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Northwestern-Utah Betting Guide: Two Overachievers Meet in 2018 Holiday Bowl

Dec 31, 2018 5:55 PM EST


2018 Holiday Bowl Betting Odds: Northwestern-Utah

  • Odds: Utah -7
  • Over/Under: 46
  • Date: Monday, Dec. 31
  • Location: San Diego, Calif.
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV: Fox Sports 1

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Two of the nation’s most consistent overachievers will meet in the 2018 Holiday Bowl.

Utah and Northwestern both made their conference championship game and fell short as an underdog, though neither was expected to be there.

The Utes are laying a touchdown behind coach Kyle Whittingham, who is excellent in bowl games. But Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has been highly successful as an underdog.

What will give on Monday night?

Market Movement for Utah-Northwestern

By Danny Donahue

Utah has been one of just a handful of favorites not receiving a majority backing. Only 35% of bettors are behind the Utes, who still sit at their opening number of -7.

And despite the under attracting 61% of money, this total has actually inched up from 45 to 46.

Trends to Know for Utah-Northwestern

By John Ewing

As Danny mentioned, few bettors believe in the Utes, but maybe they should. Since 2005, teams receiving fewer than 40% of spread tickets have gone 139-98-3 (59%) ATS in bowl games.

By Evan Abrams

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham has always had success against non-conference opponents. Since 2005, he is 33-22-1 ATS (60%) when facing opponents outside the Pac-12, and that includes an 8-3 ATS mark in December or later, covering the spread by 10.7 PPG.

By Collin Wilson

Utah is 11-1 straight up under Kyle Whittingham in bowls, going 9-3 against the spread since 2004.

By Steve Petrella

Fitzgerald is 46-33-1 ATS as an underdog in his career at Northwestern.

Red Zone Edge

By Stuckey