Alabama vs. Clemson, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, South Carolina vs. Michigan, UCF vs. Auburn Betting Odds, Picks

It is New Year’s Day with Alabama vs. Clemson, Georgia vs. Oklahoma, South Carolina vs. Michigan, UCF vs. Auburn, LSU vs. Notre Dame. Yes betting preview of Outback Bowl, Chick Fil-A B Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Rose Bowl, and All State Sugar Bowl are all up from OffshoreInsiders.com

South Carolina vs. Michigan (-7.5, 42)

  • South Carolina 5-0 against the spread away from home
  • Michigan traveling 992 miles, South Carolina 427
  • Michigan holding teams to .9 yards per rush, .9 yards per pass, and a full yard yards per play below normal average
  • South Carolina only gets 4 yards per rush to teams that normally allow 4.5 and hold teams to .5 yards per rush, .6 yards per pass and .4 yards per play below normal average
  • RB Rico Dowdle is questionable for USC
    • 206 yards rushing
  • Consensus underdog South Carolina, though not overwhelming

Central Florida vs. Auburn (-10, 67.5)

• UCF No. 2 over team by 10.2 points per game going over 8-4

  • UCF head coach Scott Frost leaving for Nebraska, but will coach in this game
  • UCF traveling 402 miles, Auburn 101 miles
  • Central Florida averaging 10.5 passing yards per attempt teams normally allowing 7.9 and 7.6 yards per play teams normally allowing 6
  • Auburn gets 8.7 passing yards per attempt teams normally allowing 7.4, but also hold teams normally accumulating 7.8 yards per pass to 5.9
  • Tigers opened -8

LSU (-3 -120, 51.5) vs. Notre Dame

• Irish 1-9 last 10 New Year’s bowl games

  • Notre Dame travels 949 miles, LSU 602

• Lower ranked by at least two spots and favorites of 2.5 or more on neutral field are 3-6 against the spread all time (go with Notre Dame)

  • LSU under 5-1 away from home
  • Tigers, once known for defense, get 4.9 yards per rush teams normally allowing 4.3, 9.1 yards per pass to 7.5 and 6.3 yards per play to 5.6
  • Tigers also hold teams to .6 yards per rush, .7 yards per pass and .6 yards per play below normal average
  • LSU RB Derrius Guice is probable
    • Averages 5.3 yards per carry with 1153 yards rushing
  • Small consensus on underdog Irish

The pick: LSU -3

Georgia (-2.5, 61) vs. Oklahoma

  • Georgia 1980 miles, Oklahoma 1176
  • UGA an amazing 5.8 yards per rush to teams that normally allow 4.4, 9.1 passing yards per attempt to 7.1 and 6.8 yards per play to 5.5, while holding teams to 3.5 yards per rush (squad normally getting 4.7, teams getting 7.4 passing yards per attempt to 5.6 and 5.8 yards per pass to 4.5
  • Sooners get an even more absurd 5.6 yards per rush teams normally allowing 4.1, 12 passing yards per attempt to 7.6, and 8.4 yards per play to 5.7
  • OU defensive numbers pedestrian, only holding teams to .2 yards per play below normal average
  • UGA 6-1 away from home against the spread
  • Sooners below .500 against the spread away from home
  • OU QB Baker Mayfield flu?
  • Heisman Curse? 4 Heisman winners have won national title since 2009
  • Modest consensus on underdog Sooners
  • Sooners opened as favorites

Alabama (-3, 47) vs. Clemson

  • ACC 10-3 in New Year’s bowl and playoff games recently (Clemson)
  • Alabama traveling 269 miles, Clemson 534
  • Tide get 1.5 more yards per rush than foes’ normally allow, 1.4 passing yards per attempt and 1.2 yards per pass
  • Alabama holds teams to 1.5 yards per rush 1.9 yards per pass and 1.7 yards per play below normal average
  • Tide offense only gets .5 more yards per rush and .3 yards per play than opponent normally allows but hold teams to 1.5 yards per rush, 1.6 yards per pass and 1.3 yards per play below normal average
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