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Fiesta Bowl betting preview

In a meeting of two teams who must be thinking about what could have been 11-1 Kansas State battles 11-1 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl Thursday, Jan. 3 in Glendale (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Fiesta Bowl betting odds showed the Ducks, who missed out on playing in the Pac-12 championship game because of an overtime loss to Stanford, as eight-point favorites over the Big 12-champion Wildcats, whose only loss came at Baylor.

Underdogs are 5-1 ATS in the past 6 Fiesta Bowls, while Kansas State is a bankroll-bleeding 1-6 ATS in its past 7 bowl games. [ More Fiesta Bowl betting stats, matchup trends and more, click here ]

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Sugar Bowl betting preview, pick

The class of the Big East Conference this season takes on an SEC power when 10-2 Louisville squares off against 11-1 Florida in the Sugar Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Superdome in New Orleans (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Sugar Bowl betting odds showed the Gators, who went 7-1 in SEC play but missed out on a berth in the conference championship game because of a loss to Georgia, as 13-point favorites over the Cardinals. Louisville started 9-0, lost two in a row, but then salvaged their season with a come-from-behind victory at Rutgers.

Faves are 4-1-1 ATS in the past 6 Sugar Bowls, while this game has trended UNDER in the last decade (7-3). [ More Sugar Bowl betting trends, matchup stats and more, click here ]

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Orange Bowl betting preview

In the ultimate David-vs.-Goliath match-up of this bowl season 12-1 Northern Illinois, champions of the MAC, challenge 11-2 Florida State, championship of the ACC, in the Orange Bowl New Year's Day night in South Florida (8:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Orange Bowl odds were listing the Seminoles, who are averaging 40 PPG this season, as 13-point favorites over the Huskies, who are averaging 41 PPG.

Underdogs have ruled the Orange Bowl lately, going 7-2 ATS in nine years. But beware FSU, as the Noles are 8-0-1 ATS in their past 9 bowl games. Also of note for bettors, the UNDER is 5-1 in past 6 Orange Bowls. [ More Orange Bowl betting stats, trends and picks ]

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Rose Bowl betting preview

In an unlikely Grand-daddy of 'em All match-up 11-2 Stanford butts heads with 8-5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl New Year's Day in Pasadena (5 pm ET, ESPN).

Early Rose Bowl betting odds were listing the Cardinal, who come in having won four straight games over ranked opponents, including a victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game, as six-point favorites over the Badgers. Wisconsin only went 4-4 in conference play this season but destroyed Nebraska in the Big Ten championship game.

Stanford has covered three straight bowls while the Badgers have lost 4 of 5 SU.

[ More Rose Bowl betting trends, stats and matchup detail - check it out ]

*Editor Note: Stanford DT Terrence Stephens ineligible for the Rose Bowl.

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Capital One Bowl betting preview

In a match-up of conference runner-ups 11-2 Georgia and 10-3 Nebraska hook up in the Capital One Bowl New Year's Day in Orlando (1 pm ET, ABC).

For the early Capital One Bowl betting odds the Bulldogs, after losing an instant-classic to Alabama in the SEC championship game, were favored by nine points over the 'Huskers, who got blown out by Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game.

Four of the past 5 Capital One Bowls played UNDER total, so watch bowl totals on this matchup. [ More Capital One Bowl betting trends, matchup details and more, click here ]

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Outback Bowl betting preview

In one of the three Big Ten-SEC bowl match-up of this season 8-4 Michigan takes on 10-2 South Carolina in the Outback Bowl New Year's Day in Tampa (1 pm ET, ESPN).

Early Outback Bowl odds were showing the Gamecocks, who went 6-2 in SEC play this season, as five-point favorites over the Wolverines, who went 6-2 in Big Ten play.

Eight of the past 11 Outback Bowls played OVER total, while Michigan backers have suffered through a 3-6-1 ATS run in 10 recent bowls. [ More Outback Bowl betting stats, trends and matchup info ]

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Heart of Dallas Bowl betting pick

The Big Ten meets the Big 12 when 6-6 Purdue takes on 7-5 Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl New Year's Day at the Cotton Bowl (noon ET, ESPNU).

Early Heart of Dallas Bowl betting odds were listing the Cowboys, who finished tied for third in the Big 12 this season but lost their last two games, as 16-point favorites over the Boilers, who went 3-5 in the Big Ten and just fired their head coach.

Oklahoma State has scored at least 33 pts in 9 of past 10 bowl games, a key point for totals bettors. Purdue, meanwhile, is just 2-6 ATS in their last eight bowl games. [ More Heart of Dallas Bowl betting info and stats ]

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Gator Bowl betting preview and pick

In one of three Big Ten-SEC battles of this bowl season 9-3 Northwestern goes against 8-4 Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl New Year's Day in Jacksonville (noon ET, ESPN2).

The early Gator Bowl odds were listing the Bulldogs, who started 7-0 this season but have lost four of their last five games, as two-point favorites over the Wildcats, who finished 5-3 in the Big Ten, each of their losses coming after giving up fourth-quarter leads.

Mississippi State is 5-1 ATS in its past 6 bowl games, while Northwestern comes in riding a profitable 3-1 ATS bowl record. [ More Gator Bowl betting stats, matchup data and more ]

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College Football Bowl Trends 2012

College football bowl season presents unique handicapping challenges with teams from different conferences and different motivations clashing on neutral site fields after weeks of inactivity.

But despite all this uncertainty, betting on bowls is extremely popular and extremely profitable as it seems that savvy college football fans can identify major point spread edges.

We look at a few bowl trends on every 2012-2013 bowl game and provide a link to the preview and matchup report of each contest.

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NFL Betting: Wild Card Opening Lines

The Green Bay Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings in their Week 17 matchup over the weekend, but they're still big favorites on the opening NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks to win the rematch between the NFC North teams on Wild Card Weekend.

Green Bay fell 37-34 in Minnesota as a 3-point favorite on the NFL odds over the weekend, which cost them a bye into the second round of the playoffs. Now the Packers will host the Vikings on Saturday night in a Wild Card matchup, and they were opened as 9.5-point favorites for the game at 5Dimes.

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