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The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas Longhorns will renew acquaintances for the first time in six years on December 29 when they face off in the Texas Bowl in Houston.

Arkansas returns to a bowl game for the first time since 2011; they defeated Kansas State 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl that year as a 9.5-point favorite at the sportsbooks.

Texas was smoked in the Alamo Bowl last season, getting knocked around by Oregon 30-7 as a 14.5-point underdog. In their last seven bowl games the Longhorns are 5-2 SU, but they’re 2-4 ATS in their last six appearances in bowl season.

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
Monday, December 29 @ 9:00pm ET
NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Conference: SEC
Records: 6-6 SU, 9-3 ATS, 6-6 OU

Team: Texas Longhorns
Conference: Big 12
Records:  6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, 3-8-1 OU

Opening Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Arkansas -5 / 46.5 Points

[ Texas Bowl Matchup Stats | Arkansas vs Texas Betting Preview ]

Texas Bowl Betting Trends: Favorites are 8-3-2 ATS in the last 13 Texas Bowls . . . UNDER is 6-1 in the last seven Texas Bowl games . . . Texas is 12-2 SU past 14 bowl games but just 6-8 ATS . . . Arkansas is 1-5 ATS past six bowl games . . .Texas crushed Arkansas 52-10 in last meeting in 2008.

The Razorbacks have posted an UNDER in their last eight bowl games. Coincidentally, they also went UNDER the total in their last four games of the regular season. Arkansas finished the regular season with a disappointing 21-14 loss to Missouri as a 2.5-point favorite, dropping them to 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS when favored this season.

The Longhorns also finished off the regular season poorly. In their finale against TCU, the Longhorns were hammered 48-10 as a 4.5-point underdog. That defeat snapped a three-game winning streak both SU and ATS. Like Arkansas, Texas also trended toward the UNDER late in the season, going 4-1 UNDER in their last five games.

The Razorbacks and Longhorns last clashed in 2008 when Texas trampled Arkansas 52-10 as a 27.5-point favorite. They also squared off in the 2000 Cotton Bowl, which Arkansas won 27-6 as 5.5-point chalk.

Texas Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner BowlEast Carolina40Texas Tech27-1E.CARE.CAR BowlTCU9Texas A&M28-4.5TEXA&MTEXA&M
2002Houston BowlSouthern Miss23Oklahoma State33-10PushOKLAST
2003Houston BowlNavy14Texas Tech38-10.5TXTECHTXTECH
2004Houston BowlColorado33Texas El Paso28+2COLOCOLO
2005Houston BowlIowa State24TCU27EvTCUTCU
2006Texas BowlKansas State10Rutgers37-9RUTGERRUTGER
2007Texas BowlTCU20Houston13+7PushTCU
2008Texas BowlWestern Michigan14Rice38-2RICERICE
2009Texas BowlNavy35Missouri13-6NAVYNAVY
2010Texas BowlIllinois38Baylor14+2ILLINOILLINO
2011Texas BowlTexas A&M33Northwestern22+9.5TEXAMTEXAM
2012Texas BowlMinnesota31Texas Tech34-13MINNTXTECH
2013Texas BowlSyracuse21Minnesota17-3.5SYRSYR
2014Texas BowlTexas7Arkansas31-7ArkansasArkansas


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.


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.

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.

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.

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