Chick Fil A Bowl Matchup: Virginia vs Auburn
Virginia Cavaliers vs Auburn Tigers Odds
The Georgia Dome hosts a battle between last year's national champion - Auburn Tigers - and the Virginia Cavaliers who are making their first bowl appearance since 2007 here in the Chick Fil A Bowl.
Auburn’s passing game wasn't the same with Cam Newton gone to the NFL, but the offense churned out wins behind RB Michael Dyer, who rushed for 1,242 yards and 10 scores. Virginia had a slid 8-4 mark on the season in the ACC.
Of note for bettors looking to bet on the Chick Fil A Bowl is this under trend - 9 of past 12 games have played UNDER the total.
The Cavaliers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-6-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Tigers are 4-8 ATS. Virginia is 2-10 on the totals; Auburn is 6-6. [ Read more in this Chick Fil A Bowl odds preview article ]
Betting Line: If you're going with the Tigers in this one, they're listed as 1-point favorites on the betting line for the contest.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Auburn's No. 82-ranked offense, averaging 24.2 PPG, against a Cavaliers defense that ranks No. 32 this week at 22.2 PPG. The Tigers aerial game is averaging 153.4 yards per game, less than the Cavaliers secondary allows through the air, 214.8 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Cavaliers feature the league's No. 42-rated road run defense, allowing 145 yards per game. Auburn, meanwhile, ranks No. 58 in rushing offense at home.
In their last action, Virginia was a 38-0 loser at home against Virginia Tech. They failed to cover the 5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (38) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.
In their last action, Auburn was a 42-14 loser at home against Alabama. They failed to cover the 21.5–point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (56) was profitable news for OVER bettors.
Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on turf are 4-6
After being outgained are 2-8
When an underdog on the road are 3-7
Auburn Tigers Trends:
When playing in December are 5-4
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 8-2
When favored at home are 10-0
A few Cavaliers at Tigers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Virginia's last 10 games
Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Auburn is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Auburn's last 9 games
Auburn is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games