Bowl Pick: International

The Buffalo Bulls and Connecticut Huskies will take their battle north to the turf of the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada when the two teams square off in the 2009 International Bowl.

Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out an Music City Bowl Free Pick, which takes place Saturday January 3 at 12:00AM ET.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made Connecticut –4.5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set 51.5 total points.

Top Public Betting Trend: Buffalo is 5-1 against the spread in its last six games and 6-1 straight up in its last seven contests. The total has also gone over in seven of Buffalo’s last eight games.

Key Stat: The Bulls are averaging just over 30 points a game this season and 242.3 passing yards per game.

Game Outlook: Buffalo shocked the college football world a couple of weeks ago when it beat highly ranked Ball State in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit. The job head coach Turner Gill has done turning around that program is remarkable and while Connecticut might have the more overall talent, we happen to think the Bulls have more magic moment left in their season. Buffalo didn’t necessarily play in a tough conference, but they’ve got a lot of confidence and momentum from beating Ball State and they care certainly score. The Huskies bring a stout defense to the turf, one in which could give the Bulls trouble. But UCONN has also struggled scoring at times this year and if Gill can put a good game plan together, the Bulls will have a shot in the end. We think this game is going to be close throughout and think only a field goal separates these two schools. While Buffalo could certainly win this game outright, we think they’ll fall just shy of a win, but cover the +4.5 point spread. For the rest of our College Football Bowl Free Pick, see below.

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Our Free College Football Bowl Pick for the International Bowl matchup between the Buffalo Bulls and Connecticut Huskies game is

BUFFALO BULLS +4.5

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Connecticut Huskies 33

Buffalo Bulls 30

We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (51.5 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 1/2/08 7:00AM ET

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