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- Before placing your bowl game bets for New Year's Day, you might want to know which bets sharps are making.
- Sharps are bettors with long track records of consistent success.
- Their favorite Tuesday plays include a bet on the Sugar Bowl between Texas and Georgia (8:45 p.m. ET, ESPN).
It’s New Year’s Day, meaning many are shaking off long nights and hangovers with greasy breakfasts and morning beverages. And what pairs great with a Bloody Mary? Betting.
Today’s bowl games draw massive betting interest, especially from casual bettors who are off work and looking for a sweat. This, in turn, floods the market with recreational money, providing extra value for savvy bettors.
Of today’s five college football matchups, two have been steady targets of professional bettors: the Outback Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Iowa) and the Sugar Bowl (Georgia vs. Texas).
Let’s dive in.
Outback Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Iowa
12 p.m. ET | ESPN2 | Tampa, FL
Sharp angle: Under (moved from 44.5 to 40.5)
Sharp and public players seem to be in agreement on this total, and the line has reacted accordingly.
Sixty-four percent of bets are on the under, but they’ve generated 92% of actual money being wagered, meaning bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are among that majority.
Also pointing toward wiseguy activity on the under have been the four Sports Insights Bet Signals triggered, indicating at least four instances of market-wide line movement caused by sharp action.
Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas
8:45 p.m. ET | ESPN | New Orleans, LA