College Football Bowl Picks
Welcome to Play By Play's college football bowl game page, here we will breakdown all the teams involved in this years bowl games on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
Making acuurate betting predictions in the bowl games is extremely difficult to the average gambler because in most cases the teams involved have either no past history or smaller conferences are underrated which will inflate the pointspread.
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2013 Sugar Bowl - Louisville vs Florida - The Gators are a 13-point favorite in the Louisville-Florida Sugar Bowl. ESPN will televise the Louisville-Florida game from New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
2013 Fiesta Bowl - Oregon vs Kansas State - Oregon is the second highest scoring team in college football, averaging 50.8 points per game. On the flip side in the Oregon-Kansas State Fiesta Bowl, the Wildcats are 10th nationally in scoring, led by Heisman Trophy third-place finisher quarterback Collin Klein. The over/under for the Fiesta Bowl is 75.5, the second-highest of any bowl game, and Oregon is a 9.5-point favorite.
2013 Cotton Bowl - Texas A&M vs Oklahoma - FOX will televise the Texas A&M-Oklahoma Cotton Bowl at 8 p.m. Eastern from Dallas. Texas A&M is a 4.5-point favorite in the Cotton Bowl game.
Both Texas A&M and Oklahoma are 10-2 on the season. The Sooners finished as co-champion of the Big XII Conference with Kansas State, but lost out on an Orange Bowl berth when Northern Illinois qualified with its Top 16 BCS ranking. Texas A&M had a very successful first season in the SEC, handing BCS #2-ranked Alabama its only loss of the season behind freshman quarterback Manziel.
2012 Holiday Bowl - UCLA vs Baylor - The Baylor-UCLA Holiday Bowl game is rated as a pick ‘em contest by the oddsmakers. ESPN will televise the Baylor-UCLA contest at 9:45 p.m. Eastern.
UCLA closed its 9-4 season with a tough 27-24 setback against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Had UCLA won that game, it would’ve qualified for the Rose Bowl, so ending up in the Holiday Bowl could be a significant disappointment for the Bruins.
2012 St. Petersburg Bowl - Ball Satte vs Central Florida - ESPN will televise the Ball State-Central Florida St. Petersburg Bowl at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. With a bit of advantage of playing in its home state, UCF is a 7-point favorite in the Ball State-Central Florida contest.
2012 Pointsettia Bowl - BYU vs San Diego State - The Aztecs, who will be playing in their home city, are a 2.5-point underdog in the BYU-San Diego State game. ESPN will televise the BYU-San Diego State Poinsettia Bowl at 8 p.m. Eastern from San Diego.
2012 Alamo Bowl - Texas vs Oregon State - ESPN will televise the Oregon State-Texas Alamo Bowl at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. Even with the game in San Antonio, the home state of Texas, Oregon State is a 2-point favorite.
2012 Russell Athlectic Bowl - Rutgers vs Virginia Tech - ESPN will televise the Rutgers-Virginia Tech Russell Athletic Bowl at 5:30 p.m. Virginia Tech is a 2.5-point favorite over the Scarlet Knights.
2012 Las Vegas Bowl - Washington vs Boise State - ESPN will televise the Washington-Boise State Las Vegas Bowl at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Boise State is a 5-point favorite over the Huskies.
The 2011 Wisconsin-Oregon Rose Bowl
will be the middle game in a triple-header on ESPN Jan. 2. Nebraska and South Carolina will play in the Capital One Bowl at 1 p.m. Eastern, and the Stanford-Oklahoma State Fiesta Bowl will start at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Jan. 2. Because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday in 2012, the NFL regular season will conclude on Jan. 1. College football will move its traditional set of bowl games to Jan. 2 because of the NFL schedule.
Oklahoma State is a 3.5-point favorite ats in the game that matches a pair of 11-1 teams. Stanford and Oklahoma State
have scored plenty of points this season. Stanford ranks fifth nationally in scoring, and the Cardinal have had games this season where they’ve scored 65, 57, and 56 points. The Cowboys, meanwhile, rank second nationally in scoring, and they’ve had games in which they’ve scored 70, 66, 61, and 59 (twice) this season.
Even though Michigan and Virginia Tech
did not win their conference championships, both teams were able to take advantage of strong defensive play to qualify for a BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl. Both Michigan and Virginia Tech played solid defense all season in 2011.
The 2011 BCS National Championship Game from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Jan. 9 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Las Vegas has set the LSU-Alabama point spread as a pick ‘em game, and, considering how the first LSU-Alabama game turned out, with an overtime win for LSU, an evenly matched contest is expected again.
Both teams had moments this season where they looked like almost sure bets as teams that would be in the BCS, but West Virginia and Clemson both had slip-ups as the season wore on, leaving their hopes of league championships and BCS berths in doubt.
West Virginia and Clemson came through when they had to, though, creating a natural Orange Bowl game between two of the East Coast’s best teams in 2011.
FOX will televise the Kansas State-Arkansas Cotton Bowl game
at 8 p.m. Eastern from Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 6. Arkansas is a 7.5-point favorite against the spread over the Wildcats. Kansas State and Arkansas both finished 10-2 and ended up in the Top 10 of the final BCS rankings, but both were passed over for at-large berths in BCS bowls.
2010 BCS Championship Game - The Auburn Tigers-Oregon Ducks BCS national championship game Jan. 10 will match two undefeated teams that have no problems on the offensive end. ESPN will televise the BCS national championship game for the first time in the network’s history, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern from U. of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers are a 3-point favorite in the Auburn-Oregon game.
Sugar Bowl Arkansas vs Ohio State - The first Mallett-Pryor matchup will occur in the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl, when the Arkansas Razorbacks play the Ohio State Buckeyes. ESPN will televise the Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m. Eastern from the Louisiana Superdome. The Buckeyes are a 3-point favorite.
Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma vs UCONN - ESPN will televise the Oklahoma-Connecticut Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day at 8:30 p.m. Eastern from U. of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The Sooners are a 17-point favorite, which equals the largest point spread of any of the 35 bowl games.
Outback Bowl Penn State vs Florida - ABC will televise the Penn State-Florida Outback Bowl at 1 p.m. Eastern on New Year’s Day from Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Florida is a 7-point favorite in the final game for the 46-year-old Meyer, who won national titles with Florida in the 2006 and 2008 seasons.
2009/2010 CFB Predictions & Bowl Schedules
12/19 - Wyoming vs Fresno State and Central Florida vs Rutgers
12/20 - Middle Tennessee vs Southern Mississippi
12/22 - BYU vs Oregon St.
12/23 - Utah vs California
12/24 - SMU vs Nevada
12/26 - Ohio vs marshall, North Carolina vs Pittsburgh and Boston College vs USC
12/27 - Kentucky vs Clemson
12/28 - Texas A&M vs Georgia
12/29 - Wisconsin vs Miami Florida
12/30 - Bowling Green vs Idaho, Navy vs Missouri and Nebraska vs Arizona
12/31 - Air Force vs Houston, Stanford vs Oklahoma, Iowa State vs Minnesota and tennessee vs Virginia Tech
1/1 - Northwestern vs Auburn, Gator Bowl: Florida St. vs West Virginia, LSU vs Penn State, Rose Bowl: Ohio St. vs Oregon and Sugar Bowl: Cincinnati vs Florida
1/2 - Northern Illinois vs South Florida, UCONN vs South Carolina, Cotton Bowl: Mississippi vs Oklahoma State, Arkansas vs East Carolina and Michigan St. vs Texas Tech
1/4 - Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs TCU
1/5 - Orange Bowl: Iowa St. vs Georgia Tech
1/6 - Troy vs Central Michigan
1/7 - Rose Bowl: Texas vs Alabama
2008/2009 college football bowl game matchups and previews
National Championship Game - Oklahoma vs. Florida: This might be the best Title game since Linharts USC team played Vince Young and Texas.
Fiesta Bowl - Texas vs. Ohio St: The last time the Buckeye's played a top 10 team away from home the Trojans blew them out 34-10.
Sugar Bowl - Alabama vs. Utah: The undefeated Utes get a chance to prove they belong to play against a top SEC team.
Cotton Bowl - Texas Tech vs. Mississippi: The Red Raiders are the only cfb team to beat Texas and Ole Miss is the only blemish on Florida's schedule. Should be a good one.
Rose Bowl - Penn St. vs. USC: The Trojans are making a pattern of losing 1 game a year to a PAC 10 foe as a double digit favorite costing them a chance to play in the Title game but still being considered as the best team in college football after a Rose Bowl blowout win.
Gator Bowl - Nebraska vs. Clemson: The Tigers came into this year as a favorite and were crushed by Bama, it took them 5 weeks to back into the swing of things. Nebraska wants to get back to dominance of the past.