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The last Saturday of college football features four entertaining bowl games, headlined by two ranked matchups. The No. 12 Iowa State Cyclones take part in their first-ever New Year’s Six game, taking on No. 25 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. The Saturday nightcap pits No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 14 North Carolina in a game between coaches and teams with more history than you would think.
Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to give you his betting analysis and favorite picks for the January 2 bowl games lines.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL ODDS: January 2 Bowl Game Lines
TAXSLAYER GATOR BOWL ODDS
#24 NORTH CAROLINA STATE (8-3) vs. KENTUCKY (4-6). 12:00 p.m.
Moneyline: Kentucky -129, North Carolina State +106
Spread: Kentucky -2.5
Over/Under: 48.5 points
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The Wolfpack hit the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl having quietly strung together four straight wins while tiptoeing into the Top 25 after a 23-12 victory over Georgia Tech. Bailey Hockman has paced the Pack through the hair by throwing for 1,820 yards, 12 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Kentucky is making its fifth straight bowl appearance but, ahem, the Wildcats have won only four games.
The Cats snapped a two-game skid by whipping South Carolina 41-18 in Lexington with Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushing for 139 yards and three scores. Kentucky is 7-0 ATS in its last seven non-conference games.
OUTBACK BOWL ODDS
#7 INDIANA (6-1) vs. OLE MISS (4-5). 12:30 p.m.
Moneyline: Indiana -305, Ole Miss +240
Spread: Indiana -8.5
Over/Under: 65.5 points
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No matter what happens in the Outback Bowl, you will very likely be entertained. The Total is set at 65.5, largely because Ole Miss ranks 13th in the country in scoring at almost 41 points per game. The Rebels just can’t stop anyone.
They’re coming off a 53-48 loss to LSU after turning the ball over six times. The Hoosiers are one of college football’s best stories, with their only defeat coming to Big Ten champion Ohio State.
However, all-everything quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is out with a torn ACL, so sophomore Jack Tuttle will make his second career start. The Under is 6-0 in Indiana’s last six non-conference games.
FIESTA BOWL ODDS
#12 IOWA STATE (8-3) vs. #25 OREGON (4-2). 4:00 ET
Moneyline: Oregon +145, Iowa State -180
Spread: Iowa State -4.0
Over/Under: 57.5 points
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When the Washington Huskies were too wrecked by COVID-19 to play in the Pac-12 championship game, Oregon filled in, ended its two-game losing streak by beating USC, repeated as conference champions, and landed in a major bowl. Lucky Ducks. Tyler Shough will start at quarterback in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, but if he struggles, look for Anthony Brown.
Iowa State made a push in the Big 12 championship game before falling 27-21 to Oklahoma. The Cyclones have never won a New Year’s bowl game, and this is their best chance.
Their offense features the dangerous tandem of quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall, and their rush defense is ranked 10th in the country. The Under is 4-0 in Iowa State’s last four.
CAPITALONE ORANGE BOWL ODDS
#5 TEXAS A&M (8-1) vs. #14 NORTH CAROLINA (8-3). 8:00 ET
Moneyline: Texas A&M -278, North Carolina +220
Spread: Texas A&M -7.5
Over/Under: 65.5 points
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No one has the right to be more frustrated than at not making the College Football Playoff than the Aggies, who have won seven consecutive games after suffering their only loss of the season to Alabama. On the national stage at the Capital One Orange Bowl, they’ll get a chance to show that they’re among the nation’s best.
However, they’ll contend with an old friend—Carolina head coach Mack Brown, who knows A&M well from his 16 years coaching at Texas. The Heels average 43 points per game, but leading rushers Michael Williams and Javonte Williams have opted out along with top receiver Dyami Brown.
Texas A&M is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against the ACC.