The 2016 college football bowl season gets underway on Saturday, December 17th with six games including the Las Vegas Bowl with Houston taking on San Diego State. The action begins early on Saturday with the Celebration Bowl as North Carolina Central takes on Grambling on ABC. That game is followed by the New Mexico Bowl on ESPN, Las Vegas Bowl on ABC, Camellia Bowl on ESPN, AutoNation Cure Bowl on CBS Sports Network and New Orleans Bowl on ESPN. Let’s look at the bowl games for Saturday and also glance at the three bowl games for early next week.
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Saturday, December 17
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina Central vs. Grambling – 12 pm Eastern. ABC
Neither of these teams is normal board teams so there will be very little action on this game. Grambling is listed as more than a two-touchdown favorite with the total near 60.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl
UTSA vs. New Mexico – 2 pm Eastern. ESPN
This should be a high scoring game between Texas-San Antonio and New Mexico with the Lobos favored. New Mexico has the edge playing at home so they should be able to win this contest. The Lobos are 7-point favorites at BetCris with the total listed at 63.5.
Las Vegas Bowl – 3:30 pm Eastern. ABC
Houston vs. San Diego State
The Cougars are 3-point favorites in this contest with the total listed at 54.5. The Cougars feature Greg Ward Jr. and a potent offense while the Aztecs feature a defense that allowed just 21 points per game.
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl – 5:30 pm Eastern. ESPN
Appalachian State vs. Toledo
The Rockets are 1-point favorites with the total at 58. The Rockets have a higher profile as this is just the second bowl game in history for Appalachian State. This should be a high scoring game with Toledo averaging about 39 points per game while the Mountaineers score nearly 30 points per game.
AutoNation Cure Bowl – 5:30 pm Eastern. CBS Sports Network
Central Florida vs. Arkansas State
Central Florida is listed as nearly a TD favorite in this contest with the total at 49. The Knights had a huge bounce back season as they finished 6-6 a year after going 0-12. Arkansas State went 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS this season.
R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – 9 pm Eastern. ESPN
Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
The Golden Eagles are 3.5-point favorites with the total listed at 58. Both teams went 6-6 this season. Southern Miss is favored in this one but it should be noted the Golden Eagles were just 3-9 ATS this season while Louisiana-Lafayette was 8-4 ATS.
Monday, December 19
Miami Beach Bowl – 2:30 pm Eastern. ESPN
Central Michigan vs. Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane are getting a lot of respect from the oddsmakers as they are listed as 12-point favorites with the total at 67.5. This may not be a walk in the park for Tulsa as Central Michigan is very motivated to get a rare bowl win. Tulsa has the superior offense as they put up over 41 points per game while Central Michigan averaged about 28 per game.
Tuesday, December 20
Boca Raton Bowl – 7 pm Eastern. ESPN
Memphis vs. Western Kentucky
This should be a shootout with Western Kentucky listed as a 5-point favorite with the total at 78. The Tigers averaged 39.5 points per game while the Hilltoppers averaged just over 45 points per game which was 2nd in the nation. It might be the first team to score 50 wins this game.
Tuesday, December 21
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl – 9 pm Eastern. ESPN
BYU vs. Wyoming
These two former rivals will battle in the Poinsettia Bowl on ESPN. The Cougars are listed as 9-point favorites with the total at 56.5. BYU will be without their starting quarterback Taysom Hill who is injured but the backup Tanner Mangum does have a lot of experience. The Cougars rely on defense to win as they allowed just 19 points per game this season. Wyoming tries to outscore opponents as they averaged 37 points per game while allowing 34.
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