Outback Bowl

The Auburn Tigers will be shooting for their sixth win, SU and ATS, in their last seven bowl game appearances, with the sole SU defeat coming last season, a 34-31 loss to Florida State as 10.5-point underdogs in the national championship game.

The Tigers have been pegged as favorites in six of their last eight bowl appearances, but are a poor 2-4 ATS in those matchups. The Badgers are a dismal 2-5 SU in their last seven bowl games, 1-6 ATS, are 2-4 ATS in their last six bowl games when pegged as underdogs, and have scored 20 or fewer points in seven of their last 11 postseason matchups.

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.

Outback Bowl
Thursday, January 1 @ 12:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Florida

Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 10-3 SU, 5-8 ATS, 7-5-1 OU

Team: Auburn Tigers
Conference: SEC
Records: 8-4 SU, 4-8 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Auburn -7 / 62 Points

[ Outback Bowl Matchup Stats | Wisconsin vs Auburn Betting Preview ]

Outback Bowl Betting Trends: Nine of the past 13 Outback Bowls have played OVER the total
. . .  OVER is 7-1 in the Badgers’ last eight when pegged as underdogs . . . Auburn is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games as favorites

The Auburn Tigers will be looking to end a 1-3 SU skid in their last four games, 0-4 ATS. The Tigers opened their campaign with five consecutive SU wins, but have struggled all year to reward bettors, going 4-8 ATS, and have not covered the spread as favorites since posting a 41-7 win over LSU as seven-point favorites in Week 6. The Tigers have also produced mixed results in recent matchups with Big Ten schools, going 3-3 SU and ATS in their last six, with the OVER/UNDER also going 3-3.

The Wisconsin Badgers will be looking to bounce back from a 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. The beating ended Wisconsin’s seven-game SU win streak but extended their existing ATS losing streak to three. The Badgers have also struggled against opponents from the SEC, going 2-6 SU and ATS in their last eight, including a 34-24 loss as 1.5-point underdogs to South Carolina in last season’s Capital One Bowl.

Outback Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Outback BowlPenn State43Auburn14+3PENNSTPENNST
1996Outback BowlAlabama17Michigan14+1ALABALAB
1997Outback BowlWisconsin6Georgia33-8.5GEORGIGEORGI
1998Outback BowlKentucky14Penn State26-8.5PENNSTPENNST
1999Outback BowlGeorgia28Purdue25+5.5PURDUEGEORGI
2000Outback BowlSouth Carolina24Ohio State7-6.5S.CAROS.CARO
2001Outback BowlOhio State28South Carolina31EvS.CAROS.CARO
2002Outback BowlFlorida30Michigan38-1.5MICHMICH
2003Outback BowlIowa37Florida17-4IOWAIOWA
2004Outback BowlWisconsin21Georgia24-7WISCSNGEORGI
2005Outback BowlIowa24Florida31+1FLAFLA
2006Outback BowlPenn State20Tennessee10-4PENNSTPENNST
2007Outback BowlWisconsin17Tennessee21-2.5TENNTENN
2008Outback BowlIowa31South Carolina10+3.5IOWAIOWA
2009Outback BowlNorthwestern35Auburn38-9NWESTNAUBRN
2010Outback BowlPenn State24Florida37-7FLAFLA
2011Outback BowlMichigan State33Georgia30-2.5MICHSTMICHST
2012Outback BowlSouth Carolina33Michigan28+5.5MICHS.CARO
2013Outback BowlLSU21Iowa14+8LSUIOWA
2014Outback BowlWisconsin34Auburn31-6WisconsinWisconsin


The LSU Tigers are favored to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, but the Tigers will have to do it without star senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

LSU freshman QB Anthony Jennings, who led a last-minute, game-winning drive to beat the Arkansas Razorbacks, will get the start.

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.

Outback Bowl
Wednesday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: LSU Tigers
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 9-3 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 8-3-1 OU

Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS, 7-4-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
LSU -7.5 / 49 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats | LSU vs. Iowa Betting Preview]

Outback Bowl Betting Trends: Iowa is 6-2 ATS past eight bowl games . . . Nine of past 12 Outback Bowls have played OVER the total . . . Iowa was 5-0 ATS away from home in 2013 . . . LSU is 27-3 SU past 30 games as favorites.

Iowa got hot late and ended the season on a three-game winning streak that featured impressive performances against Michigan and Nebraska. The Hawkeyes’ four losses came against Northern Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

LSU remains an elite SEC power under coach Les Miles. The Tigers have a talent advantage on both sides of the ball and have a motivated young quarterback poised to prove that he can be the next great LSU quarterback. Collins came in late in the regular-season finale against Arkansas, after Mettenberger went down with an injury. The freshman led the Tigers right down the field, scrambling and passing for first downs, en route to the winning touchdown.

These two teams met on New Year’s Day of 2005, with Iowa QB Drew Tate throwing a desperation touchdown pass with seconds remaining to lift the Hawkeyes past the Tigers, 30-25.


With eight ATS victories over their 12 games this season South Carolina will get some attention on the college football betting lines on January 1 as they take on the Big Ten's Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

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.

Outback Bowl
Tuesday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS, 7-4 OU

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
South Carolina -4 / 48 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats]

Outback Bowl Betting Trends: Michigan is 3-6-1 ATS in past 10 bowl games . . . Eight of past 11 Outback Bowls played OVER the total.


Since 1993, the Michigan State Spartans are just 2-9 SU in 11 bowl appearances; the Georgia Bulldogs are 11-4 SU in 15 bowl appearances over that same time span.

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

Outback Bowl
Monday, January 2 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 10-3 SU, 9-4 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Conference: Southeastern
Records: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 6-7 OU

Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Georgia -3.5 / 50 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats]

Two very good teams that fell just short in their respective conference championship games take the field in this year’s Outback Bowl in the Michigan State Spartans and Georgia Bulldogs. Michigan State is looking for its first bowl win since 2001.

After starting off the season 0-2 SU and ATS, the Georgia Bulldogs won 10 straight (8-2 ATS) before losing to LSU in the SEC Championship. The Bulldogs were the underdog in all three of their losses but were 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS as a favorite. Michigan State finished the year with an impressive 9-4 ATS record, highlighted by outright wins over then-undefeated Michigan and then-undefeated Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks.

Sophomore Aaron Murray was one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC this season. Murray finished the year with 2,861 passing yards and 33 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions.


Legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno will be leading his 7-point underdog Nittany Lions into the Outback Bowl against a Florida Gators team that struggled down the stretch, but that still has the edge with college football betting faithful.

Outback Bowl
Saturday, January 1 @ 1:00pm ET
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-6 ATS, 6-5 OU

Team: Florida Gators
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 4-6-1 ATS, 6-5 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Florida -7 / 48 Points

[Outback Bowl Matchup Stats]

Florida averages 356.8 yards per game, 100 less than it had a season ago when Tim Tebow was the Gators' quarterback. John Brantley is the new Gators QB, and he has thrown for 2,020 yards and nine TDs this season - not Tebow-like numbers, but he can get the job done.

The Gators will need to gain yardage off the ground, and Jeff Demps is the go-to guy with 571 yards and three touchdowns. Florida needs to be persistent in its rushing attack against the Nittany Lions, who struggle against the run.

ADVERTISEMENT: As of Dec. 29, fully 86% of the community was picking Penn State to cover the Outback Bowl point spread. The best line of +7.5 was at 5Dimes as well.

If Florida can execute its rushing game and keep the ball out of the hands of a good Penn State running game it should be a good wager against the Outback Bowl odds.

Penn State will have to get the ball into the hands of running backs Evan Royster and Silas Redd if they want a 25th postseason victory for the historic school.

The ground game averages 150 yards per game and over four yards per carry. When Royster rushes for more than 100 yards, the Lions are contenders with anyone.

It could all come down to special teams in this bowl game, as the kick returners of Florida are capable of big punt returns and can score from anywhere. Penn State knows it needs its kicker to get the ball into the end zone if it stands any chance of erasing the NCAAF odds they face against the Gators.

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