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Florida State vs. Oklahoma State Spread Picks & Score Prediction Week 1

The 2014 season kicks off for the defending National Champions in Arlington, where the Florida State Seminoles will square off with a really quality foe in the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

FSU, a team which was dominating for bettors last season on the college football betting lines, is -17.5 to start the season, while the ‘total’ chimes in at 63.


OPEN: FSU -14 | CURRENT: FSU -17.5 | O/U: 63

1. Why FSU will cover the spread: Why wouldn’t Florida State cover the spread? The Seminoles went 11-3 ATS in their perfect 14-0 season, and if you take out a bad half of football against Auburn in the National Championship Game, there aren’t many halves that the team didn’t cover as well. The Seminoles have one of the better offenses in the nation, one which is led by Heisman Trophy holder QB Jameis Winston.

The Noles are going to score their 30+ in this one, and it wouldn’t be shocking if they get into the 40s or the 50s by the time the evening is said and done with. There are questions on defense, but there were questions on offense coming into last season as well, and we see how that all worked out.


2. Why OSU will cover the spread: Rule of thumb has to suggest that Florida State is overrated right now for betting purposes. The Noles are the defending champs, and they are coming off of a year where they brutalized literally everyone they came across. However, we have to remember that the Pokes are going to have some advantages here, the biggest of which is a full offseason to prepare for Florida State.

Okie State is also effectively playing at home. The team does only have 11 returning starters, which has to be a bit concerning, but we know that this is a team which is always chock full of talent under Head Coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys won’t be easy pushovers.

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3. Take the Over or Under?: This is almost a puzzlingly low number for a ‘total’. Oklahoma State averaged 39.1 points per game last season, and its offense should be every bit as good as it was last year. The Seminoles were one of the few teams in the country to average over 300 passing yards and over 200 rushing yards per game. The end result was 51.6 points per game. It probably won’t be that bad for the Cowboys, but it could end up getting ugly. If you think the Cowboys are getting into the 20s, you have to think that this game is going to end up going past the number.

4. Betting Trends for FSU/OSU: There isn’t a lot of history here at all. These two teams only played against each other once, and that was back in 1985 in a bowl game. The Noles won and covered against the Cowboys by taking a 34-23 decision. This one is obviously played under much different circumstances in Week 1.


Florida State 51 – Oklahoma State 24

Georgia vs. Clemson Odds, Picks, Score Prediction Week 1



The Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers both have high hopes this season of being teams which could ultimately contend for spots in the first ever college football playoff. The loser of this opening game between these two though, probably will already see those goals dashed, as we don’t see either one getting through their conference slate unscathed.

The Bulldogs are 7.5-point chalks on the college football lines at home in this opening game of the season, while the ‘total’ chimes in at 57.5.


1. Why Georgia will cover the spread: Clemson just isn’t nearly as talented of a team as it has been the last few seasons. QB Cole Stoudt could end up being a stud of a quarterback, but he isn’t QB Tajh Boyd, and he doesn’t have any receivers like WR DeAndre Hopkins or WR Sammy Watkins, both of which are now expected to be top-notch receivers in the NFL.

The Bulldogs are returning nine starters from a defense which was torched by the Tigers last season in Death Valley, and you can bet that Head Coach Mark Richt is reminding these guys of the 38-35 beating which they took last year that sent them on a bit of a tailspin before the meat and potatoes of the campaign even started.

2. Why Clemson will cover the spread: Stoudt is being billed as the next big thing at Clemson, and Head Coach Dabo Swinney has a knack of bringing in recruiting classes which can be high impact right away. That’s something that the Tigers need, as they have just 11 starters back from last year’s club, four of which are on the offensive side of the ball.

If the Tigers are going to win this one, they’re going to need to do so long their defensive line, where all four of their starters return, including DE Vic Beasley, who is one of the most feared pass rushers in the land.


3. Total Talk: Last season, these two teams opened up with a ‘total’ of 70.5 in Week 1, and not shockingly with a pair of senior quarterbacks and heavy senior-laden offensive units, the game did eke past the number with 73 points. However, this is a much different situation that we are talking about now. There are 16 total starters out of 22 between these two teams on the defensive side of the ball, and that could really end up posing a big problem for two offenses which are breaking in entirely new units, more or less.

4. Betting Trends for the game: There actually is a bunch of history between these two teams, though the only recent game of note was the 38-35 win last year for the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. Georgia had covered four of the previous five duels of these two, but those games date all the way back to 1991. The ‘over’ and the ‘under’ have been relatively split at 3-3 in the last six meetings.



Georgia 27 – Clemson 21

College Football Upset Alerts For Week 1 2014



Early in the season is the best time to get on the bandwagon of some of the big underdogs on the board on the college football betting lines. Check out some live dogs for Week 1 that could bark their way to the bank for you and cash some big moneyline underdog tickets.

1. California Golden Bears (+315) @ Northwestern Wildcats – The Wildcats got some really bad news a couple weeks back when they lost RB Venric Mark, who is transferring from the school. Already without their top wide receiver recruit for the season, this Northwestern offense all of a sudden looks a little shaky. Remember that the Golden Bears are now in the second year of the Sonny Dykes era, and that should give their offense a real jolt after a full offseason of trying to figure out the pace of this system. There are going to be gobs of points to be had in this game for sure.

If Cal can get to 30 or so, there is a real chance that this could end up being a big time upset. There is every reason in the world to believe that the Pac-12 is the superior of these two conferences represented in this game, and though California is towards the bottom of the Pac-12, this is a very winnable fixture.

2. Texas A&M Aggies (+315) @ South Carolina Gamecocks – There is a lot being made over the fact that the Aggies just aren’t going to be the same team without QB Johnny Manziel around any longer, but you have to remember that this was a really good team, even without Johnny Football in there. South Carolina did finish fourth in the nation last season, and by all accounts, this could be an 11-win team this year.

However, we’re searching for some value, and we think we have found it. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin really gets his boys up for games like this. This is where we will see whether A&M was really a one-man show for the last two years or not. We doubt that the Aggies were.

3. Miami Hurricanes (+145) @ Louisville Cardinals – There is a real chance here for the Hurricanes to exact some revenge from that brutal defeat they suffered in the Capital One Bowl last season at the hands of the Cards. Miami doesn’t have the best team in America by any stretch of the imagination, but this is a really talented squad that could challenge in the ACC Coastal Division this year.

Louisville only brings back four starters from a defense that put up dominating statistics last season, and of course, both QB Teddy Bridgewater and Head Coach Charlie Strong are gone as well. This is a line that feels like was set only half considering everything at hand. For our money, “The U” is the better of these two teams, and we think this is going to show in the form of a nice victory for the Canes on Labor Day night.

College Football Over-Under Win Totals 2014

college football over-under wins 2014

Oh baby! The 2014-2015 college football season has a playoff system and we have our first peek at the college football over-under win totals for the regular season.

Now obviously we pay close attention to the true “win” number itself, but your focus must also target the money-lines for these odds. There will be a lot of movement on these odds from 5DIMES over the next 3 months, but at least we know the kick off of a very unique college football betting season is drawing closer.

My initial thoughts:

- USC under 8.5 wins
- VaTech over 7.5 wins
- Stanford over 9.5 wins
- Oregon under 10.5 wins
- UCLA under 9.5 wins


Team 5Dimes
Air Force Falcons
Over 4½ (-230)
Under 4½ (-170)
Akron Zips
Over 5½ (-120)
Under 5½ (-20)
Alabama Crimson Tide
Over 10½ (-135)
Under 10½ (-115)
Arizona Wildcats
Over 6½ (-150)
Under 6½ (+120)
Arizona State Sun Devils
Over 7½ (-115)
Under 7½ (-105)
Arkansas Razorbacks
Over 4½ (-130)
Under 4½ (+110)
Arkansas State Red Wolves
Over 7½ (+155)
Under 7½ (-195)
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Over 3½ (+110)
Under 3½ (-150)
Army Black Knights
Over 5½ (+120)
Under 5½ (-160)
Auburn Tigers
Over 9½ (+130)
Under 9½ (-150)
Ball State Cardinals
Over 7½ (-185)
Under 7½ (+145)
Baylor Bears
Over 9½ (-160)
Under 9½ (+140)
Boise State Broncos
Over 9½ (-130)
Under 9½ (-105)
Boston College Eagles
Over 4½ (-125)
Under 4½ (-105)
Bowling Green Falcons
Over 9½ (-160)
Under 9½ (+120)
Buffalo Bulls
Over 6½ (-120)
Under 6½ (-120)
BYU Cougars
Over 9½ (+100)
Under 9½ (-130)
California Golden Bears
Over 2½ (-140)
Under 2½ (+120)
Central Michigan Chippewas
Over 5½ (-135)
Under 5½ (-105)
Cincinnati Bearcats
Over 8½ (-120)
Under 8½ (-120)
Clemson Tigers
Over 8½ (+100)
Under 8½ (-120)
Colorado Buffaloes
Over 4 (-120)
Under 4 (-110)
Colorado State Rams
Over 6½ (-175)
Under 6½ (+155)
Connecticut Huskies
Over 3½ (-155)
Under 3½ (+115)
Duke Blue Devils
Over 8½ (+135)
Under 8½ (-155)
East Carolina Pirates
Over 6½ (-130)
Under 6½ (-110)
Eastern Michigan
Over 2½ (+160)
Under 2½ (-210)
Florida Gators
Over 7½ (-120)
Under 7½ (+100)
Florida Atlantic Owls
Over 5½ (-150)
Under 5½ (+120)
FIU Golden Panthers
Over 2½ (-150)
Under 2½ (+110)
Florida State Seminoles
Over 11½ (+110)
Under 11½ (-140)
Fresno State Bulldogs
Over 7½ (-135)
Under 7½ (+115)
Georgia Bulldogs
Over 9½ (-125)
Under 9½ (+105)
Georgia Southern Eagles
Over 4½ (+110)
Under 4½ (-150)
Georgia State Panthers
Over 2½ (+150)
Under 2½ (-190)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Over 6½ (-140)
Under 6½ (+120)
Hawaii Warriors
Over 3½ (-215)
Under 3½ (+165)
Houston Cougars
Over 8½ (-150)
Under 8½ (+110)
Idaho Vandals
Over 3½ (-150)
Under 3½ (+110)
Illinois Fighting Illini
Over 5 (+100)
Under 5 (-130)
Indiana Hoosiers
Over 5½ (+115)
Under 5½ (-135)
Iowa Hawkeyes
Over 8½ (+115)
Under 8½ (-135)
Iowa State Cyclones
Over 3½ (-140)
Under 3½ (+120)
Kansas Jayhawks
Over 3 (-140)
Under 3 (+120)
Kansas State Wildcats
Over 7½ (-145)
Under 7½ (-125)
Kent State Golden Flashes
Over 4½ (-175)
Under 4½ (+135)
Kentucky Wildcats
Over 4 (+100)
Under 4 (-130)
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Over 5½ (-190)
Under 5½ (+150)
UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
Over 9½ (-110)
Under 9½ (-130)
UL Monroe Warhawks
Over 5½ (-210)
Under 5½ (+160)
Louisville Cardinals
Over 8 (-135)
Under 8 (+105)
LSU Tigers
Over 9 (-120)
Under 9 (+100)
Marshall Thundering Herd
Over 10½ (-210)
Under 10½ (+160)
Maryland Terrapins
Over 6½ (+115)
Under 6½ (-135)
Massachusetts Minutemen
Over 1½ (-155)
Under 1½ (+115)
Memphis Tigers
Over 4½ (-190)
Under 4½ (+150)
Miami Hurricanes
Over 7½ (-135)
Under 7½ (+115)
Miami Redhawks
Over 2½ (-230)
Under 2½ (+170)
Michigan Wolverines
Over 8 (+105)
Under 8 (-135)
Michigan State Spartans
Over 9½ (+110)
Under 9½ (-130)
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Over 6½ (-120)
Under 6½ (-120)
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Over 6½ (-115)
Under 6½ (-135)
Mississippi State Bulldogs
Over 7½ (+120)
Under 7½ (-140)
Missouri Tigers
Over 7½ (-130)
Under 7½ (+110)
Navy Midshipmen
Over 8½ (-130)
Under 8½ (-110)
NC State Wolfpack
Over 5½ (-135)
Under 5½ (+115)
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Over 8 (-110)
Under 8 (-110)
Nevada Wolf Pack
Over 6 (-105)
Under 6 (-115)
New Mexico Lobos
Over 4½ (+105)
Under 4½ (-145)
New Mexico State Aggies
Over 2½ (-165)
Under 2½ (+125)
North Carolina Tarheels
Over 8 (-125)
Under 8 (-105)
North Texas Mean Green
Over 5½ (-190)
Under 5½ (+150)
Northern Illinois Huskies
Over 9½ (+120)
Under 9½ (-160)
Northwestern Wildcats
Over 7½ (+115)
Under 7½ (-135)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Over 7½ (-125)
Under 7½ (+105)
Ohio Bobcats
Over 6½ (+135)
Under 6½ (-175)
Ohio State Buckeyes
Over 10½ (-130)
Under 10½ (+110)
Oklahoma Sooners
Over 10½ (-110)
Under 10½ (-110)
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Over 7½ (+110)
Under 7½ (-130)
Old Dominion Monarchs
Over 5½ (+160)
Under 5½ (-210)
Ole Miss Rebels
Over 8 (-110)
Under 8 (-120)
Oregon Ducks
Over 11 (+100)
Under 11 (-130)
Oregon State Beavers
Over 7 (-115)
Under 7 (-105)
Penn State Nittany Lions
Over 7½ (-125)
Under 7½ (+105)
Pittsburgh Panthers
Over 7½ (+120)
Under 7½ (-140)
Purdue Boilermakers
Over 3½ (-110)
Under 3½ (-100)
Rice Owls
Over 6½ (+100)
Under 6½ (-140)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Over 4 (-110)
Under 4 (-120)
San Diego State Aztecs
Over 6½ (+120)
Under 6½ (-160)
San Jose State Spartans
Over 5½ (+160)
Under 5½ (-210)
South Alabama Jaguars
Over 7½ (-120)
Under 7½ (-120)
SMU Mustangs
Over 5½ (+240)
Under 5½ (-320)
South Carolina Gamecocks
Over 9½ (+105)
Under 9½ (-125)
South Florida Bulls
Over 4½ (-195)
Under 4½ (+155)
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Over 3½ (-120)
Under 3½ (-120)
Stanford Cardinal
Over 8½ (-130)
Under 8½ (+110)
Syracuse Orange
Over 5½ (-140)
Under 5½ (+110)
TCU Horned Frogs
Over 7½ (-130)
Under 7½ (+100)
Temple Owls
Over 4½ (-135)
Under 4½ (-105)
Tennessee Volunteers
Over 5½ (-135)
Under 5½ (+115)
Texas Longhorns
Over 7½ (-105)
Under 7½ (-125)
Texas A&M Aggies
Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)
Texas State Bobcats
Over 5½ (+105)
Under 5½ (-145)
Texas Tech Raiders
Over 6½ (-145)
Under 6½ (+125)
Toledo Rockets
Over 7½ (-120)
Under 7½ (-120)
Troy Trojans
Over 6½ (+140)
Under 6½ (-180)
Tulane Green Wave
Over 4½ (+135)
Under 4½ (-175)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Over 5½ (+120)
Under 5½ (-160)
UAB Blazers
Over 3½ (+110)
Under 3½ (-150)
UCF Knights
Over 8½ (+110)
Under 8½ (-150)
UCLA Bruins
Over 9½ (-115)
Under 9½ (-105)
UNLV Rebels
Over 4 (-120)
Under 4 (-110)
USC Trojans
Over 9 (+100)
Under 9 (-130)
Utah Utes
Over 5 (-105)
Under 5 (-125)
Utah State Aggies
Over 9 (+100)
Under 9 (-130)
UTEP Miners
Over 2½ (-180)
Under 2½ (+140)
UTSA Roadrunners
Over 6½ (-150)
Under 6½ (+110)
Vanderbilt Commodores
Over 5½ (-115)
Under 5½ (-115)
Virginia Cavaliers
Over 3½ (+110)
Under 3½ (-130)
Virginia Tech Hokies
Over 8 (-115)
Under 8 (-105)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Over 4 (+100)
Under 4 (-130)
Washington Huskies
Over 9 (-125)
Under 9 (+105)
Washington State Cougars
Over 5½ (-130)
Under 5½ (+110)
West Virginia Mountaineers
Over 4½ (-110)
Under 4½ (-110)
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Over 5½ (+170)
Under 5½ (-230)
Western Michigan Broncos
Over 3½ (-105)
Under 3½ (-135)
Wisconsin Badgers
Over 9½ (-140)
Under 9½ (+120)
Wyoming Cowboys
Over 4½ (+110)
Under 4½ (-150)



College Football Surprise Teams 2014


Every single season, there are teams that come out of nowhere across the country who turn out to be fantastic. Clubs like the Duke Blue Devils, who made the ACC Championship Game, come to mind from last year. Who will those sleepers be this year that can compete on the college football betting lines? We’ve got them covered today at BetVega.

Florida Gators (+5000 to win National Championship) – Are the Gators really winning the National Championship this year? Probably not. However, this absolutely has to be a better team this season than it was last season. Head Coach Will Muschamp knows that his offense really needs to change, and with a new OC, that looks to be exactly what will happen. The defense was never the problem for UF last season. Injuries were killers, and the talent and creativity wasn’t there offensively. However, when this club is healthy, there are perhaps as many as five legitimate NFL players on the defensive side of the ball, something which cannot be understated.

The SEC schedule is brutal, but the Swamp should be rocking once again in 2014 in spite of the dismal and forgettable 2013 campaign. UF will be back in contention in the SEC East this year.

Michigan Wolverines (+6600 to win National Championship) – If Big Blue can survive its second game of the season against Notre Dame, there is a real possibility to be 7-0 going into the game at Michigan State on October 25th. Head Coach Brady Hoke is another one of these men who has his job on the line this year, but the pieces are in place to turn things around in a hurry.

A good recruiting class parlayed with the fact that QB Devin Gardner could be set to really break out makes this a believable possibility. It’s all about the schedule for the Wolverines though, and it’s paper thin aside from that last game of the year against that team they call “Ohio” in Columbus.

USC Trojans (+4000 to win National Championship) – Here we have another one of these teams which feels weird to refer to as a “sleeper team.” USC has been a traditional power, but ever since the program was railroaded due to the Reggie Bush scandal, the team has been nothing really notable. The schedule is brutal as it always is, but the Pac-12 is a winnable conference this year. QB Cody Kessler probably has a fighting chance now that he has a real coach on his side in Steve Sarkisian, and some stability should really help a program which has been on a de facto roller coaster for the last five or so seasons.

It’s going to be tough replacing all of the talent which is no longer here and is playing in the NFL, but USC historically doesn’t rebuild; it reloads. This is a tough project for Coach Sark, but he did a great job with the Washington Huskies, and we expect an immediate turnaround and at least a nine-win season this year for the Men of Troy.

College Football National Title Odds


Florida State 4/1
Alabama 6/1
Oregon 9/1
Ohio State 12/1
Oklahoma 12/1
Auburn 16/1
Baylor 20/1
Michigan State 20/1
Stanford 20/1
UCLA 20/1
Georgia 25/1
LSU 25/1
South Carolina 25/1
Clemson 33/1
Missouri 33/1
Notre Dame 33/1
Oklahoma State 33/1
Texas 33/1
USC 33/1
Wisconsin 33/1
Michigan 40/1
Arizona State 50/1
Florida 50/1
Iowa 50/1
Louisville 50/1
Miami 50/1
Texas A&M 50/1
Mississippi 66/1
Nebraska 66/1
North Carolina 66/1
Tennessee 66/1
Washington 66/1
Arizona 75/1
Kansas State 75/1
Mississippi State 75/1
Arkansas 100/1
BYU 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
TCU 100/1
UCF 100/1
Virginia Tech 100/1
Boise State 150/1
Boston College 200/1
California 200/1
Cincinnati 200/1
Georgia Tech 200/1
Pittsburgh 200/1
Rutgers 200/1
South Florida 200/1
West Virginia 200/1

Early College Football Point Spreads 2014

Time#Teams   Picks
Thursday, August 28th 2014
South Carolina
Texas A&M
-10.5 (-110)
10.5 (-110)
57.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
UL Monroe
Wake Forest
2.5 (-110)
-2.5 (-110)
46.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-4.5 (-110)
4.5 (-110)
47.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Boise State
10.0 (-110)
-10.0 (-110)
55.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-14.0 (-110)
14.0 (-110)
52.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Washington State
-8.0 (-110)
8.0 (-110)
60.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Friday, August 29th 2014
16.5 (-110)
-16.5 (-110)
50.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Western Kentucky
Bowling Green
8.0 (-110)
-8.0 (-110)
56.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
-11.0 (-110)
11.0 (-110)
55.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Colorado State
-3.0 (-110)
3.0 (-110)
64.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-23.5 (-110)
23.5 (-110)
60.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Saturday, August 30th 2014
Central Florida
Penn State
-1.0 (-110)
1.0 (-110)
48.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Western Michigan
-11.5 (-110)
11.5 (-110)
54.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
1.0 (-110)
-1.0 (-110)
66.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Appalachian St
-34.0 (-110)
34.0 (-110)

54.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
21.5 (-110)
-21.5 (-110)
58.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Ohio State
13.5 (-110)
-13.5 (-110)
55.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
NC State
Georgia Southern
-22.5 (-110)
22.5 (-110)
53.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Boston College
14.5 (-110)
-14.5 (-110)
48.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Florida Atlantic
-23.0 (-110)
23.0 (-110)
51.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Miami Ohio
24.0 (-110)
-24.0 (-110)
59.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Notre Dame
-21.0 (-110)
21.0 (-110)
51.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
West Virginia
25.5 (-110)
-25.5 (-110)
55.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-10.0 (-110)
10.0 (-110)
62.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-20.5 (-110)
20.5 (-110)
57.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
-7.5 (-110)
7.5 (-110)
57.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
-3.0 (-110)
3.0 (-110)
50.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Louisiana Tech
-37.5 (-110)
37.5 (-110)

52.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-34.5 (-110)
34.5 (-110)

51.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Mississippi St
Southern Miss
-30.5 (-110)
30.5 (-110)

55.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Fresno State
-21.0 (-110)
21.0 (-110)
58.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
Oklahoma State
Florida State
17.5 (-110)
-17.5 (-110)
63.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
North Texas
-24.0 (-110)
24.0 (-110)
52.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
New Mexico
-7.5 (-110)
7.5 (-110)
67.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
4.0 (-110)
-4.0 (-110)
50.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
15.5 (-110)
-15.5 (-110)
58.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Sunday, August 31st 2014
Utah State
-6.5 (-110)
6.5 (-110)
51.0 (-110)
Buy Pick
-32.5 (-110)
32.5 (-110)

74.5 (-110)
Buy Pick
Monday, September 1st 2014
Miami Florida
-3.5 (-105)
3.5 (-115)
55.0 (-110)
Buy Pick

I have never been a fan of these early “game of the year” spreads, but oddsmaker Aaron Kessler recently told Bleacher Report the following:

“It’s gone from a little novelty with 25 games to a yearly event,” Kessler said. “It’s easily our signature event at the Nugget.”

The attention and increased coverage of this yearly release has also prompted more action for the sportsbook. No longer an exercise simply for a handful of diehards, fans—experienced gamblers and novices alike—flock to Vegas each year to be a part of the madness.

“We’ve gone up 10 times in handle since our first year,” Kessler said. “And it just keeps getting better.”

With that being said, lets take a peek at some match-ups and see what the oddsmakers maybe thinking as the first college football season with a playoff system approaches.

- Texas A&M +9 vs. S. Carolina (8/28): I am not really surprised at this number and I suspect we will see this inflate a bit. With that being said, A&M will keep this one close on opening night August 28th.
- Arkansas +24 vs. Auburn (8/30): Simply too many points here
- BC +9 vs. Pitt (9/5): Simply insane to give BC this many points at home.
- KSU +13 vs. Auburn (9/18): Another crazy line. KSU can beat anyone at home.
- Oregon -25 vs. Arizona (10/2): Big revenge spot for Oregon.
- Tenn. Vols +4.5 vs. Florida (10/4): Look out for Tennessee this season folks!



Texas A&M Aggies at South Carolina Gamecocks -9
Boise State Broncos vs. Mississippi Rebels -9 (Atlanta)


UNLV Rebels at Arizona Wildcats -23.5
BYU Cougars -16.5 at Connecticut Huskies


Arkansas Razorbacks at Auburn Tigers -24
Colorado State Rams at Colorado Buffaloes -4 (Denver)
Clemson Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs -9
California Golden Bears at Northwestern Wildcats -9.5
UCLA Bruins -21.5 at Virginia Cavaliers
Ohio State Buckeyes -14 at Navy Midshipmen
Penn State Nittany Lions -2.5 at Central Florida Knights (Ireland)
West Virginia Mountaineers at Alabama Crimson Tide -27.5 (Atlanta)
Florida State Seminoles -17 vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Arlington)
LSU Tigers -7 vs. Wisconsin Badgers (Houston)


Miami Hurricanes PICK at Louisville Cardinals


Pittsburgh Panthers -9 at Boston College Eagles


USC Trojans at Stanford Cardinal -3.5
San Diego State Aztecs at North Carolina Tar Heels -21
BYU Cougars at Texas Longhorns -6
Michigan State Spartans at Oregon Ducks -13
Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3
Virginia Tech Hokies at Ohio State Buckeyes -18
Colorado State Rams at Boise State Broncos -10


Boise State Broncos -10 at Connecticut Huskies
USC Trojans -23 at Boston College Eagles
Tennessee Volunteers at Oklahoma Sooners -19
UCLA Bruins -8 at Texas Longhorns (Arlington)
Louisville Cardinals -7.5 at Virginia Cavaliers
Nebraska Cornhuskers -4 at Fresno State Bulldogs
Iowa State Cyclones at Iowa Hawkeyes -9.5
Georgia Bulldogs at South Carolina Gamecocks -3
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish -21 (Indianapolis)


Auburn Tigers -13 at Kansas State Wildcats


Clemson Tigers at Florida State Seminoles -17
Mississippi State Bulldogs at LSU Tigers -12
San Diego State Aztecs at Oregon State Beavers -13
Virginia Cavaliers at BYU Cougars -17
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Virginia Tech Hokies -7
Oregon Ducks -23 at Washington State Cougars
Oklahoma Sooners -17 at West Virginia Mountaineers
Florida Gators at Alabama Crimson Tide -21
Miami Hurricanes at Nebraska Cornhuskers -3


UCLA Bruins -7 at Arizona State Sun Devils
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma State Cowboys -7


Oregon State Beavers at USC Trojans -17
Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs -17
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Wolverines -12
Florida State Seminoles -30 at North Carolina State Wolfpack
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -5.5 vs. Syracuse Orange (East Rutherford)
Cincinnati Bearcats at Ohio State Buckeyes -21
North Carolina Tar Heels at Clemson Tigers -4
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Texas A&M Aggies -11 (Arlington)
TCU Horned Frogs -10 at SMU Mustangs
Missouri Tigers at South Carolina Gamecocks -11


Arizona Wildcats at Oregon Ducks -25


Louisville Cardinals -1 at Syracuse Orange
LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers -6.5
Arizona State Sun Devils at USC Trojans -11
Miami Hurricanes -4 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Vanderbilt Commodores at Georgia Bulldogs -24
Wisconsin Badgers -7 at Northwestern Wildcats
Alabama Crimson Tide -9 at Mississippi Rebels
Virginia Tech Hokies at North Carolina Tar Heels -10
North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers -23
Baylor Bears -3 at Texas Longhorns
Texas A&M Aggies at Mississippi State Bulldogs -3
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Kansas State Wildcats -7
Boise State Broncos -6 at Nevada Wolf Pack
Oklahoma Sooners -14 at TCU Horned Frogs
Florida Gators -4.5 at Tennessee Volunteers
Stanford Cardinal -6 at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan State Spartans -8


Alabama Crimson Tide -24 at Arkansas Razorbacks
USC Trojans -7.5 at Arizona Wildcats
Oregon Ducks -3 at UCLA Bruins
LSU Tigers -9 at Florida Gators
Georgia Bulldogs -7 at Missouri Tigers
Florida State Seminoles -21 at Syracuse Orange
Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners -9 (Dallas)
Louisville Cardinals at Clemson Tigers -10
Mississippi Rebels at Texas A&M Aggies -1
Auburn Tigers -9.5 at Mississippi State Bulldogs
Cincinnati Bearcats at Miami Hurricanes -11
West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders -10
North Carolina Tar Heels at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -2.5
Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Wolverines -7


Virginia Tech Hokies at Pittsburgh Panthers -1
Fresno State Bulldogs at Boise State Broncos -4.5


Georgia Bulldogs -14.5 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Stanford Cardinal -6.5 at Arizona State Sun Devils
UCLA Bruins -22 at California Golden Bears
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Florida State Seminoles -24
Missouri Tigers at Florida Gators -3
Nebraska Cornhuskers -2.5 at Northwestern Wildcats
Clemson Tigers -18 at Boston College Eagles
Tennessee Volunteers at Mississippi Rebels -12
Kansas State Wildcats at Oklahoma Sooners -14
Baylor Bears -16 at West Virginia Mountaineers
Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide -16.5
Washington Huskies at Oregon Ducks -20


Miami Hurricanes at Virginia Tech Hokies -1

FRIDAY 10/24

Oregon Ducks -34 at California Golden Bears
South Florida Bulls at Cincinnati Bearcats -19
BYU Cougars -3 at Boise State Broncos


South Carolina Gamecocks at Auburn Tigers -7
Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Cardinal -13
Mississippi Rebels at LSU Tigers -7.5
Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans -7.5
West Virginia Mountaineers at Oklahoma State Cowboys -19
USC Trojans -10 at Utah Utes
North Carolina Tar Heels -14 at Virginia Cavaliers
Arizona State Sun Devils at Washington Huskies -6
Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats -3.5
Alabama Crimson Tide -20 at Tennessee Volunteers
Ohio State Buckeyes -9 at Penn State Nittany Lions


Florida State Seminoles -17 at Louisville Cardinals


Arizona Wildcats at UCLA Bruins -14
Florida Gators vs. Georgia Bulldogs -9 (Jacksonville)
Oklahoma Sooners -22.5 at Iowa State Cyclones
Auburn Tigers -7 at Mississippi Rebels
Boston College Eagles at Virginia Tech Hokies -16
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas State Wildcats -3.5
North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes -1
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3 at Navy Midshipmen
Stanford Cardinal at Oregon Ducks -10
Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Gamecocks -18
Texas Longhorns at Texas Tech Red Raiders -1


Clemson Tigers -20 at Wake Forest Demon Deacons


Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers -14
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Arizona State Sun Devils -4.5
Michigan Wolverines -3 at Northwestern Wildcats
Alabama Crimson Tide -2.5 at LSU Tigers
Louisville Cardinals -15 at Boston College Eagles
Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan State Spartans -1
Iowa Hawkeyes PICK at Minnesota Golden Gophers
Baylor Bears at Oklahoma Sooners -11
Florida Gators -9 at Vanderbilt Commodores
West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Longhorns -13
Oregon Ducks -20 at Utah Utes
UCLA Bruins -3.5 at Washington Huskies
Kansas State Wildcats -4 at TCU Horned Frogs


California Golden Bears at USC Trojans -34


LSU Tigers -14 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Washington Huskies at Arizona Wildcats -5
Utah Utes at Stanford Cardinal -14
South Carolina Gamecocks -6 at Florida Gators
Clemson Tigers -6 at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Auburn Tigers at Georgia Bulldogs -1
San Diego State Aztecs at Boise State Broncos -7.5
Pittsburgh Panthers at North Carolina Tar Heels -10
Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma State Cowboys -2
Arizona State Sun Devils -2 at Oregon State Beavers
Missouri Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies -6
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers -7
Florida State Seminoles -14.5 at Miami Hurricanes
Oklahoma Sooners -10 at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Northwestern Wildcats at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -8


Kansas State Wildcats-7.5 at West Virginia Mountaineers
North Carolina Tar Heels -3 at Duke Blue Devils


Mississippi Rebels -5 at Arkansas Razorbacks
Stanford Cardinal -17 at California Golden Bears
USC Trojans at UCLA Bruins -4.5
Cincinnati Bearcats -10 at Connecticut Huskies
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Baylor Bears -9
Arizona Wildcats at Utah Utes -2
Miami Hurricanes -10 at Virginia Cavaliers
Oregon State Beavers at Washington Huskies -7.5
Wisconsin Badgers -6 at Iowa Hawkeyes
Missouri Tigers -4 at Tennessee Volunteers
Louisville Cardinals at Notre Dame Fighting Irish -8


LSU Tigers -5 at Texas A&M Aggies
TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns -9.5

FRIDAY 11/28

Arizona State Sun Devils -1 at Arizona Wildcats
Stanford Cardinal at UCLA Bruins -3
Central Florida Knights -21 at South Florida Bulls
Virginia Cavaliers at Virginia Tech Hokies -14
Nebraska Cornhuskers at Iowa Hawkeyes -1


BYU Cougars -11 at California Golden Bears
Notre Dame Fighting Irish at USC Trojans -10
Florida State Seminoles -17 at Florida Gators
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Georgia Bulldogs -14
West Virginia Mountaineers PICK at Iowa State Cyclones
Illinois Fighting Illini at Northwestern Wildcats -9.5
Kentucky Wildcats at Louisville Cardinals -15
Arkansas Razorbacks at Missouri Tigers -10
North Carolina State Wolfpack at North Carolina Tar Heels -20
Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes -8
Oregon Ducks -13 at Oregon State Beavers
South Carolina Gamecocks -3 at Clemson Tigers
Tennessee Volunteers -3 at Vanderbilt Commodores
Washington Huskies -4.5 at Washington State Cougars
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers -13
Auburn Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide -6
Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats -25
Pittsburgh Panthers at Miami Hurricanes -7
Nevada Wolf Pack -5 at UNLV Rebels
Baylor Bears -6.5 at Texas Tech Red Raiders


Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oklahoma Sooners -11
Kansas State Wildcats at Baylor Bears -6


Navy Midshipmen -13 vs. Army Black Knights (Philadelphia)

Heisman Odds 2014: Jameis Winston 5/2 Odds To Repeat


We are always ready to take a look at some of the college football futures betting lines. Today, we’re looking at the early Heisman Trophy odds, as we look to see if Jameis Winston can defend his crown, or whether someone else will crop up and steal the honor from him.

Jameis Winston (5/2): What must be noted here about Winston is that there is a lot of baggage here. Remember that no one aside from Archie Griffin has won the Heisman twice in his collegiate career, and as we have seen with so many athletes with off the field issues, the Heisman Trust isn’t going to want to vote for someone who has all sorts of legal problems as Winston may have. The frosh though, was so darn good last year that there really wasn’t much of a choice.

He’s the best player on what is going to open up as the No. 1 team in the country, and just from that standpoint, there is no doubt that Winston needs to be the favorite. It will however be extremely tough to ultimately repeat as the Heisman winner.


Marcus Mariota (5/1): The pivot for the Ducks has elected to come back to school, and that was probably a wise choice considering the plethora of quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft. Whether it ultimately helps him become a Heisman Trophy winner this year is still up in the air. The bottom line for Mariota is that Oregon has to win. We know that he is going to come up with all sorts of awesome stats. Last year, he had 31 TDs against four picks, threw for 3,665 yards, and ran for 715 more.

If those are the numbers he puts up this year, Mariota will be in the Big Apple as a Heisman Trophy favorite. The reason he didn’t win the honor last year? Losses to Stanford and Arizona. No matter how good these numbers are, Mariota flat out needs to win if he wants to win the Heisman.

Jacob Coker (OTB): Now here’s an intriguing possibility. Coker was the backup to Winston last year at Florida State before transferring to Alabama. Most figure that he can step right in and be the starter for the Tide, and if that’s the case, why wouldn’t you want to consider him as a Heisman Trophy player? Remember that Winston’s name was nowhere on the board for the first few weeks of last season, but as soon as he hit, he became a popular bet to take home the hardware. Coker is an experienced quarterback who is going to step in and run Nick Saban’s system.

If he can live up to the billing as a legit NFL talent as his former coach, Jimbo Fisher touted him to be, Coker might be able to step in and make a real run at the Heisman Trophy. There’s no doubt that this team is going to win. The question is whether Coker can put up the stats. We think that he can. Keep a close eye on him going forward into the fall.

Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy 2014:

(updated 8/20/14)

Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 9/2
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 5/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 10/1
Bryce Petty (QB Baylor) 12/1
Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin) 12/1
Nick Marshall (QB Auburn) 12/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 14/1
Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma) 18/1
Derrick Henry (RB Alabama) 20/1
Everett Golson (Notre Dame) 20/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama)20/1
Connor Cook (QB Michigan State) 25/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 33/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 33/1
Karlos Williams (RB Florida State) 33/1
Leonard Fournette RB (LSU) 33/1
Mike Davis (RB South Carolina) 33/1
Myles Jack (LB UCLA) 40/1
Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State) 50/1
Jacob Coker QB (Alabama) 50/1
Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall) 50/1
Sean Mannion (QB Oregon State) 50/1
Christian Hackenberg QB (Penn State) 66/1
Javorius Allen RB (USC) 66/1
Thomas Tyner RB (Oregon) 66/1
Cody Kessler QB (USC) 75/1
Kyle Allen QB (Texas A&M) 100/1
Matt Johnson (QB Bowling Green) 100/1
Taylor Kelly (QB Arizona State) 100/1

Week 1 College Football Lines 2014


I say the same thing every off-season….it is amazing how early off-shore sportsbooks release week 1 college football lines. In the end, who gives a shit when they put them out. Lets find some early value and see what the oddsmakers at 5Dimes have to say for the start of the 2014 college football season. Do not forget, we have a PLAYOFF SYSTEM in place for this season.

My first impressions:
- South Carolina -9 vs. Texas A&M: Line seems a bit high.
- Vandy -21 vs. Temple: This line will close around 28.
- PSU -1 vs. UCF in Ireland: PSU fans travel well, like PSU here!
- Notre Dame -21 vs. Rice: Rice lost a lot to graduation, should be a good start for the Irish.

2014 College Football Week 1 Spreads:

Wake Forest (-7.5) at UL Monroe

Mississippi (-8.5) vs Boise State (Atlanta)

Texas A&M vs South Carolina (-9)

Temple at Vanderbilt (-21)

BYU (-14) at Connecticut

UTSA at Houston (-9.5)

UNLV at Arizona (-25.5)

Colorado State (pick ‘em) at Colorado (Denver)

Bowling Green (-6.5) vs. Western Kentucky

Penn State (-1) vs. Central Florida (Ireland)

Ohio State (-15.5) at Navy

Rice at Notre Dame (-21)

West Virginia at Alabama (-23.5)

Washington (-21.5) at Hawaii

Oklahoma State at Florida State (-13.5)

LSU (-3) vs. Wisconsin (Houston)

Utah State vs Tennessee (-6.5)

Miami at Louisville (-3.5)

College Football Championship Odds


The 2014-15 college football betting season is closer than you think, and this season is like none other, knowing that there is a playoff pitting the four best teams in America against each other. Will it make a difference in deciding the National Champions? We’ll check in with some of the best teams in the land this year and analyze their chances of winning the whole enchilada.

Florida State Seminoles (9/2): You really have no choice but to start your discussion for the National Championship with the garnet and gold. The Seminoles legitimately have one of the best teams in the land again, and the schedule is going to set up once again in such a way that there won’t be a game in which FSU isn’t favored in.

That said, even with the defending Heisman Trophy winner returning under center in Jameis Winston, it’s going to be really, really tough to go wire-to-wire and win a second straight title. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has a defense with a number of holes that need to be replaced. Remember that the Noles could have three men drafted in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

Alabama Crimson Tide (6/1): There really isn’t a tremendous knock on the Tide once again this year, and we have to think that they will get luckier this season going against an Auburn team which they probably should have beaten in the Iron Bowl this past season. Jacob Coker comes in from FSU, and he could legitimately be as good as the departing AJ McCarron.

The SEC, believe it or not, could be down this year, and if that really is the case, the Tide could once again roll towards a perfect season. Even going 11-1 should be good enough to get Alabama into the playoff.

Baylor Bears (28/1): It isn’t all that likely that Baylor is going to end up going undefeated deep into the season once again this year, but we will say this: Head Coach Art Briles can flat out coach, and Bryce Petty isn’t afraid to chuck the ball all over the field.

There isn’t another team in the Big XII which scares us this year, and this could be the first time since the departure of Robert Griffin III that Baylor is legitimately one of the best teams in the nation once again.

College Football National Title Odds from BOVADA SPORTSBOOK

Florida State 4/1
Alabama 5/1
Oregon 7/1
Auburn 9/1
Oklahoma 10/1
Georgia 14/1
UCLA 14/1
LSU 22/1
Michigan State 22/1
USC 25/1
Wisconsin 25/1
South Carolina 28/1
Baylor 33/1
Florida 33/1
Mississippi 40/1
Ohio State 40/1 (12/1 before Braxton Miller injury)
Stanford 40/1
Michigan 50/1
Nebraska 66/1
Notre Dame 66/1
Texas 66/1
Clemson 75/1
Missouri 75/1
Texas A&M 75/1
Arizona 100/1
Arizona State 100/1
Iowa 100/1
Kansas State 100/1
North Carolina 100/1
Washington 100/1
Louisville 150/1
Miami 150/1
Mississippi State 150/1
Oklahoma State 150/1
TCU 150/1
Tennessee 150/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
Arkansas 300/1
Boise State 300/1
BYU 300/1
Cincinnati 300/1
Texas Tech 300/1
West Virginia 300/1
Boston College 500/1
Georgia Tech 500/1
Oregon State 500/1
Pittsburgh 500/1
Rutgers 500/1
South Florida 500/1
UCF 500/1
California 1000/1


Ohio State vs. Clemson Orange Bowl Point Spread Preview Expert Picks Score Prediction

The ACC is scheduled to collide with the Big Ten in the Orange Bowl where the 12th ranked Clemson Tigers are set to lock horns with the 7th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in what looks to be an offensive showcase on paper. The Tigers saw their four-game win streak come to a close in their regular season finale at South Carolina where they fell 31-17 as 2.5-point underdogs to the Gamecocks. Ohio State suffered its first ever SU defeat under the watch of head coach Urban Meyer when it was toppled 34-24 against the Michigan State Spartans in the B1G championship game.



1. Why CLEMSON will cover the spread: While the Buckeyes defense proved to be firmly capable of defending opposing ground games (#7 at 102.6 YPG), that was far from the case when attempting to limit the opposition through the air with teams gouging the Buckeyes pass defense to the tune of 259.5 YPG (#106) and nearly 12.0 yards per pass completion (#43). That will no doubt me music to the ears of QB Tajh Boyd, WR Sammie Watkins, and Martavis Bryant who were the ringleaders of a Clemson air attack that finds it ranked 11th in the country after averaging nearly 330 YPG; that trio combined hit pay-dirt 24 times!

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2. Why OHIO STATE will cover the spread: The Buckeyes possess one of the more balanced offensive attacks in the country led by QB Braxton Miller who threw for 1860 yards and a TD/INT ratio of 22:5. His go to guys through the air were WRs Philly Brown and Devin Smith who combined for 1310 yards and 18 total TDs. But Ohio State did most of its dirty work on the ground where stud RB Carlos Hyde had a banner year in going off for 1408 yards and 14 TDs while averaging 7.7 YPC; Miller added another 1033 yards on the ground and 10 TDs of his own.

Clemson was pretty stout in defending the pass (#14) but that was only because the opposition was too busy ripping them apart on the ground to even think about throwing the ball – the Tigers gave up an average of 152.6 YPG rushing at 4.0 YPC (#50)

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3. Orange Bowl Total Talk: It’s no surprise both squad’s made some green for ‘over’ bettors as potent as each of these offenses were throughout the regular season. Clemson played to high scorers in seven of its 12 lined games, while the Buckeyes cashed ‘over’ tickets at a 9-5 clip and enters postseason play having gone ‘over’ the closing number in three of their L/4. That said, the ‘under’ is 8-3 in the Tigers L/11 neutral site games as well as 7-2 in their L/9 bowl games.

Each of the Buckeyes L/4 postseason match-ups have combined to go ‘under’ the closing number – sans Urban – but the ‘over’ is a perfect 5-0 the L/5 times they ran up against a +.500 opponent.

4. Betting Trends for Clemson/OSU: Combined, Miller and Boyd have accounted for 70 touchdowns this season; that’s a big number peeps! Though both sides might enter this one a bit disappointed having missed out on the national championship game after being predicted to compete for it at the outset of the season, the competitive juices will start flowing once the game begins with both rosters filled with top tier talent. With each offense’s strength being able to decisively take advantage of both defense’s weakness, this one has track meet written all over it.

For those looking to play a side, know that Clemson will be looking to win its second straight bowl game while at the same time turn the page on that dreadful performance vs. West Virginia the last time it partook in the Orange Bowl. OSU will be out to tally its first bowl win since 2010 after falling in the Gator in 2011 and being ineligible for postseason play last year.


Ohio State 45 – Clemson 40

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