Where the action is: New Year's Day bowl line moves

Dec 31, 2012 |
New Year’s Day is one of the biggest college football betting events of the year. We chat with oddsmakers at BetDSI.com about the action coming in on the Jan. 1 games:

Gator Bowl: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs

There is a sharp-versus-public split on this matchup. The public love for Northwestern has created a 2-to-1 bet count and a similar money-wagered differential for the Wildcats. There was sharp money at -2 in favor of Mississippi State, though. This may end up being a game that sheer public volume will eventually move the line.

The line value has bounced back and forth between the 1.5 and 2 values over the past few days with zero sharp money backing Northwestern yet. Public money has also pushed the total value around quite a bit from the opening 50.5 value all the way up to 52. Zero sharp money has come in backing the total over or under for this game.

Capital One Bowl: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Sharp and public money both backed Georgia  at the -8 opening line value and continued through -9 and 9.5. The current line of -10 is still getting backed further by more public money. Currently, the bet count is a bit over 3-to-1 for the Bulldogs and money wagered is at about 4-to-1 favoring Georgia as well.

Sharp money is standing on both sides of the total with early action at over 58 and being bought back by other sharp money at the under 61, 60.5 and 60 total values.

Outback Bowl: Michigan Wolverines vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

This has been a lopsided betting affair from the opening line of South Carolina -3. Finally, at the current spread of +6, Michigan is seeing some buy-back love from bettors. For the most part though, the world is on South Carolina.

Sharps pounded this number early and often at -3 through -5 and the public piled on with bet count and deeper wager volumes pushing the line to -6. Currently, the bet count favors the Game Cocks a bit over 3-to-1 and money wagered is creeping towards 5-to-1 also favoring the SEC squad.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Stanford Cardinal

A lot of two way action on this game from the sharp contingency with Stanford getting the nod at -6.5 and Wisconsin getting the nod at +7. The line is currently holding at -6.5 but we may get to +7 dog money depending on the incoming wagers and public volume for either team. This matchup more than likely will be a balanced decision for the books.

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Florida State Seminoles

Sharp money backed Northern Illinois early at the +15.5 opening number and kept coming through the +14.5 to +14 values. At the current Florida State -13 line, the public has come in hard buying back the early sharp money position. Currently, the money is very balanced at this juncture but the bet count is leaning in favor of Florida State due to the public betting affection they are receiving.

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