The Sun Bowl is one of the games on the college football bowl schedule this year, and today, I’m set to make my NCAA football pointspread picks for the ‘total’ in this clash. The USC Trojans and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to do battle at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, TX. Join me for my Sun Bowl tips for this 2:00 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on CBS.
I’ve got a tough time backing the under in a Georgia Tech game, knowing just how bad this team has been defensively at the ends of games this year. The Ramblin’ Wreck are just insanely thin, and regardless of who the defensive coordinator has been for this team, they have failed to rotate players in and out of the fold because the starting eleven are generally a heck of a lot better than anything that is waiting in the wings behind them. That being said, just about everything else in this game point towards it being a lower scoring affair.
2012 Sun Bowl
USC Trojans (7-5, 3-9 ATS) -7.5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-7, 8-5 ATS) -2.5
QB Matt Barkley is out of the fold in this one, and that’s going to leave QB Max Wittek to make his second career start. At least this one will be easier than his first start, which came against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but that doesn’t mean that he is ready to really take advantage of all of the weapons that this offense has at its disposal. I’m shocked that the ‘total’ didn’t drop at all in this game, as Wittek clearly isn’t nearly as good as Barkley is, and this is going to likely decrease USC’s point production by a dead minimum of a touchdown in this game.
And then of course, there is the triple option offense. The Yellow Jackets are going to run the heck out of the football, and odds have it, it is going to become awfully frustrating for the Trojans. The clock could really just melt away in the second half of this game if G-Tech is ahead in this one, as I think there is a distinct possibility of happening. If the Jackets aren’t ahead, they probably are having one of these games where they are going to account for 250 yards or so for the game. Either way that I slice this one, it’s all coming up ‘under’ in a game that should absolutely be lined nowhere near the 60s in my eyes.
USC vs. Georgia Tech Picks & Tips: Under 64.5