John Martin continues to help bettors win this season with his bowl picks, as evidenced again by his winner last night on the Alamo Bowl. Let’s take a look and see why he circled the bowl game odds on Northwestern as being too many points given to this Wildcats team by the Missouri Tigers.
4 Unit Alamo Bowl BEST BET on Northwestern +13
I like Northwestern to cover this double-digit spread Monday because they clearly have the motivational edge. The Wildcats are extremely happy to be in the Alamo Bowl, and they’ll come out and show it with their play Monday. Missouri is completely letdown by their underachieving season, and they’ll come out flat today because of it. The Tigers were a serious National Championship contender to start the season, before losing to Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. They did not beat a single quality opponent all season, and Northwestern classifies as a quality opponent. The Wildcats went 9-3 this year, putting together one of their best games of the season in their finale with a 27-10 win over Illinois despite being the underdog. In fact, Northwestern has now been an underdog in 4 consecutive games, but they’ve won 3 of those 4 games outright with the exception a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. That means this team is underrated by the odds makers, and they continue to be underrated for this game with Missouri. What good can come out of Missouri beating Northwestern? Seriously think about it. The players no there’s really nothing positive that can come out of a win over Northwestern Monday, as they know they’ll only be remembered as a team that completely underachieved this season even with a win today. So players will have a hard time getting up for the Wildcats, while Northwestern will come out fired up and ready to go to prove that their 9-3 season was no fluke. Missouri is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall, and their struggles will carry over into the Alamo Bowl. Cash in with Northwestern as the underdog.