Capital One Bowl Mania is back, with the first of 41 games to be placed in confidence order set to kick off on Dec. 16. If you’ve played College Pick ’em then you know the drill, but while the contest is fundamentally the same, the strategy is different.
Bowls present unfamiliar challenges for coaches and players in terms of the timing, the stakes, the matchups, the venue and more. To help you sort it all out, we’ll be providing a Bowl Mania Cheat Sheet, updated with risers and fallers throughout the bowl season. But to start, here’s a look at some of the basic principles of Bowl Mania strategy that we’ll be drawing on to make our picks.
Q: You guys take a ‘one-week-at-a-time’ approach, but is this the type of game you guys have been looking forward to?
The 28-year-old was a healthy scratch just the other night against the visiting Arizona Coyotes, but he is back in the lineup on a forward unit with Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner. That trio has enjoyed its fair share of success. Sometimes it’s just a matter of hitting the reset button. With only six goals and three assists in 25 contests, Atkinson was due such a reboot. Consider targeting the dynamic winger as a trade candidate before he breaks out. After all, 35 goals and 27 helpers came only a year ago.
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After a rather ho-hum October, Pearson has collected 15 points in 19 games, including seven in his past six. He’s earned one measly assist with the extra skater, but anticipate an improvement in the 25-year-old’s power-play numbers once Jeff Carter eventually returns between Pearson and Tyler Toffoli.