The Oklahoma State Cowboys will have a large spread to cover on January 1 as they meet the Purdue Boilermakers in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and their supporters have seen them go just 7-5 ATS through their 12 games this season.
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Tuesday, January 1 @ 12:00pm ET
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Team: Purdue Boilermakers
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 6-6 SU, 6-6 ATS, 7-4 OU
Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Conference: Big 12
Records: 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 7-4 OU
Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Oklahoma State -18 / 69 Points
Heart of Dallas Bowl Betting Trends: Favored team has won both prior games (formerly the TicketCity Bowl) . . . Oklahoma State has scored at least 33 points in nine of past 10 bowl games . . . Purdue is 2-6 ATS in past eight bowl games.
Heart of Dallas Bowl History (formerly TicketCity Bowl)
Data includes original name of bowl, current name, teams, point spread of the second listed team, SU winner and ATS winner.
|2010||Ticket City Bowl||Northwestern||38||Texas Tech||45||-7.5||NWESTN||TXTECH|
|2011||Ticket City Bowl||Penn State||14||Houston||30||-6.5||HOUSTO||HOUSTO|
The Houston Cougars enter the TicketCity Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions at just 1-9 SU in their last 10 bowl appearances.
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Monday, January 2 @ 12:00pm ET
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Team: Houston Cougars
Conference: Conference USA
Records: 12-1 SU, 10-3 ATS, 8-5 OU
Team: Penn State Nittany Lions
Conference: Big Ten
Records: 9-3 SU, 3-8-1 ATS, 2-8-1 OU
Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Houston -5.5 / 56.5 Points
After falling one win shy of an undefeated regular season and an automatic BCS Bowl bid, the Houston Cougars find themselves in the TicketCity Bowl going up against the Penn State Nittany Lions.
These two teams were polar opposites ATS this season as Houston covered the spread in all but three games (10-3 ATS) and Penn State only covered the spread in three games (3-8-1 ATS).
Penn State finished the regular season 1-2 SU (1-1-1 ATS) after a 9-1 SU start amidst a major scandal that resulted in Joe Paterno being fired. In Houston’s 12 games against Division One opponents, the OVER was 8-4, and a game’s score failed to reach 56 points only once.
Case Keenum will end a record-setting career in the TicketCity Bowl. Keenum put up incredible passing stats again this year, throwing for 5,099 yards and 45 touchdowns with just five interceptions.
Northwestern has lost seven straight bowl games and will be without some key players against the offensive-minded and 9.5-point favorite Texas Tech Red Raiders in college football betting for the inaugural TicketCity Bowl.
Saturday, January 1 @ 12:00pm ET
Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, Texas.
Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 2-9 ATS, 7-4 OU
Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Records: 7-5 SU, 4-6-1 ATS, 5-6 OU
Spread / Total (from Sportsbook.ag)
Texas Tech -9.5 / 60.5 Points
Taylor Potts is a big reason for the Red Raiders' 11th straight bowl appearance. He threw for 3,357 yards and 31 touchdowns this season, and his record-setting Alamo Bowl last year should make college football betting lines popular for Texas Tech in this game.
Potts has the second-best receiver in the entire FBS in Lyle Leong, who caught 17 TD passes for 808 yards. Senior Detron Lewis is also a threat, netting 803 yards with six scores this season.
Texas Tech must have its offense firing on all cylinders with its struggling defense, which gives up 30.3 points and 463.1 yards per game.
ADVERTISEMENT: This game is in the -10 range where underdogs have won outright half the time since 2000! As of Dec. 29, the best Northwestern odds was at at +=10.
Things should open up offensively with the poor defense of both teams, and that could play into the hands of OVER bettors.
Northwestern started the year 5-0 before losing five of its final seven games, and going into the bowl game without All-Big Ten quarterback Dan Persa makes the NCAAF odds stack up against the Wildcats even more. He was the eighth-best passer in the nation.
Redshirt freshman QB Evan Watkins had four interceptions with a single TD in two games - and without depth at that position it could be bad news for the Wildcats. They also surrendered 10 touchdowns over their final two games.
Combine the offensive weapons missing for Northwestern with a defense that allows among the most sacks in the nation at 3.3 per game and its chances at covering against the TicketCity Bowl odds look even tougher.