Missouri Tigers

  • The Missouri Tigers are 2.5-point favorites over Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl.
  • Ole Miss is seeing more betting action than Penn State in the Peach Bowl.
  • The Georgia Bulldogs and FSU are split with action on the spread and moneyline.
  • Oregon is a 17.5-point favorite in the Fiesta Bowl.

ATLANTA – College football bowl season is in full swing and some of the games biggest bowls haven’t yet kicked off. Other than the two College Football Playoff semifinal bowls, there are four other bowl games that fall under the New Year’s 6 bowls to bet on including the Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl.

One of the main ways to research before placing bets on these games with legal sports betting is by checking how the public is betting and the splits on them.

Cotton Bowl: Missouri Vs. Ohio State

  • Moneyline: Missouri (-130) vs. Ohio State (+110)
  • Spread: Missouri -2.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 49 Points

Starting with the Cotton Bowl, on the spread, Mizzou is seeing all of the action on both the betting handle (64%) and the betting percentage (64%). On the moneyline though, the plus money on Ohio State has been more attractive on college football sportsbooks with 83% of the money and 67% of total bets being placed. The public is also heavily relying on the over in the 49-point total with over 80% on both sides.

Things are swinging in the direction of Missouri in this one, not only with the players sitting out for the Buckeyes, but Ohio State is 2-7 all time against the SEC and 3-6 ATS. Missouri, on the other hand, is 7-3 against the Big Ten and has covered a 2.5-point spread against them in each of their wins.

Peach Bowl: Ole Miss Vs. Penn State

  • Moneyline: Penn State (-180) vs. Ole Miss (+155)
  • Spread: Penn State -4.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 48.5 Points

In Atlanta for the Peach Bowl, Ole Miss is seeing most of the action at 63% of bets and 78% of bets being placed on the spread. As for the point total, it’s been all the over with over 70% on both sides of the split.

Penn State has gone up against an SEC opponent 10 times since 2007 and hasn’t been able to make their mark on the conference with a 4-6 SU record and 3-6-1 record against the spread. Ole Miss has only played one game against the Big Ten where they went 1-0 SU and ATS, however, this season against non-conference opponents, they’ve looked strong at 3-1 ATS.

Orange Bowl: Georgia Vs. Florida State

  • Moneyline: Georgia (-650) vs. FSU (+450)
  • Spread: Georgia -14 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 44.5 Points

Although the Orange Bowl has had the most controversy with both teams snubbed of a College Football Playoff appearance, it hasn’t stopped the public splits from coming in. In this one, it is the Dawgs taking in over 95% of both bets and handle on their moneyline odds, but the Seminoles seeing 79% of bets and 59% of the money to cover the spread. At 44.5 points, the lowest total of these four games, it makes sense that the over is a popular bet with at over 80% of action on both sides.

Both teams are pretty evenly matched as far as their betting trends go. In their last five matchups against the SEC, they are 4-1 ATS and SU. As for Georgia, in their two games against the ACC in the last 10 years that haven’t been against Georgia Tech, they are 2-0 ATS and SU as well. In all non-conference games for each of them over the last 10 years, they are both hovering around a .500 record ATS.

Fiesta Bowl: Oregon Vs. Liberty

  • Moneyline: Oregon (-850) vs. Liberty (+550)
  • Spread: Oregon -17.5 (-105)
  • Over/Under: 66.5 Points

The Fiesta Bowl features the largest spread of any NY6 bowl this season in favor of Oregon. The large spread hasn’t scared bettors as Oregon is taking 66% of the handle and a low 51% of the money. With the highest set Over/Under of these bowls, it has still drawn action on the Over with 80% or more coming on both sides.

Signs are pointing strongly towards Oregon coming out with the outright win in this one as they hold a 17-1 record in the last 10 years against Group of 5 schools. Liberty, on the other hand, is just 4-12 against Power 5 conference teams. The trend is different against the spread though. Liberty has been able to hold to a 9-7 ATS record against P5 teams, while Oregon is 10-8 ATS against lower conference teams.

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