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Bowl Game Odds Update

Week 3 College Football Lines

The bowl season kicks it into high gear with a bulk of the games set to go this week. A total of 21 games will have been played leading up to the two biggest matchups in the College Football Playoff with Alabama set to square off against Washington and Clemson against Ohio State. If you haven’t gotten your action down on the odds at BookMaker.eu just yet, now would be a good time to do so with the lines likely to move even more leading up to each game’s respective kickoff.

College Football Bowl Game Odds at BookMaker.eu

Miami Ohio vs. Mississippi State (-14)

Maryland (-2) vs. Boston College

Vanderbilt vs. NC State (-6)

Army (-11) vs. North Texas

Wake Forest vs. Temple (-11.5)

Washington State (-10) vs. Minnesota

Baylor vs. Boise State (-7)

Northwestern vs. Pittsburgh (-5.5)

West Virginia vs. Miami (-2.5)

Indiana vs. Utah (-7)

Kansas State vs. Texas A&M (-2.5)

South Florida (-10) vs. South Carolina

Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech (-7)

Oklahoma State vs. Colorado (-3)

TCU vs. Georgia (PK)

North Carolina vs. Stanford (-2.5)

South Alabama vs. Air Force (-13.5)

Nebraska vs. Tennessee (-4)

Florida State vs. Michigan (-7)

LSU (-3) vs. Louisville

Kentucky vs. Georgia Tech (-3)

Washington vs. Alabama (-14.5)

Ohio State (-3) vs. Clemson

Iowa vs. Florida (-3)

Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin (-7.5)

USC (-6.5) vs. Penn State

Auburn vs. Oklahoma (-3)

Washington State Cougars (-10) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

In search of back-to-back bowl game wins under the Mad Scientist’s watch, Wazzu is currently the choice of the betting public with better than 82 percent of the tickets written laying the points. While the Cougars closed their regular season schedule losers of two straight to Colorado and Washington, bettors are lining up in droves to back them against a Minnesota team that might not be mentally ready after dealing with legal issues stemming from an incident that had the team boycotting the Holiday Bowl. While it remains a controversial topic, the game will be played, and the Gophers are saying all the right things leading up to it. Minnesota pushed in three of its five road games, while Washington State went 2-3 against the spread away from Pullman and covered its last two games as favorites convincingly.

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (-5.5)

PITT originally opened up as 4 point choices to come out on top of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. That number has since climbed to -5.5 with a hefty 73 percent of the action riding James Connor and his mates. That comes as surprising however with Pat Fitzgerald’s kids likely readily able and up to the challenge of limiting the Panthers potent ground attack. Northwestern enters the bowl season with the nation’s No. 31 ranked rush defense that conceded an average of 136.7 yards per game. It no doubt sports the lesser of the two offenses, but has talent. It also boasts the much better overall defense and covered three of the five times it was dogged in the regular season. The Panthers covered just two of the seven games they were favored in this year, and have failed to win four of their last five bowl games.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Georgia Bulldogs (PK)

The Liberty Bowl matchup between TCU and Georgia hasn’t seen much movement in the betting line with the game fluctuating between the Bulldogs -1 and a pick. However, the betting public has let it be known which side it’s enamored with, as 75 percent of the tickets written are backing Kirby Smart’s kids. The Dawgs closed the regular season out with a disappointing loss “Between the Hedges” to hated rival Georgia Tech which snapped their three game win streak. The last time the program took part in a game lined a pick ‘em, they were destroyed by Florida 27-3. TCU alternated wins and losses to close out the year, but was a decent bet away from Ft. Worth in winning four of five games and covering three of those games against the spread. Each of these teams has come out on top of their last two bowl games.

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Tennessee Volunteers (-4)

How the betting public is riding Butch Jones’s squad at better than a 70 percent clip is beyond me. This was supposed to be the season the Vols put the program back on the national championship map with a bulk of last year’s team returning. The defense really faltered down the stretch with the unit allowing 39.3 points in their last three games. That’s something the Huskers will look to take advantage of, but will have to do so without the services of Tommy Armstrong Jr. who injured his hamstring in the regular season finale 40-10 loss to Iowa. Extra bowl practices should help the team with a number of regular season standouts injured or ineligible to play in the Music City Bowl, but Big Red will be up against battling the Volunteers in the state of Tennessee. The Vols covered just four of their 10 games when installed favorites in the regular season.

Washington Huskies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (-14.5)

The Crimson Tide was downright filthy throughout the regular season. Once the switch flipped in the second half of their season opener against USC, it was full speed ahead for Nick Saban’s squad. Bama not only went unscathed over the course of its regular season schedule, but covered nine of its 13 overall games while laying an average of 23.4 points per game. Jake Browning put forth a heck of a season in his second year under center for the Huskies, but he’ll now be forced to deal with the nation’s No. 1 total and scoring defense. But while 62 percent of the action is backing Alabama in this matchup, the betting line has fallen from -17 at one point down to -14.5. U-Dub was favored in all 13 of its games, and that’s likely played a role with the small dose of reverse line movement seen for this game. The Huskies stand 2-2 straight up but 3-1 against the spread in their last four bowls, while Bama has split its last four and only covered once in those games.