College Football Picks: Profitable O/U Odds To Bet On New Year’s Day

David Lawrence

Friday, January 1, 2016 12:22 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016 12:22 PM GMT

College football celebrates a new year & the end of a long trip from spring ball to summer camp to the bowl games. Which teams will go out in style? Find the best total odds to play this January 1st.

Outback Bowl: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Northwestern Wildcats (Game in Tampa)
Total:
48
This is a game in which the likely outcome is the under. The Vols and the Wildcats have been dogged at times by erratic and inconsistent play at quarterback. Josh Dobbs of Tennessee has more experience than Clayton Thorson of Northwestern, but he has not been able to separate himself from Thorson in terms of overall quality and weekly precision. Tennessee’s offense has struggled against good defenses for the most part. The Volunteers have not yet found ways to counteract defenses which are extremely active and physical at the line of scrimmage. Northwestern has a defense which matches that basic description. The Wildcats have contained opponents all year long in the Big Ten. You could say that the Big Ten and the SEC are different, but if they are, it’s not in a way which clearly reveals the SEC to be better. Tennessee faced mediocre competition in the SEC East this season. Northwestern did not play worse teams in the Big Ten West. With Thorson being a young quarterback for Northwestern, it’s not as though the Wildcats are likely to score a lot, either. This feels like a game which will be 24-20 at most, and very possibly a 20-17 kind of game. Take the under with your College Football Picks.

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College Football Pick: Under
Best Line Offered: at SIA

 

Rose Bowl: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Stanford Cardinal (Game in Pasadena, California)
Total:
53
The key point to make here is that both Iowa and Stanford love to run the ball and play smashmouth all game long. Both teams and coaching staffs are very comfortable with that idea. They do not feel the need to play at a faster pace. This game could very possibly feature a smaller number of possessions, since both teams will not mind running clock. If one team gets a big lead early in the game, that could spell trouble for the under bet, since the other team will have to pass the ball a lot more and focus on scoring quickly. However, if both defenses are able to be solid in the first quarter, you should see this game settle into a high-teens or low-20s pattern. That will keep this game under the number. As long as you don’t see any special teams or defensive touchdowns, this game should not feature a large amount of points.

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College Football Pick: Under
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

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Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss Rebels vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Game in New Orleans)
Total:
67
This is a game in which the possibility of a shootout is real. It is the case that Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss will not play for the Rebels in this game, due to off-field issues and bad behavior. This could open the door for Oklahoma State to set a blistering pace on offense and force Ole Miss to keep up in a track meet. Ole Miss has a strong quarterback, Chad Kelly, and a lot of very good receivers, led by Laquon Treadwell. The receivers in this game have favorable matchups against the defensive backs. The game is being played in a dome. Ole Miss was embarrassed on offense last year in its bowl game, scoring only three points. The Rebels should be a lot better, likely scoring in the mid-30s at minimum. The ingredients are all there for a high-scoring game. Take the over for the College Football Odds.

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College Football Pick: Over
Best Line Offered: at William Hill

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