BlackJack’s Bowl Season Kickoff: 3 Plays for Saturday

Dec 15, 2018 2:00 AM EST
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Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Fresno State Bulldogs

  • BlackJack Fletcher gives out his three favorite plays on Saturday's bowl slate.
  • He's riding with a few favorites that have proved more against quality competition this season.

This is the most wonderful time of the year, brothers. It’s the holiday season. Everyone is festive and feeling good.

On the sports calendar, we’re full, baby. NBA and NHL action all over the place. College basketball is kicking into gear. The NFL playoffs are around the corner and bowl season is finally here.

With that said, let’s take a look at the first day of bowls and what stands out to us.

WINNERS:

Las Vegas Bowl

  • Arizona State vs. Fresno State (-4)
  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ABC

This is an interesting matchup because it features two teams that surprised to varying degrees this season.

ASU played better, especially on defense, than most expected in Herm Edwards’ first season in Tempe. Fresno State went into Boise, in the snow, and won the Mountain West Conference Championship Game in overtime.

I think this will be a fun game, but ultimately, the loss of wide receiver N’Keal Harry for the Sun Devils will be a major one. He limits their offensive and special teams capabilities with his absence to prep for the NFL Draft.

THE PICK: Fresno State -4


New Orleans Bowl

  • Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State (-7)
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN