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Bowl season betting totals hit historic heights

Oddsmakers set new heights when it came to college football totals this year and those big numbers keep on coming in bowl season.

There are six bowl games that currently have totals of 70 points or more, headlined by an 80-point number for the Holiday Bowl between Baylor and UCLA on Dec. 27.

The Bears set betting history this season with an 88-point total – the biggest recorded total ever – for their season finale against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. That game finished 41-34 in favor of Baylor but stayed under the massive number.

The Bears are on the verge of history again, with the 80-point number for the Holiday Bowl currently tied for the highest bowl total since at least 1985. Not surprisingly, it was Baylor’s date with Washington in last year’s Alamo Bowl that currently stands as to tallest bowl total. The Bears beat the Huskies 67-56 and blew that 80-point total out of the water.

The other games commanding big totals this bowl season are the Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State (76.5), the New Mexico Bowl between Nevada and Arizona (75), the Pinstripe Bowl between West Virginia and Syracuse (-73.5), the Cotton Bowl between Texas A&M and Oklahoma (71.5), and the Heart of Dallas Bowl featuring Purdue and Oklahoma State (70).

To put it into perspective, there have only been 17 bowl games with totals above 70 over the past 26 years, and this season’s bowl slate features five.

In fact, in the nine games with the tallest totals (74-80 points), the teams have played over the number in all but two of those games. And among the 20 highest bowl totals since 1985 (70-80 points), teams have combined to post a profitable 13-7 over/under mark.

Here are the 10 highest bowl totals since 1985 and their results:

80 – Baylor 67, Washington 56 (Dec. 29, 2011)
78.5 – Louisville 44, Boise State 40 (Dec. 31, 2004)
77.5 – Tulsa 63, Bowling Green 7 (Jan. 6, 2008)
77 –Hawaii 59, UAB 40 (Dec. 24, 2004)
75.5 – Hawaii 54, Houston (Dec. 25, 2003)
75 – Oregon 42, Oklahoma State 31 (Dec. 30, 2008)
74.5 – Tulsa 62, Hawaii 35 (Dec. 24, 2010)
74 –UCLA 50, Northwestern 38 (Dec. 30, 2005)
74 – Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38 (Jan. 2, 2012)
73.5 - Auburn 22, Oregon 19 (Jan. 10, 2011) / Rice 38, Western Michigan 14 (Dec. 30, 2008)

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