Bowl season has begun, and with each passing day we get a little closer to the bigger games and the playoffs. We spent last week breaking down some of the lesser bowl games on the schedule, but it’s now time to start looking ahead to the games that will almost certainly attract a lot of betting attention. Before we get into that, it is worth mentioning that you need to pay attention to the players that might well to choose to sit out the bowl games in favor of staying healthy for the NFL Draft, as those omissions may have an impact on how things play out. Let’s, though, get started with the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which sees the Wisconsin Badgers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys square off in Phoenix. It is Wisconsin who are currently sitting as a 3-point favorite for this one, with the point total set at 43. Let’s take a closer look at the teams and how they got to the Guaranteed Rate Bowl so you can bet on their College Football Bowl Odds.
Wisconsin Badgers Vs Oklahoma State Cowboys Guaranteed Rate Bowl Game Betting Analysis
Wisconsin Badgers versus Oklahoma State Cowboys Match Info
- When: Tuesday, December 27 at 10:15 PM EST
- Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin ended the regular season at 6-6, becoming bowl eligible with a week to spare. Still, the way they ended the season does not really inspire much in the way of confidence, as they ended up losing 2 of their last 3 games. This is a team that is defensively sound, giving up just 20 PPG, but the offense is not particularly strong, as they managed about 26 PPG through the regular season. In terms of betting, they have not been the best pick against the spread, going 5-10 ATS in their last 15 outings. In fact, they failed to cover in each of their final 3 games of the season. The point total is a little clearer, with 7 of their last 10 games going OVER, as well as 6 of their last 8 games that they started as a favorite.
Why bet on the Oklahoma State Cowboys
If you want to talk about a team falling off the face of the earth coming down the home stretch, you need to talk about the Oklahoma State Cowboys. They went into the final 5 games of the season sitting at 6-1 before going off the rails in a big way and losing 4 of the final 5 games, which ended up costing them a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. Given that the rot definitely set in during those final few weeks, you do have to wonder how this teams is going to pick themselves up and get ready for this game. Oklahoma State does have some firepower to draw upon, averaging over 31 PPG this season, but they also surrendered close to 30 PPH, making for a bit of a wash. During those final 5 games, the Cowboys covered just once. They have seen the UNDER hit in 13 of their last 16 games as an underdog.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is kind of a tricky one, but I think I am leaning toward Wisconsin in this game. Neither team looks like a truly convincing pick, but given how the Cowboys ended the regular season, I think they might have a tough time getting back up to speed.
College Football Betting Pick: Wisconsin Badgers 27 Oklahoma State Cowboys 23