Another great New Year’s Day Bowl game on Wednesday, January 1st 2014 with the game being played at the Raymond James Stadium (65,657) in Tampa, Florida with the Iowa HAWKEYES (8-4, 5-3 Big Ten) playing the # 21 LSU TIGERS (9-3, 5-3 SEC) with kick off at 1 pm ET and on ESPN TV.
At the sports wagering site for those that Bet on College Football the opening line at Bet Royal has the Tigers of LSU favored at -7 -115 with the total at 49 and -290 money line. The Tigers three losses where all road games as they lost to Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama and a feather in their cap is that they are the only team to beat the Auburn Tigers this year and that was with QB Mettenberger playing and he now is injured with a torn ACL in cannot play in this bowl game. A major concern for this game is can back-up QB Jennings while making his 1st start of the season will he get the job done? For his sake he has talented receivers with Landry and Beckham and RB Hill who has 14 TD’s on the year with 184 yards offense and averages 6.8 yards each carry. LSU ranks 21st averaging 27 points each game with an offense that is well balanced averaging 265.1 yards passing and 200.9 yards rushing per game.
This New Years Eve those that Bet on College football will have the pleasure December 31st 2013 to enjoy the Hyundai Sun Bowl which takes place at 2 pm ET with the Virginia Tech HOKIES (8-4, 5-3 ACC) playing the UCLA BRUINS (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) and the game will be played at the Sun Bowl Stadium (50,526) in El Paso, Texas.
At the Online Sportsbooks this game may not be at the top of your list, however in past years the Sun Bowl game has brought many fans a lot of entertainment. In this game the Hokies of Virginia Tech will face the toughest challenge they have had all season since, as the Bruins whose offense is so-so, but the defense is very strong and may be the best that the Hokies have faced this 2013 season. Tech has had problems developing deep threats but they have managed to success in the middle. Thus the Hokies QB Thomas will have to pick on UCLA’s inexperienced young secondary. The Hokies have three receivers (Knowles, Stanford and Byrn) who have developed excellent skill running pattern 10 to 15 yards down the field and in the middle, so expect to see a lot of mid-range routes run against the Bruins. The Hokies have had 26 bowl appearances of which the first was in the Sun Bowl in 1947.