My Winners for Today’s Semifinal Games and More.

Winston
Winston
A win in the Rose Bowl would make Jameis Winston's career record at Florida State 28-0.

Normally a piece like this would be featured in the research area of the website but I’m “blogging” it today because I just have to break down these New Year’s Day games.

Florida State (+8) vs Oregon (O/U 71) – Despite being the only unbeaten team left in college football, the Seminoles are the three-seed in the first-ever college football playoff. Frankly, there’s a couple of reasons for that and those are the relatively weak schedule and the constant need to come from behind against much of that competition.

The Ducks are out to prove a couple of things; first, that they aren’t a finesse team and second, that their Heisman winning QB is better than Florida State’s. While may will make this a game between Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, I believe the defenses will play a significant role in who advances to the title game.

FSU has struggled defensively compared to last year and that’s giving lots of people reason to lay their money on the Ducks but there is one major concern I have here. Oregon struggles to score touchdowns in the red zone because they tend to go east and west more than north and south and they run out of room near the end zone. Offensive coordinator Scott Frost will need to make proper adjustments there.

Trends: The Ducks are 5-0 straight up in their last five games… Florida State is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games…The total has gone UNDER in four of FSU’s last five games.

The Pick: As badly as I want to take FSU here because of their penchant for comebacks this season, I have a feeling the Ducks are going to run them out of the building with an offensive pace they haven’t seen all year. Take the Ducks to cover and take the OVER.

Jones
The Buckeyes' fortunes will rise or fall behind QB Cardale Jones tonight.

Ohio State (+9) vs Alabama (O/U 58) – Ohio State comes to New Orleans with a team led by a quarterback who has started just one game in his career. Granted, Cardale Jones tore up Wisconsin in the Big Ten Title game 59-0, but he’ll face a much greater challenge in terms of both defensive talent and defensive coaching from Alabama.

The Tide under Nick Saban have always been a run-first team but behind new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, the offense has exploded. The key will be whether the Alabama offensive line can handle a very good defensive line from Ohio State. If the Crimson Tide control the line of scrimmage then it could be a long day for the OSU defense.

Trends: Alabama is 4-10-1 against the spread in their last 15 games… Ohio State is 5-0 straight up in their last five games… The total has gone OVER in 11 of OSU’s last 12 games… The Crimson Tide is 5-0 in its’ last five contests.

The Pick: With six national titles between the two of the them, Saban and Urban Meyer will have their teams ready to play. I think Bama wins but I like the Buckeyes getting the points and I like the OVER as well.

Other Bowls

Wisconsin (+7) vs Auburn – Take the Tigers to cover as the Badgers are in a bit of disarray right now.

Michigan State (+3) vs Baylor – I can’t get Sparty’s second half collapse against Oregon’s high-octane offense out of my head. Take the Bears to cover.

Minnesota (+5) vs Missouri – Are you sensing a trend? Every Big Ten team playing today is an underdog. With good reason too, take the Tigers to cover.

Talking Points Around College Football

Sooners
Sooners
To the surprise of many, including myself, Oklahoma captured the Sugar Bowl by beating Alabama.

To the surprise of yours truly and certainly many others across the country, the Oklahoma Sooners put a Sugar Bowl whooping on Alabama last night winning 45-31. I was not only surprised by the outcome but also that Sooners’ coach Bob Stoops went with Trevor Knight at QB and the freshman did not disappoint. All he did was throw for 348 yards and four touchdowns.

Nick Saban is not 5-2 in his Alabama bowl career with both losses coming in the Sugar Bowl. While I’m sure Tide fans would be more than happy to keep those three national titles in lieu of the Sugar Bowl wins, those losses still can’t sit well in Tuscaloosa.

To the surprise of very little, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater announced that he will forego his senior season and will enter the National Football League Draft. As it stands right now, Bridgewater is the top-rated passer coming out of college but I expect that to change slightly as the winter wears on. That isn’t a knock on Bridgewater; it’s just that draft gurus and pundits typically talk up other guys so much that the top guy can often get pushed to the back row.

Manziel
Where will Johnny Football fit into the NFL Draft? It's hard to tell just yet.

Chances are good that Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles (should he come out) will garner loads of attention. Whether or not teams elevate them over Bridgewater remains to be seen. Either way, Bridgewater should go in the top five or ten in the May draft.

And to the surprise of absolutely no one, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney made formal what everyone else knew and that is that he’s entering the NFL Draft. Clowney will have a lot to prove because this past season was not a great one for him. If you recall, he discussed the possibility of sitting out this year in order to keep himself safe from injury ahead of the draft.

He then turned in a very average season despite having exceptional physical skills. There are two questions that Clowney will face. First, can he play in a 3-4 system as an outside linebacker and secondly, just how great is his motor? Coaches will not look fondly at his past season because they’ll see laziness at times and that isn’t acceptable in the NFL.

Still, Clowney will go in the top ten and deservedly so. He could be a difference-maker for just about any team’s defense in the league.

Since former Michigan running back Mike Hart dubbed rival Michigan State “little brother,” things have gone far better for the Spartans than they have the “big brother” in Ann Arbor. Michigan State has turned the tables and is now the clear leader in what was once a never-questionable rivalry.

MSU capped off their greatest season ever with a 24-20 win over Stanford in the Rose Bowl to finish 13-1. Michigan flopped in their Buffalo Wild Wings appearance losing 31-14 to Kansas State to finish 7-6. Under Brady Hoke, the Wolverines are a combined 2-4 against Michigan State and Ohio State and that does not sit well with the maize and blue faithful. I have to believe another sub-par season will result in Hoke losing his dream job.

Down in Austin, the latest name to pop-up is Jim Mora, Jr. The current UCLA head coach would be an interesting ‘get’ for the University but is he really what they want? Mora would do well with the cameras that the Longhorn Network will provide but would he be able to recruit in a state where there is so much talent?

I’m still not ready to count out Saban or another high-profile guy who appears to be comfortable in his current gig. Could that mean Art Briles or Mark Dantonio? There’s a lot of pride in Austin so they better get it right.

Don’t Expect the Sooners to Roll Over for Bama

McCarron
McCarron
A.J. McCarron has been excellent in his three previous bowl games and I expect the same tonight in his final game for Alabama.

The Alabama Crimson Tide enters the 2014 Sugar Bowl with only one loss yet they have won nothing so far in the 2013 college football season. The team ranked number one for the bulk of the season lost in rare and dramatic fashion on the final play of the game to rival Auburn. The loss sent Bama to the Sugar Bowl and Auburn to the SEC Championship game where they defeated Missouri.

With Auburn now in the BCS Title game against Florida State, the Crimson Tide football team has just one opportunity left to win some sort of title. Many will recall when the Tide was in a similar situation five years ago and got trounced by Utah. I don’t expect that to happen tonight for two reasons; first, Oklahoma carries much more name recognition than Utah did and second, Nick Saban rarely makes the same mistake twice.

While I personally don’t think the Sooners really belong in the BCS this season, they earned their way here with a last-second drive and touchdown to defeat rival Oklahoma State in the season finale. The loss sent Oklahoma State to the Cotton Bowl, Baylor to the Fiesta Bowl as Big 12 Confer fence champ and Oklahoma to a Sugar Bowl berth.

My feeling is that Oregon was more deserving of the BCS slot but I have very little say in that.

Stoops
Bob Stoops had some harsh words for the SEC. I wonder if those will come back to haunt him?

Over the last month leading into this game, Sooners’ Head Coach Bob Stoops has done a lot of talking. He doesn’t think the SEC is all that it’s cracked up to be despite owning seven-straight BCS titles. He claims that his own conference is just as deep. He would be wrong about that and I have every confidence that Coach Saban has reminded his players of this sign of disrespect.

After opening as a 16-point favorite, Alabama has moved to a 17-point favorite and I honestly think it’s a fair number based on strength of schedule, record and just simply experience in BCS games.

The Tide is an amazing 16-1 straight up in their last 17 games while the Sooners are 5-1 straight up in their last six. Something will clearly give here.

One particular place where rubber will meet the road is when Oklahoma is on offense and Alabama is on D. I’m talking about the running of the Sooners versus the run defense of the Crimson Tide. OU hasn’t run the ball this well since 2001 and does so with a number of backs and as many as three different quarterbacks. I believe you’ll see Blake Bell, Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson, but I suspect Bell will get the bulk of the work.

The Alabama defense has been consistently good against the run under Coach Saban and this year has been no exception. Alabama surrenders just over 108 yards per game on the ground. By contrast, Oklahoma averages 235 yards rushing so I believe this is where the game will be decided.

That doesn’t mean you should dismiss the Bama offense though. A.J. McCarron has been at his best in bowl games where he has yet to throw a pick and the rushing attack spoke for itself last year when they ran over Notre Dame. Look for T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake to carry the load on the ground which will set up Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood for passes down-field.

While I believe the Tide will win the Sugar Bowl tonight, I have a hard time saying they’ll cover so take Oklahoma getting 17. In terms of over/under, the number is at 52 and I like the under but not by much.

Bowl Betting Tips (Jan. 2 Edition)

Jeff Driskell and the Florida Gators are favorites over the Louisville Cardinals heading into tonight's All State Sugar Bowl.

The BCS portion of College Bowl Season kicked off yesterday with Stanford and Florida State defeating Wisconsin and Louisville respectively.

Ahead of the Discover BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7, Casino Review takes a look at the remaining two BCS games on the schedule; tonight’s Sugar Bowl and tomorrow’s Fiesta Bowl.

 

All State Sugar Bowl

#21 Louisville vs. #3 Florida

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

Wednesday, 8:30 PM ET

After narrowly missing out on a place in the SEC championship game and a potential crack at the BCS championship, #3 Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC) will look to finish the season with a Sugar Bowl victory.

Meanwhile, #21 Louisville (12-2, 5-2 Big East) – one of four sides to share the Big East title this season – will be hoping to defy expectations and come home with the Sugar Bowl at the first time of asking.

The Cardinals should be buoyed by the knowledge that Florida is 3-5 all-time in the Sugar Bowl. That being said, the Gators won the last time they appeared in the game – a 51-24 drubbing of Cincinnati following the 2009 season – and have won six of their last seven bowl games, including four straight.

Louisville hasn’t been quite so efficient. The Cardinals have lost seven of their last 11 bowl games, including last season’s Belk Bowl.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the Cardinals will be up against a Florida side that allowed just 12.9 points per game. Only Notre Dame (10.3 PPG) and Alabama (10.7) conceded fewer points per game. Solid pass and rush defenses, which ranked 13th and sixth in the nation respectively, led to such stingy statistics.

If Louisville is to get a win in New Orleans it will need to make the most of its passing offense, particularly as the Cardinals’ running game averaged just 127.1 yards per game, ranking 100th in the country.

Odds: Florida opened as 14½-point favorites, a number that has slipped to 14. The total opened at 47 and has also slipped, in this case to 46.

Take: Florida – Were it not for a loss against Georgia, the Gators would be playing for a national championship this coming Monday. There’s no doubting that defense brought Florida to the dance, and there’s no reason to think that Louisville has enough to stop the Gators. The school hasn’t stopped Florida the two times they’ve met previous (1980, 1992) and don’t expect it to tonight. Take Florida to cover the spread, with the total going under.

 

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

#5 Kansas State vs. #4 Oregon

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Thursday, 8:30 PM ET

Lovers of the type of defense Florida plays might want to look away as #4 Oregon and #5 Kansas State clash at the Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.

Both sides ranked in the nation’s top ten in scoring, with Oregon grabbing second place (to Louisiana Tech) with 50.8 points per game. The Ducks ran for a storming 323.3 yards per game, second only to Army (369.8 YPG). The big difference between Oregon and Army was that the Ducks could throw the ball also.

Kansas State utilized the dual threat of quarterback Collin Klein, a Heisman candidate until the very end. The Wildcats averaged 40.7 points per game, en route to winning the Big 12, by way of a tiebreaking win over Oklahoma.

Oregon fell short in its quest to win the Pac-12, suffering its only defeat of the season to divisional rival Stanford. That same week, Kansas State lost its only game of the season to Baylor. Until that point both sides had been in contention for a place in the national championship game.

Whilst offense was undoubtedly the name of the game for both sides, both Oregon and Kansas State managed to look impressive on the defensive side of the football. The Wildcats gave up 21.1 points per game (24th) whilst the Ducks gave up 22.1 (26th). One thing that will certainly be interesting to watch in this one is whether Kansas State’s rush defense – which allowed just 1190.2 yards per game (18th) – can stifle the prolific Oregon running game.

Kansas State will be looking to win its first bowl game in five attempts. In fact, the Wildcats have lost five of their last six bowl games. The Ducks were victorious in last year’s Rose Bowl, putting the halters on a two-game bowl losing streak.

Odds: Oregon opened as favorites. The spread has gone from eight at opening to 8½ ahead of kickoff. The total has fallen from 79 to 75.

Take: Oregon – Kansas State may have been somewhat closer on the spread had it not been for that huge loss to Baylor, a team with a high-scoring offense similar to Oregon. The Wildcats will need to have studied a lot of film from that Stanford-Oregon game in order to keep this one close. Oregon though has proven it can score points in abundance, and will likely finish of the year with another win. Take the Wildcats (9-2-1 ATS) to cover the spread and make this a one touchdown game. Although both teams can score in droves, take the total to go under as both teams display reasonable defense.

Bowl Season Is Go

With the exclusion of this weekend’s Army-Navy game, College Football’s regular season came to a close this past weekend.

Division champions – and co-champions – were crowned. Coaches were fired. Seniors made their final bow. And the Bowl Season officially began with the announcement of the 34 Bowl Games to be played and, of course, the BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama’s 32-28 win over Georgia in Atlanta confirmed what most have believed all season; the Crimson Tide will play in the National Championship Game, taking on an undefeated Notre Dame team that surprised everybody.

The weekend’s major talking point wasn’t Nick Saban’s side though. With a 44-37 double-overtime victory over Kent State on Friday night, Northern Illinois took the Mid-American Conference championship and a #15 berth in the BCS Rankings. Significantly, that #15 ranking was enough to see the Huskies into the Orange Bowl where they will meet Florida State, champions of the ACC. Cue massive uproar and BCS bashing.

Elsewhere in the BCS portion of Bowl Season, Stanford’s Pac-12 championship sets up a Rose Bowl clash with the unexpected Big Ten champion, Wisconsin.

Oregon and Kansas State, two sides disappointed to have faded away from the national title picture in the twilight of the season, will collide in the Fiesta Bowl.

Florida, runners up to Georgia in the SEC’s Eastern Division, will head to the Sugar Bowl to take on Louisville, who took a one quarter share in this year’s Big East.

Outside of the BCS games, the Capital One Bowl sees Georgia, runners up in the SEC, take on Nebraska, runners up in the Big Ten, in one of the more intriguing games on the schedule, and one that many think will be more interesting than at least three of the BCS games.

In the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Clemson, runners up in the ACC, face an LSU side that finished second in the SEC’s Western Division and played some solid football down the stretch.

In the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, to be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Oklahoma, runners up in the Big 12, will face a Texas A&M side that surprised many in its first season in the SEC, and not just because of that win over Alabama.

Across the 35 games there are plenty of talking points to be discussed, and over the next month and change CasinoReview will tackle as many of these as possible. Meanwhile, below we’ve provided you with a comprehensive list of the games including the opening favorites, point spreads and totals, all of which could see some serious action before it all ends on January 7.

 

Bowl Season Schedule

 

Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 15, 1 PM ET)

University Stadium, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Nevada (8-5, 4-4 MWC) vs. Arizona (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12)

Favorite: Arizona Spread: 8 Total: 73

 

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 15, 4:30 PM ET)

Bronco Stadium, Boise State University, Boise, ID

Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) vs. #22 Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC)

Favorite: Utah State Spread: 9 Total: 59

 

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 20, 8 PM ET)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

San Diego State (9-3, 7-1 MWC) vs. BYU (7-5)

Favorite: BYU Spread: 3 Total: 52

 

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg (Dec. 21, 7:30 PM ET)

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

Ball State (9-3, 6-2 MAC) vs. Central Florida (9-4, 7-1 CUSA)

Favorite:  Central Florida Spread: Total: 60

 

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 22, 12 PM ET)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

East Carolina (8-4, 7-1 CUSA) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt)

Favorite: Louisiana-Lafayette Spread: 4 Total: 67

 

Maaco Bowl Las Vegas (Dec. 22, 3:30 PM ET)

Sam Boyd Stadium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

#19 Boise State (10-2, 7-1 MWC) vs. Washington (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12)

Favorite: Boise State Spread: 6 Total: 46

 

Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Dec. 24, 8 PM ET)

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

Southern Methodist (6-6, 5-3 CUSA) vs. Fresno State (9-3, 7-1 MWC)

Favorite: Fresno State Spread: 12 Total: 62

 

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Dec. 26, 7:30 PM ET)

Ford Field, Detroit, MI

Western Kentucky (7-5, 4-4 Sun Belt) vs. Central Michigan (6-6, 4-4 MAC)

Favorite: Western Kentucky Spread: 7 Total: 57

 

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Dec. 27, 3 PM ET)

RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

#24 San Jose State (10-2, 5-1 WAC) vs. Bowling Green (8-4, 6-2 MAC)

Favorite: San Jose State Spread: Total: 49½

 

Belk Bowl (Dec. 27 6:30 PM ET)

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

Duke (6-6, 3-5 ACC) vs. Cincinnati (9-3, 5-2 Big East)

Favorite: Cincinnati Spread: 10 Total: 56½

 

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Dec. 27, 9:45 PM ET)

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA

Baylor (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) vs. #17 UCLA (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12)

Favorite: N/A Spread: EVEN Total: 74½

 

Advocare V100 Independence Bowl (Dec. 28, 2 PM ET)

Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA

Ohio (8-4, 4-4 MAC) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4, 6-2 Sun Belt)

Favorite: Louisiana-Monroe Spread: 6 Total: 59

 

Russell Athletic Bowl (Dec. 28, 5:30 PM ET)

Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL

Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) vs. Rutgers (9-3, 5-2 Big East)

Favorite: Virginia Tech Spread: Total: 43

 

Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Dec. 28, 9 PM ET)

Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX

Minnesota (6-6, 2-6 Big Ten) vs. Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12)

Favorite: Texas Tech Spread: 12½ Total: 57

 

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 29, 11:45 PM ET)

Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX

Rice (6-6, 4-4 CUSA) vs. Air Force (6-6, 5-3 MWC)

Favorite: Air Force Spread: Total: 61

 

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (Dec. 29, 3:15 PM ET)

AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA

Arizona State (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) vs. Navy (7-4)

Favorite: TBC Spread: TBC Total: TBC

 

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 29, 3:15 PM ET)

Yankee Stadium, New York, NY

Syracuse (7-5, 5-2 Big East) vs. West Virginia (7-5, 4-5 Big 12)

Favorite: West Virginia Spread: Total: 67

 

Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29, 6:45 PM ET)

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

#23 Texas (8-4, 5-4 Big 12) vs. # 13 Oregon State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12)

Favorite: Oregon State Spread: 1 Total: 60

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (Dec. 29, 10:15 PM ET)

Sun Devil Stadium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Michigan State (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. TCU (7-5, 4-5 Big 12)

Favorite: N/A Spread: EVEN Total: 42½

 

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Dec. 31, 12:05 PM ET)

LP Field, Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt (8-4, 5-3 SEC) vs. North Carolina State (7-5, 4-4 ACC)

Favorite: Vanderbilt Spread: Total: 52

 

Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31, 2 PM ET)

Sun Bowl Stadium, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso, TX

Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3 ACC) vs. USC (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12)

Favorite: USC Spread: Total: 66

 

Autozone Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31, 3:30 PM ET)

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
Iowa State (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) vs. Tulsa (10-3, 7-1 CUSA)

Favorite: Tulsa Spread: 2 Total: 52½

 

Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31, 7:30 PM ET)

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

#14 Clemson (10-2, 7-1 ACC) vs. #8 LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC)

Favorite: LSU Spread: 3 Total: 57

 

TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Jan. 1, 12 PM ET)

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL

Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) vs. #20 Northwestern (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten)

Favorite: Mississippi State Spread: Total: 52

 

Heart of Dallas Bowl (Jan. 1, 12 PM ET)

Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX

Purdue (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12)

Favorite: Oklahoma State Spread: 18 Total: 69

 

Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1, 1 PM ET)

Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL
#7 Georgia (11-2, 7-1 SEC) vs. #16 Nebraska (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten)

Favorite: Georgia Spread: Total: 57

 

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1, 1 PM ET)

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

#10 South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. #18 Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten)

Favorite: South Carolina Spread: 4 Total: 48

 

Rose Bowl presented by Vizio (Jan. 1, 5 PM ET)

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

#6 Stanford (11-2, 8-1 Pac-12) vs. Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten)

Favorite: Stanford Spread: Total: 48½

 

Discover Orange Bowl (Jan. 1, 8:30 PM ET)

Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

#15 Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0 MAC) vs. #12 Florida State (11-2, 7-1 ACC)

Favorite: Florida State Spread: 13½ Total: 59½

 

All State Sugar Bowl (Jan. 2, 8:30 PM ET)

Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA

#21 Louisville (10-2, 5-2 Big East) vs. #3 Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC)

Favorite: Florida Spread: 14½ Total: 47

 

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 3, 8:30 PM ET)

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

#5 Kansas State (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) vs. #4 Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12)

Favorite: Oregon Spread: 8 Total: 79

 

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 4)

Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

#9 Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. #11 Oklahoma (10-2, 8-1 Big 12)

Favorite: Texas A&M Spread: Total: 72

 

BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 5, 1 PM ET)

Legion Field, Birmingham, AL
Pittsburgh (6-6, 3-4 Big East) vs. Ole Miss (6-6, 3-5 SEC)

Favorite: Ole Miss Spread: 2 Total: 51½

 

GoDaddy.com Bowl (Jan. 6, 9 PM ET)

Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL

#25 Kent State (11-2, 8-0 MAC) vs. Arkansas State (9-3, 7-1 Sun Belt)

Favorite: Arkansas State Spread: 2 Total: 62

 

Discover BCS National Championship (Jan. 7, 8:30 PM ET)

Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

#1 Notre Dame (12-0) vs. #2 Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC)

Favorite: Alabama Spread: Total: 43