After slipping into a BCS berth from the Mid-American Conference the Northern Illinois Huskies will get a chance at an Orange Bowl title on January 1 – but they're listed as big betting underdogs against the ACC's Florida State Seminoles.
Tuesday, January 1 @ 8:30pm ET
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
Team: Northern Illinois Huskies
Records: 12-1 SU, 9-4 ATS, 5-7 OU
Team: Florida State Seminoles
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Records: 11-2 SU, 4-9 ATS, 7-4-1 OU
Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Florida State -14 / 59.5 Points
Orange Bowl Betting Trends: Underdogs are 7-2 ATS in past nine Orange Bowls . . . UNDER is 5-1 in past six Orange Bowls . . . Florida State is 8-0-1 ATS in past nine bowl games.
Orange Bowl History
Data includes original name of bowl, current name, teams, point spread of the second listed team, SU winner and ATS winner.
|1995||Orange Bowl||Florida State||31||Notre Dame||26||10||NOTRD||FLAST|
|1996||Orange Bowl||Virginia Tech||21||Nebraska||41||-15.5||NEBR||NEBR|
|2000||Orange Bowl||Florida State||2||Oklahoma||13||11.5||OKLA||OKLA|
|2002||Orange Bowl||Iowa||17||Southern Cal||38||-4.5||USC||USC|
|2003||Orange Bowl||Miami||16||Florida State||14||-1.5||MIAMI||MIAMI|
|2004||Orange Bowl||Oklahoma||19||Southern Cal||55||-3||USC||USC|
|2005||Orange Bowl||Florida State||23||Penn State||26||-9||FLAST||PENNST|
|2006||Orange Bowl||Wake Forest||13||Louisville||24||-10||LOUISV||LOUISV|
|2007||Orange Bowl||Kansas||24||Virginia Tech||21||-3||KANSAS||KANSAS|
|2008||Orange Bowl||Virginia Tech||20||Cincinnati||7||-2.5||VTECH||VTECH|
|2009||Orange Bowl||Iowa||24||Georgia Tech||14||-6||IOWA||IOWA|
|2010||Orange Bowl||Virginia Tech||12||Stanford||40||-3.5||STANFO||STANFO|
|2011||Orange Bowl||West Virginia||70||Clemson||33||-3||WESTV||WESTV|
The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost their last two bowl games and they are underdogs facing the Clemson Tigers in the 2011 edition of the Orange Bowl as well.
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Wednesday, January 4 @ 8:30pm ET
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
Team: West Virginia Mountaineers
Conference: Big East
Records: 9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS, 9-3 OU
Team: Clemson Tigers
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Records: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 OU
Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Clemson -3.5 / 61 Points
Clemson topped Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship and West Virginia earned the tiebreaker in a three-way tie for the Big East Title, earning each team a trip to this year’s Orange Bowl. Clemson’s win over Virginia Tech was its first ever in an ACC Championship Game.
West Virginia had a few inexplicable losses as a double-digit favorite against Syracuse on the road and Louisville at home, but overall the Mountaineers had a fairly successful year at 9-3 SU (6-6 ATS). Clemson started the season on an incredible 8-0 SU (7-1 ATS) run and then hit a brick wall going 1-3 SU (0-4 ATS) over its last four regular season games.
The Tigers recovered and returned to form in the ACC Championship Game, crushing Virginia Tech 38-10 as a 7-point underdog.
Clemson freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins emerged as one of college football’s best wideouts in 2011. Watkins finished the season with 77 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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Stanford has reeled off seven straight victories in an 11-win season, and will be 3.5-point favorites in the Orange Bowl odds against the ACC champion Virginia Tech Hokies.
Monday, January 3 @ 8:30pm ET
Sun Life Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Team: Stanford Cardinal
Conference: Pac-10 Conference
Records: 11-1 SU, 7-3-1 ATS, 6-5 OU
Team: Virginia Tech Hokies
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Records: 11-2 SU, 10-2 ATS, 6-6 OU
Spread / Total (from Sportsbook.ag)
Stanford -3.5 / 58 Points
This Orange Bowl features two of the top quarterbacks in the country and should provide entertaining college football betting banter as everyone dissects the two programs.
Andrew Luck fell in Heisman Trophy balloting to Cam Newton, but he did take the Cardinal on quite a flight this season. He was the Pac-10’s offensive player of the year – throwing for 28 TD passes – and helped his team average over 40 points per game.
Luck also completed more than 70 percent of his passes, netting 3,051 yards along with 438 along on the ground. Doug Baldwin will more than likely be Luck’s primary target, catching nine touchdowns with 824 yards receiving this season.
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This team is deeper in the backfield as well, with Stephan Taylor running for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns – impressive numbers for a sophomore. If Luck can utilize Baldwin and Taylor, the Cardinals could be poised to cover the Orange Bowl odds and claims its first title.
Virginia Tech started the season 0-2, but rattled off 11 straight wins to propel themselves into their third Orange Bowl in four years. This experience could lead some bettors to wager on an upset here, or at the very least have the Hokies cover the small spread.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was simply amazing after bouncing back from the two losses, throwing for a school-record 23 TD passes to go with 823 yards rushing and five scores.
Taylor is blessed with the knowledge his defense is second best in the FBS, but turning the ball over is not an option if they plan on winning their second BCS Orange Bowl.
With three capable receivers and a solid backfield for the Hokies this game is shaping up to be a possible onslaught of offense, and an OVER bet could be enticing on the posted total of 58.