The initial lines for every bowl game have been released, giving us a rough watchability index of sorts. Notre Dame opened as the biggest favorite among all bowl teams; the Irish are expected to dispatch Rutgers by at least three scores. And those two BCS bowl matchups you saw and figured will probably stink? Vegas agrees. Baylor is a 16.5-point favorite over UCF, while Alabama is favored by 16 over Oklahoma.
Here are the opening odds for each bowl game (courtesy of Odds Shark), ordered from largest to smallest spread:
- Pinstripe Bowl: Notre Dame (-17.5) vs. Rutgers
- Fiesta Bowl: Baylor (-16.5) vs. Central Florida
- Sugar Bowl: Alabama (-16) vs. Oklahoma
- Alamo Bowl: Oregon (-14) vs. Texas
- Chick-fil-A Bowl: Texas A&M (-13) vs. Duke
- Holiday Bowl: Arizona State (-13) vs. Texas Tech
- Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: East Carolina (-13) vs. Ohio
- Gator Bowl: Georgia (-9.5) vs. Nebraska
- Outback Bowl: LSU (-7.5) vs. Iowa
- GoDaddy.com Bowl: Ball State (-7.5) vs. Arkansas State
- Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State (-7.5) vs. Rice
- AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona (-7) vs. Boston College
- Sun Bowl: UCLA (-7) vs. Virginia Tech
- Armed Forces Bowl: Navy (-7) vs. Middle Tennessee
- BCS Championship: Florida State (-6.5) vs. Auburn
- Heart of Dallas Bowl: North Texas (-6.5) vs. UNLV
- Little Caesars Pizza Bowl: Bowling Green (-6) vs. Pittsburgh
- Las Vegas Bowl: USC (-6) vs. Fresno State
- Texas Bowl: Minnesota (-4.5) vs. Syracuse
- Hawaii Bowl: Boise State (-4.5) vs. Oregon State
- Orange Bowl: Ohio State (-4) vs. Clemson
- Music City Bowl: Ole Miss (-4) vs. Georgia Tech
- Rose Bowl: Stanford (-3.5) vs. Michigan State
- Russell Athletic Bowl: Louisville (-3) vs. Miami
- Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Kansas State (-3) vs. Michigan
- Fight Hunger Bowl: Washington (-3) vs. BYU
- Military Bowl: Marshall (-3) vs. Maryland
- New Mexico Bowl: Washington State (-3) vs. Colorado State
- Poinsettia Bowl: Northern Illinois (-2.5) vs. Utah State
- Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin (-2) vs. South Carolina
- Belk Bowl: North Carolina (-2) vs. Cincinnati
- Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo (-2) vs. San Diego State
- Cotton Bowl: Missouri (-1.5) vs. Oklahoma State
- BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt (-1.5) vs. Houston
- New Orleans Bowl: Tulane (-1) vs. UL Lafayette
2013-2014 bowl game opening lines, ranked from biggest to closest
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Ranking All 35 College Football Bowls for 2013: From Must-See to Must-Miss
College football’s regular season is over and the postseason is set. 35 bowl games take place, starting on Dec. 21 and stretching until the national championship on Jan. 6. Which bowls should you tune into?
Athlon ranks and previews all of the matchups from the must-see to the ones you can avoid.
Ranking the 35 Bowl Games: Must-Watch to Must-Miss
1. BCS Championship – Florida State (13-0) vs. Auburn (12-1) – Jan. 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET
This is it. The final national championship before the playoff era (for better or worse) is an unlikely, but intriguing matchup. Florida State has been the most dominant team in the nation this year, but Auburn is red hot, riding a nine-game winning streak to Pasadena. Can the Seminoles stop the Tigers’ ground game? Florida State’s first-team defense has yet to allow a rushing score in 2013 and only one team has rushed for more than 150 yards over the last seven games. Quarterback Jameis Winston – the likely Heisman winner – and the Florida State receiving corps is a tough matchup for Auburn’s secondary. With both teams averaging over 40 points a game, the BCS Championship shouldn’t be short on offensive fireworks. Can the SEC close out the BCS era with an eighth consecutive national title? Or will Florida State end the SEC’s run of dominance?
2. Orange – Clemson (10-2) vs. Ohio State (12-1) – Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET
Clemson and Ohio State have only one previous meeting – a rather infamous Gator Bowl matchup in 1978. The Buckeyes are 24-1 under Urban Meyer, while the Tigers have won 31 games over the last three years – the most in a three-year span in program history. This bowl features one of the best quarterback duels of the postseason, with Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd combining for 70 touchdowns in 2013. With a berth in the Orange Bowl, the Buckeyes have played in all five BCS games since 1998.
3. Rose – Michigan State (12-1) vs. Stanford (11-2) – Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. ET
Most of the BCS bowls seem to favor offense and high-scoring games, but defense should win out in Pasadena on Jan. 1. Michigan State and Stanford rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and have combined for 71 sacks in 2013. With both teams among the nation’s elite on defense, which offense can make the most plays? Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is coming off a strong performance in the Pac-12 title game, throwing for 277 yards and one touchdown. Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook tossed only five picks in 344 attempts this year.
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