Sunshine State Beckons for Final Bloody Mary Report

Friday, December 1, 2017 2:00 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 2:00 PM UTC

The AAC and Conference USA have their championships early on Saturday, plus we have a free NCAA football pick for Florida State’s hurricane makeup game.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>NCAAF Season Record: 40-45-6 (-6.20)</strong></em></p><p>Saturday is all about conference championships, and there’s no better way to enjoy the early games than with a Bloody Mary as we make our first noon (ET) stop in Orlando, where the AAC title will be waged between No. 14 Central Florida and No. 20 Memphis -- the winner should earn the Group of 5's New Year's Six bowl spot. A rematch from the end of September, the Knights are a touchdown favorite over the Tigers on the <a href="" title="Live College Football Odds">NCAA football odds</a> where we find the day’s highest total, a whopping 81.</p><p>The Sept. 30 meeting also took place in Orlando, and the Knights rolled to a 40-13 victory. The win was the 10th straight for UCF in the series and the final stayed well ‘under’ a 68½-point total despite the teams combining for 999 yards of total offense. It was the conference opener for both, and remains Memphis’ only loss while the Knights are unbeaten.</p><p>The Tigers were a solid ‘over’ play all season (8-3 O/U) while Central Florida’s last three went past the totals. Still, that’s a lot of points even if these are the two top scoring teams in the nation. Under mostly sunny skies with the thermometer climbing to a humid 80°, I’m finding value on the low side of the total plus a money line grab on the outright upset.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>UNT Heads East To Battle FAU For C-USA Crown</strong></h2><p>I gotta admit to not paying much attention to goings-on in Conference USA, but that isn’t going to stop me from making a <a href="" title="Free NCAA Football Picks">free college football pick</a> on the championship game between the North Texas Mean Green and Florida Atlantic Owls in Boca Raton. Wagering particulars for the matchup include FAU laying 11-11½ with another high total, 72½-73.</p><p>This is yet another rematch of a lopsided meeting earlier this season, the Owls smoking the Mean Green in a 69-31 rout that saw Florida Atlantic score on its first 11 drives. It’s also a matchup between the Nos. 10 and 17 highest-scoring teams, their October matchup going ‘over’ with three minutes to go in the third. Heck, I gotta play the Owls if only because Lane Kiffin will run it up if he gets the chance.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>’Noles Eye Bowl Eligibility In Hurricane Makeup</strong></h2><p>Our last brunch cocktail stop isn’t for a conference title, but Florida State still has a bowl invite to play for against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. <a href="" title="SBR's Best books">BetOnline</a> has the Seminoles -26½ with 64 for the total in the makeup from the September cancellation caused by Hurricane Irma.</p><p>A lot has been made about Jimbo Fisher being courted for other head coaching jobs, namely Texas A&amp;M. So, we wonder if that will affect FSU players, at least those who haven’t already been injured on a beaten-up Seminoles roster. Then again, this is not a very good ULM side, especially on defense where Matt Viator’s crew ranks next-to-last in allowing more than 530 yards per game. I don’t see where the ‘Hawks have much to play for, and even though it’s not fun for me to lay nearly four touchdowns, that’s my play.</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NCAAF Picks: UofM-UCF Under 81; UofM +245; UNT-FAU Over 72½; FSU -26½</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Lines Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2>
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