Heart of Dallas Bowl Picks: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State Predictions 1/1

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The Heart of Dallas Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2013 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our Purdue vs. Oklahoma State picks and predictions and trying to beat the Heart of Dallas Bowl odds here at Cappers Info.

Heart of Dallas Bowl Picks: Purdue Boilermakers vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 12:00 ET
Location: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX
Heart of Dallas Bowl Betting Odds: Oklahoma State -17
Purdue vs. Oklahoma State Live TV Coverage: ESPNU

Purdue was one of the last teams to qualify for a bowl game this year, and the Heart of Dallas Bowl betting lines suggest just that. The team fired its head coach right after the season and is more or less going to go limping into this game, and that’s why it is the biggest underdog on the bowl betting lines this year. Oklahoma State did win just one more game than the Boilermakers did. However, the Pokes clearly have the better of these two sides and can shoot it out with anyone in the nation.

We’re a bit bothered by the fact that this point spread is so high, though. The Cowboys did win their share of games this year by at least three scores, but down the stretch of the season, they were beaten in three of their final five games, including losing a tight one to the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime in Bedlam. Seemingly every close game that the club played was lost, and the only exception was the game against the Kansas Jayhawks, who were the doormats of the Big XII all year long. Head Coach Mike Gundy knows that he has an offense that can get some things done, as the team averaged 548.9 yards and 44.7 points per game, but there are some real questions about his defense as well.

We really think that this is something that Purdue can take advantage of. QB Robert Marve played well down the stretch, and he only had three picks against 13 TDs. None of the receivers on this team were really all that great, but none of the rushers were either. Then again, when we look at this Purdue team, we see nothing but the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who nearly pulled off a huge upset in their bowl game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders earlier this year. We’re not saying that Purdue is going to pull off the upset, but we do think that this is just a mammoth amount of points to be giving any reasonable team against any other team that just isn’t one of the best 10 in the country this year. The Boilers challenged Notre Dame in South Bend, and they’ll challenge the Pokes as well.

Purdue vs. Oklahoma State Pick: Purdue Boilermakers +17
Heart of Dallas Bowl Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 35 – Purdue 31

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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