Early College Football Odds Worth A Look For Betting Bowl Games

Matthew Jordan

Monday, December 7, 2015 5:39 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 5:39 PM GMT

In one respect, this weekend is the longest of the year sports-wise because we don't get any college football other than Army-Navy. But let's look ahead to some early bowl college football odds.

Georgia Southern Vs. Bowling Green (-8 On College Football Odds)
This is the GoDaddy Bowl on Dec. 23 in  Mobile, Ala. And sometimes you can get good value on teams that are led by interim coaches. Bowling Green's head coach was Dino Babers and he led the Falcons to the Mid-American Conference title, but he has been hired at Syracuse and thus won't coach the Falcons in this game. Babers is an offensive guy who used to work for Art Briles. BGSU's up-tempo offense ranks fourth in the nation in total offense this season, averaging 561 yards. Quarterback Matt Johnson was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and set a conference single-season record for passing yards (4,721) and touchdowns (43); the yardage record was formerly held by a guy named Ben Roethlisberger. Defensive coordinator Brian Ward is Bowling Green's interim coach. Georgia Southern is from the Sun Belt Conference. A long-time FCS power, the Eagles are playing in a bowl game for the first time in school history. Georgia Southern is a run-heavy team; it only attempted 129 passes this season. Running back Matt Breida has rushed for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns. These teams do have a common opponent: Western Michigan. Georgia Southern beat the Broncos 43-17 on Sept. 12 and BGSU beat WMU 41-27 on Nov. 11.

College Football Free Pick: Georgia Southern +8 (-115) at BetOnline

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Miami Fla. Vs. Washington State (-2.5 In NCAA Betting)
The Sun Bowl from El Paso is the day after Christmas. And it's of course the final game Miami will play before new head coach Mark Richt takes over. His hiring was made official on Friday after being fired from Georgia (he was originally planning to coach the Dawgs in their bowl game but won't now). Larry Scott remains UM's interim coach for this game. One story line here will be the return to Texas of Washington State coach Mike Leach. He was the head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-09 and will coach his first game in the state of Texas since he left Lubbock in 2009. Wazzu will get back quarterback Luke Falk -- he'll be on a short list of  Heisman favorites for next season. Falk missed the regular-season finale against Washington with a concussion but will be at  practice on Tuesday and play in this game barring another injury. Falk shared first-team all-Pac-12 honors with Cal’s Jared Goff after throwing for 4,266 yards, 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. This is the first-ever game between these schools. The Canes last played at the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, 2010, with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland the interim coach for the bowl after Randy Shannon was fired. Miami lost that game 33-17 to Notre Dame.

College Football Free Pick: Washington State -2.5 (-110) at 5Dimes -- most Hurricanes players were expecting a trip to New York City and the Pinstripe Bowl. Not sure how excited they will be to play in El Paso.

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No. 8 Notre Dame Vs. No. 7 Ohio State (-6.5 For College Football Picks)
The Fiesta Bowl from Glendale, Ariz., on New Year's Day. I'll be very curious how motivated Ohio State is here as the Buckeyes thought they still had a decent shot at reaching the College Football Playoff but they didn't get any upsets they needed on conference championship Saturday. The Irish, meanwhile, were essentially two plays (last-second losses to Clemson and Stanford) from being unbeaten and No. 1 in the nation. There will be several 2016 NFL first-round picks on the field in this game, including Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end Joey Bosa (might go No. 1 overall) as well as Notre Dame linebacker Jaylen Smith. The Irish should get back top running back C.J. Prosise. He missed the regular-season finale against Stanford due to a high ankle sprain. He has carried the ball 156 times for 1,032 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games. Might this be the final game as Notre Dame coach for Brian Kelly? You hear whispers he's ready to leave South Bend and try his fortunes in the NFL. I'd be willing to wager that this is the highest-rated non-College Football Playoff game. Ohio State leads the all-time series 3-2.

College Football Free Pick: Ohio State -6.5 (-105) at Heritage

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