Kansas ML / Sixers ML (-161) 💪
12:30 est tip off for Kansas so be sure to get this one locked in early!
#2 Kansas continues to roll at 9-1 on the season with their only loss coming to #4 Marquette but the Jayhawks have also beat #4 UConn, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Kentucky so far so they have been tested. Indiana comes in 7-2 but they lost by 20 to the only ranked opponent they have faced. The Hoosiers are also coming off of an ugly 104-76 loss.
Then later in the day we have the Sixers going up against the Hornets. The Sixers are coming in on a 5 game winning streak while the Hornets have lost 4 of their last 5.
The Sixers have scored 124, 129, 146, 125, & 131 in their last 5 games so look for the offense to carry them past the Hornets who have been held to 107, 104, & 100 in 3 of their last 4. The Sixers beat the Hornets 121-82 the last time they played them and Embiid had 38 in tha game.
The Vikings are on to their 4th QB in their last 7 games and their offense has really dwindled over the last few weeks scoring 20, 10, & then 3 last week in a game that Mullens came into.
The Bengals backup QB Jake Browning has actually come in and been impressive in his 2 starts throwing for 275 and 354 in his last 2 games which have been wins for the Bengals.
The Bengals will likely be looking to throw with Browning again today because thai Vikings defense has been one of the best against the run this season.
I trust the Bengals offense a lot more than the Vikings in this game so let’s take the home team -3.
Najee Harris Rushing Yards Over (53.5)
With a big game as far as playoff implications go, the Steelers should look to feed Najee Harris. Why? They win when they do. Here’s a look at his yardage totals in wins vs losses:
Wins - 99, 82, 69, 53, 37, 65, & 43
Losses - 29, 63, 35, 13, 71. & 31
The Colts defense ranks #26 against the run this season allowing 131.5 rushing yards per game.
Look for Najee to get his touches today and that should lead to him going over for us.
David Montgomery Rushing Yards Over (65.5)
Montgomery is going up against the worst run defense in the league tonight and the Broncos have allowed opponents to average 144 rushing yards per game this season.
The Lions offense was an absolute joke on the road last week but Montgomery still went over 65.5. He’s also gone over that number in 8 of his 10 games this season.
He’s gone over this number in all 4 home games.
His Anytime TD is also worth a look in this game which has hit 8-2 and all 4 home games.
Jacksonville State (-2.5)
8-4 meets 6-6 and I think the J ST defense has the edge in this game allowing just 21.9 ppg this season.
J ST also has a dominant run game that has averaged 4.9 yards per carry this season and the Louisiana defense hasn’t been good against the run this season allowing 167.5 rushing yards per game.
The J ST backfield is deep with 4 with 4+ touchdowns this season. That depth will come into play against a fatigued defensive line when J ST has long drives pounding the rock.
Louisiana will also be going with their backup QB due to the starter suffering a broken leg. Chandler Fields has gone 1-3 in his last 3 games.
Let’s get our Bowl season started with a W in this one!
What do you do when you have a freshman QB making his first start in a Bowl game? You bet against him!
CJ Tiller will be starting at QB for Boise St following Taylen Green entering the transfer portal.
Some highlights of this UCLA defense this season are holding Colorado to 16 points and USC to 20 points. So going up against a freshman QB making his College debut is a good matchup for them tonight after what they did to shut down Caleb Williams and Shedeur Sanders.
As for the UCLA offense, that’s the wild card here. They could score 40 or they could score 7. Luckily this Boise St defense has allowed some big numbers this season 56 to Washington, 35 to Memphis, 31 to Colorado St, and 37 to Fresno St so I’ll lean on UCLA scoring closer to he 40 mark for us and I doubt a freshman QB is going to keep the pace for Boise St.
As always with Bowl season, players opt out, coaches are gone and that’s the case with UCLA here missing some key players on both sides of the ball but I still like the Bruins but I still like them to cover in a game that’s being played right in their backyard.