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The Washington Huskies and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will get a reprieve from winter on January 2 when they meet up in the desert in the Cactus Bowl.

The Huskies won the Fight Hunger Bowl last year, toppling BYU 31-16 as a 4-point underdog. Even with the win Washington still owns a lacklustre 3-6 record SU and a 4-5 record ATS in their last nine bowl games.

The Cowboys were a 3-point favorite in last year’s Cotton Bowl, but were upset by Missouri 41-31. That snapped a three-bowl winning streak for Oklahoma State and dropped them to 2-4 ATS in their last six bowl games.

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.

Cactus Bowl
Friday, January 2 @ 10:15 pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Team: Washington Huskies
Conference: Pac-12
Records: 8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS, 4-9 OU

Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Conference: Big 12
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS, 7-5 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Washington -5 / 56.5 Points

[ Cactus Bowl Matchup Stats | Washington vs Oklahoma State Betting Preview ]

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

Washington had quite an up and down regular season. The Huskies started off 4-0, before winning only two of their next seven games. Washington was able to salvage their season with back-to-back wins in their final games, including a 31-13 win over rival Washington State in their regular season finale.

The Cowboys needed a 38-35 upset win over Oklahoma as a 19.5-point underdog in their final game to secure a bowl invite. That shocking win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Cowboys during which they were 1-4 ATS. As the underdog this season Oklahoma State was 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS.

Oklahoma State previously appeared in the Cactus Bowl back in 2007. They faced Indiana and recorded a 49-33 win as a 6.5-point favorite.

Cactus Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Insight BowlTexas Tech55Air Force41+4TXTECHTXTECH
1996Insight BowlWisconsin38Utah10+8WISCSNWISCSN
1997Insight BowlNew Mexico14Arizona20-9NEWMEXARIZON
1998Insight BowlWest Virginia31Missouri34-2MIZZOUMIZZOU
1999Insight BowlColorado62Boston College28+9COLOCOLO
2000Insight BowlPittsburgh29Iowa State37-3IOWASTIOWAST
2001Insight BowlSyracuse26Kansas State3-6SYRACUSYRACU
2002Insight BowlPittsburgh38Oregon State13-1.5PITTPITT
2003Insight BowlVirginia Tech49California52+3CALCAL
2004Insight BowlOregon State38Notre Dame21+3OREGSTOREGST
2005Insight BowlRutgers40Arizona State45-9RUTGERARIZST
2006Insight BowlMinnesota41Texas Tech44-8MINNTXTECH
2007Insight BowlIndiana33Oklahoma State49-6.5OKLASTOKLAST
2008Insight BowlMinnesota21Kansas42-9KANSASKANSAS
2009Insight BowlIowa State14Minnesota13-2IOWASTIOWAST
2010Insight BowlMissouri24Iowa27+3IOWAIOWA
2011Insight BowlIowa14Oklahoma31-14OKLAOKLA
2012Buffalo Wild Wings BowlMichigan State17TCU16-2MICHSTMICHST
2013Buffalo Wild Wings BowlMichigan14Kansas State31-7KSUKSU
2014Cactus BowlOklahoma State30Washington22-7Oklahoma StateOklahoma State

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The Michigan Wolverines and the Kansas State Wildcats meet for the first time ever in this year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

The Wolverines are competing in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive year. This is the third trip to this bowl game for Kansas State. They were 1-1 SU in their appearances in this bowl game in 2001 and 1993.

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Saturday, December 28 @ 10:15pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

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

Team: Kansas State Wildcats
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 5-7 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Kansas State Wildcats -3.5 / 55.5 Points

[Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Matchup Stats | Michigan vs. Kansas State Betting Preview]

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Betting Trends: Formerly known as the Insight Bowl . . . The OVER is 11-4 in the last 15 Insight Bowl games . . . The OVER is 11-2 in the last 13 bowl games involving Michigan . . . Kansas State is 1-8 ATS in their last nine bowl game appearances.

The Michigan Wolverines reached as high as 11th in the national rankings after starting the season with five straight victories. However, they struggled thereafter, going 2-5 SU and 4-3 ATS the rest of the way. The Wolverines were 15.5-point dogs in their last outing against Ohio State, a game in which they overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit before falling to the Buckeyes 42-41. Michigan are 3-2 ATS in their last five, but twice recorded negative total rushing yards and failed to produce better than 152 ground yards in any game during that stretch. Kansas State has accumulated a mere 386 rushing yards combined in their last three games, but have only allowed more than 123 yards rushing once in their last five. The Wildcats have won four of their last five SU and are 6-2 ATS in their last eight, but are just 3-3 ATS as favorites.

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The Michigan State Spartans only turned in two OVER results in 12 games this season, which will make them interesting to totals bettors on the college football odds as they take on TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 29 in Tempe.

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.

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Saturday, December 29 @ 10:15pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Team: TCU Horned Frogs
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS, 4-7 OU

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 6-6 SU, 4-8 ATS, 2-9-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
TCU -2 / 42.5 Points

[Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Matchup Stats]

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Betting Trends: OVER is 11-3 in past 14 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowls (formerly Insight Bowl) . . . Big 12 schools are 5-1 SU in past six vs Big Ten schools . . . TCU is 0-4-1 ATS in past five bowl games.

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Both the Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa Hawkeyes come into this year’s Insight Bowl with bowl winning streaks on the line as Oklahoma won in its last two bowl appearances and Iowa won in each of its last three.

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

Insight Bowl
Friday, December 30 @ 10:00pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Conference: Big 12
Records: 9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS, 7-4 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Oklahoma -13.5 / 57.5 Points

[Insight Bowl Matchup Stats]

Coming into the year with the No. 1 ranking, the Oklahoma Sooners had much higher hopes than playing in the Insight Bowl. But here they are, and they’ll take on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Oklahoma looked poised to make a run at the national championship at 6-0 SU (4-2 ATS), but the Sooners went just 3-3 SU (2-4 ATS) in the second half of their schedule, including an inexplicable home loss to Texas Tech. Season-ending injuries to star wide receiver Ryan Broyles and running back Dominique Whaley didn’t help matters down the stretch. Iowa had a decent year in a rebuilding campaign, highlighted by an upset win over Michigan in November.

Landry Jones failed to live up to preseason Heisman Trophy hype and took a step backwards from last year’s production. Still, he ended up fourth in the nation in passing yards with 4,302, and had 28 touchdown passes with 14 interceptions.

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Despite the dismissal of their all-time top receiver and the benching of their best running back, Iowa rolls into the Insight Bowl as just a slight 1-point underdog to 14th-ranked Missouri in the NCAAF odds menu.

Insight Bowl
Tuesday, December 28 @ 10:00pm ET
Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona

Team: Missouri Tigers
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Records: 10-2 SU, 6-5 ATS, 3-8 OU

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-5-1 ATS, 4-7 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Missouri -1 / 47 Points

[Insight Bowl Matchup Stats]

Consecutive losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech cost Missouri a trip to their third Big 12 championship in four years, but a win in the Insight Bowl will take some of the sting out of those defeats. The Tigers rebounded to take their final three games and can reach the 11-win mark if they take down the Hawkeyes.

The Tigers are known to spread the ball around on offense, as three different backs had at least 380 yards. Missouri will rely mostly on its FBS sixth-best 15.2 points per game allowed to shut down the relentless Hawkeyes.

Missouri should draw lots of interest in college football betting circles with the intriguing Insight Bowl odds. The strong finish by Missouri and sluggish end for Iowa should lend plenty of confidence to bettors who think Missouri will be an easy line to cover.

Iowa hopes to silence all doubters in NCAAF odds for this game, but when two of your best players are gone it can be a daunting task – or a rallying cry. The Hawkeyes were ranked ninth entering the season and were expecting to earn a second consecutive trip to a BCS game.

Three straight losses brought them to fourth in the conference and the Hawkeyes will now have to overcome adversity to get a school-record third straight postseason victory.

Usually a total set at 47 for a college game is not conducive to UNDER betting, but considering these teams combined to pay UNDER bettors 15 times this season you may think twice on that wager.

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