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College Bowl Game Picks for 2016/17

College Bowl Season is here. This is your home base for Spooky's long coveted College Bowl Picks. Check back regularly as more previews and bowl game picks are added.

It’s that time of year once again Spooky readers. College football bowl season! Many of you probably don’t know but this site was originated partly because of Spooky’s College Bowl Picks.

Spooky has always been one of the top handicappers when it comes to college bowl games. People love to ride the “Spooky Express” this time of year and win money betting on these games.

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When placing his picks on the forums wasn’t enough, he created SpookyExpress.com! The rest is history. Each and every year these college bowl picks have been profitable.

This post will serve as the all inclusive place for college bowl picks, power ratings, and links to the previews for each bowl game this season.

2016/17 Bowl Game Picks

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016

Mon, Dec. 19, 2016

Tue., Dec. 20, 2016

Wed., Dec. 21, 2016

Thu., Dec. 22, 2016

Fri., Dec. 23, 2016

Sat, Dec. 24, 2016

Mon., Dec. 26, 2016

Tue., Dec. 27, 2016

Wed., Dec. 28, 2016

Thur., Dec. 29, 2016

Fri, Dec. 30, 2016

Sat., Dec. 31, 2016

Mon, Jan. 2, 2017

Mon, Jan. 9, 2017

All bowl picks are given and made by Spooky but the previews are written and put together by the Spooky Express team. Check back closer to game day for any possible changes.

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How the Spooky Bowl Picks are Formulated?

As we mentioned above, Spooky started posting his bowl game selections on the forums more than 17 years ago — and that is how it all began! He has never had a losing bowl season since 1977 using these power rankings as a guide and not about to start now. Record speaks for itself.

We’ve had some unbelievable outstanding seasons, one year going 27-3 and a few average years but always have showed a profit. Bowl season is the only time Spooky truly “crunches numbers” and plays more with the numbers than his head.

The picks and numbers listed in this thread are SPOOKY’S PLAYS! If you don’t want to follow — no worries! He’s not looking to debate and argue the selections.

The totals (Over/Unders) will be posted much closer to game time since weather and other developments affect the game and they are only an opinion. As you can see, he will post Power Ratings, underdog plays and some MoneyLine plays!

IMPORTANT: As the odds change so can the selection. Obviously the best bets will not change dramatically. So check back with this thread day of the game and follow us on Facebook for any major developments.

Understand, that right when the lines come out is a great time to jump on some early lines that stand out and get the best value for the wager. Spooky may completely reverse his thinking as time goes by, but for now he let’s the numbers do the talking and everyone that has seen or followed Spooky this millennium know’s how solid the picks usually are.

NOTE: ANYTIME A TEAM IS PICKED TO WIN OUTRIGHT AND ALSO COVER THE SPREAD — MAKES THEM A PLAY. NO LOOKING BACK, NO THINKING ABOUT IT.

There will also be some live underdogs. So be ready. These teams are picked to win and they are getting points. Money Line Dogs. Get them while they are hot. Don’t be afraid when the pointspread moves. It is done so emotionally.

QB gets hurt, RB gets suspended, who cares. The points will be adjusted. These selections are not based on 1 or 2 games but an entire season. Remember since 1977 this has not lost.

Parlay These Picks with the NFL

If you like a NFL game, start making small parlays with your NFL pick and our “best bets”. By the time game time comes around you should have tons of action on the later games and that creates tons of profit!!!!

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Spooky Power Ratings for All Bowl Teams

The lower the number the stronger the ranking. These numbers will change slightly after the Army/Navy game. Please remember all the power ratings are a guide to what Spooky does during bowl season. The power ratings are only based on the game matchups and does not mean Louisville is the best team in the country based on ratings.  He may move away from certain plays when the time comes, so his picks above ARE THE PICKS.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to Bobalou for all her assistance in crunching the numbers every year. Without her this wouldn’t be complete until much closer to all the games.

TEAM / RANK

  • Louisville => 108
  • Alabama => 112
  • Ohio State => 118
  • Washington => 119
  • Michigan => 140
  • Clemson => 144
  • W. Michigan => 164
  • Temple => 200
  • Colorado => 209
  • Virginia Tech => 218
  • Houston => 218
  • W. Kentucky => 221
  • Boise State => 225
  • San Diego St => 227
  • Army => 228
  • Florida State => 235
  • USC => 235
  • Appalachian State => 241
  • LSU => 241
  • Toledo => 248
  • Penn State => 249
  • Miami Florida => 251
  • Auburn => 252
  • Troy => 256
  • Wisconsin => 256
  • Southern Miss => 259
  • Oklahoma => 284
  • West Virginia => 294
  • Old Dominion => 308
  • Tulsa => 310
  • Baylor => 314
  • Colorado State => 316
  • BYU => 321
  • Texas A&M => 322
  • Air Force => 324
  • Kansas State => 334
  • Washington State => 335
  • TCU => 335
  • North Carolina => 335
  • Nebraska => 336
  • Memphis => 337
  • Minnesota => 340
  • Utah => 341
  • N Carolina State => 343
  • Stanford => 343
  • Louisiana Tech => 344
  • Middle Tennessee => 347
  • Iowa => 347
  • Georgia => 348
  • Oklahoma State => 355
  • Florida => 356
  • Arkansas State => 359
  • Pittsburgh => 360
  • Ohio => 362
  • Indiana => 362
  • New Mexico => 376
  • U. South Florida => 380
  • Navy => 381
  • Tennessee => 383
  • UCF => 385
  • Central Michigan => 386
  • Georgia Tech => 386
  • Arkansas => 389
  • South Alabama => 395
  • Northwestern => 408
  • Eastern Michigan => 410
  • Miami Ohio => 410
  • Kentucky => 415
  • UL Lafayette => 422
  • Wyoming => 423
  • Boston College => 429
  • UTSA => 432
  • Mississippi State => 443
  • Wake Forest => 453
  • Vanderbilt => 458
  • Idaho => 460
  • Maryland => 466
  • South Carolina => 492
  • Hawaii => 515
  • North Texas => 549
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Spooky Bowl Selections Without Pointspread

The numbers below are the guts and meat of how Spooky gets to his final picks above. This is helped used to determine MoneyLine plays, contest picks and plays NOT involving pointspreads!

In order of team to win by the most points based on power ratings. Remember these ratings will be adjusted after the Army/Navy game to a small degree!

POWER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TEAMS

  • Army 32.1 North Texas
  • Temple 25.3 Wake Forest
  • Virginia Tech 17.1 Arkansas
  • Middle Tennessee 16.9 Hawaii
  • Southern Miss 16.3 UL Lafayette
  • Colorado 14.6 Oklahoma State
  • Colorado State 14.4 Idaho
  • Louisville 13.3 LSU
  • W. Kentucky 11.6 Memphis
  • N Carolina State 11.5 Vanderbilt
  • U. South Florida 11.2 South Carolina
  • Troy 10.6 Ohio
  • BYU 10.2 Wyoming
  • Old Dominion 10.2 Eastern Mich
  • Michigan 9.5 Florida State
  • W. Michigan 9.2 Wisconsin
  • Boise State 8.9 Baylor
  • Tulsa 7.6 Central Michigan
  • Air Force 7.1 South Alabama
  • New Mexico 5.6 UTSA
  • Pittsburgh 4.8 Northwestern
  • Nebraska 4.7 Tennessee
  • Miami Florida 4.3 West Virginia
  • Louisiana Tech 3.7 Navy
  • Boston College 3.7 Maryland
  • Miami Ohio 3.3 Mississippi State
  • Auburn 3.2 Oklahoma
  • Georgia Tech 2.9 Kentucky
  • Arkansas State 2.6 UCF
  • Ohio State 2.7 Clemson
  • Utah 2.1 Indiana
  • USC 1.4 Penn State
  • TCU 1.3 Georgia
  • Texas A&M 1.2 Kansas State
  • Iowa 0.9 Florida
  • Houston 0.9 San Diego St
  • North Carolina 0.8 Stanford
  • Appalachian State 0.7 Toledo
  • Alabama 0.7 Washington
  • Washington State 0.5 Minnesota

Point Spread Difference

Now let’s take Spooky’s Power Numbers and apply them to the current (at time of writing) pointspread coming up with a “difference”.

BOWL TEAMS POWER NUMBER VS. POINTSPREAD DIFFERENCE

    • Army 21.6 North Texas
    • Louisville 16.8 LSU
    • W. Michigan 16.2 Wisconsin
    • Washington 15.3 Alabama
    • Miami Ohio 14.8 Mississippi State
    • Southern Miss 12.8 UL Lafayette
    • Temple 12.3 Wake Forest
    • Colorado 11.6 Oklahoma State
    • Virginia Tech 10.1 Arkansas
    • Arkansas State 8.7 UCF
    • N Carolina State 8.0 Vanderbilt
    • Nebraska 7.7 Tennessee
    • Auburn 7.7 Oklahoma
    • Troy 7.6 Ohio
    • W. Kentucky 7.6 Memphis
    • Old Dominion 7.2 Eastern Mich
    • Indiana 6.4 Utah
    • Boston College 6.2 Maryland
    • Minnesota 6.0 Washington State
    • Penn State 5.6 USC
    • South Alabama 5.4 Air Force
    • Central Michigan 3.9 Tulsa
    • Iowa 3.9 Florida
    • North Carolina 3.8 Stanford
    • Michigan 2.5 Florida State
    • TCU 2.3 Georgia
    • San Diego St 2.1 Houston
    • Appalachian State 1.7 Toledo
    • BYU 1.7 Wyoming
    • UTSA 1.4 New Mexico
    • Boise State 1.4 Baylor
    • Miami Florida 1.3 West Virginia
    • Colorado State 0.9 Idaho
    • Clemson 0.9 Ohio State
    • Kansas State 0.8 Texas A&M
    • Navy 0.8 Louisiana Tech
    • U. South Florida 0.7 South Carolina
    • Kentucky 0.6 Georgia Tech
    • Northwestern 0.2 Pittsburgh
    • (No lines yet) Middle Tennessee Hawaii

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