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Stuckey, Locky, Wilson: 3 College Football Moneyline Underdogs to Bet for Bowl Season

Dec 15, 2018 7:45 AM EST
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Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer

  • Don't forget about moneyline underdogs when finalizing your college football bowl bets.
  • Three of our college football experts give their best moneyline underdog bets for bowl season.
  • If you're feeling lucky, a moneyline parlay of all three pays approximately 13-1.

After a successful regular season, it’s time for one final installment in 2018 of our college football money line underdogs piece. For the finale, we will each select our favorite dog for the entire bowl season. Bet one that catches your eye, throw all three in a longshot parlay or just absorb some additional insight ahead of bowl season.

Two of the plays always come from Collin Wilson and me on The Action Network Colleges podcast — and college football contributor Locky Lockerson will provide the other.

In Week 14, we made a few pennies by splitting UAB +110 and Cal +145, but unfortunately came up JUST SHORT on Georgia +425 for a huge weekend. We finished the regular season at 15-26 and +4.45 units.

However, as I said, our work isn’t done just yet. We still have three more to go for bowl season, which after all, is the best time of the year to bet moneyline underdogs.

If you’re feeling lucky, a moneyline parlay of all three pays slightly over 13-1. Let’s get started with two post-Christmas Big 12 underdogs — before finishing up with a Big Ten-Pac 12 showdown on New Year’s Eve.


>> All odds as of Friday morning. Download The Action Network App to get real-time CFB odds and track your bets


Stuckey: Baylor +150

  • Spread: Vanderbilt -3.5
  • Over/Under: 55
  • Bowl: Texas
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Date: Thursday, Dec. 27
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

I’m still livid that Miami Ohio didn’t get invited to a bowl, as the Redhawks would have been one of the teams at the top of my “motivated” list.

That said, there are still a number of teams that have a little extra bowl motivation in 2018. A Group of 5 team like UAB, which is searching for the program’s first ever bowl victory, is up there. From the Power 5, I’d look at Kentucky, which is seeking its first bowl win since 2008.

There are many others that we will cover throughout our bowl previews — one of which is Baylor — a team we backed on the moneyline to get bowl eligible in its final game of the season. After reaching the team goal of bowl eligibility, I think head coach Matt Rhule will have his team fully motivated, as a bowl victory one year removed from a 1-11 season would mean a lot for the program.

From an X’s and O’s standpoint, I think Baylor can not only attack Vanderbilt on the ground, but it should also have some success through the air – even without the services of wide receiver Jalen Hurd. For once, quarterback Charlie Brewer should have plenty of time to make plays behind an offensive line that has struggled to protect him all season.

Baylor’s offensive front allowed a league-high 37 sacks and ranks 98th in Adjusted Sack Rate on Passing Downs. However, that is not Vanderbilt’s strong suit, as the Commodores ranked dead last in the SEC in sacks and rank a putrid 114th in Adjusted Sack Rate on Passing Downs.

Trust in Rhule and Brewer to get this done in Texas.