Holiday Bowl Odds

This season’s National University Holiday Bowl features a much-anticipated Big Ten vs. Pac-12 showdown between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the USC Trojans.

Nebraska has already found its new head coach in Mike Riley, but look for Barney Cotton to be calling the shots in this game. The Cornhuskers closed out the regular season 3-2 straight-up with a 1-3-1 record against the spread. The total went OVER in four of those five games. USC matched that mark at 3-2 SU down the stretch and it was 2-3 ATS in its last five games. The total stayed UNDER in four of those contests.

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.

National University Holiday Bowl
Saturday, December 27 @ 8:00pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 9-3 SU, 7-4-1 ATS, 9-3 OU

Team: USC Trojans
Conference: Pac-12
Records: 8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-7-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
USC -7 / 61

[ Holiday Bowl Matchup Stats | Nebraska vs. USC Betting Preview ]

Holiday Bowl Betting Trends: 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.

While a new era in Cornhuskers football gets underway next season with Riley at the helm, this team is going to have to find a way to tighten up a defense that allowed an average of 40.3 points in its last three games to get past the Trojans. Nebraska’s offense will still rely on a heavy dose of Ameer Abdullah running the ball after gaining 1,523 yards on 237 carries in the regular season. Nebraska did go 2-1 ATS this year as an underdog.

USC’s troubles this season also revolved around a defense that struggled with consistency against some of the better teams it faced. This unit allowed an average of 23.8 points a game, but in its four losses that number climbed to 34.3 points. The Trojans did average 35.1 points a game behind a passing attack that was 15th in the nation in yards per game (294.6). Southern Cal covered as a favorite in five of nine games.

It’s been seven years since Nebraska and USC last met on the gridiron; back in 2007 the Trojans took care of the Cornhuskers by a score of 49-31 as a 9.5-point favorite on the betting lines.

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

1995 Holiday Bowl Colorado State 21 Kansas State 54 -8 KAN.ST KAN.ST
1996 Holiday Bowl Colorado 33 Washington 21 6 COLO COLO
1997 Holiday Bowl Colorado State 35 Missouri 24 3 COLOST COLOST
1998 Holiday Bowl Nebraska 20 Arizona 23 3.5 ARIZON ARIZON
1999 Holiday Bowl Washington 20 Kansas State 24 11 KAN.ST KAN.ST
2000 Holiday Bowl Texas 30 Oregon 35 7 OREG OREG
2001 Holiday Bowl Washington 43 Texas 47 -13.5 WASH TEXAS
2002 Holiday Bowl Kansas State 34 Arizona State 27 17.5 ARIZST KAN.ST
2003 Holiday Bowl Texas 28 Washington State 20 9 WSHST TEXAS
2004 Holiday Bowl Texas Tech 45 California 31 -10.5 TXTECH TXTECH
2005 Holiday Bowl Oklahoma 17 Oregon 14 -3 OKLA OKLA
2006 Holiday Bowl Texas A&M 10 California 45 -3.5 CAL CAL
2007 Holiday Bowl Texas 52 Arizona State 34 1 TEXAS TEXAS
2008 Holiday Bowl Oregon 42 Oklahoma State 31 1 OREG OREG
2009 Holiday Bowl Nebraska 33 Arizona 0 2 NEBR NEBR
2010 Holiday Bowl Washington 19 Nebraska 7 -13.5 WASH WASH
2011 Holiday Bowl California 10 Texas 21 -3 TEXAS TEXAS
2012 Holiday Bowl Baylor 49 UCLA 26 PK BAYLOR BAYLOR
2013 Holiday Bowl Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37 +16.5 T TECH T TECH
2014 Holiday Bowl Nebraska   USC        

 

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The Arizona State Sun Devils and the Texas Tech Red Raiders will face each other for the first time since back in 1999 in this year's edition of the Holiday Bowl. The Sun Devils compiled a 10-3 record en route to winning the Pac-12 South Division this season, while the Red Raiders finished sixth in the Big 12 and had a 7-5 record 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 and Bovada today.

National University Holiday Bowl
Monday, December 30 @ 10:15pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Conference: Pacific 12
Records: 10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS, 9-4 OU

Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS, 8-4 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Arizona State Sun Devils -14 / 69.5 Points

[Holiday Bowl Matchup Stats | Arizona State vs. Texas Tech Betting Preview]

Holiday Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 Holiday Bowl games . . . The last five Holiday Bowl games played UNDER the total points . . . Arizona State is 1-4 ATS in its last five bowl game appearances . . .Texas Tech is 6-1 SU, but 1-6 ATS in its last seven bowl games.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are in the midst of a five-game losing streak SU after starting the season with seven straight victories. Oddsmakers have pegged Texas Tech as the underdog four times during their losing streak and they have failed to cover in their last five and in seven of their last nine. The Red Raiders have produced 392 passing yards per game, second best in the nation, and over 512 total yards of offense per game, which ranks them 11th. The Arizona State Sun Devils last appeared in the Holiday Bowl in 2007, losing to Texas, 52-34. The Sun Devils were defeated at home in their last outing, 38-14, by Stanford; a game in which they were favored by three points. Indeed, Arizona State has been inconsistent ATS this season, posting a 7-6 record. The Sun Devils hold the edge in almost every statistical category.

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The total opened high at 76 points for the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 27, but the Baylor Bears and UCLA Bruins might be up to that challenge at a combined 17-7 on the OVER/UNDER 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.

Holiday Bowl
Thursday, December 27 @ 9:45pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: Baylor Bears
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS, 8-3 OU

Team: UCLA Bruins
Conference: Pacific-12
Records: 9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS, 9-4 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Pick'em / 76 Points

[Holiday Bowl Matchup Stats]

Holiday Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are 11-3 ATS in past 14 Holiday Bowls . . . Past four Holiday Bowls played UNDER total.

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California is 8-3 SU in its last 11 bowl games and Texas is 7-2 SU in its last nine; after missing out on bowling last season, both programs will want to keep their winning traditions alive in this year’s Holiday Bowl.

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

Holiday Bowl
Wednesday, December 28 @ 8:00pm ET
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Team: California Golden Bears
Conference: Pacific 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 5-7 OU

Team: Texas Longhorns
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-5-1 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Texas -3.0 / 47.5 Points

[Holiday Bowl Matchup Stats]

After failing to earn bowl eligibility last year, both the California Bears and Texas Longhorns return to bowl season in 2011 to face each other in the Holiday Bowl. Cal had gone bowling in seven straight years before their streak ended in 2010; for Texas, it was 12 straight years.

While both teams finished with an identical straight up record of 7-5 and comparable records ATS (Cal was 7-5 ATS, Texas was 6-6), Cal enters bowl season in sharper recent form. The Bears were 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS over their last four games, while Texas finished the season 1-3 SU and ATS.

Texas was just 3-5 SU and ATS overall in their final eight games after starting the season 4-0 SU.

Texas’ collective rushing attack finished 19th in the nation in rushing with 210.4 yards per game. The unit was led by freshman Malcolm Brown, who rushed for 707 yards and five touchdowns on 159 carries.

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Nebraska was a contender for a BCS game but they will have to settle for a shot at winning the Holiday Bowl when they face familiar foes Washington, who will be big 14-point underdogs in college football betting against the Cornhuskers.

Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Thursday, December 30 @ 10:00pm ET

Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Records: 10-3 SU, 5-7 ATS, 7-5 OU

Team: Washington Huskies
Conference: Pac-10 Conference
Records: 6-6 SU, 4-7-1 ATS, 7-5 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Nebraska -14 / 52.5 Points

[Holiday Bowl Matchup Stats]

Nebraska tore apart the Washington Huskies early in the season 56-21 and most bettors will be heavily favoring the Cornhuskers in the Holiday Bowl odds. Quarterback Taylor Martinez is nursing an ankle injury, but will get the start for the Cornhuskers.

It was Martinez who guided an offense that scored 32.7 points per game and was 10th in the FBS with an average of 259.6 yards rushing per game. Martinez had 942 rushing yards with 12 touchdowns, while leading running back Roy Helu ran for 1,211 yards for 11 TDs.

The biggest loss for the Cornhuskers in this game will be starting tackle Baker Steinkuhler (suspended) who had 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks in helping the Cornhuskers allow the 10th-fewest yards in the FBS at 304.2 per game.

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Jake Locker will need to be at his best if the Huskies want to stay with Nebraska and have any chance of upsetting the Cornhuskers. Chris Polk ran for 1,238 yards this season while getting into the end zone on eight occasions.

Polk set records with a 284-yard performance with two scores in a win over Washington State. He was held to just 55 yards in the loss to Nebraska, and with Steinkuhler gone it could give Polk the opening he needs. NCAAF odds may be heavily in favor of the Cornhuskers, but don’t tell that to the 6-6 Huskies.

Nebraska holds the head-to-head lead by a margin of 4-3-1, and has taken the past three meetings.

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