This article is part of our College Capper series.
I crashed and burned last week, probably a predictable outcome given the previous heater, paired with the limited/forced championship weekend slate. Here's hoping that's not a trend entering bowl season, where my choices are again slim, and the turnaround time is more in line with the regular season as opposed to having extensive time to find the clear plus matchups.
Marshall +4.5 vs. Buffalo
Overlooking Marshall's last two games is tough. They've scored only 13 total points while putting up 513 yards of total offense after compiling at least 495 yards in each of their previous two. I'm banking on QB Grant Wells not throwing five INTs here, as he did in a shocking upset loss to Rice. It's strength on strength on the other side of the ball, as Buffalo's nation-leading rushing offense (309.5 ypg, 30 TDs in six outings) faces the Herd's second-ranked rush defense (88.9 ypg, four TDs). Marshall's form here isn't great either, but if Ball State can slow down the Bulls, I think (hope) Marshall can enough and remain competitive.
Louisiana-Lafayette (-14) vs. UTSA
I'm expecting the Ragin' Cajuns to be motivated here and show out. They appear to have retained head coach Billy Napier, and seem upset to mad their rematch against Coastal Carolina was canceled last week. UTSA wants to run as often as possible, and that's a little concerning as it's into the heart of the Lafayette defense's weakness, and the Roadrunners have only lost by this number once this