Four games will compete for your attention at the same time in New Year’s Day bowl betting 2014 before we start to get to the meet of the college football post season. The Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl happen later on in the day. Here’s are some free picks to help you build your bankroll before this games slam in to us.
The UNLV Rebels stumbled down the stretch with a rough and tumble 3-3 SU record, but they also covered in four of those games. Their New Year’s Day bowl game betting opponents simply have much more momentum. North Texas is a fringe bet at best to most people but they muscled their way to a fantastic 6-1 SU and ATS record down the stretch. The Rebels have had a nasty habit of winning bowl games in the school’s history, going 3-0 SU in their last three post season appearances. The problem with leaning on that trend is that they haven’t been in a bowl game in 14 years. Ride the hot hand in this New Year’s Day bowl betting matchup and lock down North Texas as -6.5 favorites.
The lofty hopes that Georgia entered this season with were dashed as they were routinely crushed by injuries throughout the year. The Bulldogs were one of the worst bets on the board all season of any name worthy team, going just 3-8-1 ATS during an injury plagued season. The fact that they’ll be without quarterback Aaron Murray for this New Year’s Day bowl game betting showdown makes it mind boggling that they’re actually favored at all.
Nebraska struggled in the sportsbook at just 6-6 ATS this season, but won games the same way you expected them to: with some tough Midwestern grinding. Nebraska managed 32.6 points per game in the Big Ten thanks to their sturdy offensive line and the rushing talents of Ameer Abdullah, who managed 1,568 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns o the ground. The Cornhuskers have a very strong secondary that allowed just 205.8 passing yards all season and going up against a backup quarterback is going to make things a lot easier.
When these two teams clashed in the Capital One Bowl a year ago, they gave us one of the best games of the year. But this one will be academic. Nebraska will impose its physical will on the limping Bulldogs and cover this line easily. Hell, they might even beat Georgia. I wouldn’t be surprised considering how much bad luck the Dogs have faced all year. They’ll just be happy this dismal campaign is over.
Most gamblers hate the LSU Tigers because they constantly underwhelm against the spread. Their 5-6-1 ATS record was pretty par for the course under Les Miles watch, and now that Anthony Jennings is filling in at quarterback for the injured Zach Mettenberger, it’s almost impossible to wager on the Tigers in New Year’s Day bowl betting. This is a game that features two of the county’s best defenses, so don’t expect either team to take chances. I know that the prevailing sentiment is to side with the SEC over everyone else, but this line is simply too big. Especially for a team coached by Les Miles.
If there was every a time for Jadeveon Clowney to take over a game, it would be this one, but the problem with that line of thinking is that Wisconsin’s offensive line is made up of some of the best in college football. The Badgers were a terrific spread busting team this season at 9-2-1 ATS overall and should continue to reward their backers. This is a matchup that plays right in to their hands.
South Carolina ended the year with a promising 5-0 SU winning streak that included a 4-1 ATS record but overall they’ve been a bit of a letdown. They don’t have an explosive offense, and while their defense was very strong, I think that Wisconsin wins this game by the skin of their teeth. Wisconsin can grind up the clock with their burly rushing attack, while their defense takes care of business on the other end of the field. This is a New Year’s Day bowl betting fiasco for Steve Spurrier in the making.