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    Friday, December 30


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    Sun Bowl betting preview: Stanford vs North Carolina
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    North Carolina junior QB Mitch Trubisky is an emerging NFL prospect who threw for nearly 3,500 yards and completed 69 percent of his passes with 28 touchdowns against four interceptions.

    No. 18 Stanford Cardinal vs North Carolina Tar Heels (+3, 54)

    Game to be played at Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas

    Stanford star running back Christian McCaffrey was a key part of the team’s five-game winning streak to close the regular season, but the junior will not play when the Cardinal face North Carolina in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 in El Paso, Texas. McCaffrey, who leads the nation with 2,327 all-purpose yards and has posted 1,603 rushing yards, announced on Twitter that he will sit out the Sun Bowl to focus on his NFL draft preparation. McCaffrey’s early departure creates an opportunity for promising sophomore Bryce Love, who has three rushing touchdowns and averages 7.4 yards per carry.

    The Sun Bowl may lack its original star power, but North Carolina junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky is an emerging NFL prospect who threw for nearly 3,500 yards and completed 69 percent of his passes with 28 touchdowns against four interceptions. The Tar Heels’ roller-coaster campaign included wins over Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh as well as disappointing late-season losses to Duke and North Carolina State. “We weren’t able to overcome all the emotions we created for ourselves,” coach Larry Fedora told reporters. “There were a few games down the stretch that we didn’t play up to our capability. We didn’t make the ordinary plays that we needed to make.”

    North Carolina needs a complete effort against Stanford, which fell out of the Pac-12 race with back-to-back losses to Washington and Washington State but ended the season by winning six of its final seven games. The Tar Heels allowed 235 yards per game on the ground and 28 rushing touchdowns, which doesn’t bode well against a Stanford offense that figures to give Love a heavy workload. If North Carolina’s front seven can bottle up Love, the Cardinal could struggle to keep pace with the Tar Heels’ explosive offense.

    TV:
    2 p.m. ET, CBS.

    LINE HISTORY:
    The line opened with Stanford field goal favorites, that line was quickly bet up to 3.5, before fading late in the week to 2.5. The total opened at 54 and was briefly bet up to 54.5 than returned to the opening number. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    It will be a cloudy day at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, with temperatures in the mid-50’s.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Stanford - OT Casey Tucker (probable, undisclosed), TE Greg Taboada (probable, undisclosed), S Zach Hoffpauir (questionable, undisclosed), RB Christian McCaffrey (out, personal)

    North Carolina - HB Elijah Hood (out, undisclosed)

    ABOUT STANFORD (9-3 SU, 7-5 ATS, 5-7 OU):
    After watching his offense struggle early in the season, Shaw replaced senior quarterback Ryan Burns with sophomore Keller Chryst, who provided an immediate spark and led the Cardinal to five straight wins while throwing nine touchdowns and one interception. Wide receivers JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin became key late-season factors for the Cardinal, who posted over 500 yards of total offense in each of their last three games. Defensive end Solomon Thomas recorded 55 tackles and seven sacks to lead a unit that allows 20.2 points per game and has been especially tough in the red zone.

    ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-8 OU):
    Trubisky has a number of weapons at his disposal, including senior wideout Ryan Switzer, a dangerous punt returner and first-team All-ACC selection who leads the team with 91 receptions for 1,027 yards and five touchdowns. The Tar Heels also boast an effective ground game led by versatile junior Elijah Hood (eight touchdowns) and senior T.J. Logan, who added seven touchdowns on 101 carries. On defense, the Tar Heels are led by linemen Nazair Jones and Malik Carney along with linebacker Andre Smith, who recorded a team-high 110 tackles.

    TRENDS:


    * Cardinal are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.
    * Tar Heels are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
    * Over is 4-0 in Cardinal last 4 neutral site games.
    * Over is 4-0 in Tar Heels last 4 vs. Pac-12.

    For a full list of hot and cold trends click here.

    CONSENSUS:
    The bettors prefer the favorite in this matchup, with 53 percent of wagers on Stanford. As for the total, 60 percent of wagers are on the Over.


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    Friday, December 30


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    Arizona Bowl betting preview: South Alabama vs Air Force
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    The Air Force Falcons excel at the option attack and totaled 35 rushing touchdowns in the regular season from eight different players.

    South Alabama Jaguars vs Air Force Falcons (-13.5, 57.5)

    Game to be played at Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

    South Alabama came out strong with a win at Mississippi State in its season opener but did not win another road game the rest of the way and had to scramble to become bowl eligible. The Jaguars picked up a victory in their regular-season finale over New Mexico State to earn a spot in the Arizona Bowl against Air Force on Dec. 30 in Tucson, Ariz. The Falcons won five straight to close out the regular season, including a 27-20 triumph over then-No. 19 Boise State in the finale.

    South Alabama is making the second bowl appearance in school history and is looking for its first win after falling to Bowling Green in the 2014 Camellia Bowl. The Jaguars showed an ability to get up for big games this season with the win over Mississippi State - the Sun Belt's lone triumph over an SEC team in 2016 - and a 42-24 thrashing of then-No. 19 San Diego State at home on Oct. 1. Each of South Alabama's final three losses and four of the six came by seven or fewer points.

    Air Force hit a lull with three straight losses at the beginning of conference play but churned out the yards on the ground in the final five games. The Falcons are third among FBS teams with an average of 322.8 rushing yards and are averaging 34.3 points. Air Force is appearing in a bowl game for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons under head coach Troy Calhoun and is searching for its fourth win in that span.

    TV:
    5:30 p.m. ET, American Sports Network.

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Falcons opened as 12.5-point favorites and that number wasn’t high enough for bettors, betting the line up another full point to 13.5. The total opened at 57.5 and has yet to move off that number. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    The forecast for Arizona Stadium is calling for cloudy skies with a touch of rain in the evening and temperatures in the mid-50’s at kick off. Winds gusting out of the southwest at 5 mph and gusts as high as 10 mph.

    INJURY REPORT:


    South Alabama - S Kalen Jackson (probable, ankle), OL Curtis Williams (questionable, knee), OL Troy Thingstad (questionable, hip)

    Air Force - QB Nate Romine (questionable, ankle)

    ABOUT SOUTH ALABAMA (6-6 SU, 3-9 ATS, 5-6-1 OU):
    Head coach Joey Jones led the Jaguars' transition to the FBS in 2012 and is confident despite being an underdog against Air Force. "We're going out there to win a bowl game, first and foremost," Jones told reporters. "Yes, we're going to have some great dinners and we're going to do some sightseeing, and that's a great experience, but we have to get the guys to understand it's time for business, and when we get away from those events we have to be ready to practice and ready for meetings." Jones, whose team already beat one Mountain West opponent this season in San Diego State, will lean on junior running back Xavier Johnson, who collected career highs of 154 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season finale.

    ABOUT AIR FORCE (9-3 SU, 5-7 ATS, 7-5 OU):
    The Falcons excel at the option attack and totaled 35 rushing touchdowns in the regular season from eight different players. Jacobi Owens led the team with 785 yards but was one of four rushers to total at least 600 on the season and tied for fifth with three TDs as Timothy McVey paced the team with 10 rushing scores. Air Force is led on defense by senior safety Weston Steelhammer, who became the first player in school history to be named first-team All-Mountain West three years in a row after leading the team with 75 tackles and boosting his career total to 17 interceptions with six more this season.

    TRENDS:


    * Jaguars are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
    * Over is 6-1-1 in Jaguars last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Over is 4-1 in Falcons last 5 neutral site games.
    * Over is 8-2 in Jaguars last 10 non-conference games.

    CONSENSUS:
    Bettors are firmly behind the double digit favorite, with 64 percent of wagers on Air Force. As for the total, 62 percent of the wagers are taking the Over.


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    Friday, December 30


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    Music City Bowl betting preview: Nebraska vs Tennessee
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    Joshua Dobbs had a hand in 15 of the Volunteers' 27 touchdowns scored while piling up 1,362 total yards (including 393 yards on the ground).

    No. 16 Nebraska Cornhuskers vs No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (-6.5, 58)

    Game to be played at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

    Nebraska and Tennessee once seemed poised to return to prominence in 2016, only to watch their seasons wrap up Dec. 30 at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. after league play took its toll. The 21st-ranked Cornhuskers reeled off seven straight wins before a 59-point beating at Ohio State served as one of two blowout losses during their 2-3 finish. The Volunteers opened 5-0, but a three-game skid in mid-October led to a lackluster 3-4 end to their season.

    Quarterbacks Tommy Armstrong Jr. and Joshua Dobbs are set to play their final games after record-breaking careers, although the former may not be able to hold up his end of the deal. Armstrong owns the Cornhuskers' all-time passing (8,871) and total-yardage (10,690) marks, but he reportedly suffered a setback in the left hamstring he injured late in a Nov. 12 win over Minnesota and appears unlikely to go. Dobbs, who holds the Volunteers' single-season rushing mark for a quarterback, leads the SEC in touchdown passes (26), passer efficiency (152.6) and points responsible for (216).

    While the Cornhuskers made significant strides in 2016 on defense (31st in scoring defense and 21st in total defense this year after 75th- and 64th-place finishes, respectively, in 2015), the Volunteers boast the most impactful player on that side of the ball. All-American junior defensive end Derek Barnett is tied for sixth in the nation with an SEC-high 12 sacks, while his 18 tackles for loss lead the league and rank 16th nationally. He is also tied with Vols legend Reggie White for the most sacks in school history (32).

    TV:
    3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

    LINE HISTORY:
    Oddsmakers opened with Tennessee as 3-point favorites, but that wasn’t enough for bettors and they forced the line up to 6.5 late in the week. The total opened at 60.5 and was quickly bet up a half-point to 61, before fading to 58 when this cheat sheet was created. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    The forecast is calling for plenty of sunshine at Nissan Stadium in Nashville for this afternoon kick off. Temperatures will be in the high-40’s and winds heading east at 7 mph.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Nebraska - QB Ryker Fyfe (probable, wrist), RB Terrell Newby (probable, knee), TE Matt Snyder (questionable, elbow), WR Alonzo Moore (questionable, undisclosed), RB Tre Bryant (questionable, hamstring), QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. (doubtful, hamstring), WR Jordan Westerkamp (out, knee), S Nate Gerry (out, eligibility), CB Boaz Joseph (out, suspension)

    Tennessee - DL Austin Smith (questionable, shoulder), OL Dylan Wiesman (questionable, ankle), OL Chance Hall (out, undisclosed), OL Venzell Boulware (out, academics)

    ABOUT NEBRASKA (9-3 SU, 6-4-2 ATS, 3-9 OU):
    With Armstrong trending in the wrong direction, coach Mike Riley is working under the belief that fellow senior Ryker Fyfe will make his third career start; the former walk-on threw for 220 yards and a score in a win against Maryland in his only previous 2016 start on Nov. 19. Leading receiver Jordan Westerkamp suffered a torn meniscus in practice on Dec. 14 and has been ruled out, leaving senior Brandon Reilly (17 catches for 314 yards) to start in his place in the slot. Safety Nate Gerry needs one interception to match Dana Stephenson's school career mark of 14 - the same number of tackles he requires to tie Mike Brown's program record for career tackles by a defensive back (287).

    ABOUT TENNESSEE (8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS, 8-4 OU):
    The Volunteers averaged 50.2 points over their final four games (3-1) and Dobbs had a hand in 15 of the 27 touchdowns scored while piling up 1,362 total yards (including 393 yards on the ground) over that same span. Junior Josh Malone is easily the team's biggest offensive threat after Dobbs, ranking second in the conference with 10 receiving touchdowns and 18.9 yards per catch. Barnett accumulated all 12 of his sacks during conference play and became the first Tennessee defensive lineman to earn first-team all-conference coaches' honors since Robert Ayers in 2008, but he is one of the few bright spots for a unit that ended the regular season ranked 109th in FBS in total defense and 73rd in scoring defense.

    TRENDS:


    * Cornhuskers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games on grass.
    * Volunteers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
    * Over is 5-1 in Cornhuskers last 6 games on grass.
    * Over is 4-0 in Volunteers last 4 bowl games.

    CONSENSUS:
    55 percent of users are backing the favorite Tennessee Volunteers. As for the total, 62 percent of the wagers are on the Over.


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    Friday, December 30


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    Orange Bowl betting preview: Michigan vs Florida State
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    Jabrill Peppers won a multitude of awards this season, including the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, the Lott Impact Trophy, the Horning Award and finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting.

    No. 6 Michigan Wolverines vs No. 11 Florida State Seminoles (+7, 52)

    Game to be played at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

    Sixth-ranked Michigan looks to overcome the disappointment of missing out on the College Football Playoff when it faces No. 10 Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 in Miami. The Wolverines seemed poised to make their first appearance in the CFP until they dropped two of their last three games down the stretch, including a controversial 30-27 double-overtime loss to No. 2 Ohio State. The Seminoles were picked fourth in the preseason USA Today Coaches' poll but failed to live up to the hype, suffering losses to Louisville (60-23), North Carolina (37-35) and second-ranked Clemson (37-34) during a six-week span, as they failed to advance to the ACC title game for the second time in as many seasons.

    Sophomore hybrid linebacker Jabrill Peppers, who has played in 11 different positions, and junior running back Dalvin Cook, who has rushed for 4,319 yards and 45 touchdowns in his Florida State career, are likely playing their last collegiate games. Cook rewrote the record book with the Seminoles after running for 1,620 yards and 18 touchdowns this season to break Warrick Dunn's career mark for rushing yards (3,959) and eclipse Greg Allen's 32-year old record for most touchdowns (44). Peppers won a multitude of awards this season, including the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, the Lott Impact Trophy, the Horning Award and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting en route to becoming the first unanimous All-American at Michigan since Jake Long in 2007.

    The key to the matchup could hinge on whose offensive line protects their quarterback the best as Florida State led the nation with 47 sacks while Michigan finished right behind the Seminoles with 44 in the regular season. DeMarcus Walker led the country with 15 sacks and anchors a talented Seminoles' defensive front that has the potential to wreak havoc on the Wolverines' offensive line, which struggled in the last three games of the season. Michigan was dominate defensively under first-year coordinator Don Brown as the Wolverines finished first nationally in tackles for loss (115), second in scoring defense (12.5) and second in total defense (252.7).

    TV:
    8 p.m. ET, ESPN.

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Wolverines opened this bowl favored by 7-points, that line was briefly dropped to 6.5 before returning to the opening number. The total hit the board at 55 and has been driven down 2.5-points to 52.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    It should be a beautiful night for football at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The forecast is calling for clear, minimal winds and temperatures in the low 60’s.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Michigan - QB Wilton Speight (probable, shoulder), K Quinn Nordin (questionable, leg)

    Florida State - DB Calvin Brewton (probable, head), DT Adam Torres (questionable, foot), DT Darvin Taylor II (questionable, shoulder), TE Jalen Richardson (questionable, concussion), DB Marcus Lewis (questionable, hip), LB Josh Brown (questionable, foot), OL Brock Ruble (questionable, leg), WR Da’Vante Phillips (questionable, wrist), DB A.J. Westbrook (questionable, concussion), WR Ermon Lane (out, foot), DB Derwin James (out, knee), OL Wilson Bell (questionable, possible suspension), LB Jacob Pugh (questionable, concussion)

    ABOUT MICHIGAN (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS, 8-4 OU):
    Junior quarterback Wilton Speight, who threw for 2,375 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first year as a starter, was hampered by a shoulder injury down the stretch but is expected to be back to 100 percent health against Florida State. "Wilton had a phenomenal year and improved game by game," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters. "I truly think he will go into next year as one of the top quarterbacks in the country." Every defensive starter for the Wolverines received Big Ten honors, including Peppers, cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive end Taco Charlton, who are all projected to be selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

    ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (9-3 SU, 7-4 ATS, 5-6 OU):
    Promising quarterback Malik Henry, who was beaten out of the starting job by Deondre Francois despite throwing for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game, revealed his intention to transfer to another school on Dec. 13. Cook has rushed for at least 100 yards in eight of his last nine games and is coming off an 153-yard performance in the 31-13 win over No. 18 Florida to become the first player since Sammie Smith in 1988 to notch 3 straight 100-yard games against the Gators. "I'm looking forward to it. That's why I'm putting in the time watching Michigan film," Cook told reporters. "I'm looking forward to playing a good football team."

    TRENDS:


    * Wolverines are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
    * Seminoles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games.
    * Seminoles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
    * Over is 11-2 in Wolverines last 13 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Over is 5-0 in Seminoles last 5 neutral site games.

    CONSENSUS:
    Users like the favorite in this matchup, with 52 percent of the wagers on Michigan. As for the total, bettors are split 50/50.


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    Saturday, December 31


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    Citrus Bowl betting preview: Louisiana State vs Louisville
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    Lamar Jackson is the only player in FBS history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns and rush for 20-plus TDs in the regular season.

    No. 20 Louisiana State Tigers vs No. 13 Louisville Cardinals (+3, 59.5)

    Game to be played at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

    Lamar Jackson toyed with defenses for most of 2016 en route to becoming Louisville's first Heisman Trophy winner, but he'll likely face his toughest test of the season on Dec. 31 at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla against LSU. The sophomore quarterback is the only player in FBS history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns and rush for 20-plus TDs in the regular season. The Tigers rank sixth in FBS in scoring defense (16.4 points) and 13th in total defense (323 yards per game).

    LSU running back Leonard Fournette will not play after declaring for the NFL Draft earlier in the month. One year after rushing for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns - both school records - as a sophomore, the 2015 All-American was dogged by an August left ankle injury that forced him to miss four regular-season games as a junior. Despite missing nearly half the season, he'll leave as the Tigers' single-season leader in rushing yards per game (162.8), career rushing yards per game (119.7) and 200-yard games (five).

    The Cardinals ended the regular season with a thud - allowing 11 sacks and committing 15 penalties in a 36-10 setback at Houston before losing 41-38 to Kentucky to snap a five-game winning streak in the series - and things have only gotten worse since. Linebackers James Hearns and Henry Famurewa were among three students shot near the school's campus hours after Jackson won the Heisman on Dec. 10. Less than a week later, the school suspended offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway for his role in the Wake Forest play-sharing scandal.

    TV:
    11 a.m. ET, ABC.

    LINE HISTORY:
    Oddsmakers opened the line with LSU as 3.5-point favorites and that has been bet down to a field goal. The total opened at 60 and has been bet down half-point to 59.5. Check out the complete line history here

    WEATHER REPORT:
    It should be a gorgeous afternoon for football at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The forecast is calling for sunny skies, minimal winds out of the south and temperatures in the mid-70’s.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Louisiana State - FB Bry’Kiethon Mouton (probable, undisclosed), WR Travin Dural (probable, undisclosed), DE Arden Key (probable, shoulder), CB Tre’Davious White (probable, ankle), DT Christian LaCouture (doubtful, knee), DE Andre Anthony (doubtful, academics), OL Donavaughn Campbell (out, shoulder), RB Leonard Fournette (out, ankle), LB Kendell Beckwith (out, knee)

    Louisville - RB L.J. Scott (questionable, hamstring), WR Jamari Staples (questionable, undisclosed), LB James Hearns (doubtful, elbow), LB Henry Famurewa (doubtful, foot)

    ABOUT LSU (7-4 SU, 5-6 ATS, 2-7-2 OU):
    Darrius Guice emerged as one of the most explosive running backs in the country, averaging a league-high 7.9 yards per carry and running for a SEC-best 14 touchdowns while finishing second in the conference in rushing (1,249), even breaking Fournette's single-game school rushing record 33 days after he set it with 285 yards against Texas A&M. Danny Etling threw for 324 yards versus the Aggies as well, giving the Tigers a 300-yard passer and 200-yard rusher in the same game for the first time in school history. The defense is led by a pair of All-Americans in junior safety Jamal Adams (70 tackles) and senior linebacker Kendell Beckwith (9.1 tackles per game, second in the SEC).

    ABOUT LOUISVILLE (9-3 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 8-4 OU):
    Despite committing five of the Cardinals' seven turnovers during their season-ending losing streak, Jackson totaled five touchdowns to set the ACC record for touchdowns responsible for in a single season (51) while breaking the single-season school marks for rushing yards (1,538) and 100-yard rushing performances (eight). Tight end Cole Hikutini (eight touchdowns), who is one of four Cardinals with at least 593 receiving yards, joins wideouts James Quick (six), Jaylen Smith (six) and Reggie Bonnafon (five) with at least five receiving touchdowns. Hearns, who is tied for the ACC lead with five forced fumbles and leads the team with eight sacks, is expected to make a full recovery, as is Famurewa and the cheerleader involved in the shootings.

    TRENDS:


    * Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.
    * Cardinals are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
    * Cardinals are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Under is 4-0-2 in Tigers last 6 games following a straight up win.
    * Over is 9-2 in Cardinals last 11 games on fieldturf.

    CONSENSUS:
    The betting public has their eye on the Cardinals with 60 percent of the wagers on the underdog. Over is grabbing 54 percent of the selections from users.


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    Saturday, December 31


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    TaxSlayer Bowl betting preview: Georgia Tech vs Kentucky
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    Justin Thomas (1,454 yards passing, 562 yards rushing) is a two-way threat who engineered late game-winning drives through the air against Boston College and Georgia.

    Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs Kentucky Wildcats (+3.5, 62.5)

    Game to be played at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

    Two of the top rushing offenses in the country collide when Georgia Tech and Kentucky meet in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Dec. 31 in Jacksonville. The Yellow Jackets, whose string of 18 consecutive bowl appearances was snapped last season, led the ACC and sit 10th nationally at 257.4 yards per game on the ground. The Wildcats, who are making their first bowl appearance since 2010, rank third in the SEC and 16th in the nation in rushing yards per game (241.3).

    Georgia Tech started its season 3-3 before getting on track, winning five of its final six games while averaging 285.7 rushing yards per game during that stretch. “We got fortunate and got hot a little bit, and started playing a little bit better and really finished up the season on a positive note,” Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson told reporters. While the rushing offense is critical to Georgia Tech’s chances, quarterback Justin Thomas (1,454 yards passing, 562 yards rushing) is a two-way threat who engineered late game-winning drives through the air against Boston College and Georgia.

    Kentucky features a two-pronged rushing attack led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Stanley Williams (1,135 yards) and SEC All-Freshman team honoree Benny Snell (1,079 yards) with Snell setting freshman school marks for rushing yards, 100-yard games and touchdowns. “I think it’s impressive to have a true freshman do that,” Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops told reporters. “He’s been steady.” The Wildcats are 230 yards and two touchdowns away from setting school single-season records in both categories.

    TV:
    11 a.m. ET, ESPN.

    LINE HISTORY:
    The line opened at Georgia Tech -4 and was quickly dropped to 3.5, where it has held firm. The total opened at 60 and that wasn’t enough for bettors as it rose as high as 63, before fading to the current number of 62.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    It should be a beautiful afternoon for football at Everbank field in Jacksonville. The forecast is calling for mostly clear skies, minimal winds and temperatures in the mid-60’s.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Georgia Tech - DL Jordan Woods (questionable, upper body)

    Kentucky - WR Jeff Badet (questionable, hip), LB Jordan Jones (questionable, back)

    ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (8-4 SU, 6-4-1 ATS, 6-4-1 OU):
    Johnson credits the offensive line with solidifying the team after an up-and-down opening half of the season, but the Yellow Jackets will be without leading rusher Marcus Marshall (624 yards) after the sophomore announced his transfer to James Madison. Freshman Dedrick Mills has rushed for 602 yards and 11 touchdowns in only eight games, while Thomas accounted for 459 yards of total offense in an October victory over Duke and passed for 164 yards against Georgia. The Yellow Jackets surrendered only 21.3 points per game in winning their last three contests, including an upset victory at Virginia Tech and a rally from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to knock off Georgia.

    ABOUT KENTUCKY (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 7-5 OU):
    Williams finished the regular season fifth in the SEC in rushing and Snell placed eighth, providing the power for a Wildcats’ offense that saw quarterback Stephen Johnson battle inconsistency and injury. Kentucky punctuated its breakout season with an upset of in-state rival Louisville, winning five of its last seven games. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones, who earned second-team All-SEC honors, recorded 100 tackles (14 for loss) in anchoring a defense that ranked in the bottom third nationally in allowing 31.2 points per game.

    TRENDS:


    * Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
    * Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
    * Over is 5-1 in Yellow Jackets last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Over is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 vs. ACC.

    CONSENSUS:
    The Wildcats are the team of choice in this one, with 57 percent of Covers users taking Kentucky. 55 percent of users are taking the Over.


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    Saturday, December 31


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    Peach Bowl betting preview: Washington vs Alabama
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    Defensive end Jonathan Allen won the Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year and his standout campaign includes 8.5 sacks and two fumble-return TDs.

    No. 4 Washington Huskies vs No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-13.5, 52.5)

    Game to be played at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

    Top-ranked Alabama begins its pursuit of its fifth national championship in 10 seasons under coach Nick Saban in the Peach Bowl when it takes on No. 4 Washington on Dec. 31 in the College Football Playoff semifinal contest. The Crimson Tide defeated Clemson in last season's title game and have won their last 25 overall games. The Huskies have ascended quickly under third-year coach Chris Petersen and are enjoying their best season since the 1991 Don James-coached unbeaten squad shared the national championship with Miami.

    The quarterbacks are highly productive but pack different skill sets as Washington's Jake Browning is an efficient pro-style signal caller while Alabama's Jalen Hurts is a multi-faceted player who runs nearly as well as he throws. Browning, a sophomore, passed for 3,280 yards and a school-record 42 touchdowns, while Hurts accounted for 34 scores (22 passing, 12 rushing) and is striving to join Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway (1985) as the only true freshmen quarterbacks to lead a team to a national title. "I'm a firm believer in age being nothing but a number," the 18-year-old Hurts told reporters. "And I feel like if you step up to any situation and you're able to play your game, be confident, have the poise you need to have, you'll be alright."

    Both teams excel at scoring points while not on offense, particularly a Crimson Tide squad that totaled 14 non-offensive touchdowns, matching Southern Mississippi (2011) for the most in FBS since 1996. Alabama's non-offensive touchdowns break down this way: five interception returns, five fumble returns, three punt returns and one blocked field goal. The Huskies have two superb returners in juniors Josh Ross (one kickoff return score this season, four in his career) and Dante Pettis (two punt return TDs this season, five in his career).

    TV:
    3 p.m. ET, ESPN

    LINE HISTORY:
    Alabama opened as 13.5-point favorites but that spread initially wasn’t enough as the line was bet up to 16.5 the first week of December. Since, the line has faded down returning to the opening number of 13.5. The total hit the board at 55 and dropped to 52.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
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    INJURY REPORT:


    Washington - WR Brayden Lenius (questionable, undisclosed), LB Joe Mathis (out, foot), LB Azeem Victor (out, leg)

    Alabama - DB Marlon Humphrey (probable, hamstring), WR ArDarius Stewart (probable, undisclosed), LB Keith holcombe (probable, leg), DB Tony Brown (probable, undisclosed), OL Cam Robinson (questionable, undisclosed), DL Dakota Ball (out indefinitely, finger), OL Josh Casher (out for season, foot)

    ABOUT WASHINGTON (12-1 SU, 7-6 ATS, 8-4-1 OU):
    Browning completed 63.2 percent of his passes and Ross totaled 76 receptions for 1,122 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Huskies, who average 44.5 points per game. Sophomore running back Myles Gaskin rushed for 1,339 yards and 10 scores and junior backup Lavon Coleman owns a glitzy 7.8 average while rushing for 836 yards and seven touchdowns. The defense allows 17.2 points per game and features standout junior free safety Budda Baker (65 tackles, two interceptions) and senior outside linebacker Psalm Wooching (team-high six sacks) but remains without two of its top players in senior outside linebacker Joe Mathis (foot) and junior middle linebacker Azeem Victor (leg).

    ABOUT ALABAMA (13-0 SU, 9-4 ATS, 6-7 OU):
    Senior defensive end Jonathan Allen won the Nagurski Trophy as the national defensive player of the year and his standout campaign includes 8 1/2 sacks and two fumble-return touchdowns for a unit that leads the nation in scoring defense (11.8) and total defense (247.8). The defense didn't miss a beat when it lost star senior safety Eddie Jackson to a season-ending broken leg and the list of standouts include senior outside linebackers Ryan Anderson (team-high 17 tackles for losses) and Tim Williams (15 1/2 tackles for losses) and sophomore safety Mikah Fitzpatrick (team-best five interceptions). Hurts passed for 2,592 yards and rushed for 841 and possesses two solid targets in sophomore wideout Calvin Ridley (66 receptions for 727 yards and seven touchdowns) and junior receiver ArDarius Stewart (52 for 852 and eight scores).

    TRENDS:


    * Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
    * Crimson Tide are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
    * Over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 non-conference games.
    * Over is 9-2 in Crimson Tide last 11 bowl games.

    CONSENSUS:
    The Crimson Tide are the team of choice in this one, with 52 percent of users taking the favorite. The total is getting 64 percent of wagers on the Over.


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    Fiesta Bowl betting preview: Ohio State vs Clemson
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    Deshaun Watson has thrown 15 interceptions this season, though only two in the past three games.

    No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes vs No. 2 Clemson Tigers (+3, 59)

    Game to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

    Clemson and Ohio State will meet in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff when they square off Dec. 31 in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. Both teams have been selected for the four-team playoff for the second time in the three-year history. The Tigers reached the national championship game before suffering a 45-40 loss to Alabama last season, while the Buckeyes defeated the Crimson Tide and Oregon en route to the 2014 title.

    Ohio State is the first team to be selected for the College Football Playoff without winning its conference championship. The Buckeyes missed out on the Big Ten title game thanks to a 24-21 midseason loss at Penn State, but they won their last five games of the regular season, including a double-overtime win over sixth-ranked Michigan. The Nittany Lions defeated Wisconsin 38-31 in the Big Ten championship game but finished at No. 5 in the playoff rankings.

    For all the big-name offensive stars on both sides, the defenses could end up telling the story. Ohio State ranks in the top six nationally in passing defense, total defense and scoring defense, and the Buckeyes have piled up 19 interceptions – the fourth-most in the country – which bodes well against star Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has thrown 15 interceptions, though only two in the past three games. The Tigers boast a well-balanced unit that ranks ninth in total defense, a necessity against the Buckeyes’ powerful ground game.

    TV:
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    LINE HISTORY:
    The lined opened with Ohio State as 3-point favorites and was briefly bet up half-point to 3.5, than returned to 3 where it has held. The total opened at 60.5 and has faded two full points to 58.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
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    INJURY REPORT:


    Ohio State - WR Corey Smith (probable, undisclosed), OL Kevin Feder (questionable, foot), DL Tracy Sprinkle (questionable, leg), DT Malik Barrow (questionable, illness)

    Clemson - DT Scott Pagano (probable, foot), OL John Simpson (probable, leg), DE Richard Yeargin (probable, knee), CB Adrian Baker (questionable, knee), OT Jake Fruhmorgen (doubtful, shoulder), WR Trevion Thompson (out, wrist)

    ABOUT OHIO STATE (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 OU):
    The Buckeyes lean on one of the nation’s top running games, averaging 258.3 yards per game on the ground behind the trio of Mike Weber (1,072 yards, 9 TDs), Curtis Samuel (704 yards, 8 TDs) and quarterback J.T. Barrett (847 yards, 9 TDs). Barrett has done a solid imitation of his counterpart Watson, as he has passed for 2,428 yards with 24 touchdowns and just five interceptions. The Buckeyes do a good job of pressuring the quarterback – Tyquan Lewis leads the way with 7 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for loss – and they will need to make Watson uncomfortable to have success slowing down the Tigers.

    ABOUT CLEMSON (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS, 7-6 OU):
    The Tigers are tough up front on both sides of the ball, which they hope will help them slow Ohio State’s ground game and force Barrett to try to beat them with his arm. Despite a strong offensive line, Clemson has been inconsistent in its ability to run the ball, though Wayne Gallman (1,002 yards, 15 TDs) has gotten on track late in the season and Watson could look to run more after staying in the pocket more often during the regular season. Watson has a number of capable targets, but the Buckeyes likely will try to lock down star Mike Williams (84 receptions, 1,171 yards, 10 TDs) and make the lesser-known receivers beat them.

    TRENDS:


    * Buckeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
    * Tigers are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Over is 4-1 in Buckeyes last 5 vs. ACC.
    * Over is 5-0 in Tigers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.

    CONSENSUS:
    The public is backing the ACC champion Tigers with 61 percent of wagers on Clemson. The over is getting 58 percent of the action.


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    CFP National Championship: Alabama opens as favorites over Clemson

    “The public is clearly going to back the Crimson Tide, as has been the case most of the year.”

    Before the clock expired on Clemson’s stunning blowout of Ohio State on New Year’s Eve, the line was already up for the national championship rematch between the Tigers and Alabama. We talk about the opening number for the Jan. 9 contest with a handful of oddsmakers: John Lester, senior lines manager for offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu; Ed Salmons, oddsmaker for the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook; Peter Childs, risk management supervisor for offshore site Sportsbook.ag; and Scott Kaminsky, sports director at TheGreek.com.

    Clemson Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (-6)

    The two semifinals didn’t provide much in the way of compelling drama, but Clemson at least provided one stunning outcome. The Tigers (13-1 SU, 7-7 ATS) boatraced Ohio State 31-0 as a 1-point underdog Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl, getting the opportunity to avenge their 45-40 loss to ‘Bama in last year’s national title game as a 6.5-point pup.

    Meanwhile, Alabama went into Saturday’s Peach Bowl as a 13-point chalk against Washington and stifled the Huskies 24-7. The victory marked the defending champion Crimson Tide’s 26th consecutive SU win (17-9 ATS), as they moved to 14-0 SU and 10-4 ATS this season.

    ‘Bama isn’t quite as overwhelming a favorite for next week’s game, with Bookmaker.eu opening the Tide as a 6-point chalk against Clemson for the contest at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

    “The public is clearly going to back the Crimson Tide, as has been the case most of the year,” Cooley said. “But we were hesitant to open this spread on the key number (7), given the late support Washington received from bettors (in the Peach Bowl). It will be interesting to see where the action takes the number, but this is shaping up to be a memorable CFP championship.”

    At the Superbook, while the line opened at Alabama -7, Salmons was impressed with Clemson’s semifinal performance.

    “Obviously, Clemson looked outstanding today,” Salmons said. “The big thing was (coaches) allowed DeShaun Watson to run the ball, which they haven't let him do all year. It was a game-changer for the Clemson offense.”

    Indeed, along with his 259 passing yards that included one TD – while he overcame two interceptions – Watson rushed for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

    At Sportsbook.ag, Childs opened the national title game at ‘Bama -7, and money began pouring in on the Tigers.

    “It’s been nothing but ‘dog money,” Childs said. “We’re down to 6, and even at that number, we’re still seeing more Clemson money than ‘Bama. I fully expect ‘Bama money to show on this game, and it’s very, very early in the process, but as of now, we’re dealing 6 on this game and have no intention of getting off that number.”

    Six was the number of the night for TheGreek.com, as well, with Kaminsky opening at that number, and he doesn’t foresee much change to that line.

    “I think the spread will end up very close to where we are starting it,” he said.

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    NCAAF

    Monday, January 2


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    Outback Bowl betting preview: Florida vs Iowa
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    Iowa won the Joe Moore Award (most outstanding offensive line) and the Hawkeyes sealed it with impressive performances in victories over Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska to end the season.

    Florida Gators vs Iowa Hawkeyes (+3, 40.5)


    Game to be played at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

    Florida’s defense tries to redeem itself after two disappointing performances when the Gators take on Iowa in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Florida allowed 14 or fewer points in eight of its first 10 games to earn a spot in the SEC Championship game before giving up 85 combined against rival Florida State and Alabama in the last two. Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was hired as the new coach at Temple last week and former Miami (Fla.) coach Randy Shannon will run the defense against Iowa.

    Iowa recently won the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding offensive line, and the Hawkeyes sealed it with impressive performances in consecutive victories over Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska to end the regular season. Senior LeShun Daniels Jr. (1,013 yards, 10 touchdowns) and junior Akrum Wadley (966, 10) could become the first pair of Iowa running backs to go over 1,000 in the same season. Iowa rushed for a total of 526 yards in the wins over Illinois and Nebraska after grinding out the upset win against Michigan with 98 on the ground.

    This is the third time the programs meet in the Outback Bowl as Iowa took the 2004 contest 37-17 before the Gators fought back to win 31-24 in 2006. Florida lost two of its last three bowl games after the 41-7 setback against Michigan in the 2015 Citrus Bowl and is 21-21 all-time. The Hawkeyes play their fourth straight January bowl game and dropped four in a row overall after last season’s 45-16 defeat against Stanford in the Rose Bowl - falling to .500 all time at 14-14-1.

    TV:
    1 p.m. ET, ABC

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Florida Gators opened as 2-point favorites and shortly after release that line was bumped up to 3 points. The total opened at 40.5 and has been stable since release. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    The weather is expected to be perfect for Monday's Cotton bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida with sunny skies and temperatures in the low-90's. The humidity levels will be in the 80's and wind may be a factor with cross-winds expected to be blowing at around 15 mph.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Florida - LB A. Anzalone (Probable, arm), WR R. Wells (Questionable, personal), WR K. Jackson (Questionable, foot), LB J. Moon (Questionable, thumb), DL J. Reed (Questionable, undisclosed), WR C. Worton (Questionable, ankle), QB L. Del Rio (Questionable, shoulder), OL C. Dillard (Questionable, knee), DB N. Washington (Questionable, ankle), DB D. Dawson (Questionable, ankle), RB M. Herndon (Questionable, hamstring), OL F. Johnson (Questionable, undisclosed), TE C. Lewis (Questionable, ankle), OL T. Jordan (Questionable, ankle), LB D. McMillian (Questionable, shoulder), OL J. Taylor (Questionable, undisclosed), RB M. Thompson (Questionable, possible suspension), DL J. Sherit (Out For Season, knee), DB M. Maye (Out For Season, arm), WR D. Massey (Out For Season, knee), DB C. McWilliams (Out For Season, knee), OL A. Riles (Out For Season, knee).

    Iowa - OL C. Croston (Probable, calf), TE G. Kittle (Probable, foot), DB M. Taylor (Questionable, concussion), DB M. Rugamba (Doubtful, undisclosed), FB D. Kulick (Out, undisclosed), DB G. Mabin (Out For Season, leg), DL J. Hulett (Out For Season, ankle), WR M. VandeBerg (Out For Season, foot).

    ABOUT FLORIDA (8-4 SU, 4-7-1 ATS, 4-8 O/U):
    The Gators gave up 483 yards on the ground over the last two games to push their season average to 142.2 - 36th in the nation - and are still sixth overall in total defense (298.6) despite two rough outings. Sophomore running back Jordan Scarlett (795 yards, six touchdowns on the ground) prospered with more carries in the middle of the season - totaling three 100-yard efforts in five games before being limited to 70 combined in the last two. Senior transfer Austin Appleby took over at quarterback when Luke Del Rio was injured, completing 61.6 percent of his passes in the last four games, and sophomore Antonio Callaway is his most dangerous target (47 catches, 666 yards, three touchdowns).

    ABOUT IOWA (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, 5-7 O/U):
    The Hawkeyes lost their top receiver (Matt VandeBerg) to a season-ending injury early on and coach Kirk Ferentz had to do a lot of mixing and matching on the offensive line. Senior quarterback C.J. Beathard (17 touchdown passes, seven interceptions) threw for only 290 yards combined the last three weeks as the running attack took over with Daniels totaled 317 yards on the ground against Illinois and Nebraska while combining with Wadley for 20 rushing TDs overall. The defense stepped up after a 41-14 loss at Penn State, allowing 23 total points in the last three games, and linebacker Josey Jewell (fourth team) along with defensive back Desmond King (second) were named All-Americans.

    TRENDS:


    * Gators are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
    * Hawkeyes are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
    * Over is 6-1 in Gators' last 7 vs. Big Ten.
    * Over is 6-0-1 in Hawkeyes' last 7 games on grass.

    CONSENSUS:
    The public is backing the Florida Gators with 56 percent of wagers. The Over is picking up 57 percent of the totals action.


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    Cotton Bowl betting preview: Western Michigan vs Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin's defense features standout linebacker T.J. Watt (10.5 sacks), whose brother J.J. is the former Wisconsin standout and current defensive terror for the Houston Texans.

    Western Michigan Broncos vs Wisconsin Badgers (-8.5, 52.5)

    Game to be played at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

    Wisconsin will never know if it was one win away from earning a spot in the College Football Playoff, but there is no time for the Badgers to dwell on their missed opportunity. After losing the Big Ten title game and finishing eighth in the CFP standings, the Badgers head to Dallas for a Jan. 2 matchup against undefeated Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. The Broncos are enjoying the best season in school history after going 17-21 during P.J. Fleck's first three seasons as Western Michigan coach, and attempt to complete their Cinderella run by knocking off a third Big Ten opponent this season (Northwestern, Illinois).

    The Badgers rank fourth in the country in points allowed (15.5), while the Broncos are 16th nationally (19.5). Wisconsin's defense features standout linebacker T.J. Watt (10.5 sacks), whose brother J.J. is the former Wisconsin standout and current defensive terror for the Houston Texans. Western Michigan led the Mid-American Conference in scoring defense and ranked second in the country in turnover margin (plus-19) with Keion Adams (7.5 sacks and 17 tackles for loss) leading the way.

    The biggest challenge for the Western Michigan defense will be containing Corey Clement, the senior running back for Wisconsin who has rushed for at least 100 yards in seven of the last eight games. Clement recorded 1,304 rushing yards and 14 scores on the season, helping to take the pressure off the Badgers' inconsistent quarterbacks. Alex Hornibrook (58.1 percent completions, eight TDs, seven interceptions) missed the Big Ten title game loss to Penn State with a head injury but will be ready to play versus the Broncos, and will look to get the ball to Jazz Peavy (team highs of 43 catches, 635 yards, five TDs).

    TV:
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    LINE HISTORY:
    Wisconsin opened as 7.5-point favorites and have been bet up to -8.5 on Friday and Saturday. The total hit the board at 54 and has dropped slightly to 52.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    The roof of AT&T Stadium will likely be closed with rain in the forecast for Monday in Arlington, Texas.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Western Michigan - S J. Ferguson (Out For Season, ankle).

    Wisconsin - QB A. Hornibrook (Probable, concussion), OL L. Schmidt (Questionable, head), CB C. Williams (Questionable, leg), LB N. Thomas (Questionable, leg), LS J. Cesear (Questionable, undisclosed), OL J. Maxwell (Questionable, shoulder), DE C. Sheehy (Questionable, arm), K R. Gaglianone (Out For Season, back), LB J. Cichy (Out For Season, pectoral), LB C. Orr (Out For Season, knee).

    ABOUT WESTERN MICHIGAN (13-0 SU, 9-4 ATS, 7-6 O/U):
    The Broncos have an impressive set of "triplets" at the offensive skill positions, led by quarterback Zach Terrell (3,376 yards, 70.8 completion percentage, 32 touchdowns), who threw two of his three interceptions in the 29-23 victory over Ohio in the MAC title game. From that point on, Fleck said he believed his team belonged on this stage, telling reporters: "We are 13-0. We're the best Group of Five team in the country. We didn't lose a game. Whoever they put on our schedule, we beat. There's two undefeated teams in the country - us and Alabama. There is no argument (that we belong in the Cotton Bowl)." Fleck and company now must prove they can hang with the big boys as they rely on Terrell, Jarvion Franklin (1,300 rushing yards, 12 TDs) and All-American wideout Corey Davis (91 catches, 1,427 yards, 18 scores).

    ABOUT WISCONSIN (10-3 SU, 9-3-1 ATS, 6-7 O/U):
    The Badgers' defense could have their hands full with a Broncos' offense that averages 43.5 points - eighth-best in the country - particularly if their performance against Penn State is any indication. Wisconsin gave up 384 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air against the Nittany Lions as their six-game winning streak came to an end in disappointing fashion. Coach Paul Chryst acknowledged that finals provided a welcome distraction for his players as they try to forget about the Big Ten title game and added that "historically, (the Cotton Bowl) has been a big bowl, and anytime you get a chance to play in a bowl game that’s assigned by the committee, and then when you find out you’re facing one of two undefeated teams, it was exciting to me and I know to our kids, too. ... I think they're excited to play."

    TRENDS:


    * Broncos are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
    * Badgers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. MAC.
    * Over is 4-1 in Broncos' last 5 Bowl games.
    * Under is 5-1 in Badgers' last 6 non-conference games.

    CONSENSUS:
    The public is backing the Wisconsin Badgers with 58 percent of wagers. The Over is picking up 53 percent of the totals action.


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    Rose Bowl betting preview: USC vs Penn State
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    This game features two of the best young quarterbacks in the country in Penn State sophomore Trace McSorley and USC freshman Sam Darnold.

    Southern California Trojans vs Penn State Nittany Lions (+7, 59.5)

    Game to be played at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

    Although neither Penn State or USC was selected for the College Football Playoff, two of the hottest teams in the country meet Jan. 2 in ”The Granddaddy of Them All” -- the 103rd Rose Bowl. Despite the Nittany Lions winning their last nine games, including 24-21 over CFP participant Ohio State and 38-31 over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference title game, they were left out of the playoff because of early losses to Pittsburgh and Michigan. Much like Penn State, USC was left for dead after a 1-3 start that included a 52-6 humiliating loss at No. 1 Alabama, but a change at quarterback revitalized the Trojans and they finished with eight straight wins, including 26-13 over CFP-bound Washington and 21-17 over Colorado.

    This game features two of the best young quarterbacks in the country in Penn State sophomore Trace McSorley (school records of 3,360 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes) and USC freshman Sam Darnold (68.1 completion percentage, 26 TDs, eight interceptions). McSorley led the FBS in yards per completion (16.3), topped the Big Ten and finished 14th nationally in passer rating (156.6), and completed 39-of-54 passes for 760 yards with eight TDs and no interceptions in victories over Michigan State and Wisconsin to wrap of the Big Ten title. Darnold took over from Max Browne in the fourth game, finished second in ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (86.8 behind Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield), and 10th in passing rating (161.0), and became the only USC quarterback to throw five TD passes in consecutive games.

    McSorley had a record-breaking campaign but it was all made possible because of the threat of sophomore running back Saquon Barkley, who is on the short list for the 2017 Heisman and the likely first running back off the NFL draft board in 2018. The 5-11, 223-pounder ran for 1,302 yards and scored a total of 19 touchdowns - tops in the Big Ten - and finished second in the conference in all-purpose yards (128.2 per game) after adding 347 yards on 23 pass receptions. The first Nittany Lions running back to garner All-American accolades since Larry Johnson in 2002 won’t be the only back on the field as USC’s Ronald Jones II enters having run for 742 yards, nine TDs and a 7.8 yards-per-carry average in his last five games.

    TV:
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    LINE HISTORY:
    The USC Trojans opened as 6.5-point favorites and over the past few weeks the line has been up-and-down between 6.5 and 7 several times. As of Sunday morning the Trojans are 7-point favorites over Penn State. The total hit the board at 62 and has been bet all the way down to the current number of 59.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    Pretty decent football conditions are in the forecast for Monday in Pasadena, California. Temperatures will be in the mid-50's with cloudy skies (but only a 20 percent chance of precipitation) and light winds (5-7 mph).

    INJURY REPORT:


    USC - QB M. Fink (Questionable, ankle), WR K. Young (Questionable, concussion), DT K. Scott (Out, academics), LB O. Tucker (Out, academics), DT K. Bigelow (Out For Season, knee), DE J. Ruffin (Out For Season, suspension), WR S. Mitchell (Out For Season, knee), C T. Lobendahn (Out For Season, knee).

    Penn State - WR B. Polk (Questionable, undisclosed), T P. Palmer (Questionable, leg), WR S. Blacknall (Out, suspension), LB M. Bowen (Out, suspension), LB V. Walker (Out For Season, knee), G B. Mahon (Out For Season, undisclosed), T N. Beh (Out For Season, suspension) TE N. Bowers (Out For Season, undisclosed), LB N. Wartman-White (Out For Season, knee).

    ABOUT USC (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS, 3-9 O/U):
    Darnold fell just shy of Cody Kessler’s completion-percentage school record of 69.7 set in 2014, but his 26 TD passes are a school record for a freshman and his 230 rushing yards are the most in a season by a USC quarterback since 1991. Jones ran for 1,027 yards and a 6.5 average, and junior wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (63 catches, 781 yards, nine touchdowns), who ranks fifth all-time in receptions (206) joins Darreus Rogers (51 catches, 654 yards) as Darnold’s main threats in the passing game. Junior cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson (51 tackles, team highs of four interceptions, two fumble recoveries), who was named the winner of the 2016 Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back, also averaged 30.5 on kickoff returns and 15.9 on punt returns with a combined four touchdowns.

    ABOUT PENN STATE (11-2 SU, 9-3-1 ATS, 10-3 O/U):
    McSorley has a plethora of capable receivers, including wideouts Chris Godwin (50 receptions, 795 yards, nine touchdowns), DaeSean Hamilton (34 catches, 506 yards) and tight end Mike Gesicki, who set a school record for tight ends with 47 catches while totaling 668 yards and four TDs. The offense was able to overcome a much-maligned line which lost its top three tackles during the course of the season to average 36.7 points - including an NCAA-best 13 per fourth quarter. Befallen by injuries to all three starting linebackers early in the season, the defense, led by safety Marcus Allen (101 tackles), linebacker Brandon Bell (87 tackles in nine games) and defensive end Garrett Sickels (12.5 tackles for loss, six sacks), ranked fourth in the FBS in tackles for loss (112), 14th in sacks (39) and 22nd in total defense (352.0).

    TRENDS:


    * Trojans are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
    * Nittany Lions are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
    * Under is 9-1 in Trojans' last 10 games on grass.
    * Over is 5-1 in Nittany Lions' last 6 games overall.

    CONSENSUS:
    The public is backing the Penn State Nittany Lions with 54 percent of wagers. The Over is picking up 58 percent of the totals action.


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    Sugar Bowl betting preview: Auburn vs Oklahoma
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    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting after throwing for 3,669 yards and 38 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

    Auburn Tigers vs Oklahoma Sooners (-3, 64.5)

    Game to be played at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Auburn and Oklahoma each began the season by losing two of their first three games, but regrouped in a big way and cap off the season by meeting in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2. Auburn used a six-game winning streak in the middle of the season to get on track and should have the services of some key players who battled late-season injuries. The Sooners enter the Superdome riding a nine-game winning streak and look to topple their third consecutive ranked opponent following lopsided wins against West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

    Auburn quarterback Sean White missed the last two games with a shoulder injury after playing through pain the previous two games, but coach Gus Malzahn told reporters Dec. 14 that White "looks ready to go, didn't miss a beat" as Auburn began its bowl preparations. Kamryn Pettway, the Tigers' 6-foot, 240-pound sophomore running back, missed two games late in the season with a quad injury and didn't record a carry or reception in two others, but still has 1,123 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the season. He returned for the regular-season finale against top-ranked Alabama and was held to 17 yards on 12 carries in the 30-12 loss, but three weeks to heal and three more weeks of practice should have Pettway back in peak form.

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting after throwing for 3,669 yards and 38 touchdowns with eight interceptions, and has a talented go-to receiver in Dede Westbrook, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year who enters the game with 74 catches for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Sooners also have a pair of running backs who can pile up yardage, but it might be interesting how they use Joe Mixon (1,183 yards, nine touchdowns), who gained national attention this week after the release of a 2014 video that showed him punch a female Oklahoma student, an incident which led to a misdemeanor assault charge. Samaje Perine, who missed three conference games with a leg injury, combined for 499 rushing yards in the last three games, putting him within 26 yards of going over 1,000 yards for a third straight season.

    TV:
    8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Oklahoma Sooners opened as 6-point favorites and early, steady action on Auburn brought that line down to the current number of -3 during the first 10 days of availability. The total opened at 62.5 and currently sits at 64.5. Check out the complete line history here.

    WEATHER REPORT:
    Dome.

    INJURY REPORT:


    Auburn - QB S. White (Probable, shoulder), WR M. Davis (Probable, shoulder), DB J. Holsey (Probable, ankle), DB J. Ford (Probable, ankle), OL P. Sammons (Questionable, foot), WR S. Truitt (Questionable, ankle), DE B. Cowart (Out For Season, ankle), DB J. Myers (Out For Season, knee), RB M. Miller (Out For Season, knee), LB P. James III (Out For Season, knee), DB J. Dinson (Out For Season, knee), DL J. Johnson (Out For Season, knee), DB J. Dean (Out For Season, knee).

    Oklahoma - WR D. Westbrook (Probable, concussion), RB D. Montgomery (Questionable, head), DB W. Johnson (Questionable, undisclosed), DT M. Overton (Out For Season, foot), RB R. Anderson (Out For Season, neck).

    ABOUT AUBURN (8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS, 4-8 O/U):
    Kerryon Johnson has been a fantastic fill-in and change-of-pace running back for the Tigers, piling up 862 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns during the season. Auburn isn't as talented at the receiver positions, but the Tigers do have plenty of options as eight different players caught from 10 to 29 passes this season. Defensively, they seem to get stronger as games go on, allowing only 35 points in the fourth quarter this season.

    ABOUT OKLAHOMA (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 O/U):
    Linebacker Jordan Evans and cornerback Jordan Thomas were selected to the all-Big 12 first team. Evans is the leader of the unit and posted four interceptions on the season, returning two for touchdowns, and Thomas broke up a conference-leading 16 passes on the season. Another defender Auburn needs to track is defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who finished third in the conference with nine sacks, though he produced only three in the last six games.

    TRENDS:


    * Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
    * Sooners are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
    * Under is 8-2-1 in Tigers' last 11 bowl games.
    * Under is 6-1 in Sooners' last 7 vs. SEC.

    CONSENSUS:
    The public is backing the Oklahoma Sooners with 69 percent of wagers. The Over is picking up 64 percent of the totals action.


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    Biggest college football bowl betting mismatches for January 2

    The main Sugar Bowl storyline is a simple one: Can the Sooners' outstanding pass offense crack a Tigers defense that held opponents to an average of 15.6 points per game?

    Outback Bowl

    Florida Gators vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (+3, 40.5)


    Gators' red-zone struggles vs. Hawkeyes' scoring efficiency

    Florida and Iowa do battle at the Outback Bowl in Tampa in what amounts to a home game for the Gators. While much of the focus will be on how the powerhouse Florida defense bounces back after surrendering 85 points over its previous two games, this one could very well be decided in the red zone, where the Hawkeyes have been one of the top teams in the nation so far this season - and where the Gators have been one of the worst.

    Iowa ranked in the middle of the Big Ten pack in scoring at 26.8 points per game, a total boosted by a 40-10 throttling of Nebraska in their regular-season finale. But when it came to converting red-zone opportunities, the Hawkeyes were one of the most dangerous teams in the country. Iowa scored 16 rushing touchdowns, 11 passing TDs and eight field goals in 38 red-zone trips in 2016, good for a 92.1 percent scoring success rate that ranked 10th among FBS teams.

    The Gators boast one of the best defensive units in football, but had all sorts of trouble generating offense. Florida averaged a meager 23.4 points per game - the second-worst rate in the SEC - and managed just 28 scores (10 rush TDs, 10 pass TDs, eight FGs) in 40 trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line. That 70 percent success rate ranked 127th out of 128 FBS teams, and could mean big problems for the Gators against an Iowa offense that has converted at a much higher rate.


    Goodyear Cotton Bowl

    Western Michigan Broncos vs. Wisconsin Badgers (-7.5, 52.5)


    Broncos' punting prowess vs. Badgers' kicking struggles

    The Broncos have faced criticism from those who don't believe the Mid-American Conference champions belong in a marquee bowl game - but as one of two unbeaten teams as Division I, it's hard to argue with their credentials. Western Michigan looks to finish its memorable season on a high note against an imposing Wisconsin defense, and the underdogs have at least one sizeable advantage when it comes to the respective punting games.

    In addition to being one of the most prolific teams in the nation (43.5 points per game, eighth in the FBS) and possessing one of the most impressive defenses (19.5 points against per game, 14th in the country), Western Michigan has been sensational in the punt department. The Broncos rank 28th in the nation with a net punt average of 39.4 yards, while their average of 11.79 yards per punt return is good for 15th in the FBS.

    Wisconsin comes in as a comfortable favorite, but could find itself struggling to keep pace in the field position battle. The Badgers were a dismal 116th among FBS teams in net punt average (34.3), giving up more than five yards to the Broncos in that regard. Wisconsin also averaged just 6.81 yards per punt return heading into bowl season, ranking 85th overall. If the Broncos can continue to exert their dominance in the punt department, this one could be closer than expected.


    Rose Bowl

    USC Trojans vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (+6.5, 60)


    Trojans' third-down success vs. Nittany Lions' drive extension woes

    Two teams that struggled early and surged late will do battle in the 103rd edition of the Rose Bowl. Both the Trojans and the Nittany Lions boast impressive offenses and defensive units to match, but Penn State has a little more incentive in this one as it looks to avenge a 38-24 loss to USC the last time these teams met in the 2009 Rose Bowl. That could be a tall task for the Nittany Lions if they don't bridge the gap in third-down success rate.

    The Trojans finished a respectable sixth out of 12 teams in scoring in the track meet that is the Pac 12 Conference, averaging 32.9 points per game. Part of that success stems from USC's ability to extend drives, as the Trojans finished 15th among FBS teams in third down success rate (77-for-163, 47.2 percent). That helped USC become a top-30 team in time of possession, keeping the offense on the field - and more importantly, giving the defense extra rest.

    Penn State didn't have the same luxury despite reeling off nine consecutive victories to end the regular season portion of its schedule. The Nittany Lions converted an abysmal 32.1 percent of their third-down opportunities (52-for-162), ranking them 120th in the FBS. Their inability to keep drives going didn't hurt their scoring average (36.7 points per game, second in the Big 10), it could make for a long day if the USC defense plays up to its potential.


    Allstate Sugar Bowl

    Auburn Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners (-3, 63.5)


    Tigers' relentless rush attack vs. Sooners' ordinary run D

    The main Sugar Bowl storyline is a simple one: Can the Sooners' outstanding pass offense crack a Tigers defense that held opponents to an average of 15.6 points per game? Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield certainly has the skill and the weapons to do so, as evidenced by both the Vegas line and the total - but there may be another factor that decides this one, as the Tigers own a decided advantage when it comes to the run game.

    Led by the two-headed monster of Kamryn Pettway (1,123 rush yards, seven touchdowns) and Kerryon Johnson (862 yards, 11 TDs), the Tigers ranked eighth in the FBS in total rushing yards (3,342) and 13th in yards per attempt (5.58). With quarterback Sean White nursing a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the final two games of the regular season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Auburn lean on Pettway and Johnson even more.

    That could mean big trouble for the Sooners, who were merely ordinary versus the run in 2016. While Oklahoma allowed the second-fewest total rushing yards in the Big 12, it also faced the second-fewest attempts - and its 4.6 yards-per-carry against ranked it sixth in the 10-team conference, and 75th in the FBS. Auburn is one of the few run-heavy teams the Sooners will have faced all season - and few teams can do the kind of damage on the ground that the Tigers can.

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