Great to have a busy Saturday to kick off the 2018-19 college football bowl slate. As promised, I’m back to look at time-proven keys for handicapping the early bowl games.

The most important factor…and this has always been true since the bowls began…is THE MOTIVATION FACTOR. You want to bet ON teams who are most excited to be there and who are focused on getting a result. You want to bet AGAINST teams who are disappointed to be in this particular bowl.

Any team that has to “settle” for a bid to a lesser bowl is going to play at half-speed, maybe…