Like it or not, we have a rematch in the BCS National Championship Game.
But more importantly we also have pointspreads on 35 glorious-to-bet bowl games and you can check them out here.
The Las Vegas Wynn, like it has been all year, was first to release spreads on the entire bowl slate. John Avello, sportsbook director at the Wynn, posted the numbers around 11 a.m. Vegas time. Offshore book followed shortly after and had a few differences.
The line on the January 9 National Championship Game can be found anywhere from LSU -2.5 at the Wynn to Pick ‘em at the offshore sportsbook 5Dimes.com. Several other prominent offshore books had the Tigers as 1-point favorites. PinnacleSports.com even had Alabama listed as a 1-point favorite. The total is up at 40 at the majority of shops.
The biggest discrepancy between offshore and Vegas may have been on the Sugar Bowl between Virginia Tech and Michigan. Avello made the Hokies 3-point favorites Sunday night, but most books had Michigan as the favorite by Monday morning.
The Insight Bowl between Oklahoma and Iowa featured the largest bowl line. The Sooners opened as 16-point favorites over the Hawkeyes.
Other eyecatchers include: Houston (-9) vs. Penn State in TicketCity Bowl; Georgia (-2) vs. Michigan State in Outback Bowl; Arkansas (-8.5) vs. Kansas State in Cotton Bowl, and Nebraska (-1) vs. South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.
Seventeen of the 35 bowls opened with spreads at 3 or less, including a handful of Pick ‘em games like Auburn-Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Only five had double-digit lines.
Complete Bowl Lineup
(Opening lines from Las Vegas Wynn).Saturday, Dec. 17
New Mexico Bowl: Temple (-6) vs. Wyoming, 2 p.m.
Idaho Potato Bowl: Utah State vs. Ohio (-2), 5:30 p.m.
New Orleans Bowl: Louisiana-Lafayette vs. San Diego State (-4.5), 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20
Beef O'Brady's: Florida International (-5) vs. Marshall, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21
Poinsettia Bowl: TCU (-12.5) vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22
MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State (-13.5) vs. Arizona State, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24
Hawaii Bowl: So. Miss (-5.5) vs. Nevada , 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26
Independence Bowl: Missouri (-3.5) vs. N. Carolina, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27
Little Caesars Bowl: Purdue vs. W. Michigan (-1), 4:30 p.m.
Belk Bowl: Louisville vs. N. Carolina State (PK), 8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 28
Military Bowl: Air Force vs. Toledo (PK), 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Bowl: Texas (-3) vs. California, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29
Champs Sports Bowl: Florida State (-2.5) vs. Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m.
Alamo Bowl: Baylor (-10) vs. Washington, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30
Armed Forces Bowl: BYU (-1.5) vs. Tulsa, 12 p.m.
Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers (-2.5) vs. Iowa State, 3:20 p.m.
Music City Bowl: Miss State (-7) vs. Wake Forest, 8:40 p.m.
Insight Bowl: Oklahoma (-16) vs. Iowa, 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31
Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas A&M (-11) vs. Northwestern, 12 p.m.
Sun Bowl: Georgia Tech (-3.5) vs. Utah, 2 p.m.
Liberty Bowl: Vanderbilt (-2) vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: UCLA vs. Illinois (-1.5), 3:30 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Auburn (PK) vs. Virginia, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan 2
TicketCity Bowl: Penn State at Houston (-9), 12 p.m.
Outback Bowl: Michigan St vs. Georgia (-2), 1 p.m.
Capital One Bowl: Nebraska (-1) vs. South Carolina, 1 p.m.
Gator Bowl: Ohio State vs. Florida (-1.5), 1 p.m.
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Oregon (-6.5), 5 p.m.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State (-3.5) vs. Stanford, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3
Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Michigan (-1.5, 53), 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4
Orange Bowl: West Virginia vs. Clemson (-3.5, 58.5), 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6
Cotton Bowl: Arkansas (-8.5) vs Kansas State, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 7
BBVA Compass Bowl: Pitt (-7) vs. SMU, 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8
Go Daddy.com Bowl: Arkansas State (-1) vs. Northern Illinois, 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9
BCS National Championship Game: LSU (-1, 40) vs. Alabama, 8:30 p.m.