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As the 2018 season comes to a close, that means it’s time for the SEC to flex its proverbial muscle during bowl season. Eleven SEC teams clinched a bowl berth, and we’ve teamed up with our friends at MyBookie to bring you an early betting guide for each and every one.
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Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
Baylor vs. Vanderbilt (-4) O/U – 55
- Baylor ranks 109th in the country in yards per play (6.1 ypp).
- Vandy is 1-4 away from home, but they’re 4-1 against the spread.
- Vandy is 3-9 vs. the Over this season, and Baylor is averaging just 18.4 ppg in its past 5 games.
- Vandy has covered the spread in its past 5 games.
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Purdue vs. Auburn (-4) O/U – 54.5
- Auburn is 1-4 in bowl games under Gus Malzahn, and the 1 win was in the Birmingham Bowl.
- Purdue is 3-0 vs ranked teams this season, winning by an average of 16 points.
- Auburn is 10-17-1 ATS in nonconference games under Gus Malzahn.
- Auburn and Purdue are a combined 2-7 vs. the Over this season.
South Carolina (-4) vs. Virginia O/U – 54.5
- Virginia is 1-4 SU away from home this season; USC is 4-1 ATS away from home this season.
- UVA has the 14th-ranked pass defense in the country (180.1 ypg); Jake Bentley has thrown for 12 TDs and an average of 349.3 ypg over his past 3 games.
- USC is 4-1 ATS in its past 5 games; UVA is 1-3 ATS in its past 4 games.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Missouri (-7.5) vs. Oklahoma State O/U – 71.5
- Mizzou is 3-1 SU and 3-1 ATS in its past 4 bowl games.
- Mizzou is 4-0 in its past 4 games; OK State is 1-3 in its past 4 games.
- Mizzou has won its past 4 games by an average of 24.3 ppg.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
N.C. State vs. Texas A&M (-5.5) O/U – 58.5
- N.C. State has the 6th-ranked passing offense in the country (327.7 ypg); A&M has the 108th-ranked pass defense (262.7 ypg).
- Jimbo Fisher is 5-3 vs. N.C. State as a head coach.
- N.C. State is 1-3 overall in its past 4 games vs. SEC.
Mississippi State (-6) vs. Iowa O/U – 44.5
- Miss St. is just 2-9 vs. the Over this season.
- Both defenses rank in the Top 10 nationally in total yards, rushing yards and yards per play.
- Miss St. is 4-1 ATS in its past 5 games; Iowa is just 1-4 ATS in its past 5 games.
- Iowa leads the nation with 18 INTs.
VRBO Citrus Bowl
Kentucky vs. Penn State (-6) O/U – 48
- Kentucky has beaten 3 teams currently ranked in the Top 25; Penn St has beaten 1.
- UK is 4-14 ATS vs. nonconference teams in the past 4 seasons.
- UK is 0-2 in bowl games under Mark Stoops.
PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
No. 11 LSU (-7.5) vs. No. 8 UCF O/U – 54.5
- UCF ranks 3rd nationally in turnover margin; LSU ranks 7th.
- UCF ranks 118th nationally in rush defense, giving up 227.4 ypg.
- LSU’s strength of schedule ranks No. 1 nationally; UCF’s ranks 83rd.
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan (-7.5) O/U – 51
- These teams have met 4 times.
- Michigan is 4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS, and the 4-0 vs. the over.
- Florida is 8-4 ATS this season.
- Florida scored an average of 34.5 ppg this season, but only 15.3 vs. Top 20 scoring defenses. Michigan is ranked 12th in the NCAA in scoring D at 17.6 ppg.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia (-11) O/U – 58
- Texas is 1-5 ATS on the road this season.
- UGA ranks in the Top 15 in offensive and defensive efficiency.
- UGA is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in its past 5 bowl games.
Orange Bowl Playoff Semifinal
No. 1 Alabama (-14.5) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma O/U – 79.5
- These offenses rank 1st and 2nd nationally in scoring.
- Oklahoma is 3-1 all-time vs. Alabama and 4-1 in its past 5 games vs. the SEC.
- Both teams are a combined 19-6-1 vs. the over this season; the O/U for the Orange Bowl is 79.5.
- OU’s defense is giving up an average of 43.2 ppg in its past 5 games; Alabama has given up over 30+ points just once in the past 2 seasons.
- OU hasn’t been a 2 TD underdog since the 2014 Sugar Bowl, where they beat Alabama 45-31.
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