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Bowl Season: Bowl Games Betting Trends

The 2014/15 college football bowl season gets underway on Saturday, December 20 in New Orleans and runs through the inaugural College Football Championship Game on Monday, January 12 in Arlington.

And the sportsbooks started posting their betting lines for each and every one of the bowl game matchups as soon the schedule was announced, including odds for the two national semifinal matchups set for January 1 - the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Ohio State, and the Rose Bowl between Oregon and Florida State.

Alabama is 5-1 ATS in its past six bowl games according to the college football bowl games betting trends for this season, which can be found below in their entirety. The Crimson Tide are also 4-0 both SU and ATS in their last four games against the Big Ten since 2009, while Ohio State is 1-5 both SU and ATS against the SEC since 2001.

Florida State, meanwhile is 9-1-1 ATS in its past 11 bowl games, while Oregon has won and covered the posted the spread in each of its past three bowl games. Check out the rest of the college football bowl games betting trends, courtesy of the OddsShark College Football Database.

New Orleans Bowl
Nevada vs UL Lafayette

Eight of the past nine New Orleans Bowls played OVER the total
Fourth straight year for UL-Lafayette in the bowl (covered past three)
Nevada lost six of past seven bowl games, but covered spread in past two

New Mexico Bowl
Utah State vs UTEP

Past six New Mexico Bowls played OVER the total
Utah State played UNDER past three bowl seasons
UTEP 0-4 SU and ATS in bowl games since 1995

Las Vegas Bowl
Utah vs Colorado State

Utah 10-1 SU, 8-3 ATS in bowls since 1995
Both teams were 8-4 ATS on the season
CSU has played four straight bowl OVERs

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Western Michigan vs Air Force

MAC schools have been crushed past two Potato Bowls
Western Michigan winless in five bowls since 1995
Western Michigan finished year on 10-1 ATS run

Camellia Bowl
South Alabama vs Bowling Green

First edition of Camellia Bowl
South Alabama ended year on 1-6 ATS run
First bowl game for the Jaguars
Bowling Green 0-4 in past four bowls, 0-3-1 ATS

Miami Beach Bowl
BYU vs Memphis

BYU 5-11-1 ATS past 17 games
BYU 4-1 SU and ATS past five bowl games
First bowl game since 2008 for Memphis

Boca Raton Bowl
Northern Illinois vs Marshall

UNDER is 6-0-1 past seven Northern Illinois bowl games
Northern Illinois 24-3 SU past two seasons
Marshall failed to cover final three games of season
Marshall 7-1 ATS past eight bowl games

Poinsettia Bowl
Navy vs San Diego State

Navy averaging more than 40 PPG past five games of season
SD State played UNDER in 11 of 12 games this season

Bahamas Bowl
Western Kentucky vs Central Michigan

Rematch of 2012 Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl won 24-21 by CMU
Central Michigan 3-1-1 ATS in bowls since 1995

Hawaii Bowl
Fresno State vs Rice

Past three Hawaii Bowls played UNDER the total
Underdogs are 6-3 ATS past nine Hawaii Bowls
Fresno State on 0-5 SU and ATS run in bowl games
Rice ended year on 7-2 ATS run (but gave up 76 to Louisiana Tech)

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Illinois vs Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech 10-3 ATS this season
OVER and UNDER results have alternated all four editions of game, OVER is due if trend continues

Quick Lane Bowl
Rutgers vs North Carolina

Rutgers 6-1-1 ATS in eight bowl games
UNC 6-3-1 ATS in 10 bowl games since 1995

St. Petersburg Bowl
NC State vs Central Florida

Favorites are 5-1 ATS in former Beef 'O' Brady's Bowls
NC State is 5-2 SU, 5-1-1 ATS past seven bowl games
UCF has won and covered three straight bowl games

Military Bowl
Virginia Tech vs Cincinnati

Five of six Military Bowls played OVER the total
Cincinnati 3-8 ATS past 11 bowl games
Cincinnati ended year on seven-game win streak, 6-0-1 ATS

Sun Bowl
Duke vs Arizona State

OVER is 7-2 past nine Sun Bowls
Underdogs are 6-2 ATS past 8 Sun Bowls
Duke lost only two previous bowls, allowing 100 points total
Arizona State is 1-5 ATS past six bowl games

Independence Bowl
Miami vs South Carolina

Favorites are 9-2 ATS past 11 Independence Bowls
Miami lost five of past six bowls SU and ATS

Pinstripe Bowl
Boston College vs Penn State

Underdog covered past three Pinstripe Bowls (all UNDER plays)
BC is 1-7 ATS, 2-6 SU past eight bowl games
Penn State is 0-3-1 ATS past four bowl games

Holiday Bowl
Nebraska vs USC

The past six Holiday Bowls played UNDER the total
Big 12 teams won four of past five Holiday Bowls vs Pac-12
UNDER is 6-1 past seven Nebraska bowl games
USC is 8-2 SU and ATS past 10 bowl games

Liberty Bowl
West Virginia vs Texas A&M

Favorites have covered seven of the past 10 Liberty Bowls
West Virginia is 3-8 ATS past 11 bowl games
Texas A&M is 3-8 ATS past 11 bowl games
All seven times the Mountaineers were favored this season, the game went UNDER the total

Russell Athletic Bowl
Clemson vs Oklahoma

Eight of the past nine Russell Athletic Bowls played UNDER the total
Sooners are 7-2 SU past nine bowl games as favorites
Clemson won their past two bowl games as underdogs
Clemson is 3-11 SU past 14 games as underdog since 2009

Texas Bowl
Texas vs Arkansas

Favorites are 8-3-2 ATS in the last 13 Texas Bowls
UNDER is 6-1 in the last seven Texas Bowl games
Texas is 12-2 SU past 14 bowl games but just 6-8 ATS
Arkansas is 1-5 ATS past six bowl games
Texas crushed Arkansas 52-10 in last meeting in 2008

Music City Bowl
Notre Dame vs LSU

UNDER is 9-4 in the last 13 Music City Bowl games
Notre Dame is 2-10 ATS past 12 bowl games
Notre Dame’s last win vs SEC team was 2005 vs Tennessee
UNDER is 5-1 past six LSU bowl games (0-3 ATS past three)
LSU was 7-1 ATS this season as a favorite

Belk Bowl
Louisville vs Georgia

Favorite has covered past three Belk Bowls
Louisville 4-1 SU and ATS past five bowl games
Louisville is 9-1 ATS as underdogs since start of 2011 season

Foster Farms Bowl
Maryland vs Stanford

UNDER is 7-1 in the eight former Fight Hunger Bowls
Maryland is 5-2 SU and ATS past seven bowl games
Stanford is 4-1 ATS past five bowl games

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mississippi vs. TCU

Ole Miss is 9-1 SU, 8-1-1 ATS past 10 bowl games
TCU failed to cover spread in past five bowl games
TCU 7-0 SU, 6-1 ATS when favored this season

Fiesta Bowl
Boise State vs Arizona

Boise State lost five in a row as regular-season underdog over past three seasons
Arizona is 5-2 SU in bowl games since 1995
Arizona is 3-9 ATS past 12 games as favorites

Orange Bowl
Georgia Tech vs Mississippi State

The underdogs are 8-3 ATS past 11 Orange Bowls
UNDER is 6-2 past eight Orange Bowls
Georgia Tech is 2-8 SU past 10 bowl games
Mississippi State is 6-3 SU and ATS in bowl games since 1995

Outback Bowl
Wisconsin vs Auburn

Nine of past 13 Outback Bowls have played OVER the total
Badgers 1-6 ATS, 2-5 SU past seven bowl games
OVER is 7-1 past eight times Badgers were underdogs
Auburn 5-1 SU and ATS past six bowl games
Auburn 1-6 ATS past seven games as favorites

Cotton Bowl
Michigan State vs Baylor

Spartans won and covered three straight bowl games
Past three Baylor bowl games saw 292 total points scored
Spartans 8-1-1 ATS past 10 games as underdogs

Citrus Bowl
Minnesota vs Missouri

SEC is 5-1 SU and ATS past six Citrus Bowls (former Capital One Bowls) vs Big Ten
Minnesota has lost six straight bowl games SU

Rose Bowl
Florida State vs Oregon (National Semifinal)

Seven of past 10 Rose Bowls played OVER the total
FSU was 13-0 SU, 3-10 ATS this season
FSU is 9-1-1 ATS past 11 bowl games
FSU has not been an underdog since Sept 24, 2011 (loss at Clemson)
Oregon has won and covered three straight bowl games

Sugar Bowl
Alabama vs Ohio State (National Semifinal)
Alabama 5-1 ATS past six bowl games (beaten last year by Sooners)
Alabama is 4-0 SU and ATS vs Big Ten since 2009
Ohio State is 1-5 SU and ATS vs SEC since 2001
Ohio State has been a double-digit dog just five times in 20 seasons, 1-4 SU

Armed Forces Bowl
Pittsburgh vs Houston

Underdogs have covered the spread in five of the past six Armed Forces Bowls
UNDER is 6-2 past eight Pittsburgh bowl games
Houston is 8-1-1 ATS past 10 games as underdogs overall
Pittsburgh was 1-5 ATS, 2-4 SU past six games as favorites

TaxSlayer Bowl
Iowa vs Tennessee

UNDER is 5-1-1 past seven Gator Bowls
Iowa 5-1 ATS past six bowl games
Tennessee is 3-10 SU in bowl games since 2000

Alamo Bowl
UCLA vs Kansas State

Favorites are 5-1 ATS in the last six Alamo Bowl games
Kansas State is 1-5 SU and ATS past six bowl games
UNDER is 6-1 past seven games when UCLA is underdog

Cactus Bowl
Oklahoma State vs Washington

Washington was 13-0 SU this year as favorites
Past three Cactus Bowls (Insight Bowls) played UNDER the total

Birmingham Bowl
East Carolina vs Florida

Past two Compass Bowls played OVER after six in a row played UNDER
Florida is 8-3 ATS past 11 bowl games
Pirates 5-1 ATS past two seasons as underdogs

GoDaddy Bowl
Arkansas State vs Toledo

Arkansas State won and covered past two GoDaddy Bowls
Favorites are 8-2-2 ATS in the last 12 GoDaddy/GMAC Bowls
Seven of the last nine GoDaddy Bowl games played UNDER the total

College Football Championship Game
SEC is 7-1 SU and ATS in title games

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