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Trends to Consider in Upcoming Bowl Games

December 24, 2016

The top bowl games are quickly approaching. Those top games include the two College Football Playoff national semifinal games and six bowls played between December 30 and January 2.

The data shown here dates back to 1980, unless it has been dated otherwise.

Orange Bowl

The money has gone to the underdog, with the dog winning outright in 7 of the past 9 games, including the past three years. The dog here is the Florida State Seminoles.

Citrus Bowl

In this bowl, the favorite has covered the number in each of the past five years. This year the favorite is the LSU Tigers.

Peach Bowl

Dogs have the loudest bark in the Peach Bowl in one of the two national semifinal games. The underdog has won outright 10 of the past 16 games while going 11-5 against the spread. The Washington Huskies are underdogs in this game.

Fiesta Bowl

The other national semifinal game also trends toward the underdog. The dog is 8-7 SU and 10-5 ATS over that stretch. This season the underdog is the Clemson Tigers.

Outback Bowl

The dog has owned chalk in this game with a 4-1 ATS record over the past five games. The Iowa Hawkeyes are the dog in this game.

Cotton Bowl

Chalk has filled its supporters pockets in this game having covered the number in 5 of the past 7 years. The Wisconsin Badgers are chalk in this one.

Rose Bowl

Favorites like this bowl game having covered the spread in 11 of the past 16 Rose Bowls, including 4 of the past 5 played. The USC Trojans are chalk here.

Sugar Bowl

Dogs are happy here. The underdog has covered the number in 3 of the past 4 Sugar Bowls. This season the Auburn Tigers are the dog.

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