Betting the Total in Orange Bowl's Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi St.

Willie Bee

Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:13 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 2:13 PM UTC

Mississippi State enjoyed its first 10-win season since 1999, and the Bulldogs are now set for a college football odds battle with ACC runner-up Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Gotta' love the final College Football Rankings, especially how the selection committee dealt with TCU and Mississippi State. The Horned Frogs won a game during the final week by 52 points only to fall three spots from third to sixth, all while the Bulldogs were idle and rose three rungs from 10th to seventh on the corporate ladder.

Ah, but such is the existence of humans, especially when a lotta' money gets added to the mix.

That isn't meant to take away anything from the fine season Dan Mullen and Mississippi State enjoyed, and the Bulldogs' reward for their effort is an Orange Bowl date against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. For those of you like me who plan to stay in New Year's Eve (8 PM ET), this SEC-ACC clash will be a fine way to wrap up 2014.  SBR's live college football odds has the Rebels solid 7½ point favorites, with 60½ for the scoreboard tally.

Considering they first met more than 100 years ago and they're less than 300 miles apart, you'd think the Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets would've played more than four times. Georgia Tech has won all four matchups, two of those coming in 2008-09.  Both games ended with payouts for GT and 'over' bettors.


'Dogs Needed More Cowbell Down The Stretch
Mullen's outfit pushed into November winning the first nine, all signs pointing to Mississippi State being part of the first Div-IA playoffs. The Bulldogs were still holding out hope when they followed up a tough loss to Alabama with a 51-zip performance against Vanderbilt.

All that was gone in the season finale at Ole Miss, the Rebels posting a 14-point win as near-field goal underdogs on the closing college football odds. There were plenty of culprits on State's side, but the defense was definitely not its usual stellar self as Ole Miss became just the third team in 2014 to roll up more than 500 yards of offense vs. the Bulldogs. Kentucky and UAB were the other two, in case you were wondering, which is weird when you think they allowed fewer yards to better offenses such as 'Bama, Auburn and Texas A&M.

Dak Prescott and the Mississippi State offense had no trouble posting 500+ yard games, turning that trick eight times during the season. There's great balance on the O-side of things, and the Bulldogs will be facing a Georgia Tech defense that was rather middling overall, 67th against both the run and pass and 52nd in scoring (25.1 ppg).


Ramblin' Wreck Continue To Defy The Odds
Call me nostalgic, call me old school, call me crazy, just don't tell me Paul Johnson doesn't get everything out of his players at Georgia Tech. Think of it as the same as my love for Bo Ryan's hoops style at Wisconsin, methodical to the point of boring most in ADD generation, or whatever letters has been assigned to those folks born after 1980 who just gotta' have some aerial assault in the game plan.

Think about it, Georgia Tech is 22nd in the nation with a very outdated, one-dimensional offense...and that's not with some huge advantage as a rushing offense; the Yellow Jackets (333.6 ypg) are actually third in running the pigskin behind Georgia Southern (379.2) and Navy (357.8).

The best bet for the game just might be the weather where there's a great chance of partly-cloudy, partly-sun skies and temps in the upper-70s, even low-80s during the day. There's also a chance for rain anywhere along the Florida coast at any moment, meaning we could see some slop or wet & windy conditions at Sun Life Stadium. It's fruitless to check the doppler this far out, so college football bettors going to the window closer to the game need to get an update.

I mentioned Mississippi State moving up to No. 7 in the CFP poll earlier, and it's only fair to note the Yellow Jackets dripped a slot to 12th after a 37-35 setback in the ACC Championship against undefeated and defending national champ Florida State. Georgia Tech is who I'm rooting for in the game, but the final scooting past 60 is how I'm betting it with my free college football pick.

College Football Pick:  Mississippi State-Georgia Tech Over 60.5 at 5Dimes

Season: 61-43-1 (+13.70)

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