Independence Bowl betting preview

The 8-4 Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe will play their first-ever bowl game when they battle 8-4 Ohio in the Independence Bowl Friday, Dec. 28 in Shreveport (2 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Independence Bowl odds lined 8-4 UL-M, which went 6-2 in the Sun Belt Conference this year, as a seven-point favorite over the Bobcats, who only went 4-4 in the MAC.

Favorites are 8-1 ATS in the past 9 games including six in a row. [ More Independence Bowl betting stats, trends and preview info ]


Holiday Bowl Betting: Bruins Bears Odds

Coming off the disappointment of losing the Pac-12 championship game 9-4 UCLA looks to get to double-digits in victories for this season when it plays 7-5 Baylor in the Holiday Bowl Thursday, Dec. 27 in San Diego (9:45 pm ET, ESPN).

Early Holiday Bowl odds were listing the Bruins as two-point favorites over the Bears, who finished tied for fifth place in the Big 12 this year.

Favorites are 11-3 ATS in the past 14 Holiday Bowls, while the past four games all played UNDER the total. [ More Holiday Bowl betting information, stats and trends ]

The game opened as a PK (watch for line moves at 5Dimes) with a huge total of 79.5.


Belk Bowl betting preview and pick

Coming off its best regular season in almost two decades 6-6 Duke challenges 9-3 Cincinnati in something called the Belk Bowl Thursday, Dec. 27 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (6:30 pm ET, ESPN).

Early Belk Bowl betting odds were listing the Blue Devils, playing in their first bowl since 1994, as seven-point underdogs vs. the Bearcats, who finished in a four-way tie atop the Big East.

If you believe in trends, try this one on for size. OVERs and UNDERs have alternated all 11 Belk Bowls since the bowl’s inception. And an UNDER is due in 2012. [ More Belk Bowl betting preview stats and trends ]


Hawaii Bowl betting preview

Fresno State, tri-champions of the Mountain West Conference, makes its return to bowl play after a one-year absence when it takes on Southern Methodist in the Hawaii Bowl Christmas Eve in Honolulu (8 pm ET, ESPN).

In early Hawaii Bowl betting odds the 9-3 Bulldogs were favored by 11 points over the 6-6 Mustangs of Conference USA.

Underdogs are 6-1 ATS past 7 Hawaii Bowls and the best underdog lines are available on our NCAA football odds pages.

[ More Hawaii Bowl betting trends, picks and preview information ]


Military Bowl betting preview

Bowling Green, back in a bowl for the first time in three seasons, and San Jose State, in its first bowl in six seasons, meet in the Military Bowl Thursday, Dec. 27 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC (3 pm ET, ESPN).

Early Military Bowl betting odds showed the 10-2 Spartans, who finished second in the WAC, favored by seven points over the 8-4 Falcons, who finished second in the MAC's East Division.

All four prior bowls played OVER total and favorites have won all four games SU. [ More Military Bowl Bowl betting preview information ]


Beef OBradys Bowl betting preview

Conference USA goes up against the MAC when 9-4 Central Florida and 9-3 Ball State play in the Beef OBradys Bowl Friday, Dec. 21 in St. Petersburg (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).

In the early OBrady Bowl betting the Knights, who lost the CUSA championship game in overtime to Tulsa, were favored by eight points over the Cardinals, who come in riding a six-game winning streak.

Favorites are 3-1 ATS in the first editions of this bowl, and Ball State is 0-3-1 ATS in its four bowl games since 1995. [ More Beef O Bradys Bowl betting preview and picks ]


New Orleans Bowl betting preview

In a Southern-fried bowl match-up 8-4 East Carolina, which tied for first in the CUSA East but lost out on the tie-breaker, takes on 8-4 Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Superdome (noon ET, ESPN).

According to early New Orleans Bowl betting odds the Ragin' Cajuns, in a bowl for the second straight season, were favored by five points over the Pirates, who are back in a bowl after one-season absence.

The past 7 New Orleans Bowls played OVER the total. [ More New Orleans Bowl betting trends and picks ]


Las Vegas Maaco Bowl betting

Boise State, tri-champs in the Mountain West this season, play in a bowl for the 11th-straight season when they run with Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday, Dec. 22 (3:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Las Vegas Bowl betting odds showed the 10-2 Broncos favored by five points over the 7-5 Huskies, who went 5-4 in the Pac-12 this year.

Overall, 9 of past 13 Maaco Las Vegas Bowls have played UNDER total, so watch for over-under line details before kickoff. [ More Maaco Las Vegas Bowl betting preview and picks ]


Poinsettia Bowl betting preview

In a renewal of a recently discontinued conference rivalry 9-3 San Diego State takes on 7-5 BYU in the Poinsettia Bowl Thursday, Dec. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium (8 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Poinsettia Bowl betting odds showed the Cougars, who used to play the Aztecs regularly as members of the Mountain West up until two seasons ago, as three-point faves over SD State, which just finished as tri-champs of the MWC.

The Mountain West Conference won the past 6 Poinsettia Bowl games. [ More Poinsettia Bowl betting trends, preview and stats ]


New Mexico Bowl betting preview

The 2012-13 college football bowl season kicks off with a Western regional match-up as 7-5 Nevada out of the Mountain West takes on 7-5 Arizona of the Pac-12 in the New Mexico Bowl Saturday, Dec. 15 in Albuquerque (1 pm ET, ESPN).

The early New Mexico Bowl betting odds list the Wildcats, back in a bowl in their first season under Coach Rich-Rod, as nine-point favorites over the Wolfpack, who are playing in a bowl for the eighth straight season.

The past four New Mexico Bowls have played OVER the total. [ More New Mexico Bowl odds, matchup and trends data ]



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