Early 2014 BCS Bowl Game Lines Formed For All Five Matchups
We are still several weeks out before the final edition of the BCS bowl games gets underway, but oddsmakers have been on top of their game when it comes to the formation of betting lines for the BCS bowl matchups set – giving plenty of time for bettors to analyze each betting line and get in on the action if they choose.
Let’s go game-to-game for each BCS bowl and check out the betting lines for the 2013-14 College Football postseason. There is quite a range in terms of point spreads. The smallest game line stands at three points, while the largest spread goes up to 17.5!
- Rose Bowl (Stanford vs. Michigan) – January 1st @ 5pm ET on ESPN
Pasadena will be the site of the BCS Championship between Florida State and Auburn, but five days earlier it will be the Rose Bowl between Michigan State and Stanford. This matches the No.4 and No.5 teams in the country, and has the potential to be an instant classic. The Cardinal are getting the slight edge – set as four-point favorites over the Spartans. Michigan State has to come in confident though following its win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship.
- Fiesta Bowl (UCF vs. Baylor) – January 1st @ 8:30 pm ET on ESPN
The matchup between the Golden Knights and the Bears is the largest point spread of the BCS Bowl lineup. Baylor and its potent offense has been set as a 17.5-point favorite over UCF – both teams are making their first BCS bowl game appearance. The Bears were the talk of college football for the majority of the season until a late loss to Oklahoma State was thought to end Big 12 title hopes. But with the Cowboys loss to Oklahoma, it handed Baylor the title. UCF has a monumental challenge to try and slow down the Bears.
- Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Alabama) – January 2nd @ 8:30 pm ET on ESPN
Many are questioning why it was Oklahoma that got a BCS bid over a team like Oregon – because that’s the matchup most wanted to see following the Crimson Tide’s loss to Auburn. But instead we get the Sooners. It was a business decision because Oklahoma is closer than Oregon to New Orleans. Alabama is a 15-point favorite in this one. It’s probably a matter of the mindset o the Crimson Tide and whether or not they play like they want to be there.
- Orange Bowl (Clemson vs. Ohio State) – January 3rd @ 8:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Ohio State was a win away from playing in the BCS Championship game, but couldn’t get it done. Now they wind up in the Orange Bowl against a Clemson team that lost to its only tough competition all season. And let’s not forget the last time the Tigers were in the Orange Bowl, they gave up 70 points. This game could be fun to watch, but Clemson should count themselves lucky that there is a two-team per conference limit. This point spread stands at just three points in favor of the Buckeyes.
- BCS Championship (Florida State vs. Auburn) – January 6th @ 8:30 pm ET (ESPN)
The big game will take place on Monday, January 6th where the final BCS Championship will be decided. The Seminoles are the top team in the country, and set as 8.5-point favorites over the Tigers. The SEC has won seven-straight BCS Championships, with Auburn trying to close out the BCS era with a continued dominance by the conference. This matchup could be one of the best championship games we’ve seen in quite some time.