Tuesday Totals: Best Bets for December 27

We’re back to a full slate of games today now that the holiday season is over. On top of that, we’ve got four college football bowl games, so we have plenty of possibilities available.

Yesterday actually was a 1-1 split because I misread the hockey schedule and wrote three picks for Tuesday games on Monday. At least it was a day early and not a day late. Also, the Colts’ offense is abysmal and fading them should be a gift to everyone over the NFL season’s final two weeks.

But before we get to the weekend, we’ve got more opportunities to make money. Here are my plays for December 27.


Utah State already wasn’t a good offense during the regular season. Now the Aggies have to play without Calvin Tyler Jr., their leading running back. That should play right into Memphis’ hands and should keep the Aggies from scoring. Memphis can pass, so I’ll stay away from this overall total. Instead, I’m targeting Utah State’s number.


Unlike a lot of players in the transfer portal, Grayson McCall will play in the bowl game. And that means his final game in teal and black comes against East Carolina, which features the worst pass defense in FBS. The Pirates gave up 88 points in their final two games to Houston and Temple, and McCall wants to go out in style. Look for the Chanticleers to throw caution to the wind and let McCall throw all day.


This is a battle of strength on strength. Jacksonville defends the 3-pointer very well, but Notre Dame shoots it even better. When you have an ACC team against an A-Sun team in a strength-on-strength battle, you lean toward the ACC side. I love watching Jacksonville and I think the Dolphins do some scoring in a tight game, which I think barely sends this over.

TEXAS TECH TTO 89.5, -110

This total is insanely high, but I think the Red Raiders can handle it. Texas Tech has hit triple digits in consecutive games, and South Carolina State struggles badly with defense. The Bulldogs can’t stop anybody inside and have given up 90 or more on five occasions this season. Longwood just hit triple digits on South Carolina State; Texas Tech can do the same.


Oklahoma State’s offense in November scored 68 points. Wisconsin’s offense in November managed 64 points. That’s a combined total of 33 points, and that’s likely what we’ll get in this matchup. Both the Badgers and Cowboys break in new quarterbacks. If we’re being honest, both the Badgers and the Cowboys’ offenses checked out halfway through the season. Neither team wants to be here, and a lack of motivation means a lack of scoring.


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