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Liberty Bowl Betting – The Liberty Bowl Comes Down To The Health Of One Man

Posted by Blake Frazier on 1/11/2012 9:24:21 AM
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The 2011 Liberty Bowl is going to be decided based on one question: Will Zach Collaros be able to play quarterback for the Cincinnati Bearcats without significant discomfort?

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Vanderbilt Commodores - Saturday, December 31

Sports betting line: Vanderbilt -1.5

Why Cincinnati Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you need to realize that if Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros can play this game without any appreciably adverse health effects, the Bearcats will have a great chance to win.
Starting quarterback Zach Collaros – a player who was recruited by former UC coach Brian Kelly – was in the process of leading the Bearcats to the Big East championship this season. Cincinnati owned a 7-1 record and an unblemished conference mark heading into a Nov. 12 game against preseason favorite West Virginia. In that game against the Mountaineers, however, Collaros got knocked out for the season with an injury, and sure enough, the Bearcats weren’t able to overcome that awful event. Cincinnati lost by three points to West Virginia when a last-second field goal was blocked. One week later, the Cats got clawed apart by Rutgers. Those two losses were enough to push Cincy out of the Big East winner’s circle. Despite two impressive wins over Syracuse and Connecticut to close the regular season, West Virginia was able to get into a three-way tie and advance to the Orange Bowl due to a tiebreaker settled by the BCS standings. New quarterback Munchie Legaux has filled in admirably for Collaros as the backup, but the Bearcats are still aware of the fact that they’ve been dealt a bad hand by the fates. Coach Butch Jones has done a superb job after a horrible debut season in Southwestern Ohio in 2010. If he simply has Collaros available for this game – and if Collaros can play without too much pain – Cincinnati will like its chances.

Why Vanderbilt Will Win

The college football betting  experts examining this contest will tell you that Vanderbilt will play with a maximum of emotion against Cincinnati. It’s pretty easy to arrive at the conclusion that Vanderbilt will come prepared for this game. First-year coach James Franklin has engineered a marvelous and abrupt transformation of the VU program, lifting the moribund program from a 2-10 season in 2010 to a 6-6 mark in 2011. Franklin’s combination of recruiting ability, coaching acumen, and relentlessly positive energy has made Vanderbilt players feel differently about themselves.
A program that would so regularly crumble in the face of adversity has changed its tune this season. Vanderbilt showed a distinctly different tendency over the past three months, rebounding from a number of stomach-punch losses to gain the school’s second bowl berth in four years and the fifth bowl berth in the program’s history. Vanderbilt’s three previous bowl bids arrived in 1955, 1974 and 1982, meaning that success has been a very rare visitor to the Nashville institution. When VU’s 2008 Music City Bowl bid was not backed up by successful seasons in 2009 and 2010, the school’s administration knew it had to shake things up. Franklin has proved to be a brilliant selection, and with a bowl bid in tow, the Commodores figure to fly with intensity throughout this contest.

Who Will Win

It’s tempting to pick Cincinnati, because the sense here is that Collaros will play. However, the jury is still out on Collaros’ effectiveness. Vanderbilt seems to be the more proven commodity with a tougher defense and more determination. Take the Commodores over the Bearcats on New Year’s Eve in Memphis.



College Football Betting Pick: Vanderbilt

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