AdvoCare V100 Bowl Picks: Arizona vs. Boston College

Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:30 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 4:30 PM UTC

East meets West in the middle of the Lower 48 for this year's AdvoCare V100 Bowl that pits the Boston College Eagles against the Arizona Wildcats, the first time these two teams have met. ESPN will carry the broadcast beginning at 12:30 PM (ET) on New Year's Eve afternoon.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p>I honestly didn't know what AdvoCare was until seeing that outfit had naming rights to the old Independence Bowl. Must be some good money in energy drinks and weight-loss products is all I can say.</p> <p>We are starting to see a little movement to <a target="_blank" title="Free college football picks from every bowl game" href="/betting-odds/college-football/">the college football odds</a> for this game after the Wildcats started at -7. That spread is now up to 7.5 <a target="_blank" title="Read SBR's sportsbook reviews before placing your bets" href="">at many sports books</a>, and 57.5 is the earliest scoreboard hurdle we have seen set at this point.</p> <p><st1:place><st1:state><b>Arizona</b></st1:state></st1:place><b> Stumbles Into The Bowl Season</b></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em" src="/picks-pictures/willldcats.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />Rich Rodriguez's second season in <st1:city>Tucson</st1:city> soured at the end with three losses in the final four games, but the Wildcats are going to their second straight bowl under the former <st1:state>West Virginia</st1:state> and <st1:place>Michigan</st1:place> head coach. <st1:state>Arizona</st1:state> (7-5 straight up, 5-6-1 against the spread) did <a target="_blank" title="Check out the coverage for this huge upset" href="/college-football/free-picks/oregon-vs-arizona-ncaaf-week-13-a-35116/">pull off a big upset vs. <st1:state>Oregon</st1:state></a>, but followed that up with a humiliating defeat to <st1:place><st1:placename>Arizona</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>State</st1:placetype></st1:place>, the Sun Devils' second straight in that series.</p> <p>The thorough demolishing of the Ducks before Thanksgiving came as 19.5 point underdogs as Ka'Deem Carey and the 'Cats ground game had control from the outset. <st1:placename>Arizona</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>State</st1:placetype>, however, turned the tables on a mistake-prone <st1:state>Arizona</st1:state> team that was getting 10 on the road, and the Wildcats couldn't have covered with three times that many points.</p> <p><st1:state>Arizona</st1:state> lost its two previous bowl appearances in convincing fashion to <st1:placename>Oklahoma</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>State</st1:placetype> and <st1:state>Nebraska</st1:state> before getting an Invite to <st1:place>Albuquerque</st1:place> last December. If this game is anything like the Wildcats' thriller in last year's New Mexico Bowl, we're in for a treat. Favored by nine and trailing by 17 entering the final quarter, <st1:state>Arizona</st1:state> rallied with a pair of touchdowns in the final minute to beat <st1:state>Nevada</st1:state>, 49-48.</p> <p><b>BC Makes Quick Turnaround From 10-Loss Season</b></p> <p>A year ago, <st1:place><st1:placename>Boston</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>College</st1:placetype></st1:place> was lamenting a 10-loss campaign that resulted in Frank Spaziani getting his walking papers. Enter Steve Addazio, the former <st1:city>Temple</st1:city> head coach and <st1:state>Florida</st1:state> assistant, and the Eagles are back in the postseason.</p> <p>Boston College (7-5 SU &amp; ATS) dropped its season finale at Syracuse, 34-31, snapping a 4-game win streak in the process to end tied with the Orange for third place in the ACC's Atlantic Division. The <a target="_blank" title="Discuss with other bettors the hot and cold teams for all the bowl games" href="">Eagles will be looking for their first bowl victory</a> since topping <st1:place><st1:placename>Michigan</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>State</st1:placetype></st1:place> in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, enduring three postseason losses since then but standing 8-4 in the last 12 bowl appearances.</p> <p>Addazio and the Eagles have some question marks on the offensive line where center Paul Gaughan and tackle Win Homer are dealing with a knee injury and concussion, respectively. Plus backup tight end Brian Miller is questionable with knee trouble.</p> <p>But the good news is tailback Andre Williams should be available. The Heisman Trophy finalist suffered a shoulder injury late in the loss to <st1:city>Syracuse</st1:city>, but is currently listed as probable against <st1:place>Arizona</st1:place>. Williams led the nation this season with 2,102 yards rushing, the first back to top the 2K mark since UConn's Donald Brown in 2008.</p> <p style="text-align:center" class="preview-title"><em><a target="_blank" title="Read our Bowl game predictions" id="articleTitle" href="/college-football/free-picks/college-football-bowl-picks-predictions-a-35673/">College Football Bowl Picks &amp; Predictions</a></em></p> <p>You can find all sorts of weather conditions in <st1:city>Shreveport</st1:city> this time of year, from sunny and the 70s to snow or ice and the 20s. Fans heading to Independence Stadium should prepare for both extremes, perhaps with 24 hours of each other, and college football bettors should check the forecast before making their wagers.</p> <p>I'm curious if Rodriguez might turn quarterback BJ Denker loose early to test what was a porous Eagles pass defense. The Wildcat senior is coming off a bad game against ASU, but some early success would open up the ground game a bit.</p> <p>More than likely, this matchup will be decided by which team establishes its running game first and which of the two talented backs has the better game. I'm not sure any Rich Rodriguez-coached team is worth laying more than a touchdown on, so BC plus the points will be my <a target="_blank" title="Free college football picks for every bowl game" href="/college-football/">free college football pick</a>.</p> <p><b>My pick:</b> <st1:place><st1:placename>Boston</st1:placename> <st1:placetype>College</st1:placetype></st1:place> +7.5 at Bet365</p> <p><b>Reg. Season:</b> 31-15 (+14.5)</p> <p>[gameodds]6/252353/?r3=43-19-349/dec&amp;r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]</p>
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