The Heart of Dallas 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 Purdue Boilermakers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are going to do battle at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX. Join me for my Heart of Dallas Bowl tips for this 12:00 p.m. ET kickoff that can be seen on ESPNU.
When I look at the Heart of Dallas Bowl, I immediately think about the bowl game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. I was one of the many that really thought that the Gophers would have to win a low scoring game if they were to do it, but instead, they were able to stand toe to toe with one of the top offenses in the country. They came up short, but there was really never a doubt that the Gophers were going to stay in front of the college football bowl game odds. This really looks like the exact same game to me.
2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl
Purdue Boilermakers (6-6, 6-6 ATS) +17
Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-5, 6-5 ATS) -17
There’s nothing that isn’t below average about the Boilermakers. Their offense was shaky, their defense was shaky, they don’t have a quarterback that can light it up, they don’t have any big time receivers that you know can put up 100 yards at the drop of a hat, and they don’t have a rusher that averaged even 75 yards per game this year. That all really doesn’t bode well. What I do see though, is that QB Robert Marve really did a nice job hanging onto the football this year. He only threw three picks, and he and QB Caleb TerBush did a great job competing with some of the best teams on Purdue’s schedule this year.
And of course, there are the Cowboys, who just fly up and down the field with ease every single drive. They have put up 41 and 36 points over the course of their last two bowl games, and there is no reason to think that they aren’t going to score at least 40 again in this one after averaging over 44 points per game on the season. The big question though, is whether the Boilers are going to be able to keep up. If the answer to that question is yes, just as I suspect it is, this is a game that should ultimately go flying past the ‘total’ when push comes to shove.
Purdue vs. Oklahoma State Picks & Tips: Over 70