College Football Picks: Sharps Hitting Minnesota vs. Auburn, Baylor vs. Georgia on New Year’s Day

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  • Need last-minute college football picks for New Year's Day? Sharps bet a pair of Wednesday games.
  • Pro bettors took positions on Minnesota vs. Auburn (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) and Baylor vs. Georgia (8:45 p.m. ESPN) on New Year's Day.
  • PJ Walsh breaks down how they're betting each.

The new year has arrived, meaning we’ll all be making two attempts when dating checks for the next three months. And to help with today’s pesky hangovers comes a four-game college football slate.

Michigan vs. Alabama in the Citrus Bowl is easily attracting the most overall betting action, but sharps are taking positions on both the Outback Bowl and Sugar Bowl.


Odds as of Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. ET and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.


Using The Action Network’s betting tools and data, let’s examine how the pros are playing Minnesota vs. Auburn and Baylor vs. Georgia

College Football Picks: New Year’s Day

Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Auburn

1 p.m. ET | ESPN

The ticket counts prove that casual bettors are all in on the Citrus Bowl, but its the Outback Bowl, also at 1 p.m. ET, that’s becoming the target of sharps.

The Minnesota vs. Auburn total opened at 51.5 and has climbed to 54. Why? Because of professional betting action.

According to Sports Insights’ Bet Signals, sharps have steamed this over three times, marking three unique instances of money from respected bettors flooding the market and forcing oddsmakers to react by adjusting the line.

Sharp angle: Over (moved from 51.5 to 54)

Sugar Bowl: Baylor vs. Georgia

8:45 p.m. ET | ESPN

Wiseguys are targeting the total in the Sugar Bowl as well, but looking toward the under in this game.

In what is already expected to be a lower-scoring game evidenced by the opener of 42.5, sharps still thought that was too high.

Smart money has hit the Baylor vs. Georgia under four times, driving this number down to 41 at the time of writing.

Sharp angle: Under (moved 42.5 to 41)

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