70 helpful stats you didn't know for 70 bowl teams
If you're aiming to handicap all 35 bowl games in record time, this is the article for you. We dug to find you one helpful stat for every bowl team on the betting board. We listed them by matchup in chronological order.
New Mexico Bowl
Nevada – Nation’s second-best rusher Stefphon Jefferson (1703 yards).
Arizona – Nation’s top rusher Ka’Deem Carey (1757 yards).
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Toledo – Linebacker Dan Molls led the nation in tackles this season with 166.
Utah State – Third-most profitable team in college this year at 10-1-1 ATS (against the spread).
BYU – No. 1 red zone efficiency defense in the nation.
San Diego State – Went 6-1 ATS during its current seven-game winning streak.
Beef O'Brady's Bowl
Ball State – Led the nation in tackles for loss allowed with just 40 against.
Central Florida – Quincy McDuffie leads the nation in kickoff return yards per game (34.2) and tied for most return TDs with three.
New Orleans Bowl
East Carolina: Lost all three meetings with non-conference FBS opponents, going 0-3 ATS in those games.
UL Lafayette – Ragin Cajun’ are home run hitters, ranking tops in the country in plays of 70-plus yards from the line of scrimmage with eight.
Las Vegas Bowl
Washington – Tied for first in the nation in opponent fumbles per game (2.5) and recovered half of those (15 of 30).
Boise State – 4-0 ATS in its last four bowl games & recovered the most fumbles in the nation this season (17).
Fresno State - Senior Phillip Thomas led the nation in interceptions with eight and tied for tops in the nation with three returned for TDs.
SMU – The Mustangs tied for the most interception return TDs with six this season. SMU finished tied for sixth with 19 INTs.
Little Caesar's Bowl
Western Kentucky - Antonio Andrews was nation's leading all purpose runner with 2977 yards this year.
Central Michigan – RB Zurlon Tipton has rushed for over 100 yards in six straight games, with CMU going 4-2 ATS.
San Jose State - No. 2 passing efficiency offense (in terms of percentage) in the country (71.29).
Bowling Green – In addition to being the most profitable under team this year (1-10 O/U) the Falcons have only one win over a team with a winning record this season – 8-4 Ohio.
Cincinnati – Bearcats are 2-7 ATS in bowl games since 2000.
Duke: The Blue Devils haven’t been to a bowl game since the 1994 Hall of Fame Bowl.
Baylor - Bear have the best total offense in the nation with 578 yards per game.
UCLA – Bruins ranks 91st against the pass and have allowed at least 295 yards through the air in five of 13 games.
La. Monroe - Only three teams in the country lost fewer fumbles this season (lost four).
Ohio – Bobcats have failed to cover in seven of their last eight games.
Russell Athletic Bowl
Rutgers - Worst first-down offense of all bowl teams with an average of just 16.7 ypg.
Tech – Defense allowed an average of 417 yards and 33.5 points against
in road games this year compared to 334 yards and 23.9 points against at
Meineke Car Car Bowl
Minnesota – Only seven current Gophers played in the team’s last bowl game in 2009.
Texas Tech - Second-best passing offense in the nation with 361 yards per game.
Armed Forces Bowl
Rice - Leads all bowl teams in time of possession at 33:40.58 (Second in FBS).
Air Force - Falcons' triple-option attack leads all bowl teams with an average of 328.75 yards on the ground per game.
Syracuse – The over went 5-0-1 in the Orange’s last six games and they averaged 38.5 points per game during that stretch.
West Virginia – Second-worst pass defense in the nation, behind only Louisiana Tech.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Arizona State - Second in the nation in sacks (48) and tackles for loss (106.0).
Navy - Second worst of all bowl teams in third-down efficiency defense 47.4 percent (behind only Baylor).
Texas – Ranked ninth this year in pass efficiency but was undecided on its starting QB for the third straight year heading into its bowl game.
Oregon State – Ranked second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17.8 points against per game) but last four games with a posted total went over.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
TCU – Ranked first in the Big 12 in total defense with just 332 yards against per game
Michigan State – Went 2-5 SU and ATS in a stretch of an NCAA-record-tying seven straight games decided by four points or fewer.
Music City Bowl
North Carolina State - Worst rushing offense of all bowl teams (117 yards per game).
Vanderbilt – Ranked first in the SEC in tackles for loss.
USC – Didn’t rank higher than 29th in the nation in any major offensive category and didn’t rank higher than 41st in any major defensive category.
Georgia Tech – Went 0-3 SU and ATS against non-conference FBS foes this year.
Iowa State – Didn’t hold any of its last nine opponents to fewer than 21 points.
Tulsa – Ranks 11th in the nation in rushing, but both teams tied with 160 rushing yards in their September meeting.
LSU – Ranked in the Top 11 in the nation in rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense and scoring defense.
Clemson - Second in the nation in red-zone efficiency offense (scored on 51 of 54 red zone drives).
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Purdue – Won three straight games but is the biggest underdog of this bowl season.
Oklahoma State – Over went 5-1 in Cowboys games with a total of 70 or higher this season.
Mississippi State – Had the best turnover margin in the SEC.
Northwestern – Tied with Fresno State as the most profitable team in the nation for bettors at 11-1 ATS.
South Carolina – Under is 4-0 in South Carolina’s last four bowl games.
Michigan - Threw most INTs among bowl teams this season with 18.
Capital One Bowl
Nebraska - No. 2 pass efficiency defense in the nation.
Georgia - Linebacker Jarvis Jones led the nation in forced fumbles (7) and tackles for loss (22.5).
Stanford - Led the nation in tackles for loss with 120.0 and sacks with 56.
Wisconsin - Worst red-zone efficiency defense in the nation (allowed scores on 27 of 29 drives).
Northern Illinois – Underdogs for just the second time this season. Lost 18-17 to Iowa as a 7.5-pt dog Sept. 1
Florida State – Tied among bowl teams for the worst ATS record at 3-9.
Louisville - Led the nation in red-zone efficiency offense (scored on 48 of 50 drives).
Florida - Worst passing offense of all bowl teams that don't run a triple-option style offense (114th in the nation, 143.9 yards per game).
Oregon - Second-highest scoring team in the nation with 50.8 points per game.
Kansas State – Led the nation in punt returns, kickoff returns and turnover margin.
Texas A&M – Ranked first in the SEC in passing, rushing, total offense and scoring – yet was an under team with a 4-6 over/under record.
Oklahoma – First time the Sooners have been underdogs to Texas A&M since 1999, breaking a string of 12 straight meetings where Oklahoma was favored (OU won that game 51-6 as 3.5-pt dogs).
Pittsburgh - Tied for first in the nation in fewest turnovers lost this year (8).
Mississippi – The most profitable team in the SEC this season at 9-3 ATS.
Kent State - Tied for tops in the nation in turnovers gained with 38.
Arkansas State – Hasn’t been held to fewer than 34 points during its current seven-game winning streak (6-1 ATS).
BCS National Championship
Alabama – Ranked 84th in the nation in passing offense, but first in the nation in passing efficiency.
Notre Dame – Second best under team in the nation at 2-10 over/under behind only Bowling Green (1-10 O/U).