GoDaddy.com Bowl Betting Odds - Arkansas State will HUSK
Northern Illinois Pelt
The probability that the GoDaddy.com commercials may be more exciting than the GoDaddy.com Bowl Betting Odds has nothing to do with the fact we have the Red Wolves and the Huskies trying to see who is more dog-like.
They should both be getting points looking at how weak their schedules were based on opponents. If I were the other Arkansas (State) or the other Illinois (Northern), I would just be glad to be getting some BCS Championship loving in College Football's bowl season. See? The BCS isn't all bad, sometimes they give schools and betting fanatics gifts like this one!
Arkansas State Red Wolves (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (10-3)
Monday, January 8, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN
Ladd Pebbles Stadium (40,646) - Mobile, Alabama
You are probably thinking the same thing I was - GoDaddy.com Bowl? After the Sugar, Orange and Rose Bowls? We need to think a different way here. ANY extra football game is warranted, because time is just about out. These teams may not be the tops in nation, but they both represent worthy programs and football teams that can put up some offense before that BCS Championship Game you get to watch defense in action (Alabama vs. LSU).
Arkansas State's Ryan Aplin has 3,000 and then sum (addition joke) this year passing and another 605 rushing with 18 and 9 touchdowns passing and rushing respectively. I would expect Aplin to carry the offense for State, as he has for bettors this year; Arkansas State has made a lot of people money this year in sporting an incredible 10-2 Against the Spread and Straight Up record.
Chandler Harnish is the MAC offensive player of the year and has 37 touchdowns between passing and rushing this year for Northern Illinois. That is decent against the kind of schedule he has been against, but Arkansas State will not just open up to QB Chandler to take advantage of them GoDaddy.com Bowl Betting Odds. Even with such lackluster competition Northern Illinois has been unreliable for bettors, going 5-8 Against the Spread this season. They do score more points per game and have the edge in yards per game, but c'mon, their last game was against Cal-Poly.
In the mid-90's these two teams were conference opponents and Northern Illinois owned Arkansas State, winning 5 of their 6 meetings. Well, they haven't played in nearly 15 years so we doubt anyone still remembers except for a few die-hards. For those die-hards though, revenge could very well be in sight. Arkansas State is the better team, has faced better competition and can actually man up and play defense down the stretch. This could be a close, close game but one defensive stand should make the difference. Wolves over Huskies.
GoDaddy.com Bowl Betting Lines:
Arkansas State Red Wolves-1 ½
Northern Illinois Huskies +1 ½
Over/Under Total - 64
GoDaddy.Com Bowl Betting Odds Advice - Bet Arkansas State -1 ½ OVER No. Ill. Huskies