Crimson Tide, Tigers highlight BCS bowl slate

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A rematch between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers for all the marbles will cap off college football’s bowl season on Monday, January 9 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans (8:30pm ET, ESPN).

Before we get to that BCS National Championship Game matchup between those two football titans of the SEC, however, we get the other four BCS bowl contests.

On Monday, January 2 there are two BCS matchups, with the Wisconsin Badgers taking on the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California (5:00pm ET), and the Stanford Cardinal taking on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (8:30pm ET).

No. 9 Wisconsin, at 11-2 on the season, is listed as the 6.5-point underdog against No. 6 Oregon for the Rose Bowl, with the OVER/UNDER at 72 points; the Ducks were also 11-2 this season. For the Fiesta Bowl clash between a pair of 11-1 schools No. 3 Oklahoma State is the 3.5-point favorite against No.4 Stanford, with that OVER/UNDER set at 73 points.

The other two BCS contests next week feature schools that ended up outside of the Top 10 in the AP Poll at the end of the regular season, as No. 13 Michigan takes on No. 17 Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 3 (8:30pm ET), and No. 23 West Virginia battles No. 14 Clemson in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on January 4 (8:30pm ET).

10-2 Michigan has been set as a 2.5-point favorite at Oddsmaker against 11-2 Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl with an OVER/UNDER of 51 points. 10-3 Clemson is then the 3.5-point favorite against 9-3 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl the next night, with the OVER/UNDER for that matchup at Oddsmaker set at 60 points.

But the big game on the schedule is the national championship on January 9, with the No. 2 Crimson Tide looking for revenge as they suffered their only loss of the season at the hands of the No. 1 Tigers by a 9-6 score back on November 5.

No touchdowns were scored in that defensive battle between Alabama and LSU in November, with Drew Alleman booting three field goals for the Tigers and Cade Foster kicking a pair of field goals for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron went 16 of 28 for 199 yards passing in that loss, with one interception, while running back Trent Richardson ran for 89 yards on 23 carries. LSU quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee combined to go just 9 of 17 for 91 passing yards with two interceptions (by Lee) in that contest.

The Crimson Tide were favored by 5.5 points at home in that easy UNDER result and failed to cover the posted spread. For the national championship the line has been set as a pick’em, with the OVER/UNDER for the game set low at 39 points.

For all the updated college football betting lines and totals for bowl season head over to Oddsmaker, where you’ll also find a free $25 wager for the BCS National Championship Game – you can bet on what player will get the first 1st down in the title contest, with Richardson one of the current favorites at -200 odds on that prop.

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