Handicapping bowl season's biggest betting totals

Dec 12, 2013 |
Sky-high bowl totals are becoming the norm with the pass-heavy, all-offense evolution of college football.

Last season saw six bowl games with totals of 70 points or more, including a record-high 82-point total in the Holiday Bowl between Baylor and UCLA.

This bowl season, there are just two bowl games with Over/Unders at 70 points or more – the Holiday Bowl between Arizona State and Texas Tech (70), and the Chick-fil-A Bowl featuring Texas A&M and Duke (72).

Since 1985, there have been 26 bowl totals of 70 points or more. Those games have gone a combined 15-11 O/U, including a 2-4 O/U record during last year’s bowl season. And bowl totals of 74 points and above are 8-4 O/U over the past 27 years.

Here are the 12 highest bowl totals since 1985:

82 – Baylor 49, UCLA 26 (Dec. 27, 2012)
80 – Baylor 67, Washington 56 (Dec. 29, 2011)
79 – Arizona 49, Nevada 48 (Dec. 15, 2012)
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)
74 – Oregon 35, Kansas State 17 (Jan. 3, 2013)

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