This article is part of our Bowl Game Pick 'Em series.
Tonight's bowl-game slate features two intriguing games that should be fun to watch. On one end, a coach who was formerly on the hot seat attempts to stamp out doubters and validate his tenure with a victory. On the other end, it's a clash of offensive schemes as a pass-heavy team squares off against a Mountain West squad that lives and dies by the run. Let's get right to the action, beginning with the money lines for the two games.
Iowa (-1) vs. USC O/U: 52.5
Air Force (-2.5) vs. Washington State O/U/ 70
At first glance the odds-makers seem pretty confident in the offensive firepower will be high for both games, but the Falcons/Cougars matchup sports an eye-popping 70-point O/U, I don't favor one game over the other, as we'll be able to fill positions that correspond with the vastly different offensive schemes of these four teams.
Anthony Gordon, WSU (DK, $10,800, FD $8,300) vs. Air Force
Kedon Slovis, USC (DK $7,300), FD $9,100) vs. Iowa
I think the quarterback picks are pretty much no -brainers tonight, but that does make both Donald Hammond and Nate Stanley interesting contrarian options. Despite USC's sometimes-forgiving defense, I think you put yourself behind the pace with Stanley, and Hammond is almost exclusively a backfield runner in a run-option based offense. I wouldn't necessarily fault a Hammond play in the S -Flex, but Gordon and Slovis are simply better DFS options in terms of volume and in Slovis'