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College Football Bowl Game Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions: How to Bet 4 Bowls (January 1, 2020)


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  • Bowl games roll on Wednesday with four contests, including Oregon vs. Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl and Georgia vs. Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.
  • Wisconsin should control the trenches against Oregon, while Georgia is missing some of its most key pieces against Baylor.
  • See our bowl game picks and predictions for all four Thursday contests below.

There’s nothing like ringing in the New Year with a full day of college football betting. It’s a traditional unlike many others.

Wednesday offers four bowl games, starting with Alabama vs. Michigan in the Citrus Bowl and finishing with Georgia vs. Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.

Here’s how we’re betting all four New Year’s Day bowls.

Bowl Game Odds & Picks

Odds as of Wednesday morning and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Alabama vs. Michigan

  • Odds: Alabama -7
  • Over/Under: 58
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV: ABC
  • Location: Orlando, Fla.

Collin Wilson: Will Alabama Be Motivated? 

Normally, a handicapper can rely on the data and information to make an investment. In the case of the 2020 Citrus Bowl, the most important part of the handicap can’t be quantified.

How motivated will Alabama be for this game?

This is the first time since the advent of the College Football Playoff that Nick Saban will not coach Alabama in the national semifinal. Saban has coached Alabama in three bowls without national championship implications, going 1-2.

Alabama will also have to make due without a few key players in their secondary. That’s not a recipe for success against Michigan’s offense, which features two dynamic wideouts in Nico Collins and Ronnie Bell.

Additionally, quarterback Shea Patterson and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis are familiar with Alabama, as the Patterson played at Ole Miss and Gattis coached in Tuscaloosa in 2018.

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones hasn’t played enough to give us an idea of the difference between him and Tua Tagovailoa, but Jones didn’t look great when he was under pressure against Auburn. That spells trouble against a defense that ranks 12th in sack rate.

Our projected spread for this game is Alabama -5, so I am happy to back a motivated Michigan team looking for a season-changing win over an SEC blue blood.

Pick: Michigan +7 or better

Stuckey: Can Michigan Keep Up?

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