Jack’s 2009 International Bowl Picks

Jack Jones really came up big for the clients of his bowl picks last night as he took UConn with his biggest game of the post-season.  Let’s take a look at why he zeroed in on these bowl game odds on the Huskies:

25* Bowl Game of the Year on UConn -6.5

Buffalo’s run defense is going to get abused by the Huskies today. The Bulls gave up 27.5 ppg and 408.3 total ypg with the run defense being pounded for 158.8 ypg. Out of the 45 touchdowns allowed by this defensive, 28 came via the run. This team also couldn’t get to the quarterback as they racked up just 12 sacks in 13 games. I also saw Buffalo struggle to stop drives time and time again this year as offenses converted a whopping 46% of their third down chances against them. The Huskies’ attack is strictly one-sided, as the team has relied heavily on the run all year. The Huskies finished with 351.8 total ypg, but 204.6 of those yards came on the ground. Out of the 28 touchdowns scored by this team, 24 came via the run. The main reason for the success of UConn’s rushing attack was the play of Donald Brown, who led the nation with 1,822 yards and also scored 17 touchdowns. Brown’s tremendous year earned him the Big East Offensive Player of the Year honor and he should have a field day against this soft Buffalo defense. The Huskies defense has done a great job all year as well allowing just 281.4 total ypg. Passing against UConn has been tough as the unit limited teams to just 164.5 ypg through the air, while collecting 17 interceptions. Overall this unit recorded 24 turnovers on the year and also did an outstanding job pressuring the quarterback, as the team racked up 30 sacks. Look for UConn to roll on Saturday.