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College Football Betting Picks: Our Staff’s 3 Favorite Bets for Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2020)


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We’ve covered every game a little more in depth over here, but if you’re just looking for what we hope are winners on New Year’s Day, you’ve come to the right place.

Sometimes, to cut through the hangover, you just need some winners.

Here are our favorite bets for New Year’s Day.

College Football Betting Picks

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Collin Wilson: Michigan +7.5

A handicapper can rely on stats and information to make a clear judgement on which side to make an investment. In the case of the Citrus Bowl, the biggest handicap comes in the motivation for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Nick Saban will not coach a College Football Playoff semifinal for the first time in the history of the format. A loss to LSU and Auburn removed the Crimson Tide from a yearly goal of winning the national title. Since 2009, Saban has coached in three bowls without national champion impact as two of those were losses in the Sugar Bowl.

Michigan has motivation of its own, winning just one bowl game since the 2012 Sugar Bowl. Quarterback Shea Patterson and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis are supremely familiar with Alabama, as the quarterback played at Ole Miss and the coach was apart of the 2018 staff.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown will also look to rebound from another loss in the Ohio State series. LaVert Hill ranks in the top 50 in defensive backs in the category of passes defensed, and will have his hands full with a stable of Crimson Tide receivers set to play the game.

Alabama will have defensive players missing in the secondary due to sitting out for the NFL Draft, a boost for Wolverine wide receivers Nico Collins and Ronnie Bell. On the offensive side of the ball, the sample size of Mac Jones career may not be large enough to grasp the value in the point spread from Tua Tagovailoa.

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