Who will cover the spread…USC or Georgia Tech?

Welcome to the opening edition of my College Football Betting Picks on Sports Blog Net. Before moving on from the Bleacher Report, I compiled a record of 26-15 ATS (11-2 in my Game of the Week picks). Two days ago I wrote on my WordPress to take Syracuse to cover the +3.5 spread against West Virginia. Syracuse covered the spread and beat West Virginia 38-14, in a snowy Yankee Stadium.

Let’s keep the money train rolling into the New Year, with my five bowl games to make a play on. Have a happy and safe New Year. Pick number one

Hyundai Sun Bowl – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7) vs. USC Trojans (7-5)

Date: Dec. 31 @ 2:00 PM ET

Line: USC favored by 7.5

From pre-season number one to a disappointing trip to El Paso, Texas, the Lane Kiffin led Trojans will try to salvage a less than inspiring 2012 season. USC began the season on the right track winning six of their first seven games.

The home stretch though was a different story. USC lost four of their last five games, falling victims to Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame. USC could be in serious trouble heading into the Sun Bowl, as their star quarterback Matt Barkley will be inactive for a second straight game due to a shoulder injury. Barkley, who’s draft stock has been on the decline will leave USC as the best quarterback to ever wear the Cardinal and Gold. Freshman Max Wittek (281 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions) will be under center for the Trojans.

Georgia Tech enters this bowl game with the fourth best rushing attack in the nation (averaging 312.5 yards per game), but the 119 ranked passing attack in the FBS (averaging 134.1 yards per game.

Coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack has been very effective this season and should pose a serious threat to the Trojan defense, which is ranked 58 in the FBS giving up 156.4 yards per contest. Seniors Tevin Washington (quarterback) and Orwin Smith (running back) head the rushing attack as they’ve compiled 1,311 yards and 24 touchdowns (19 from Washington) combined.

Recent Trends

Georgia Tech is 8-5 ATS this season.

USC is 3-9 ATS this season.

Georgia Tech is 2-0 this season as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points.

USC is 1-3 this season as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points.

Pick– One thing that needs to be pointed out is the weather factor. The Sun Bowl is located at a high-elevation level in El Paso, Texas. The National Weather Center is forecasting 20 to 30-mile-per-hour gusts for the El Paso area.

The wind gusts can be the deciding factor for the match-up, as it will be tough to pass the ball. With the wind gusts and the weak Trojans defense against the run I’m taking Georgia Tech to cover the spread, but the Trojans will win straight up. Take Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech +7.5

USC 30, Georgia Tech 24

All lines are subject to change based on the line movement. All lines are from ScoresandOdds.com.

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