Outside of the National Championship game, the New Year’s Six Bowl games are the most fun you are going to have this college football post season. Click here for the latest college football odds.
Bet On College Football New Year’s Six Bowl Games
Michigan (9-3) vs. Alabama (10-2)
When: January 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Alabama -7
The perennially-powerful Crimson Tide will be without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in their Citrus Bowl matchup against Michigan, but I have no faith whatsoever in the Wolverines. Alabama might not have reached the CFP for the first time this year, but the Tide were just one win away from doing so and now they have a ton of motivation to cap off their season with a feel-good win. I know Alabama was on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 48-45 loss to Auburn in their regular season finale that effectively denied them a playoff berth, but I like Nick Saban to completely out-coach Michigan counterpart Jim Harbaugh in this affair, particularly after watching the Wolverines get blown by Ohio State out in their embarrassing 56-37 regular season finale. While Alabama has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, Michigan is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit home loss and 1-4 ATS in its last five bowl games.
Minnesota (10-2) vs. Auburn (9-3)
When: January 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Auburn -7
I’m really impressed with Minnesota’s fine season under head coach P.J. Fleck, but the Gophers failed to show up when they had a potential shot at a playoff berth. More importantly, Minnesota’s high-scoring offense got shut down in two of their last three games by scoring 19 points or less in a pair of losses to Iowa and Wisconsin. Auburn’s only losses this season have come against elite championship-hopeful SEC rivals (Florida, LSU and Georgia) and that means the Tigers are the pick to take care of business against Minnesota and improve on their stellar 6-0 ATS mark in their last six non-conference games and 10-2 ATS mark in their last dozen games as a favorite.
Wisconsin (10-3) vs. Oregon (11-2)
When: January 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Spread: Wisconsin -3
Wisconsin had Ohio State on the ropes in the Big Ten championship game before fading in the second half of their 34-21 loss to the Buckeyes. Oregon stunned Utah in the PAC-12 championship 37-15 to deny the Utes a potential berth in the College Football Playoffs and they are the statistically better team on both sides of the ball. Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in their last five games in the month of January while Oregon has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. After watching Oregon put a ton of points on the board against Utah’s stingy defense, I’m going with Justin Herbert and company to get it done again against Wisconsin in a contest that could be the most entertaining bowl game this season!
Baylor (11-2) vs. Georgia (11-2)
When: January 1, 2019 at 8:45 PM ET
Spread: Georgia -5.5
Baylor had a fantastic season and only lost to one team (Oklahoma) this season with one defeat coming by a field goal and the other coming in overtime. Still, I’m thinking the Bears are going to be hard-pressed to get past an elite Georgia team that will be motivated to finish off the season with a win after getting smacked senseless by top-ranked LSU in the SEC championship game. Prior to their loss against the Tigers, the Dawgs had won six straight while taking out the likes of Auburn and Florida along the way. Baylor simply hasn’t played many teams on the same level of legitimate championship contenders as Georgia has in the powerful SEC and that’s why Jake Fromm and company will get the win and super narrow, ATS cover.
Baylor has gone an uninspiring 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games while Georgia has gone 8-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games as a favorite.