The SEC and Big Ten are well-represented in this year’s major bowl games with three teams apiece, and five of those six teams are favored with the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes being the only underdog in the group. Here’s a look at the odds for each of the biggest bowl games of 2019.
Peach Bowl: No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 1 LSU Tigers (-13.5)
The Oklahoma Sooners are 6-3 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games as an underdog, so don’t expect Jalen Hurts and his squad to go down without a fight in the Peach Bowl. But it’s going to take one heck of a fight to bring down this LSU Tigers squad. LSU is 14-0 SU and 9-3-2 ATS over its last 14 games, and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow has been unstoppable this season completing 77.9% of his passes for 4,715 yards and 48 touchdowns.
Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Clemson Tigers (-2) vs. No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes
The Clemson Tigers have arguably taken over the mantle from Alabama as the nation’s biggest powerhouse. Clemson is 28-0 SU and 19-9 ATS over its last 28 games and 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS over its last 10 postseason games. On the other hand, Ohio State is 19-0 SU and 12-7 ATS over it last 19 games and a perfect 7-0 SU in its last seven games as an underdog. Something has to give in this heavyweight showdown.
Cotton Bowl: No. 17 Memphis Tigers vs. No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions (-7)
The Memphis Tigers are 1-6 SU and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games played in the month of December and are 0-5 SU and ATS in their last five games as a postseason underdog. Can this year’s Tigers squad buck these trends with an upset win over the Penn State Nittany Lions? The Lions enter the Cotton Bowl with a 4-0 SU and ATS record over their last four December games.
Orange Bowl: No. 9 Florida Gators (-14.5) vs. No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers
A down year in the ACC means that the 9-4 SU and 6-6-1 ATS Virginia Cavaliers were the best team the conference could muster up as a replacement for the ACC champion Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. They’ll face a 10-2 SU and 7-3-2 ATS Gators team that has gone 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six games as a postseason favorite.
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Oregon Ducks vs. No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (-2.5)
The Oregon Ducks won’t be intimidated in the underdog role as they are 5-2 SU and 6-1 ATS in their last seven postseason games as an underdog and are coming off of an impressive win over the Utah Utes as 6.5-point underdogs in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Wisconsin is 5-0 SU and 4-0-1 ATS in its last five bowl games. This should be a fun one.
Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (-7.5) vs. No. 7 Baylor Bears
Baylor and Georgia both entered their respective conference championship games in control of their own destinies for a playoff spot, and both fell short. Their consolation is this matchup in the Sugar Bowl. Georgia is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games as a bowl favorite while Baylor is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four instances as a bowl underdog.