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Bearcats small faves in Orange Bowl odds, USC big chalk in Rose

New Year’s Day bowl games used to decide national championships. Today, they decide the best of the rest and offer the best chance to beat college football bowl odds.

The Orange Bowl is the last of four major bowls Friday and feature the 11-2 Cincy Bearcats. Earlier, the Rose Bowl pits USC against JoePa’s Nittany Lions.

Orange Bowl odds - No. 19 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-4) vs. No. 12 Cincinnati Bearcats -1.5 (11-2) O/U 41

Welcome to the BCS show Cincinnati, as this is the Bearcats first ever BCS Bowl game.

The Bearcats are on a roll, as they won their last 6 games of the season and the Hokies also finished the season strong winning their last 3 games.

The Bearcats will have to deal with a Hokies defense the ranks seventh in the nation and only gave up an average of 17.5 points per game this season, and held 9 of their 13 opponents below 20 points.

QB Tony Pike (2,168 yds 18 TD 7 INT) leads the Bearcats 25th ranked passing offense and he will have to hold onto the ball and not turn it over, as the Hokies D forced 30 turnovers, including 4 games with 4 takeaways or more.

The Bearcats have the nation’s 25th ranked defense and they will have to concentrate on stopping the Hokies rushing offense (ranked 42nd in the nation). The Hokies are a one-dimensional team on the offensive side of the ball, as they have a legit rushing offense but their passing offense is only ranked 105th in the nation.

The Bearcats only played one team this year that had a great defense in Connecticut and they were crushed in that game, losing 40-16.

This season the Hokies were 5-7 ATS and the Bearcats were 6-5.

The total has gone Under in four of the Hokies last five games and the total has gone Over in four of the Bearcats last five games. Bet the game and get a generous signup bonus at Bovada

Rose Bowl odds – USC vs. Penn State

The Trojans are big favorites, but as of Friday morning, the best Rose Bowl odds for USC bettors was at Those looking to bet against Pete Carroll’s team can get Penn State at +10 at Bovada

OddsBlogger Pick: The Bearcats do have a good offense, but they have not played any teams that have a defense like the Hokies do. Look for the Hokies to play a good defensive game and for them to run the ball early and often on the Bearcats.
The Hokies flew under the radar for most of the year, but the will come out and dominate this game defensively and win the FedEx Orange Bowl in a low scoring contest.

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