Gary “The Gut” Goombah’s College Bowl Spectacular

Gary “The Gut” Goombah’s College Bowl Spectacular

Last we checked in with Gary, he made selections for the Army/Navy game and nine NFL games on the weekend of December 11-12. Along with help from “Bro-in-law” Jay, they were able to win buckets of cash for themselves and their loyal followers. And now it’s time for our annual Capital One Bowl Week selections which we’ll call “Gary “The Gut” Goombah’s College Bowl Spectacular!”

First, let’s recap our action from December 12:

Army Black Knights (-7.5) vs Navy Midshipmen

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Army – Lost, Navy upset 17-13.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Army – Lost.

New Orleans Saints (-5.5) at New York Jets

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: New York Jets – Lost, Saints won 30-9.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: New York Jets – Lost.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (-2.5)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Baltimore RavensWON! Browns only won by two points, 24-22.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Cleveland Browns – Lost (tough loss by the hook)

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Las Vegas Raiders – Lost, Chiefs won 48-9. Holy blowout!
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Kansas City ChiefsWON!

Dallas Cowboys (-4) at Washington

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Dallas CowboysWON! Cowboys won by seven points, 27-20.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Washington – Lost.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-8.5)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Tennessee Titans (Gary’s “Lock of the Week”) – WON! Titans won 20-0!
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Tennessee Titans WON!

San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) at Cincinnati Bengals

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Cincinnati Bengals – Lost, 49ers won by thee points in OT, 26-23. (Tough loss because of taking an underdog that advanced to overtime but then lost the points in the extra frame.)
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Cincinnati Bengals – Lost.

Co-Game of the Week: Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Buffalo Bills – Lost, Buccaneers won by six points in OT, 33-27. (Another tough loss just like the game listed above.)
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Tampa Bay BuccaneersWON!

Sunday Night Football: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-11.5)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Green Bay PackersWON! Packers won by 15 points, 45-30.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Chicago Bears – Lost.

Co-Game of the Week (Monday Night Football): Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals (-2)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Los Angeles RamsWON! Rams won by seven points, 30-23.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Los Angeles RamsWON!

Overall Standings Thru 13 Weeks:


  • NCAA: 0-1 for the week, 42-45-4 for the season (4-2 on Gary’s “Lock of the Week”)
  • NFL: 5-4 for the week, 20-18-2 for the season (3-3 on Gary’s “Lock of the Week”)
  • Overall: 5-5 for the week, 62-63-6 for the season (7-5 on Gary’s “Lock of the Week”)


  • NCAA: 0-1 for the week, 17-6-1 for the season
  • NFL: 4-5 for the week, 7-9 for the season
  • Overall: 4-6 for the week, 24-15-1 for the season

Gary “The Gut” Goombah’s College Bowl Spectacular Selections – We’re selecting the remaining 21 college bowl games. As you’ll notice below, Gary and Jay have differed on 11 of the 21 games, so take their advice if you must. We’ll be back with more advice after Bowl Season, but prior to the CFP Championship which will be played on Monday, January 10 to recap what happened and give our Selections for the College Championship Game. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 28

Birmingham Bowl – Auburn Tigers (-2.5) vs Houston Cougars

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Houston
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Houston

First Responder Bowl – Air Force Falcons vs Louisville Cardinals (-1.5)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Louisville
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Louisville

Liberty Bowl – Mississippi St. Bulldogs (-9) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Mississippi St.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Texas Tech

Guaranteed Rate Bowl – Minnesota Golden Gophers (-5) vs West Virginia Mountaineers

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Minnesota
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Minnesota

Wednesday, December 29

Pinstripe Bowl – Maryland Terrapins (-3.5) vs Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Maryland
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Virginia Tech 

Cheez-It Bowl – Clemson Tigers (-1.5) vs Iowa St. Cyclones

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Clemson
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Clemson

Alamo Bowl – Oklahoma Sooners (-7) vs Oregon Ducks

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Oklahoma
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Oregon

Thursday, December 30

Duke’s Mayo Bowl – North Carolina Tar Heels (-9) vs South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: North Carolina
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: North Carolina

Music City Bowl – Tennessee Volunteers (-5.5) vs Purdue Boilermakers

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Purdue
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Purdue

Peach Bowl – Michigan State Spartans (-2.5) vs Pitt Panthers

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Pitt
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Michigan St.

Las Vegas Bowl – Wisconsin Badgers (-6) vs Arizona St. Sun Devils

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Wisconsin
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Wisconsin

Friday, December 31

Gator Bowl – Wake Forest Demon Deacons (-14.5) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Wake Forest
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Wake Forest

Sun Bowl – Washington St. Cougars (-7.5) vs Central Michigan Chippewas

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Central Michigan (won four in a row ATS)
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Washington St.

CFP Playoffs Cotton Bowl – #1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-13.5) vs #4 Cincinnati Bearcats : We’re really looking forward to the College Football Playoffs on Friday. We have the classic David vs Goliath matchup in this game featuring the #1 Crimson Tide (Goliath) against #4 Cincinnati (David), who is the first Group-of-Five (non-Power-Five) team to qualify for the Playoffs since the four-team playoff concept was created starting in 2014. ‘Bama is favored by a heavy 13.5 points. Can Cincy beat the huge point spread, much less beat Alabama straight up in what would be the most shocking outcome since… Boise State beating Oklahoma in the famous 2006/’07 Fiesta Bowl? Since…. Miami beat heavily favored Nebraska in the “Real Men Go for Two” Orange Bowl in 1983/’84? Personally, I’m not sure but I do feel good about Gary’s selection. He prognosticates that Cincinnati can cover the 13.5 points. So spend some money this holiday season and place money on the Bearcats ATS. If you’re feeling REALLY lucky, place a money line bet on Cincinnati to win S/U. Now that would be a gutsy move that “The Gut” would certainly appreciate.

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Cincinnati
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Alabama

CFP Playoffs Orange Bowl – #2 Michigan Wolverines vs #3 Georgia Bulldogs (-7.5) : In the other semifinal, we have a projected tighter affair in the New Year’s Eve nightcap. Georgia is favored by 7.5 points over Michigan. As bad as Georgia played in their last outing, on the opposite end of the spectrum was Michigan’s performance in their victory over Iowa. That would make it seem like Michigan should be favored. However, don’t forget how dominant Georgia had been all year prior to their Alabama debacle. The ‘Dawgs defense is historically good. They only allowed 9.5 ppg in a 13 game SEC season with a non-conference game against Clemson thrown in for good measure. Just because they lost 41-24 in that SEC Title tilt does NOT mean they forgot how to defend. Gary “The Gut” expects UGA to get back on track and hold Michigan’s strong running game to a point of frustration for the Wolverines and their fans. DT Jordan Davis is so dominant. Make sure you check him out. Trust us, you won’t be able to miss him. We love Coach Jim Harbaugh and what UM has done this season. However, we just don’t think they can do enough against the brick wall Georgia defense. PICK: Georgia to cover, 24-13.

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Georgia
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Michigan

Saturday, January 1

Outback Bowl – Penn St. Nittany Lions (-1) vs Arkansas Razorbacks

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Penn State
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Arkansas

Citrus Bowl – Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats (-3)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Kentucky
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Kentucky

Fiesta Bowl – Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-2.5) vs Oklahoma St. Cowboys

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Notre Dame
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Oklahoma St.

Rose Bowl – Ohio St. Buckeyes (-4) vs Utah Utes

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Utah
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Ohio St.

Sugar Bowl – Ole Miss Rebels (-1) vs Baylor Bears

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Baylor
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: Baylor

Tuesday, January 4

Texas Bowl – LSU Tigers vs Kansas St. Wildcats (-3.5)

  • Gary “The Gut” picks: Kansas St.
  • “Bro-in-law” Jay picks: LSU

As good as we feel about these selections, make sure you do your homework before placing bets this Capital One Bowl week. Gambling has never been harder in the history of college sports, given both the COVID situation and the enormous amount of players “opting out” because they are selfishly worried about getting injured prior to their upcoming NFL Draft. Therefore, it’s extremely important to do your homework prior to placing any wagers. Hopefully, this column gives you some good ideas to take with you to the booth. If you’re looking for some interesting prop bets, think about a parlay with the CFP Semifinals. You can win bags of extra cash if you place a parlay on Cincinnati and Michigan and they somehow both take home upset victories. That’s how you can really make up for all your losses in 2021. So with that we wish you Good Luck and Happy New Year!

“Whether rich or poor, thou shalt gamble more” – Gary’s mantra

Gary’s Corvette

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