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Gator Bowl Odds

In a rematch of last year’s high-scoring Capital One Bowl, the Georgia Bulldogs and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet on New Year’s Day once again, this time in the Gator Bowl. Neither team is expected to have its starting quarterback, so the future of these Top 25 programs will be on display. Georgia opened as a double-digit favorite, but the line moved toward the Cornhuskers early.

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Gator Bowl
Wednesday, January 1 @ 12:00pm ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 8-4 SU, 3-7-2 ATS, 9-3 OU

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Georgia -9 / 60.5 Points

[Gator Bowl Matchup Stats | Georgia vs. Nebraska Betting Preview]

Gator Bowl Betting Trends: The UNDER is 4-1-1 past six Gator Bowls . . . The UNDER is 10-2 past 12 Nebraska bowl games . . . Georgia is 6-2 ATS past eight bowl games.

A win over SEC power Georgia would go a long way toward helping improve confidence in Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, who has been under fire throughout an up-and-down season. He’ll likely have to do it without senior quarterback Taylor Martinez and as a nearly double-digit underdog.

Senior Ron Kellogg III and freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. have split time in place of the injured Martinez, and the results haven’t been pretty. Nebraska stumbled down the stretch, losing two of its last three, including an ugly 38-17 loss at home against Iowa.

Georgia senior QB Aaron Murray tore his ACL late in the season in a win over Kentucky and is out for the bowl game. Backup Hutson Mason led a comeback win over Georgia Tech and will start for the Bulldogs against the Cornhuskers.

Georgia won last season’s bowl meeting, 45-31, as a 9.5-point favorite.

Gator Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)

1995 Gator Bowl Syracuse 41 Clemson 0 -2 SYRACU SYRACU
1996 Gator Bowl North Carolina 20 West Virginia 13 6 UNC UNC
1997 Gator Bowl Virginia Tech 3 North Carolina 42 -9 UNC UNC
1998 Gator Bowl Georgia Tech 35 Notre Dame 28 2.5 GATECH GATECH
1999 Gator Bowl Miami 28 Georgia Tech 13 -4.5 MIAMI MIAMI
2000 Gator Bowl Clemson 20 Virginia Tech 41 -6.5 VTECH VTECH
2001 Gator Bowl Virginia Tech 17 Florida State 30 0 FLAST FLAST
2002 Gator Bowl North Carolina State 28 Notre Dame 6 2 N.C.ST N.C.ST
2003 Gator Bowl West Virginia 7 Maryland 41 -4.5 MARYL MARYL
2004 Gator Bowl West Virginia 18 Florida State 30 -9.5 FLAST FLAST
2005 Gator Bowl Louisville 24 Virginia Tech 35 -9.5 VTECH VTECH
2006 Gator Bowl Georgia Tech 35 West Virginia 38 -9 GATECH WESTV
2007 Gator Bowl Texas Tech 31 Virginia 28 6.5 VIRGNA TXTECH
2008 Gator Bowl Clemson 21 Nebraska 26 -1 NEBR NEBR
2009 Gator Bowl Florida State 33 West Virginia 21 -2.5 FLAST FLAST
2010 Gator Bowl Michigan 14 Mississippi State 52 -3 MIS.ST MIS.ST
2011 Gator Bowl Florida 24 Ohio State 17 2.5 FLA FLA
2012 Gator Bowl Northwestern 34 Mississippi State 20 -1 NWEST NWEST
2013 Gator Bowl Georgia   Nebraska        

 

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The Northwestern Wildcats have been making money for their supporters on the college football odds all season long at a sparkling 11-1 ATS, and they'll be underdogs on January 1 as they take on Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.

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Gator Bowl
Tuesday, January 1 @ 12:00pm ET
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, 4-6-1 OU

Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 9-3 SU, 11-1 ATS, 5-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Mississippi State -2.5 / 52 Points

[Gator Bowl Matchup Stats]

Gator Bowl Betting Trends: Northwestern is 3-1 ATS in past four bowl games . . . Mississippi State is 5-1 ATS in past six bowl games.

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The Florida Gators have won three straight bowl games and five of their last six bowl games overall while Ohio State has won each of its last two bowl games.

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Gator Bowl
Monday, January 2 @ 1:00pm ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Team: Florida Gators
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 6-6 SU, 3-8-1 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 OU

Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Florida -2.5 / 44 Points

[Gator Bowl Matchup Stats]

In a rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Florida Gators meet with much lower stakes in this year’s Gator Bowl. This is the first non-BCS Bowl Game that Ohio State has played in since 2004 and they are slight underdogs.

Considering the turmoil around the program, Ohio State started off fairly strong with a 6-3 SU start (5-4 ATS), but the Buckeyes finished the season with three straight losses including as a favorite to Purdue and Penn State and against hated-rival Michigan (1-2 ATS). [ Earn up to $100 in free bet bonuses when you check out the latest offers at Bovada - and get $25 free BCS bowl perks at TopBet ]

Florida looked poised for a great season at 4-0 SU (3-0-1 ATS) with four double-digit wins, but fizzled out to a 2-6 SU finish with eight straight losses ATS to end the season. Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis jumped ship to take Kansas’ head coaching position.

Quarterback John Brantley was expected to do big things for the Gators this year, but he failed to impress for the second straight year. Brantley finished with 1,912 passing yards and 10 touchdowns with six interceptions.

Beware Gator Bowl underdogs, as they are 4-1 ATS past 5 editions of the game.

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Michigan has the sixth-best offense in the FBS, but the run defense of Mississippi State is enough for the Gator Bowl odds to favor the Bulldogs by 4.5 points over the Wolverines.

Gator Bowl
Saturday, January 1 @ 1:30pm ET
EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 7-5, 3-8 ATS, 6-5 OU

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 8-4 SU, 6-5 ATS, 3-8 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Mississippi State -4.5 / 60 Points

[Gator Bowl Matchup Stats]

Mississippi State has a way of shutting down the big guns, and they proved that when they held Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to his worst rushing game in a season where he dominated on the ground.

The Bulldogs also bring a second-best rushing attack in the SEC with an average of 215.8 yards per game. With this up against a Michigan team that ranks second-worst defensively in the Big Ten, allowing 187.7 yards per game could make Mississippi State more popular in the college football betting world.

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Denard Robinson set records for rushing yards by a quarterback in the NCAA with Michigan this season, but the third-best run defense in the SEC belongs to Mississippi State, and that should bode well for the Bulldogs' chances of a win and a cover of the NCAAF odds in the game.

Sophomore Robinson led a Michigan offense that was sixth-best in the FBS with 500.9 yards per game, but to expect that against the Bulldogs would be detrimental to their game plan.

Michigan will have to give Robinson, the Big Ten offensive player of the year, time so he can use his mobility against the powerful and quick defense of Mississippi State. The Wolverines must also contend with pesky Bulldog Johnathan Banks, who compiled 50 tackles and constantly applied pressure to opposing quarterbacks with his blitzing ability all year - and this will make Robinson feel added pressure in the pocket.

The Wolverines are also inexperienced in the postseason, but had its first winning season in three seasons under the guidance of head coach Rich Rodriguez.