Insight Bowl Picks & Predictions: Iowa vs. Oklahoma 12/30/11

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The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Oklahoma Sooners are going to close out a great day of NCAA football betting action on December 30th, as they will play each other in the Insight Bowl in Tempe. Check out our free Insight Bowl picks.

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Insight Bowl Matchup: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Insight Bowl Date/Time: Friday, December 30th, 10:00 ET
Insight Bowl Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
Insight Bowl Odds: Oklahoma -13.5
Insight Bowl Total: 58
Insight Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN, ESPN3.com

On paper, if you just take a blanket look at these two teams, it is clear that the Sooners should be running the Hawkeyes off of the field. That being said, Oklahoma probably should’ve crushed the Boise State Broncos in the Fiesta Bowl in 2006, and it probably should have demolished the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Fiesta Bowl in 2007, so it’s not like we haven’t seen this team put together a bit of a dud in a bowl game.

This year though, there are some real issues for the Sooners to overcome. They have dropped two of their last three games, including getting absolutely blown to bits by the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Bedlam, a game that took them out of the BCS. The team has been without WR Ryan Broyles for over a month, and RB Dominique Whaley has been out for a week longer than that. Both are out for the season, and the offense just hasn’t been the same without these two. To make matters worse, RB Roy Finch still might be suspended in this one for some off the field issues. And, WR Jaz Reynolds has kidney issues that will probably keep him sidelined for this game as well. That leaves WR Kenny Stills as the only awesome receiving option for QB Landry Jones, and there really aren’t any running backs that have any sort of experience. The next leading rusher is RB Brennan Clay, who only has 230 yards on 66 carries.

RB Marcus Coker and WR Marvin McNutt accounted for almost two thirds of the Iowa offense this year. Coker ran for 1,384 yards and had a total of 15 TDs this year, while McNutt had 78 receptions for 1,269 yards and a dozen scores, but he has been suspended for this game. Don’t forget about WR Keenan Davis as well. He averaged over 14 yards per reception this year, and he had 637 yards and four scores. QB James Vandenberg is playing in his first bowl game placing QB Ricky Stanzi, who graduated last year, and he threw for 2,806 yards and 23 TDs against just six picks.

Call us crazy, but we tend to think that the Hawkeyes are going to win this game. We know that Head Coach Kirk Ferentz is going to get his guys ready to go in this one, and you can bet that Iowa is going to be pulling everything out of its pocket to win this game. We just aren’t all that sure that Oklahoma is going to be all that motivated. Remember that these Hawkeyes were good enough to knock off the Michigan Wolverines at home, and they are off to the BCS this season. If they are good enough to beat Big Blue, they are good enough to play an Oklahoma team that just hasn’t been the same over the course of the last month or so.

Free Insight Bowl Pick: Iowa +13.5

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Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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