New Years Day College Football Bowl Games

Jack Benyon

A selection of betting tips for four bowl game’s on New Years day, including the prestigious Rose Bowl.

Rose Bowl

Michigan State Spartans @ Stanford Cardinal – Weds, Jan 1 22:00

One of the biggest bowls of the week has to be the prestigious BCS Rose Bowl held in Pasadena. The Reigning Rose Bowl champions, the 11-2 Cardinal, take on 12-1 Spartans in a matchup for the ages. Stanford have ad another good year clinching the Pac-12 North with offensive and defensive consistency. The Spartans also won their division, the Big Ten legends, and boast the best defence in the nation. The Cardinal go in at 10/23 with Coral while the Spartans are slight underdogs at 11/5 with Paddy Power. Spartans to score over 18 points is 10/11 with Stan James, while the Cardinal to score under 24.5 is 10/11 also with Stan James. This game will almost certainly go down to the wire, but I’m going Spartans for the upset. Spartans to win by 1-6 is 19/4 with Bet 365.

Capital One Bowl

South Carolina Gamecocks @ Wisconsin Badgers – Weds, Jan 1 18:00

Last year’s Rose Bowl runners up the Wisconsin Badgers face the 10-2 Gamecocks for the trophy in Orlando. The 9-3 Badgers have had a good season, with the keys being their 8th ranked rushing offence and 5th ranked scoring defence. The Gamecocks have averaged 34.1 points per game in their third straight 10 win season. The Gamecocks are slight outsiders at 11/10 with Bet Victor, with the Badgers favoured at 5/6 by Bwin. Wisconsin to clinch the game by 1-6 is 15/4 with Bet 365, whilst the game to hold under 51 points is 10/11 and the Gamecocks to score under 24.5 points is 10/11, with Paddy Power and Stan James respectively.

Fiesta Bowl

UCF Knights @ Baylor Bears – Thurs, Jan 2 1:30

Two 11-1 teams will do battle for the Fiesta Bowl this year as the Knights take on the Bears in Glendale. Baylor lead the country in most offensive categories including points and total offence, while the Knights clinched the AAC division with some great performances. The Bears are heavy favourites at 1/7 with Bet Victor, the Knights going in at 29/5 with Paddy Power. The Knights to score under 26.5 is 10/11 with Stan James and the Bears to score over 27 is 17/20 with Bet Victor. The Bears to be up by 7-9 at the half is 15/2 with Bet 365, and the game to contain less than 70.5 points is 10/11 with Ladbrokes.

Outback Bowl

LSU Tigers @ Iowa Hawkeyes – Tues, Jan 1 18:00

The Raymond James Stadium in Tampa hosts the 9-3 Tigers and the 8-4 Hawkeyes. LSU are reeling from the loss of star quarterback Zach Mettenberger going into this tough game with the Hawkeyes who run on 61% of plays and only allow 18 points per game. LSU are still 1/3 favourites with Stan James while the Hawkeyes are 5/2 with Boylesports. LSU to score under 28.5 points is 10/11 with Stan James and the 1st half to score under 24.5 is 10/11 with Ladbrokes. Iowa to clinch the game by 1-6 is 11/2 with Bet 365, and could be a very real opportunity as LSU will struggle without Mettenberger.

BET OF THE DAY – LSU Tigers @ Iowa Hawkeyes – Hawkeyes to win – 5/2 Boylesports