Top NCAA Football Bowl Parlays: ‘Bowl Dogs’ & ‘Over-Served’
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A Utah State-Kent State matchup might not move the meter in September. But once you toss a corporate sponsor on it, put it in prime time on a Friday night of holiday season and add a little college football betting interest with wagers and confidence pools? Bring on the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl!
College bowl season has officially arrived with eight games this weekend to start the annual parade of gridiron bliss. What day of the week is it? How many slices of pie have you consumed over the past 48 hours? Irrelevant when San Diego State is driving late to cover a -3.5 spread and there are four more bowl games on deck that night.
We’ve got our eyes on all of ‘em this time of year, which of course means we’ve got a few parlays in mind for opening weekend of bowl season.
Best College Football Bowl Parlays
|Charlotte +6.5, Kent State +6.5, |
Boise State +3.5
|SMU-FAU Over, App State-UAB Over, UCF-Marshall Over||+596|
Odds are current as of publication but subject to change
The “Bowl Dogs” Parlay
Leg 1: Charlotte +6.5
The 49ers finished the year with five straight wins to get into a bowl game for the first time in program history. All five of their losses were to bowl teams, including Appalachian State and Clemson. The forecast suggests heavy wind in the Bahamas so we’re not expecting a shootout. Charlotte rushed for 240 yards or more in four of its last five games and really hit its stride over the last month.
Leg 2: Kent State +6.5
This line opened at +8 and continues to move toward the Golden Flashes ahead of the Frisco Bowl. Utah State quarterback Jordan Love passed for more than 3,000 yards, but he also threw 16 interceptions – tied for most of any quarterback in the country. Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum only threw two interceptions. Both teams will be passing a lot with the total set at 67.5, so we’re rolling with the QB who takes care of the football.
Leg 3: Boise State +3.5
Washington is without leading receiver Hunter Bryant as the tight end is skipping the Las Vegas Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft. Same goes for offensive tackle Trey Adams. The Broncos bring their full roster to Sin City and have more than enough offensive firepower to hang with the Huskies. We like them to win this one outright to cap a 13-1 season.
The “Over-served” Parlay
Leg 1: SMU-Florida Atlantic Over
The total has gone over in nine of SMU’s 12 games this season. It has surpassed 100 points in two of the past four matchups. Florida Atlantic has scored 35 points or more in all but one game this season and can hold up its end of the bargain in the Boca Raton Bowl at the Owls’ home stadium. The total of 70 won’t look so high after the first quarter.
Leg 2: Appalachian State-UAB Over
UAB’s defense has been great all season, but the Mountaineers average nearly 40 points per game. The Blazers defense also gave up 49 points to Florida Atlantic in the Conference USA title game to spoil their championship hopes. We like the New Orleans Bowl to go over 47.5 on a fast track at the Superdome.
Leg 3: UCF-Marshall Over
The total of 61.5 looks a little too low with the Golden Knights averaging 536.6 total yards per game. Five of their last six games have gone over 61.5 entering Monday night’s Gasparilla Bowl in Tampa. The Thundering Herd prefer a low-scoring game but many teams have tried and failed to dictate the pace against UCF. They’ll give in eventually and try to go shot-for-shot with the Golden Knights.