College Football Bowl Game ATS Betting Picks

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College Football Bowl Game ATS Betting Picks

The odds are out for every 2014-15 college football bowl game, which means that it’s time to get in on a the early ATS betting odds for the Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls.

Betting lines tend to change dramatically from day to day before the run up to a huge bowl game. Why not jump on the lines while they still make sense?  Mississippi State battles Georgia Tech in a big SEC versus ACC battle for the Orange Bowl. Oregon tackles Florida in the Rose Bowl, one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games, before Alabama takes on Ohio State in the other college football semifinal game.

Analyzing My College Football Bowl Game ATS Betting Picks

Orange Bowl
No. 7 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs No. 12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Date: Dec. 31, 2014 
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Miami, Florida
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Georgia Tech Vs  Mississippi Sate
Point Spread: Bulldogs -7.5
Game Total: N/A

Analysis: Mississippi State stumbled down the regular season stretch, losing 2 out of their last 3 games, but still garnered a bid to the Orange Bowl to face ACC runner-up Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs sport a Top 10 ranked offense that averages over 500 yards per game. Mississippi State is balanced on offense as well since they average 266 passing yards and 240 rushing yards per contest.

It starts with Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs’ QB, who rushed for 939 yards and 13 touchdowns while throwing for close to 3,000 yards and throwing 24 touchdowns. Prescott has leadership skills that are second to none in college football. He should be able to carve up a Georgia Tech defense that is allowing close to 400 yards per game.

On offense, Georgia Tech is one-dimensional, meaning that Mississippi State’s defense shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping the Yellow Jackets under control. The Bulldogs are the team to back at the early odds.

Sugar Bowl Betting Pick: Mississippi State -4

Rose Bowl
No. 3 Florida State vs No. 2 Oregon Ducks  
Date: Jan. 01, 2015 
Start Time: 5 p.m. ET 
Location: Pasadena California
Stadium: Rose Bowl
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio: Florida State vs Oregon
Point Spread: Ducks -7.5
Game Total: 71

Analysis: Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, is an impressive player. Even though Florida State is 3 and 10 against the spread this season, the Seminoles have gone undefeated for the second straight season. It’s all because of Winston who just has a knack for willing his team to victories.

But stat wise, Winston hasn’t had a very good season. His TD to interception ratio is a terrible 24 to 17. He’s only rushed for 3 touchdowns and his decision making hasn’t been close to being as effective this season as it was last season.

Oregon has no such issues with Marcus Mariota, one of the greatest college football players to ever live. Mariota has thrown over 100 touchdown passes during his college career to only 12 interceptions. He’s thrown only 2 interceptions this season and he faces a defense that allowed Georgia Tech to rush for 331 yards.

Unless Oregon just doesn’t show up or plays incredibly flat, Florida State has no shot in this contest. The betting line should be north of 13 points by the time they kick this one off. So, get your wagers down now while it’s still under 10.

Rose Bowl Betting Pick: Oregon -9.5

Sugar Bowl
No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes vs No.1 Alabama Crimson  
Date: Jan. 01, 2015 
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET 
Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV Info: ESPN
Stream Info: WatchESPN.com
Radio:  Ohio State vs Alabama
Point Spread: Crimson Tide -10.5
Game Total: 28

Analysis: Alabama is a different team than the one that started the season. Although the Crimson Tide has lost only a single game, one that they probably should have won, a 17 to 23 defeat to Ole Miss.

The Tide had trouble covering spreads, but in their last two games, a 55 to 44 win over Auburn and a 42 to 13 victory over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama has looked like the team that everybody thought would make it all the way to the National Championship game in North Texas on January 12.

The Bama defense is giving up 16.6 point per game. It plays an Ohio State team with a ton of talent on offense, but one with an unproven quarterback in third stringer Cardale Jones. Jones shouldn’t expect to have the same success against the Crimson Tide D as he did versus Wisconsin who allowed Ohio State to rush for over 300 yards.

Alabama gives up 88.4 yards per game on the ground. Without a rushing attack, Ohio State could be in trouble in this game. Alabama will roll.

Sugar Bowl Betting Pick: Alabama -10