Goodyear Cotton Bowl

The Michigan State Spartans are 10-2-1 ATS over their last 13 games as a betting underdog with eight outright upsets over that stretch. The Spartans will be looking for another outright upset in the underdog role in this year's Cotton Bowl Classic against the Baylor Bears.

Since the start of the 2013 season, Baylor is 22-3 SU and 17-8 ATS in 25 games played. This bowl game features a clash of the highest scoring offense in the nation with Baylor's 48.8 points per game and Michigan State's 12th ranked defense allowing 19.9 points per game.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Cotton Bowl Classic
Thursday, January 1 @ 12:30pm ET
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS, 9-3 OU

Team: Baylor Bears
Conference: Big 12
Records: 11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS, 7-5 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Baylor -3.0 / 72 Points

[ Cotton Bowl Classic Matchup Stats | Michigan State vs. Baylor Betting Preview ]

Cotton Bowl Classic Betting Trends: 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.

Michigan State is a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS in its last three bowl appearances, going into each of those games as the betting underdog and coming away with a victory in wins over Stanford, TCU and Georgia. Head Coach Mark Dantonio has a history of making sure his team is well prepared in each of its bowl games.

Baylor finished the regular season with an 11-1 SU and 8-4 ATS record and was the bubble team in the new playoff system finishing just outside the top four at No. 5 in the final rankings. Head Coach Art Briles has expressed his displeasure with the team being left out of the playoff, and will need to find a way to refocus his team for the Cotton Bowl Classic.

Past Baylor bowl games suggest that this game could be a shootout. Baylor's last three bowl games have seen a total of 292 points scored.

Cotton Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Cotton BowlOregon6Colorado38-7COLOCOLO
1996Cotton BowlKansas State15BYU19+3BYUBYU
1997Cotton BowlUCLA29Texas A&M23+12TEXA&MUCLA
1998Cotton BowlMississippi State11Texas38-6.5TEXASTEXAS
1999Cotton BowlTexas6Arkansas27+5.5ARKARK
2000Cotton BowlTennessee21Kansas State35-3.5KAN.STKAN.ST
2001Cotton BowlOklahoma10Arkansas3+12ARKOKLA
2002Cotton BowlLSU20Texas35-10.5TEXASTEXAS
2003Cotton BowlMississippi31Oklahoma State28+3PushMISS
2004Cotton BowlTennessee38Texas A&M7-5TENNTENN
2005Cotton BowlAlabama13Texas Tech10-3ALABALAB
2006Cotton BowlNebraska14Auburn17-2.5AUBRNAUBRN
2007Cotton BowlArkansas7Missouri38-3.5MIZZOUMIZZOU
2008Cotton BowlMississippi47Texas Tech34-4MISSMISS
2009Cotton BowlMississippi21Oklahoma State7+3.5MISSMISS
2010Cotton BowlTexas A&M24LSU41-1.5LSULSU
2011Cotton BowlKansas State16Arkansas29-9.5ARKARK
2012Cotton BowlTexas A&M41Oklahoma13+3TEXA&MTEXA&M
2013Cotton BowlMissouri41Oklahoma State31-3MIZZOUMIZZOU
2014Cotton Bowl ClasicMichigan State42Baylor41-3Michigan StateMichigan State


The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Missouri Tigers meet in an intriguing Cotton Bowl matchup between two former Big 12 rivals on January 3 at AT&T Stadium. Both teams were in the hunt for a BCS bowl until late in the season. Both teams feature explosive offenses and underrated defenses. The tiny Cotton Bowl point spread indicates a close, high-scoring game.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes and Bovada today.

Cotton Bowl
Friday, January 3 @ 7:30pm ET
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Team: Missouri Tigers
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 11-2 SU, 11-2 ATS, 7-6 OU

Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Conference: Big 12
Records: 10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS, 4-7-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Missouri -1 / 60.5

[Cotton Bowl Matchup Stats | Missouri vs. Oklahoma State Betting Preview]

Cotton Bowl Betting Trends: UNDER is 9-3 past 12 Cotton Bowls . . . Oklahoma State has won and covered three straight bowl games . . . Missouri is 11-2 ATS past 13 games overall . . . Oklahoma State is 6-1 ATS past seven games.

In their second season since joining the SEC, the Tigers reached the conference championship game and were in the national championship discussion. But a decisive loss to Auburn in the SEC title game relegated Missouri to the Cotton Bowl.

Senior QB James Franklin and wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham lead a potent Missouri offense that averages 39.0 points per game. The Tigers’ defense played well all season, limiting Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M’s offense to just 21 points late in the season. But Auburn ran all over the Tigers in the SEC Championship Game.

Oklahoma State is equally explosive. Led by quarterback Clinton Chelf, the Cowboys averaged 39.8 points. Oklahoma State also was on the edge of the national championship discussion, before being derailed by the Oklahoma Sooners in their regular-season finale.

The Cowboys won the last three Big 12 games with Missouri, including a 45-24 drubbing in 2011.


Johnny Football and Texas A&M will take a shot at the Oklahoma Sooners on January 4 in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, with totals bettors watching the UNDER wager closely for that bowl contest after the Aggies went just 4-6 on the OU this season.

For updated lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting boards at 5Dimes, Bovada, and BetOnline today.

Cotton Bowl
Friday, January 4 @ 8:00pm ET
Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-6 OU

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Conference: Big 12
Records: 10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS, 7-4 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Texas A&M -4.5 / 72 Points

[Cotton Bowl Matchup Stats]

Cotton Bowl Betting Trends: UNDER is 8-3 in past 11 Cotton Bowls . . . Texas A&M is 2-7 ATS in past nine bowl games.


The Kansas State Wildcats have lost in each of their last three bowl appearances, and are looking for their first bowl win since 2002 in this year’s Cotton Bowl.

The Arkansas Razorbacks stand in their way and are favored to defeat KSU on Jan. 6. For lines and totals on all of this year's bowl games head over to the college football betting board at TopBet today and earn a free $25 BCS bowl wager with your new membership.

Cotton Bowl
Friday, January 6 @ 8:00pm ET
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Team: Kansas State Wildcats
Conference: Big 12
Records: 10-2 SU, 9-3 ATS, 8-4 OU

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS, 8-3-1 OU

Spread / Total (from TopBet)
Arkansas -8.0 / 62.5 Points

[Cotton Bowl Matchup Stats]

Many people were surprised when Virginia Tech was selected as an at-large over the Kansas State Wildcats for the Sugar Bowl, but it sets up arguably the best of all of the non-BCS bowls against the Arkansas Razorbacks in this year’s Cotton Bowl.

Arkansas was ineligible as an at-large because the SEC was already sending two teams to BCS bowls (LSU and Alabama).

Kansas State was one of college football’s biggest surprises this year, only dropping games to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and finishing second in the Big 12 conference behind Oklahoma State.

Arkansas had only two losses all year as well, and they were to the two best teams in the country in Alabama and LSU. Both teams trended towards the OVER all year with strong offenses as Kansas State had 33.1 points per game and Arkansas had 37.4 points per game this year.

With running back Knile Davis lost for the season early in the year, quarterback Tyler Wilson took the team on his back. Wilson passed for 3,422 yards and 22 touchdowns with just six interceptions to lead Arkansas’ dangerous offensive attack.


Texas A&M struggled before making a change at quarterback, while the Tigers' inability to score has the NCAAF oddsmakers keeping this close as LSU is a slight 1.5-point favorite on the Cotton Bowl odds.

Cotton Bowl
Friday, January 7 @ 8:00pm ET
Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas

Team: LSU Tigers
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 10-2 SU, 5-6 ATS, 4-5-2 OU

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Records: 9-3 SU, 7-4 ATS, 5-6 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada) - see also list of Cotton Bowl player odds at bottom of this page:
LSU -1.5 / 49 Points

[Cotton Bowl Matchup Stats]

The 11th-ranked Tigers had the misfortune of playing in the same conference as top-ranked Auburn - whom they lost to - with their other defeat coming at the claws of the Arkansas Razorbacks. These two losses cost any chance of getting into a BCS bowl game.

LSU has had its difficulties getting consistent production from the offense, ranking below the Top 100 in the FBS in passing yards, and just inside the Top 100 in total offense per game.

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This lack of scoring has hurt their odds in college football betting circles. If running back Stevan Ridley can find his form that saw him finish with 14 touchdowns this season, it could turn things in their favor and draw the interest of bettors looking to cover the spread on the Cotton Bowl odds at

LSU ranked in the Top 10 of three different FBS defensive categories and this is what might get the Tigers over the top in avenging the school’s 2003 loss in the Cotton Bowl.

The Aggies' changes at QB came when they were 3-3 in the standings; backup and receiver Ryan Tannehill finished out the season with six straight victories. He put up impressive numbers, and should he maintain this level in the Cotton Bowl it gives the Aggies a fighting chance to stop the school’s four-game losing skid in bowl games.

Texas A&M has the tools at defense and this balance - coupled with a weaker offense in LSU - will definitely garner a lot of interest on the Aggies on the college football betting lines for this 75th edition of the Cotton Bowl. [ Bet the best Cotton Bowl odds at Bovada

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