This year the Fort Worth Bowl officially changes it’s name to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and will feature Tulsa and Utah. The Utes have won five straight post-season appearances, including last year’s 38-10 stomping of Georgia Tech in the Emerald Bowl. The team was playing extremely well and had won 3 straight games before the loss to BYU in the finale. In that contest Utah gave up 19 fourth-quarter points. The defense still has allowed only 8.4 ppg over their last 5, but should face a tougher task in Tulsa.
Tulsa had won 6 straight until running into 3 straight losses against Houston, Rice, and SMU. The season ended well though for the Golden Hurricanes when they posted a 38-3 drubbing of Tulane. Last season Tulsa beat Fresno State in the Liberty Bowl, 31-24. Tulsa is a team that can eat up clock and keep opposing offense’s off of the field, and they are completing 66% of their passes on the year.
With the Utah defense playing well lately and the Tulsa offense keeping great control of the ball, I see this game going UNDER the total. Utah is 10-1 UNDER on the road after 2 or more ATS wins in a row since 1992 and 13-4 UNDER away from home in non-conference games.
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2006 Fort Worth Bowl Best odds:
Utah -1.5 -110 at Bodog
Tulsa +2 +100 at Pinnacle
OVER 48.5 -105 at Pinnacle
UNDER 49 -110 at Bodog