Sugar Bowl Odds
The Alabama Crimson Tide have to settle for a shot at a Sugar Bowl title on January 2 after they fell short of a national title berth, and they opened as big favorites on the bowl odds at the sportsbooks for their matchup against the Big 12's Oklahoma Sooners.
Here's a breakdown of the BCS matchup between the Crimson Tide and Sooners.
Thursday, January 2 @ 8:30pm ET
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Records: 11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS, 6-5-1 OU
Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Conference: Big 12
Records: 10-2 SU, 7-5 ATS, 6-5-1 OU
Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Alabama -15 / ??? Points
Sugar Bowl Betting Trends: The UNDER is 7-3 past 10 Sugar Bowls . . . Alabama has covered the spread in five straight postseason games . . . The UNDER is 7-2-1 past 10 Oklahoma games as underdog . . . Alabama is 5-1 ATS when favored by two touchdowns or more.
Alabama lost its shot at the national title on November 30 when they fell 34-28 at Auburn in the final game of the regular season. That shut the Crimson Tide out of the SEC Championship Game, and allowed the Tigers to instead move on to the national championship game. The Crimson Tide had won each of their first 11 games of the season before falling to Auburn, and ended up at No. 3 in the final BCS rankings of the season.
Oklahoma boosted its BCS case on December 7 when it topped rival Oklahoma State 33-24 to deny the Cowboys the Big 12 title; the Sooners saw a big jump from No. 17 to No. 11 in the final BCS rankings thanks to that victory. Oklahoma lost at Texas and at Baylor for its two defeats during the regular season, and beat Notre Dame 35-21 back on September 28.
Sugar Bowl History (teams, score, spread, ATS winner, SU winner)
|1995||Sugar Bowl||Virginia Tech||28||Texas||10||-2||VTECH||VTECH|
|1996||Sugar Bowl||Florida||52||Florida State||20||3||FLA||FLA|
|1997||Sugar Bowl||Ohio State||14||Florida State||31||-7||FLAST||FLAST|
|1998||Sugar Bowl||Ohio State||24||Texas A&M||14||12||TEXA&M||OHIOST|
|1999||Sugar Bowl||Virginia Tech||29||Florida State||46||-6||FLAST||FLAST|
|2002||Sugar Bowl||Georgia||26||Florida State||13||7.5||GEORGI||GEORGI|
|2004||Sugar Bowl||Virginia Tech||13||Auburn||16||-6||VTECH||AUBRN|
|2005||Sugar Bowl||West Virginia||38||Georgia||35||-7||WESTV||WESTV|
|2006||Sugar Bowl||Notre Dame||14||LSU||41||-8.5||LSU||LSU|
|2010||Sugar Bowl||Arkansas||26||Ohio State||31||-3||OHIOST||OHIOST|
|2011||Sugar Bowl||Michigan||23||Virginia Tech||20||3||Push||MICH|
The Florida Gators are one of the biggest favorites on the college football betting lines for bowl season this year as they prepare to take on the Big East's Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2.
Wednesday, January 2 @ 8:30pm ET
Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Team: Louisville Cardinals
Conference: Big East
Records: 10-2 SU, 5-7 ATS, 6-5 OU
Team: Florida Gators
Records: 11-1 SU, 7-5 ATS, 4-7 OU
Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Florida -14.5 / 47 Points
Sugar Bowl Betting Trends: UNDER is 7-3 in past 10 Sugar Bowls . . . Favorites are 4-1-1 ATS in past six Sugar Bowls.
The Michigan Wolverines are just 1-5 in six bowl appearances since 2003 including three losses in three BCS Bowl appearances and the Sugar Bowl is one of the most disputed BCS decisions as they face Virginia Tech.
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Tuesday, January 3 @ 8:30pm ET
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Team: Michigan Wolverines
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS, 5-7 OU
Team: Virginia Tech Hokies
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Records: 11-2 SU, 4-9 ATS, 4-9 OU
Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Michigan -2.5 / 51 Points
Despite failing to win their conferences and losing two games, both the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Michigan Wolverines did enough to earn at-large BCS Bowl bids into the Sugar Bowl. This is Virginia Tech’s fourth BCS bowl appearance in five years.
Virginia Tech was the favorite in every game it played, going just 4-9 ATS despite winning 11 of 13 games outright. Behind new coach Brady Hoke and a healthy Denard Robinson, Michigan was a reliable team both SU (10-2) and ATS (8-4) all year. Both teams played steady defense throughout most of the season and trended towards the UNDER in totals betting.
Denard Robinson was the star of Michigan’s offense, leading the team in both passing and rushing. Robinson passed for 2,056 yards and 18 touchdowns (with 14 interceptions) and rushed for 1,163 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Of note, faves are 4-1 ATS in the past 5 Sugar Bowls and the SEC has lost 4 of the past 6 games SU. [ Earn a free $25 BCS bowl game wager when you visit TopBet ]
Ohio State has lost nine straight bowl games to SEC teams, but the Sugar Bowl odds still have the Buckeyes as 3.5-point favorites when they lock horns with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Tuesday, January 4 @ 8:30pm ET
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 11-1 SU, 9-2-1 ATS, 8-4 OU
Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 10-2 SU, 9-2 ATS, 7-3-1 OU
Sugar Bowl Point Spread / Total (from SBG Global)
Ohio State -3.5 / 56.5 Points
This will be the sixth consecutive bowl appearance for Ohio State, going 2-3 in that time with a 26-17 win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl last year. They also haven’t been to a Sugar Bowl since 1998.
This game will feature two Manning award nominee quarterbacks, presented to the top QB in the nation.
For the Buckeyes, it will be Terrelle Pryor, who has the mobility to scramble in the pocket, racking up 639 yards on the ground with 2,551 yards passing. Pryor is 22-3 as the starting QB for Ohio State, and helped the team close out the season on a five-game winning streak.
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With such a small spread on the posted NCAAF odds - and with the ability to cover this season by both teams - it’s sure to draw plenty of interest from college football betting enthusiasts. It’s a little clearer if you like totals betting, as the pair combined to make winners of OVER bettors 15 times this season.
Razorbacks QB Ryan Mallett likes to drop back in the pocket more, throwing for 338.4 yards per game through the air – third best in the nation. Mallett was also third best among BCS quarterbacks with 60 touchdowns in his two years at Arkansas. He also had nine 300-yard games in 2010.
The Razorbacks are making their debut in a BCS bowl game, but coach Bobby Petrino guided the Louisville Cardinals to an Orange Bowl victory in 2006 and understands a thing or two about preparing a team for the big night.
An underdog wager on Arkansas could prove to be rewarding for bettors, especially when you consider the amount of upsets this bowl season.