nevada – PICK: Nevada

CFP Logo

CFB Playoff Semifinals

Notre Dame Logo Cotton Bowl : #3 Notre Dame vs #2 Clemson (-11) – The Fighting Irish don’t seem to be getting much respect in this matchup. An 11 point spread seems high. I know Clemson is awesome. I know they have a dominant defense. However, Notre Dame’s defense is no slouch. (“Don’t sell yourself short Judge……You’re a tremendous slouch!” – Ty Webb in “Caddyshack”) But seriously, Gary “The Gut” believes that the Irish will keep it closer than the experts think, using that disrespect as fuel. They might not win but they should cover those 11 points. PICK: Notre Dame 

Oklahoma Logo Orange Bowl : #4 Oklahoma vs #1 Alabama (-14) – Nobody ever gives Alabama’s opponents much of a chance. Like Notre Dame, Oklahoma should be fired up and ready to prove the doubters wrong in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. I can’t wait for this matchup! Can ‘Bama stop Kyler Murray? Can OU stop either QB Tua Tagavailoa or Jalen Hurts? All Gary cares about is, can Oklahoma keep it within two touchdowns? He’s betting big that they can. PICK: Oklahoma

Hard Rock Stadium

Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Military Bowl : Cincinnati (-5) vs Virginia Tech – PICK: Cincinnati

Sun Bowl : Stanford (-6.5) vs Pittsburgh – PICK: Stanford…..big!

RedBox Bowl : Michigan St. vs Oregon (-3) – PICK: Oregon

Liberty Bowl : Missouri (-8) vs Oklahoma St. – PICK: Oklahoma St.

Holiday Bowl : Northwestern vs Utah (-7) – PICK: Utah

Gator Bowl : N.C. State vs Texas A&M (-6) – PICK: Texas A&M

Tuesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Outback Bowl : Mississippi St. (-7) vs Iowa – PICK: Iowa

Fiesta Bowl : LSU (-7.5) vs UCF – PICK: UCF

Citrus Bowl : Kentucky vs Penn St. (-6.5) – PICK: Penn St.

Rose Bowl : Washington vs Ohio St. (-6.5) – PICK: Washington

Sugar Bowl : Texas vs Georgia (-11.5) – PICK: Georgia

Don’t bother to count how many games we just selected. There are 39 Bowls this year! That’s 39 chances to get rich quick. Then of course we’ll cap the season with the National Championship on Monday, January 7. Altogether, that will be 40 Selections added to our 37-40 season record. Can Gary go a perfect 40-0? Unlikely. Will he get over .500? Probably. Will you win some serious booty if you follow “The Gut”? Likely!

Have fun and enjoy the bowls. We’ll see you in 2019!

Gary took a quick trip to the Maldives. Good thing they have a fax machine, or else we would’ve been outta luck with our Bowl Selections.

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