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Texas Bowl Odds

The Syracuse Orange and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will take to the field in this season’s Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium.

It is the fifth time in history that the Gophers and Orange have met. Minnesota has won the last three meetings against the Orange; however, the all-time series between the schools is squared at 2-2 ATS.

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.

Texas Bowl
Friday, December 27 @ 6:00pm ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Team: Syracuse Orange
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Records: 6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS, 6-6 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Minnesota Golden Gophers -4 / 47 Points

[Texas Bowl Matchup Stats | Syracuse vs. Minnesota Betting Preview]

Texas Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are 8-2-2 ATS in the last 12 Texas Bowls, while the UNDER is 5-1 in the last six games . . . Syracuse is 4-1 ATS in their last five bowl game appearances.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are returning to the Texas Bowl for the second consecutive year. Little was expected from the Gophers this season, but a pair of four-game winning streaks powered the Gophers to an 8-4 record SU. Minny also finished 9-3 ATS after covering in their final six regular season games. However, the Gophers finished the season with losses to two nationally-ranked teams, Wisconsin and Michigan State, with the Minnesota offense failing to score a touchdown in either game. The Syracuse Orange make their third bowl game appearance in four years. Syracuse has posted a 6-6 record SU this season, and gained bowl eligibility with a stunning win over Boston College, scoring the winning TD with only six seconds remaining. Statistically, the Gophers and Orange match up well. Both teams are 6-6 OU this season. Minnesota holds a 3.5-point edge in points per game, while Syracuse has produced 40+ more passing yards per game.

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

2000 Bowl East Carolina 40 Texas Tech 27 -1 E.CAR E.CAR
2001 Bowl TCU 9 Texas A&M 28 -4.5 TEXA&M TEXA&M
2002 Houston Bowl Southern Miss 23 Oklahoma State 33 -10 Push OKLAST
2003 Houston Bowl Navy 14 Texas Tech 38 -10.5 TXTECH TXTECH
2004 Houston Bowl Colorado 33 Texas El Paso 28 2 COLO COLO
2005 Houston Bowl Iowa State 24 TCU 27 0 TCU TCU
2006 Texas Bowl Kansas State 10 Rutgers 37 -9 RUTGER RUTGER
2007 Texas Bowl TCU 20 Houston 13 7 Push TCU
2008 Texas Bowl Western Michigan 14 Rice 38 -2 RICE RICE
2009 Texas Bowl Navy 35 Missouri 13 -6 NAVY NAVY
2010 Texas Bowl Illinois 38 Baylor 14 2 ILLINO ILLINO
2011 Texas Bowl Texas A&M 33 Northwestern 22 9.5 TEXAM TEXAM
2012 Texas Bowl Minnesota 31 Texas Tech 34 -13 MINN TXTECH
2013 Texas Bowl Syracuse   Minnesota        


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The Minnesota Golden Gophers barely slipped into the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas this season, and they're listed as big underdogs on the college football betting odds for the December 28 game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Friday, December 28 @ 9:00pm ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS, 4-6-1 OU

Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, 7-4 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Texas Tech -13 / 57 Points

[Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Matchup Stats]

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Betting Trends: Favorites are 8-1-2 ATS in past 11 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas . . . Texas Tech is 1-5 ATS in past six bowl games.


The Northwestern Wildcats haven’t won a bowl game since 1948, having lost in each of their last eight appearances since 1995.

They try to turn that around against Texas A&M in Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas odds action.

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

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
Saturday, December 31 @ 12:00pm ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Conference: Big 12
Records: 6-6 SU, 3-9 ATS, 7-5 OU

Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 6-6 SU, 5-7 ATS, 6-6 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Texas A&M -10.0 / 66 Points

[Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas Matchup Stats]

The Texas A&M Aggies and the Northwestern Wildcats both hope to break long bowl droughts in this year’s Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Texas A&M has lost five straight bowl games and nine of its last 10, while Northwestern has lost in eight straight bowl games.

Texas A&M fell well-short of expectations in its final season in the Big 12, losing its backers money every step of the way with an abysmal 3-9 ATS record. Northwestern clawed back from a 2-5 SU and ATS start to earn bowl eligibility with a 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) finish, including a huge upset on the road against Nebraska. Despite the identical records, Texas A&M was considerably better statistically, finishing 11th in the nation in scoring with 39.6 points per game.

Senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit a few rough spots with interceptions, but had a good season overall. Tannehill finished with 3,415 passing yards and 28 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.


Baylor will be appearing in its first bowl game in well over a decade and they face an Illinois team that struggled to get into the postseason, but the lack of superiority by either school has most books giving the Bears a slight 1.5-point spread on the Texas Bowl odds.

Texas Bowl
Wednesday, December 29 @ 6:00pm ET
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Team: Baylor Bears
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 5-6 ATS, 7-4 OU

Team: Illinois Fighting Illini
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 6-6 SU, 7-4 ATS, 7-4 OU

Spread / Total (from Bovada)
Baylor -1.5 / 62 Points

[Texas Bowl Matchup Stats]

Baylor had its first winning season since 1995 and needs quarterback Robert Griffin III to regain his hot hand in this bowl game, after throwing just one TD and three interceptions over three straight losses to end the Bears' season.

Griffin was among the nation's best, and has a couple of targets he can point the trigger at - with four receivers netting at least 40 catches. But Kendall Wright will be the primary focus; Wright scooped up 66 catches for 825 yards to lead the receiving corps.

If Griffin goes, so do the Bears, but if he falters, the load could fall back on senior running back Jay Finley. Finley had 1,155 yards rushing to rank second in the school's single-season rushing list.

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Baylor may have a slight edge in the NCAAF odds, but expect a lot of lines to favor an Illinois team that has covered the spread better than this Bears team. Baylor might win straight up, but they have a less than spectacular record against the spread in college football betting.

Illinois is back in a bowl game after missing the past two postseasons, but they will need to win this game to consider the season a success. The team was well back of the leaders in the Big Ten Conference, finishing ahead of only three teams in an 11-team division.

The Fighting Illini need to get the best out of All-American running back Mikel Leshoure, who may opt out of college for the NFL draft. He led all Big Ten backs with 1,513 yards off the ground with an astonishing 14 touchdowns.

College football betting could see plenty of action for an upset from Illinois - especially with what’s at stake - and the strong running game could be the difference-maker.