College Football Handicapping – Betting the Bowls

Betting The Bowls – Match-ups, Stats and Situational Handicapping

A record 41 college football bowl games will keep us interested through the holiday and New Year as betting the bowls kicks off. The anticipation builds for the New Year’s Day Bowls and Final Four Semi-Final Playoff and National Championship Game January 11, 2016. Here is some college football bowl betting nuggets.

Last year we had a strong 5-1 start betting the bowls and members are expecting another strong bowl season after enjoying a winning and profitable regular season. You can join me and other winning members as I provide a rated play or opinion on every game. That includes totals plays, which were also 4-0 to start last seasons bowl bananza as we were betting the bowls with confidence.

Recall last bowl season when Western Kentucky (-3.5) screwed their confident bowl betting backers in their 49-48 win over Central Michigan – a Top Play total winner for us. Western Michigan led 49-14 in the fourth quarter before the Chippewas battled back like Popeye in the Bahama’s Bowl and completed a Hail Mary, multiple-lateral, unbelievable 75-yard TD on the final play (video). However, Central Michigan then failed on the 2-point conversion for nearly the greatest-ever comeback win in a bowl game.

Here is a college football bowl betting guide and schedule, along with additional ATS trends, and a link to all the real time betting lines from Las Vegas. Note that SEC teams play in 10 bowl games and are favored in all but one game (Florida +4 vs  Michigan). Last year the nine favored SEC teams went 4-5 ATS.

Those that read my articles on rushing and powerful, balanced offenses know that I incorporate many rushing parameters and point-of-attack play into my handicapping and analysis. As you evaluate the college football bowl match-ups, here’s an ATS situation that is powerful if you can isolate selected underdogs that will out-rush their bowl opponent. The playbook newsletter notes that since 1980, bowl underdogs of 6-or-more points who outrush their bowl opponent are 87-19 ATS.

There are 18 bowl ‘Dogs of 6-or-more points, and perhaps two triple option attacks of New Mexico (+8.5) vs. Arizona and Air Force (+7) vs. Cal will provide the necessary punch in the ground game to attack their opponents and reward their betting the bowls backers with this strong ATS situation. Combined with the Lobo’s motivation and my analysis of the New Mexico Bowl, and you can see why New Mexico is taking money in this early bowl match-up.

Plenty of stats and situations to sort through, and if you don’t have the time, energy or proven performance to pick point spread winners, then join a proven pro and we’ll win together!

Best wishes betting the bowls and beyond.

Author: FairwayJay

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